So you want to be the champion of the Pokémon Masters League, do you? Like all hopefuls, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. If you’re struggling to get started, however, I have some Pokémon Masters tips that I hope will help give you a starting boost.
1. Be mindful of battle scenarios.
It can be easy to focus only on your current battle, but if you want to be successful, you’ll have to be mindful of the battle scene you’re in. For starters, while battles are three-on-three, this only applies to the battle in the moment. Some matches actually have backup trainers waiting in the wings. These trainers will pop in to replace a specific trainer once you’ve knocked them out. Thankfully, this information will be made available to you prior to a specific battle, so you can choose the best strategic moment to knock the corresponding trainer out.
Another big thing to be mindful of is that most scenarios in the story have you participate in multiple battles. Pokémon Masters tells you how many battles you’ll face as you select the stage. Careful selection of your team is essential since you won’t be able to swap them out mid-scenario.
Lastly, Pokémon that survive the first battle will replenish health between each of these skirmishes; any fainted Pokémon remain unusable. Your items and non-attacking moves will not refresh their usage. If you use up all your potions in the first match, you won’t have any for the second. Given that you only get battle rewards and experience once you complete an entire scenario, you want to make sure not only that you survive the first battle, but that you leave yourself in a favorable position for the others.
2. Don’t be afraid to lose.
Normally, in mobile games, losing a stage means the loss of precious stamina, meaning you’ll either have to wait for it to refill or pay for more in order to try again. Pokémon Masters has no such system though. This means that you shouldn’t be afraid to lose! Aside from kicking you back to the lobby and losing your progress within a stage, there’s no downside to getting crushed. There are some particularly tough battles in the game, and sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to find an effective strategy. By losing a match, you start to understand what you did that didn’t work, and thus what you can do to fix it.
3. Check type effectiveness.
Like in all Pokémon games, taking advantage of type effectiveness can do a world of good. If you’re familiar with the type effectiveness system from the mainline games, however, you’ll have to adjust to Pokémon Masters’ simplified version.
Each Pokémon in Masters has a single weakness, and only attacks of that type will be super effective. For instance, take Ponyta. As a fire type, you’d expect it to be weak against water-, ground-, and rock-type moves. However, in Pokémon Masters, Ponyta is only weak against rock. While this seems counterintuitive, especially to those familiar with the long-established system, the simplified way it’s handled here makes it convenient for newcomers to the franchise.
Before you get up in arms complaining about how players are supposed to figure this out, Pokémon Masters has you covered. Each opposing Pokémon has an indicator above it noting its weakness! Even prior to entering the scenario, when you’re selecting your team, the game tells you which types will be effective throughout. The chapters so far seem to be relatively typing-themed, so if a stage recommends you use fire and grass types, chances are those will be good throughout the entire chapter. You don’t have to worry about covering a wide range of types for a given stage, allowing you to more effectively choose a focused team.
4. Level your Sync Pairs, and use Level-Up Course to help.
Also just like in any Pokémon game, it’s extremely important to level your team. There are two main ways to do this in Pokémon Masters: battles and items. If you want the more fun way to level, battling is the way to go. You can do this in the story, but there’s also a training mode that seems to work pretty well.
Those reward items form the other way to level your Sync Pairs. Specifically, you’ll be looking for Level-Up Manuals. These items act similarly to a Rare Candy, but instead of a level, you gain XP. Using these items in tandem with each other can really speed up the leveling process. Though they are single-use items, you find quite a few across your battles. This seems to be the fastest way to level up.
If you’re really in a hurry, my suggestion would be to check out the “Level-Up Course” in the training mode. Not only will you still gain some experience from the battle, but the rate at which you get Level-Up Manuals is significantly increased. For example, in one story battle, I obtained only one Manual; however, in the easiest Level-Up Course, I obtained approximately eight each time I finished, six of which were simply for beating the battle. Though these are the lowest-tier level up item, the quantity in which you obtain them makes them particularly useful for leveling up your weaker Sync Pairs.
5. Conserve energy and queue up attacks strategically.
You might think that there’s no real strategy in Pokémon Masters, but you’d be wrong. Time is your most valuable resource, and using it the wrong way can and will result in defeat. Each attack requires so much energy, but since your bar is shared among all members of your team, using a high-energy move with one Pokémon means that all your Pokémon have to wait until you get enough energy back to attack. I’ve found that it’s much easier to use energy than it is to gain energy, so effective use of this resource is essential.
Each Pokémon can also only have one move queued at a time, so you can’t spam attacks from a single teammate. However, provided you have the energy, you can queue up attacks from the other Pokémon while waiting for your moves to go through. For example, I can have Pikachu queue up a Thundershock while my Onix uses Rock Tomb. The same applies to items and non-attacking moves.
Try to be mindful of which of your opponents’ Pokémon you’re attacking. You can actively swap targets, enabling you to direct attacks at specific enemies. Whichever Pokémon is being targeted when the attack command is given will be the one to receive the attack. Combined with the ability to queue attacks from your team, this is particularly useful. Going back to the above example, I could have Onix attack Slugma with Rock Tomb to take advantage of its weakness against rock-type moves, then switch to Bibarel and have Pikachu attack with Thundershock, again to take advantage of typing.
Lastly, be conscious of your Sync Moves. These charged moves are extremely powerful but take a while to charge, so you want to be sure to make the most of them. You can charge your Sync Moves by using nine moves or items in the normal course of a battle. Again, this charge is shared between your entire team, so once one Pokémon can use it, all of them can. Likewise, once it gets used, the other Pokémon can’t use it. Also, once the move is available, your charge doesn’t carry over, so continuing to attack regularly won’t contribute to a second Sync Move until the first is used.
Hopefully, these tips have helped put you closer toward your goal of conquering the Pokémon Masters League. Be sure to let us know if they were helpful or not, and if you have any tips of your own, feel free to share them as well!