Pokemon Quest Beginner's Guide

A quick overview and guide to the new Pokémon series game including the locations, fights, upgrading your Pokémon and getting new ones

Pokémon Quest is the latest addition to the Pokémon lineup, hitting the Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. The game builds upon the groundwork laid by its predecessors while introducing new gameplay elements. Here are some key tips and general points to consider while embarking on your journey.

Environments are Unique and Inviting

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Meet Base Camp, your island home and safe haven

Pokémon Quest drops players onto Tumblecube Island, which as you might have guessed, is chock full of wild Pokémon in every nook and cranny. Minecrafters rejoice! Quest has taken numerous visual cues from the popular PC game, injecting an endearing blocky-ness into everything.

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Though a departure from the nostalgic appearance of New Bark Town and the like, Quest unapologetically stands out in the Pokémon series. While past games shared similar designs, mobile titles like Pokémon GO and Quest have bucked tradition in favor of fresh visuals.

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Pokémon Go In A Nutshell

Players soon become acquainted with their Base Camp, an established safe area on the island. Here, you can decorate your surroundings with artifacts and other objects earned along the way. Every so often, wild Pokémon will find their way there and join your party.

Explore and Clash with Tumblecube’s Inhabitants

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As you trek across Tumblecube, more locations appear

As with most titles known for linear gameplay, Pokémon Quest guides players between milestones. At each stage, your Pokémon explore together automatically – encountering foes along the way. All you need to do is coordinate each party member’s attacks. If your team is overwhelmed, simply scatter them with the tap of a button.

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Team members engage in battle with wild Pokémon

Though deciding which battle strategies to use can be challenging, Quest is pretty forgiving. No, you can’t just spam attacks due to cooldown times. However, your enemies can’t attack mercilessly either, giving you time to recover and plan your next move.

Making smart and balanced choices is important. While combat is fairly simple in Quest, thought is required. Some attackers may be better suited to absorb damage up front. While this happens, your ranged attackers can dish out some heavy damage. However, use caution – your Pokémon will tire and faint if they take too many hits!

If this happens, don’t worry. As long as you hold out long enough, these Pokémon will revive and rejoin the fray (though with partial health).

  • Note: If you want to sit back and relax, tap the Auto button. The game will assume full control of your Pokémon for you.

A Note on Typing

In Pokémon, one of the key components of successful battling revolves around type matching. For example, if facing off against a water type Pokémon, one would ideally counter with grass or electric types. This element still exists in Pokémon Quest. You will see a bonus type labeled on each stage – these help you decide how to assemble your team for that mission.

Typing is important in Quest, but not as crucial as in the main-series games. Having a strong, varied group is the most influential factor on expeditions.

Items and Rewards Make a Huge Difference

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Each Pokémon in your team can hold limited stones and items

One thing you’ll notice is that each Pokémon’s base stats will be very low early on. When progressing from one island region to the next, expeditions become increasingly difficult.

However, you earn items called Power Stones for successfully completing these missions. These stones boost attack and HP – some offering other added benefits. Simply put, these are absolutely essential tools for conquering Tumblecube Island with your squad.

There are 10 effects that Power Stones can grant, increasing or decreasing by %:

  • Critical Hit Rate – Increases the chance of a critical hit
  • Critical Hit Damage – Increases critical hit damage
  • Natural Healing – Increases the health your Pokémon recovers over time
  • Hit Healing – Increases the health regained during attacks
  • Healing from K.O. – Increases the health gained after defeating an enemy
  • Time to Recover – Speeds up the recovery time after fainting
  • HP Upon Recovery – Increases the health regained following the revival
  • Resistant to Effects – Increases resistance to certain effects
  • Resistant to Status Conditions – Increases resistance to harmful conditions
  • Movement Speed – Increases speed

You may also earn 6 additional types of stones with useful benefits:

  • Wait Less Stone – Reduces attack recharge time
  • Stay Strong Stone – Increases duration of move effects (paralysis, poison, etc.)
  • Sharing Stone – Increases effect chance for buddy Pokémon
  • Whack-Whack Stone – Adds an extra attack, but increases wait time by 50%
  • BroadBurst Stone – Increases the width of spread moves by 1
  • ScatterShot Stone – Increases the amount of hits dealt at the expense of damage
  • Note: Keep in mind that these stones are not compatible with every attack, so only certain party members can take advantage.

Luring Wild Pokémon to Your Camp

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The cooking feature allows you to use ingredients to lure wild Pokémon

Pokémon Quest introduces the cooking mechanic, which helps players build their teams. You might note that completing expeditions not only rewards you with stones but also ingredients. These ingredients are used to make varieties of stews, which lure various types of Pokémon to your Base Camp.

There are 10 ingredients you can earn:

  • Tiny Mushrooms
  • Big Roots
  • Bluk Berries
  • Icy Rocks
  • Apricorns
  • Honey
  • Fossils
  • Balm Mushrooms
  • Rainbow Matter
  • Mystical Shells

These are combined together in pots, which are unlocked as you progress through the game. Better pots (normal, bronze, silver, and gold) attract higher level Pokémon. Eventually, you can even lure legendary Pokémon to your base! To learn more about cooking, read our Cooking Guide.

The Pokémon you attract can also be used for training. Your team can gain experience by fighting these visitors – but wild Pokémon leave following training!

Keep Track of Your Progress

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As expected from a Pokémon title, the golden motto always rings true: ‘’Gotta catch ‘em all!’’ There is a handy Pokédex built in, so you can keep track of the monsters you partner with and encounter.

Beyond that, an in-game rewards center keeps track of your progress towards certain milestones. Once these are reached, Quest gives you a collection of items. These can range from ingredients to PM tickets (coming up).

Some Notes on Playability

Pokémon Quest is a limited-play game, meaning sustained play depends on resources. These resources are battery charge and PM tickets.

  • PM tickets allow you to collect certain items even after failing expeditions, and act as a sort of progress shortcut.
  • Battery charges decrease with each expedition attempt (you get 5 per period). These eventually refill over time.

In-app purchases are available, so be advised that free players may take longer to complete the game. You can buy new items and resources at the Poké Mart to hasten progress. This requires an internet connection to access. Otherwise, players can access the core gameplay during offline sessions.

Overall, the newest member of the Pokémon series will be sure to keep players entertained for a long time. Multifaceted gameplay and a strong collection of features deliver an enjoyable gaming experience.

Tyler Charboneau