Like many Pokemon fans, I too downloaded the new Pokemon Quest app, and not going to lie, it’s pretty fun. When I originally heard about the new game, and saw the promotional images, I was not impressed but they have gone and made a liar out of me. The cube-like designs are cute, but can be a little weird. It’s almost like playing “Who’s that Pokemon” when trying to depict Cubone and Marowak. Also, the game only hosts the original Kanto region Pokemon.
You start out on a cubesque boat headed for Tumblecube Island. Upon arriving your cube drone scouts the island and finds five Pokemon that will surely be happy to help guide you through the island. You get to pick your starter Pokemon from Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Pikachu, and Eevee. Obviously the correct choice is Charmander and that’s why I picked him. I actually love all the starter Pokemon and I took probably way too much time to decide who I wanted. You will be able to try and attract the remaining starter Pokemon later, so don’t worry. You then find a base camp, two more Pokemon to help you on expeditions (Pidgey and Rattata) and off you go.
During expeditions, your Pokemon team moves freely through the area. Pokemon can know up to two attacks at a time and all it takes to use them is to tap the button of the attack you want to use, but they do have recharge times. Expeditions can basically play themselves if you desire, as there is an auto play button. If you are unhappy with the attacks that a Pokemon knows you can do some Move Training in which you can sacrifice up to four Pokemon to increase the success rate of learning a new move. I say sacrifice because the Pokemon used will be gone after the training is complete. Pokemon of the same type or same species will increase the success rate as well.
Now you’re going to level up your Pokemon by completing expeditions, but their attack power and hit points are dependent on the power stones you equip to them. Every Pokemon has a three by three grid, and slots for power stones relating to attack power and health. You will find the power stones needed by fighting the Pokemon in the expedition areas.
Evolving Pokemon is the traditional level up to evolve strategy, except for Pokemon that evolved by trading or using the elemental stones. The trade evolution Pokemon will evolve when their level reaches 36. The same goes with elemental stone evolvers, as they evolve at level 36. The exceptions to that rule are Eevee and Pikachu. Pikachu will evolve into Raichu at level 22. For Eevee it gets more complicated. Eevee will evolve at level 36, but to get Jolteon, Flareon, or Vaporeon all depends on the power stones equipped. I don’t want to ruin the fun so I’m not going to spoil how Eevee-lutions works. Of course you can always look it up as there are many guides out the on the internet.
Also during expeditions, you will find items like mushrooms, berries, fossils, rocks, and honey. These ingredients are your keys to finding new Pokemon. The way to catch Pokemon in Quest is by cooking. You have a giant pot at your base camp and in it you will combine different combinations of ingredients to attract the Pokemon. The cooking time of your “stews” depends on the type of ingredients used because some are small and some are large. Completing expeditions, successful or not, is how you finish cooking the stew. Different Pokemon are going to like different stews, and once you unlock a recipe you can easily auto-set the ingredients in the pot to make it again.
The game is free to play and there are in-app micro-transactions, but the entire game can be played without purchasing anything. You can download Pokemon Quest on Nintendo Switch or on iOS or Android, or all of them if you want. I mean who am I to judge, I have Overwatch across three platforms. The mobile versions of Pokemon Quest have already netted about $3 million in revenue with 3.5 million downloads on mobile devices.
Have you been playing Pokemon Quest? Do you have any recipes to share, so I’m not constantly making Mulligan Stew? Let us know in the comments.