Evolution works differently in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon as compared to the main Pokemon games. It seems that evolution plays a slightly less important role in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. The main reason why you would want to evolve your Pokemon is to fill up your Friend Areas with every single Pokemon out of all the 386 Pokemon.
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On a more micro level, evolving a Pokemon might give it the ability to learn certain moves. For instance, Charmander and Charmeleon cannot learn Wing Attack, but Charizard does learn it. Aside from that, evolution serves no other purpose as it does not increase your Pokemon's stats like it does in the main Pokemon games. As such, it is perfectly alright to keep your Pokemon at their earlier evolutionary stages.
Accessing the Luminous Cave
Also unlike the other games is how a Pokemon evolves. Instead of evolving naturally when a Pokemon reaches the required level, you have to deliberately bring a Pokemon to a location known as the Luminous Cave in order to evolve it. Since you can only access the Luminous Cave after defeating Rayquaza, you will be unable to evolve your Pokemon until the main storyline has been completed.
The Luminous Cave can be found near Whiscash's Pond, north from Pokemon Square. However, you can only enter the cave if you are on your own. For your partner to leave you, simply return to your Rescue Team Base after your failed attempt to enter the Cave. Try to leave for a dungeon and your partner will stop you. Your partner has an idea at this point. He decides that you should change things so that you are able to pick the leader and members to go into dungeons. This would allow your team to handle rescues better by having more Pokemon types available. After his short explanation, leave for a dungeon and clear the dungeon. When you return, your team members will likewise leave the team, dispersing to their Friend Areas, but the difference this time is that your partner Pokemon will also return to its own Friend Area. Now you are free to move around alone, and can therefore enter the Luminous Cave.
Accessing the Luminous Cave
When you enter the Cave, you will find a glowing stone, which will ask if you want to evolve. If you select 'Yes', it will ask if you would give an item to evolve. Depending how your Pokemon's species evolves, select 'No', or select one or two items, accordingly.
Note that you must leave the cave and come back again if you want to further evolve, provided that you have fulfilled the requirements for evolution.
How do you know if your Pokemon is ready to evolve? To check, press B to access your menu, go to your team, and view the summary of your Pokemon. Press right twice, ignoring the Stats and Features pages, and check the Info about your Pokemon. Under 'Evolution', you can see if your Pokemon is ready for evolution. If it says 'Possible', your Pokemon is able to evolve. If it says 'No more', it means your Pokemon has already evolved fully, and is in its final form. If it says 'Not now', it means that you have yet to fulfill certain criteria which is required for your Pokemon to evolve.
Making a Pokemon the Leader
As mentioned before, your Pokemon has to be alone in order for it to enter the Luminous Cave. As such, in order to evolve a Pokemon, you would have to make it the leader of the team and let the other team members return to their Friend Areas.
To make a Pokemon the leader of the team, approach it in its Friend Area, and let it join the team. Talk to it again, and you can select the option 'Make Leader'. This will make your Pokemon the leader of the team.
Since your original leader is still part of the team, you will have to go to the Friend Area of the original leader and ask it to 'Stand By'. Your new leader will now be alone, and you can enter the Luminous Cave. You can also select 'Stand By' from the menu if you are at your team base.
Learning New Moves
Upon evolution, you might gain the ability to learn new moves. However, you might have evolved your Pokemon at too high a level, causing it to have missed the chance to learn certain attacks. To overcome this, you can either make use of the item known as the Doom Seed. Each Doom Seed, when consumed, will reduce the level of your Pokemon by 1. Hence, you can make use of them to reduce your Pokemon's levels so that you can now learn the move(s) you have missed. Alternatively, you can visit Gulpin at his Link Shop, and get him to help you with re-learning moves.
Most Pokemon evolve when they reach certain levels, but others require certain special items or other criteria before they can evolve. Here is a list of these Pokemon and their requirements for evolution. Also included are the locations where you can find the items required for evolution. Note that some Pokemon need a high IQ to evolve. Feeding Gummies is the only way in which you can raise the IQ of a Pokemon.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Quiz
|Criteria||Item Location||Evolves from||Evolves to|
|Fire Stone||Fiery Field||Vulpix||Ninetales|
|Leaf Stone||Wish Cave - Kecleon Shops||Gloom||Vileplume|
|Moon Stone||Solar Cave||Nidorina||Nidoqueen|
|Sun Stone||Solar Cave||Gloom||Bellossom|
|Water Stone||Northwind Field||Poliwhirl||Poliwrath|
|Link Cable||Solar Cave, after the HMs have been taken||Kadabra||Alakazam|
|Link Cable + Deepseascale||Grand Sea, Far-Off Sea||Clamperl||Gorebyss|
|Link Cable + Deepseatooth||Grand Sea, Far-Off Sea||Clamperl||Huntail|
|Link Cable + Dragon Scale||Wyvern Hill||Seadra||Kingdra|
|Link Cable + King's Rock||Wish Cave - Kecleon Shops||Poliwhirl||Politoed|
|Link Cable + Metal Coat||Southern Cavern||Onix||Steelix|
|Link Cable + Upgrade||Wish Cave - Kecleon Shops||Porygon||Porygon2|
|High IQ (5 Stars)||Golbat||Crobat|
|High IQ (6 Stars)||Pichu||Pikachu|
|High IQ (4 Stars) + Sun Ribbon||Wyvern Hill||Eevee||Espeon|
|High IQ (4 Stars) + Lunar Ribbon||Northwind Field||Eevee||Umbreon|
|Beauty Scarf||Western Cave||Feebas||Milotic|