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If there is a Pokémon unable to be recruited, it might be a Mystery Egg.

Recruitable pokemon
Recruiting a Pokémon refers to the act adding a wild Pokémon to the player's team. This occurs after the player defeats a given Pokémon in a dungeon or on the overworld and it asks to join his or her team. Saying "Yes" will recruit it and add it to the roster in Chimecho Assembly. There are a couple of different ways to recruit a Pokémon, and each Pokémon species has it's own set Recruit Rate.

To check the Pokémon's Recruit Rate, the player must click on the Pokémon sprite. This will result in a message in the chat that shows the player whether or not the Pokémon is recruitable. The message "You see a [Pokémon name]. [Pokémon name] is not recruitable in this area." will appear if the Pokémon is unrecruitable. If it is recruitable, the message will instead say, "You see a [Pokémon name]. You have a [percentage] chance of recruiting [Pokémon name]!" Most often the percentage will be a positive number; however, some Pokémon will have a negative recruitment rate.

NPC Pokémon, such as Bongo and Eevee in Grassroot Town, are not recruitable.

Recruitment Criteria

If a Pokémon is listed as recruitable, there is a chance that it will want to join the player's team upon defeating it. In order for this to occur, certain criteria must be met.
Recruit Rate

Recruit rate

  • The player's level must be higher than the defeated Pokémon's.
    • The higher the player's level, the greater the chance of recruitment.
  • The player must have one open slot in his or her party.
  • The Recruit Rate of the Pokémon must be a positive number.

Other factors apply to recruiting. For example, the Pokémon's spawn rate will affect it's Recruit Rate, as will the specific dungeon itself.

Applied Recruit Rate

The Applied Recruit Rate refers to the bonus percentage added to a Pokémon's Recruit Rate depending on the player's level.

Pokémon Level

The higher the level of the player, the more his or her Hidden Recruit Rate increases. The increases follows the formula:
(Level)(.1)
For example a level 10 will have a bonus recruit rate of +1% while a level 100 will have a bonus recruit rate of +10%

These Recruit Rates are not shown separately in the chat message and are instead added to the original recruit rate. For example, a Pokémon with a Recruit Rate of 7% will have a 17% recruit rate if a Level 100 is being used. This means that the message will show a 17% rate instead of the 7%.

Explorer Rank

The Explorer Rank of the player gives an additional applied recruit rate. It begins at Bronze Rank and ends at Master*** Rank. Master*** Rank and Guildmaster rank gives the maximum of +10% applied recruit rate. Complete missions to increase Explorer Rank.

Rank Explorer Points Bonus Recruit Rate
Normal Start +0%
Bronze 100
Silver 300 +3.5%
Gold 1600 +6.5%
Diamond 3200
Super 5000 +8.5%
Ultra 7500 +8.5%
Hyper 10500 +8.5%
Master 13500 +8.5%
Master* 17000 +9.0%
Master** 21000
Master*** 25000 +10%
Guildmaster 100000 +10%

Items

There are two items that give a bonus to the recruit rate of a Pokémon.

  • Friendship Bow

Friendship Bow gives a +10% recruit rate and is a team item, meaning any Pokémon may hold it. It is found at the end of Friendship Forest.

  • Golden Mask

Golden Mask gives an additional +24% recruit rate. It must be held by the active Pokémon to take effect.

  • Soothe Bell

The Soothe Bell item adds an additional Hidden Recruit Rate of +1%. It must be held by the active Pokémon to take effect.

Previous Event Pokémon

Certain Pokémon, such as Eevee, was unobtainable outside of events. Event Pokémon may be under-leveled, such as Level 3 Quagsire or Level 18 Graveler. Actually some of this are still unobtainable. The event-exclusive Pokémon in PMU are as follows:

  • Torchic
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Phantump
  • Clauncher
  • Munna
  • Alomomola
  • Audino

List of Recruitable Pokémon

The Pokémon currently available for recruitment by National Pokédex number are as follows:

