When the remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon came out, I decided to play the original, because I don't have a Switch. On my first try, I managed to get Charmander as my main character. But due to how the game works on my emulator (I'm using the VBA), it didn't save. So I tried again with the intent to add save states this time, and I had a different set of questions, and I would get something entirely different, like Cubone, no matter how many times I reset.
My question is: how do I ensure I get a male Charmander specifically as my character (not as my partner but as the main character)?

  • why the downvote? is there something I can do to make the question better? Jan 21, 2020 at 21:38
  • Not the downvoter, but it's probably due to lack of research. The game has been out for while, and I'm sure there are plenty of resources online. Jan 21, 2020 at 21:45
  • so this website should be used as a last resort, rather than a primary info source? Jan 21, 2020 at 21:48
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    @BlazingTrio Kinda. We're fine with questions from old games, but we also expect a bit of research first. For a topic like this, where people have analyzed it for a while and it has easily found answers elsewhere online already, a question about it would attract downvotes. Especially since there's already a couple of posts here on Arqade which could lead to the answer. This question asks about the DX version, but according to this question the quizzes/results are the same in non-DX versions.
    – Mage Xy
    Jan 21, 2020 at 21:55
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    @BlazingHero: No, this site is definitely meant to be a primary info source. Questions are perfectly allowed even if the answer exists on other sites; the intention is to keep that info alive even if the other sites go down. I'm guessing the downvote is because you mentioned you're using an emulator. Jan 21, 2020 at 22:56

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You can use this guide (one I have used many times for this game) to find out. There are 50 questions you could be asked and only 9 that will actually be asked. The way to get Charmander is by answering the questions with the 'Hardy (male) or 'Brave' (female) answers, if you don't get some questions that give you the opportunity to be more "Hardy" or 'Brave' than anything else then quit and reset the game.

These are the questions you are looking for for Hardy:

Question: A test is coming up. How do you study for it?

Answers: Study hard. +2 Hardy

Question Can you focus on something you like?

Answers: Yes. +2 Hardy

Question When the going gets tough, do you get going?

Answers: Yes. +2 Hardy, +2 Brave

Question There is a bucket. If you put water in it, how high will you fill it?

Answers: Full. +2 Hardy

These are the questions you are looking for for Brave:

Question You're going bungee jumping for the first time. Since it's scary, you decide to test the jump with a doll And the bungee cord snaps! Will you still try to make a jump anyway?

Answers: Yes. +3 Brave

Question There is an alien invasion! What will you do?

Answers: Fight. Do Question #2b

Question You valiantly fight the aliens But, you are defeated An alien says to you YOU HAVE IMPRESSED US. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE JOIN US, AND TOGETHER WE SHALL RULE THE WORLD. What will you do?

Answers: Refuse. +4 Brave

Question There is a scream from behind a door! How will you react?

Answers: Yank open the door. +1 Hardy, +2 Brave

Question A delinquent is hassling a girl on a busy city street! What will you do?

Answers: Help without hesitation. +3 Brave OR Help, even if scared. +2 Hardy, +2 Brave


  • why the downvotes? is there something I can do to make the answer better? Jan 22, 2020 at 9:43
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    I didn't downvote, but currently, this is a link-only answer; should that link ever break for some reason, your answer will become useless, as OP and any future visitors will have no idea which questions are the ones with Hardy or Brave answers, or what those answers are. You should edit your answer to directly include those questions and answers, and keep the link as a source.
    – F1Krazy
    Jan 22, 2020 at 10:09
  • Thank you, have updated the answer with the relevant questions and answers. Jan 22, 2020 at 10:16
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    Jesus, that bungee jumping question... Maybe should give a +3 in stupidity instead.
    – Mike S
    Jan 22, 2020 at 13:07
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    Haha, or you just really loved that doll and needed it back! Jan 22, 2020 at 13:28

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