As you may have heard if you are a Pokémon or Nintendo Switch fan, or both, Pokémon Quest was released on the Nintendo Switch in June 2018. This was done in conjunction with the announcement of 2 new Pokémon games: Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee which will be released in November 2018. (I CAN’T WAIT!!!)
Pokémon Quest is a fremium game (free to play but you can pay for better items to help you to advance in the game faster) that allows you to enter the world of Pokémon that look like cubes! Very exciting I know, and I was skeptical about this game at first but once I downloaded it and started playing I was hooked.
The game is set on the magical Tumblecube Island which is made up of a number of different locations and levels that you will explore with your Pokémon team in order to learn more about the island and its cuboid inhabitants.
In the game you can take part in expeditions with your Pokémon team where you battle wild Pokémon and defeat them to advance to the next level or area.
Your Pokémon team will grow and become stronger as you battle with them and add various power stones to them.
You can grow your Pokémon team by cooking from a number of recipes which will attract different Pokémon to your camp site.
Of course there is a way to add more to your game play by purchasing in game content.
Items included in each booster pack contain decorations which increase stats, PM tickets or even Pokémon. Though as of yet I have not caved and bought any.
The screen you will see when you are not on an expedition will look like the screenshot shown below. We will go through each item in more detail in further posts but for now we will go through each menu item and describe what it does.
Lets go clockwise from the top left.
1. Expedition Bonus
The expedition bonus meter is something that you build up over the course of going on expeditions. It takes 10 expeditions to fill up the bonus meter and once full, the next expedition you go on and win will earn you a rare item. Note: It is important for this expedition to go on the highest difficulty level that you can as the items that you earn are based on the expedition level.
This is where the game becomes interesting. Your battery corresponds to the amount of expeditions you can go on. The default battery has 5 charges (unless you buy extra items to increase this). As the charges decrease, their is a cool down time of 30 minutes before you get 1 charge back. See how this can be time consuming? If you have a lot of PM tickets built up and you are ready to do some grinding, it is actually only 25 PM tickets to refill your battery. Also, some quests often reward you with a battery recharge, though make sure you use these wisely!
The store is where many wonderful things are found. Every 23 hours you will be able to collect a number of free PM tickets! Amazing right.. they know how to make you keep coming back for more! You can also purchase additional content that costs real money through the Nintendo Store. With the PM tickets you have earned you can buy a number of decorations which can help you dramatically if you are playing the game into the more difficult levels. You can also buy box expansions (50 PM tickets) for the number of power stones you can hold and Pokémon box expansions (50 PM tickets) that allow you to carry more Pokémon.
4. Expeditions / Base Camp
Selecting on Expeditions will bring you to the Expeditions screen where you can take part in expeditions. Simply selecting an area will allow you to select a level within that area and selecting the level will take you on an expedition. Selecting Base Camp will return you to the base camp where you can interact with your Pokémon, decorations and recipes. It is important to check back here regularly in case a wild Pokémon has wandered by in which case you can add them to your team!
5. Pokémon Team
Here is where you can manage your Pokémon team. You can build and arrange your team here as well as train your Pokémon and pump them up with power stones. The number corresponds to the rating of your current team. Use this as a guide when you are taking part in expeditions to make sure your team is up to the challenge.
Ah the Pokédex. Here you can check out all of the Pokémon you have found throughout the course of playing the game. Gotta Catch em All after all!
Quests are objectives that you complete as you progress through the came and are very useful for providing you with PM tickets, battery recharges and other items if you don’t want to buy items from the Nintendo store (though you won’t get nearly the same standard of items unfortunately). It is a good idea to keep an eye on these and try to complete them all!
Nothing super exciting in this menu other than the options to toggle the music and sound affects. Something important to have a look through though is the controls! I found this invaluable as I had been playing with just the touch screen for much of the time and really needed a way to make the process easier.
Here is where you can manage the decorations you have found or purchased. Decorations provide you with a wealth of benefits so be sure to place them in your base camp to gain the bonus that comes with each one.
So there you have it, a quick walk through of the main menu items within Pokémon Quest. I hope you found this post informative and useful and if you enjoyed this post be sure to check out the rest of the posts in my Pokémon Quest guide which can be found by clicking this link.
Talk to you soon!