Pic. Name Locations Recruit Rate Times
10 Caterpie
  • Sour Root Cave (All Floors)
  • Exbel Plains (Overworld)
  • Honeydrop Meadow (1F-7F)
  • 10.2%
  • 10.2%
  • 9.4%
  • All Times
  • All Times
  • All Times
16 Pidgey
  • Sunny Hillside (All Floors)
  • Mt. Skylift (All Floors)
  • Exbel Plains (Overworld)
  • 7.2%
  • 8.5%
  • 8.7%
  • All Times
  • All Times
  • All Times
19 Rattata
  • Tiny Grotto (All Floors)
  • Exbel Plains (Overworld)
  • 9.5%
  • 11.1%
  • All Times
  • All Times
  • All Times
77 Ponyta
  • Sunny Hillside (All Floors)
  • 8.2%
  • All Times
79 Slowpoke
  • Seaside Cavern (All Floors)
  • Sauna Cavern (Floors 1-15)
  • Mineral Cavern (All Floors)
  • 12%
  • 12%
  • 12%
  • All Times
  • All Times
  • All Times
84 Doduo Sunny Hillside (All Floors) 6.4% All Times
98 Krabby Exbel Coast 6.4% All Times
120 Staryu
  • Seaside Cavern (All Floors)
  • Southern Sea (Floors 1-15)
8.9%
  • All Times
  • All Times
187 Hoppip
  • Tiny Grotto (All Floors)
  • Island Garden (All Floors)
8.2% *Dawn, Morning and Day only
191 Sunkern
  • Tiny Grotto (All Floors)
  • Sunny Hillside (All Floors)
Day and Dawn only 8.2% Day, Dawn All Floors
273 Seedot Tiny Grotto (Floors 6-10) All Times
276 Taillow
  • Exbel Plains
  • Thunderstorm Forest (All Floors)
  • Mt. Skylift (All Floors)
0.7% All Times
278 Wingull
  • Exbel Coast
  • Island Garden (All Floors)
  • Mt. Skylift (All Floors)
  • Crescent Isle (All Floor)
6.4% All Times All Floors
325 Spoink Sunny Hillside (All Floors) 6.4% Night, Dusk
399 Bidoof
  • Exbel Plains
  • Beach Bunker (Floors 1-15)
Boggy Wastes (All Floors) 8% All Times
401

Kricketot

Exbel Plains 8.2% Day, Dawn Overworld
Sour Root Cave 8.2% All Times All Floors
Budew Sour Root Cave 8.2% Day, Dawn All Floors
Bellsprout Sour Root Cave 9.3% All Times All Floors
Oddish Island Garden 12% All Times All Floors
Skiploom Mt. Skylift
Island Garden -3.9% All Times All Floors
Exeggcute Island Garden 3.2% All Times All Floors
Exeggutor Island Garden -12% All Times All Floors
Wurmple Island Garden 6.4% All Times All Floors
Cascoon Island Garden -0.5% All Times All Floors
Silcoon Island Garden -0.5% All Times All Floors
Burmy Island Garden 5%
Combee Island Garden 6.4% All Times All Floors
Honeydrop Meadow 4.9% All Times Floors 1-7

