Need more Pokemon in your life, but don’t have time for one of those fully-featured RPGs on 3DS? Pokemon Quest is a perfect bite-sized treat for Pokemon lovers, or just about anyone that wants to enjoy a cute, easy-to-play game that doesn’t take too much time investment. Like any mobile game, there’s not a whole lot of gameplay – but what is there is easy to understand, and just challenging enough to keep you coming back for more.
What’s especially nice about Pokemon Quest is that the microtransactions aren’t really required. This isn’t Pokemon GO, where you’ll almost need microtransactions to stay competitive – you’re only competing against yourself in Pokemon Quest, so you can enjoy them game at a leisurely pace. If you really want to speed things up, you can purchase some microtransactions – which I’ll detail below – or you can simply wait and hopefully attract an awesome Pokemon to add to your Pokedex.
If you haven’t given Pokemon Quest a try just yet, here’s everything you need to know before diving in. Pokemon Quest is available for free right now on Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices.
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#1: Pick Your Team Wisely
The goal of Pokemon Quest is to complete expeditions and unlock new regions where you’ll find more Pokemon to join your team. Completing expeditions earns you XP, and if you earn enough XP, your Pokemon will level up and become stronger. The total strength of your team of Pokemon – you’ll be able to bring teams of three on Expeditions – is shown in the character menu.
You’ll want to make sure you have a team that matches the Expedition Level. If you’re only a little bit lower, there’s still a good chance you can win. If you’re a lot lower, it might be time to recruit more Pokemon.
#2: Equip Gems To Enhance Your Best Pokemon
This is easy to forget, but you can enhance your Pokemon with Gems. Gems are dropped in battle, and depending on your Pokemon, you’ll unlock slots where you can drop in Gems. Gems can increase power, defense, or give you other special bonuses – there are also unique gems you can equip at the top of the screen that give even more unique enhancements. You can increase at attack’s regeneration speed, for example. Always equip as many of these as you can after you complete an expedition!
#3: Pokemon Get A Power Level Bonus When You Pick The Right Types
Generally, you’ll want to select your strongest, highest level Pokemon – but that isn’t always the case. Before jumping into a quest, you might get a Power Level bonus – this is because you’ve selected Pokemon that are strong against other types of Pokemon. If your Power Level looks too low to complete an Expedition, you can always swap around your team and try to find a Pokemon that has a strength bonus. You’ll earn more XP for defeating enemies that are tougher than your team, too.
For more information on strengths and weaknesses of your Pokemon, check out the Bulbapedia wiki.
#4: Mix Ingredients To Attract New Pokemon
Instead of capturing Pokemon, you have to attract them to your camp. Between Expeditions, you can chill out at your camp and cook meals. Meals are the big “timer” mechanic in this mobile game – they don’t cook right away. Usually, it takes a few hours to fully cook a meal. Once it’s cooked, you can open the pot and a Pokemon will arrive at your camp.
Every Pokemon has different tastes. At the start of the game, it’s best to just experiment – drop all the different ingredients you find on Expeditions into a pot and see what happens. The game will keep track of any recipes you might find. So just experiment and see what Pokemon are attracted to specific flavors! You can even attract a higher level version of a Pokemon you already have.
You can either wait for the timer to complete, or finish a certain amount of Expeditions. Completing expeditions is much faster, but the timer will continue to tick down even when you’re not playing Pokemon Quest. You can put the game away and come back later to see what Pokemon you got!
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