Secret Room

Chatot Island Garden 3.2% All Times All Floors
Mt. Skylift 3.2% All Times All Floors
Nidoran M Mt. Barricade 1-15
Nidoran F Mt. Barricade 1-15
Diglett Mt. Barricade 8.2% All Times 1-15
Cliffside Cave 8.2% All Times 7-12
Bonsly Mt. Barricade All Times 1-15
Heracross Mt. Barricade All Times 1-30
Larvitar Mt. Barricade All Times 14, 15
Lickitung Island Garden 0.5% All Times Floors 6+
Marill Winden Forest 6.4% All Times Floors 1-10
Mineral Cavern 6.4% All Times All Floors
Smoochum Winden Forest 6.4% Day, Dawn Floors 1-10
Vigoroth Winden Forest -10% All Times Floors 1-10
Snover Winden Forest 8.2% All Times Floors 1-10
Spinarak Winden Forest 6.4% All Times Floors 1-10
Honeydrop Meadow 3.6% Dawn, Dusk Floors 1-7
Teddiursa Winden Forest 8.2% Day, Dawn Floors 1-10
Ursaring Winden Forest -12% All Times Floors 11+
Noctowl Winden Forest -12% All Times Floors 11+
Seviper Winden Forest 6.4% All Times Floors 11+
Zangoose Winden Forest 6.4% All Times Floors 11+
Golduck Winden Forest -12% All Times Floors 11+
Stantler Deep Winden Forest 0.5% All Times All Floors
Geodude Beach Bunker 9.1% All Times Floors 1-15
Cliffside Cave 9.1% All Times All Floors
Tanren Tunnel 9.1% All Times All Floors
Tanren Underpass 9.1% All Times Overworld
Aron Cliffside Cave 6.4% All Times Floors 7-12
Tanren Mines 2.6% All Times Floors 1-14
Remoraid Beach Bunker 8.2% All Times Floors 1-15
Corsola Beach Bunker 8.3% All Times Floors 1-15
Southern Sea 8.3% All Times N/A
Shellder Beach Bunker 12.2% All Times Floors 1-15
Crystal Ruins 12.2% All Times All Floors
Wooper Beach Bunker 8.9% All Times Floors 1-15
Hapiness Lake 8.9% All Times All Floors
Lenile Cavern 8.9% All Times Floors 1-17
Bibarel Beach Bunker 3.2% All Times Floors 9-24
Lairon Beach Bunker -10% All Times Floors 9-24
Winden Pass All Time All Floor
Cloyster Beach Bunker -100% All Times Floors 9-24
Seel Beach Bunker 3.9% All Times Floors 9-24
Graveler Beach Bunker 0.5% All Times Floors 9-24
Sauna Cavern 0.5% All Times Floors 16-23
Tanren Tunnel 0.5% All Times Floors 9-15
Swinub Sauna Cavern 10.9% All Times Floors 1-13
Machop Sauna Cavern 6.4% All Times Floors 1-15
Snubbull Sauna Cavern 6.4% Dawn, Day Floors 1-5
Gulpin Sauna Cavern 6.9% All Times Floors 1-13
Onix Sauna Cavern 1% Dawn, Dusk Floors 16-23
Slugma Sauna Cavern 8.2% All Times Floors 16-23
Torkoal Sauna Cavern 6.4% All Times Floors 16-23
Sewaddle Honeydrop Meadow 3.7% All Times Floors 8-17
Metapod Honeydrop Meadow 7% All Times Floors 8-17
Kakuna Honeydrop Meadow 7% All Times Floors 8-17
Surskit Honeydrop Meadow 6.7% All Times Floors 1-7
Glameow Harmonic Tower

Lenile Cavern

All Times Floors 1-24

???

Tanren Mansion
Drowzee Harmonic Tower Night Floors 1-24
Jigglypuff Harmonic Tower Floors 32-49
Electrode Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 32-49
Sandshrew Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 32-59
Castform Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 32-59
Shedinja Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 32-59
Drifloon Harmonic Tower Dawn, Dusk Floors 50-59
Tanren Courtyard
Sky Fortress Dark
Misdreavus Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 50-59
Tanren Mansion
Magmar Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 60-99
Electabuzz Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 60-99
Bagon Harmonic Tower All Times Floors 71-99
Scyther Honeydrop Meadow Dawn Floors 20-25; Secret Room
Pinsir Honeydrop Meadow Dusk Floors 20-25; Secret Room
Nincada Honeydrop Meadow 6.8% All Times Floors 1-7
Weedle Honeydrop Meadow 9.4% All Times Floors 1-7
Paras Honeydrop Meadow

Mt. Barricade

8.8% All Times Floors 1-7

Floors 1-15

Ledyba Honeydrop Meadow 3.8% All Times Floors 1-7
Venonat Honeydrop Meadow 7.4% Dawn, Dusk Floors 1-7
Riolu

Snowveil Den

Snowveil Lair

0.5% All Times

Floors 21-25

Floors 1-10

Joltik

Snowveil Den

Snowveil Lair

0.5% All Times

Floors 11-25

Floors 1-10

Nosepass Snowveil Lair 0.5% All Times Floors 1-10
Trapinch Tanren Mines 20% Dawn, Dusk Floors 27-28
Hippopotas Tanren Mines 10% All Times Floors 23-28
Whismur Tanren Mines

Harmonic Tower

5.6%

?

All Times Floors 1-14

Floors 1-34

Sandile Tanren Mines ? Dusk,Night,Dawn Floors 37-42
Squirtle Crescent Islet Depths -10% Dusk, Dawn Floors 6+
Chinchou Seafloor Ruins (All Sides)

Southern Sea

15%

??

All Times Floors 31+

Floors 25+?

Qwilfish Seafloor Ruins (All Sides) 15% All Times Floors 31+
Southern Sea
Feebas Seafloor Ruins (All Sides) 15% All Times Floors 31+
Southern Sea All Times Floor 20 and 30
Horsea Western Seafloor Ruins -5% Dawn Floors 42-50
Wailmer Eastern Seafloor Ruins 5% Day Floors 42-50
Piplup Central Seafloor Ruins 5% Dusk/Night Floors 42-50
Western Seafloor Ruins Floors 51+
Totodile Central Seafloor Ruins ? Night/Dawn/Day ?
Growlithe Inferno Volcano 15% All Times Floors 11+
Harmonic Tower 15% All Times Floors 1-?
Rustic Savannah 15% All Times Floors 15-
Numel Inferno Volcano 5% All Times Floors 26+
Vulpix Inferno Volcano

Harmonic Tower

15%

???

All Times Floors 26+

Floors 32-59

Cyndaquil Inferno Volcano 2% Dawn/Dusk Floors 26+
Charmander Inferno Volcano 2% Dawn/Dusk Floors 26+
Baltoy Tanren Basement

Harmonic Tower

6%

???

All Times All Floors

Floors 32-49

Rotom Tanren Mansion Night Floors 17
Purrloin Rustic Savannah 3.5% All Times Floors 1-10
Mareep Rustic Savannah -10% All Times Floors 1-20
Miltank Rustic Savannah 0.5% All Times Floors 15+
Tauros Rustic Savannah 0.5% All Times Floors 15+
Kangaskhan Rustic Savannah 10% All Times Floors 21+
Kecleon Mt. Moon (Normal Path) -10% Day, Dawn Floors
Kecleon (Purple) Mt. Moon (Fake Path) -20% Dusk, night Floors
Axew Deep Dragons Descent -12.5% Dusk,Night Floors 11+
Mienfoo Dragons Descent -10% All times
Goomy Dragons Descent -15% Day, Dawn Floors 20-25
Beldum Mt. Moon (Fake Path) Day, Dawn 30F+
Wynaut Murky Trench Night
Phanpy Murky Trench Dawn
Murkrow Murky Trench Dusk
Shroomish Boggy Wastes -0.5% All Times Floors 1-17
Mt Barricade
Buizel

Exbel Plains

Exbel Coast

8.2%

?

All Times

Overworld

Near Mineral Cavern

Yanma Boggy Wastes

Happiness Lake

6.4% All Times Floors 17-29

All Floors

Poliwag Boggy Wastes

Happiness Lake

Crescent Islet

6.4% All Times Floors 17-29

All Floors

???

Turtwig Rocky Ravine All Times Floors 21-35
Bouffalant Rocky Ravine All Times Floors 1-10
Lotad Boggy Wastes

Happiness Lake

8% All Times All Floors
Stunky Boggy Wastes ? Floors 25
Tanren Courtyard
Foongus Boggy Wastes -1.8% All Times Floors 30+
Shellos (east) Boggy Wastes -0.5% All Times Floors 30+
Seafloor Ruins East
Grimer Cliffside Cave 8.2% All Times All Floors
Makuhita Cliffside Cave 10.2% All Times Floors 1-7
Mt Barricade
Zubat Cliffside Cave 5.5% All Times Floors 4-12
Spinda Gritty Hollow All Times Descending
Rhyhorn Gritty Hollow Dusk, Night Descending
Beautifly Mt. Skylift -1.6% All Times Floors 18+
Skiddo Voltaic Rainforest Dawn/Day Floor 30+
Shelmet Voltaic Rainforest Dusk/Night Floor 30+
Karrablast Deserted Tombs Dawn/Day Floor 21+
Honedge Deserted Tombs Dusk/Night Floors 21+
Dwebble Beach Bunker All Times
ScatterBug Honeydrop Meadow All Times Floor 8-11
Pidove Winden Pass All Times Floor 1-7
Carnivine Tanren Courtyard
Woobat Cryptic Chasm All Times
Sigilyph Cryptic Chasm All Times
599

Klink

Cryptic Chasm All Times
605

Elegyem

Cryptic Chasm All Times
215

Sneasel

Winden Forest 17.7% Dusk, Night 6-11

Trivia

  • The Soothe Bell item gave a Recruit Rate boost of +6% in PMU 6.
  • PMU 6 had an item called the Friend Bow which gave a +10% Recruit Rate boost.
  • In PMU 6 and the beginning of PMU 7, Recruit Rates were out of 1000.
    • A Pokémon would have a +64 Recruit Rate, which equates to +6.4%.
  • Some Pokémon that have a -100% Recruit Rate can be recruited.
  • If Honey is used in the final room in Sunny Hillside, it used to spawn recruitable Level 32 Sunflora. Now, recruitable Sunkern will spawn instead.
  • The Pitch Black Abyss is currently the sole dungeon where Pokémon can only be recruited from eggs.