Pokémon Masters

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Pokémon Masters
ポケモンマスターズ
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Logo of Pokémon Masters
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Basic info
Platform: iOS, Android
Category: RPG
Players: N/A
Connectivity: N/A
Developer: DeNA
Publisher: DeNA
Part of: Generation VII spin-off
Ratings
CERO: N/A
ESRB: E10+
ACB: G
OFLC: N/A
PEGI: 3
GRAC: N/A
GSRR: 6+
Release dates
Japan: August 29, 2019
North America: August 28, 2019
Australia: August 29, 2019
Europe: August 29, 2019
South Korea: August 29, 2019
Hong Kong: August 29, 2019
Taiwan: August 29, 2019
Websites
Japanese: Official site
English: Official site
Pokemon.com

Pokémon Masters (Japanese: ポケモンマスターズ) is a free-to-start spin-off Pokémon game for iOS and Android. It allows players to battle various Pokémon Trainers from the core series games. It was released worldwide on August 29, 2019.[note 1] This game is set on the artificial island of Pasio.

It was officially revealed at the Pokémon 2019 Press Conference on May 29, 2019. More details were revealed on June 27, 2019. A preview version of the game was released in Singapore on July 25, 2019 and in Canada on August 6, 2019.

Blurb

Start a new adventure in the Pokémon world! Explore the all-new island of Pasio!

There’s a tournament of 3-on-3 battles being held on Pasio called the Pokémon Masters League. Aim to become its champion as you battle with famous Trainers and make a dream team of friends on the way!

Form a team with three Trainers and their Pokémon to target your opponents' weaknesses and deal big damage!

Enjoy co-op play with friends all around the world! In co-op play, three players team up for fun, exciting battles! Work together to emerge victorious!

Gameplay

Gameplay in Pokémon Masters mainly involves battles and story dialogue.

Sync pairs

Main article: Sync pair

An important aspect of the game is sync pairs. A sync pair is a pair consisting of one Pokémon Trainer and one Pokémon.

Each sync pair is able to know up to four moves and up to three passive skills which can be used in battle. There are three types of sync pairs:

  • Strike sync pairs, which focus on attacking
  • Support sync pairs, which focus on defending, healing HP, and increasing stats of the whole team
  • Tech sync pairs, which focus on different tactics, such as inflicting status alterations

The level of a sync pair can be increased by winning battles or by using Level-Up Manuals.

Sync pairs can be recruited by playing the main story, or through Sync Pair Scout.

Battle mechanics

A battle in Pokémon Masters

Battles in Pokémon Masters are primarily three-on-three battles. Unlike the main games, they take place in real-time instead of being turn-based. As a result, the outcome can be largely affected by how fast a Trainer can issue its commands to their team.

Before a battle, a team of three sync pairs can be created or chosen through preset teams. A score is given for each team's strength, which can be compared to the battle's score; the higher a sync pair's level is, the higher the score will be. Each battle will indicate a recommended type that is super effective against the sync pairs in the upcoming battle, and choosing a trainer with a type advantage will further increase the team score.

During battle, the player is able to select moves. Each move uses up a certain amount of energy from the move gauge. The more damaging a move is, the more energy is used up from the move gauge. The gauge initially maxes out at 4 units, which can be increased to 6 at the shop. The speed at which the gauge fills up depends on sum of the Speed stat of the sync pairs in the player's team. The player is also able to choose the opponent to be targeted. The default target is the sync pair in the center; however, he target can be changed by tapping on the sync pair the player wants to target.

The opponent will always first target the sync pair with the highest bulk, and will continue to do so until the player distracts them or the sync pair's Pokémon faints.

Sync moves are powerful moves that a sync pair can unleash once the sync move countdown reaches 0. The player's countdown begins at 9, while the opponent's countdown starts at 6. When a move is used, the countdown goes down by one. Once a sync move is used, the countdown resets to the original maximum value.

The battle is won when all sync pairs on a team have been eliminated. If the player wins, the sync pairs will gain experience and obtain items as rewards. If the player loses, they are sent back to the Pokémon Center.

Beside the real time mechanics, the battle system borrows the core mechanics from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, with various differences:

  • Flinch is now a status condition that makes the Pokémon in the pair unable to perform any move for a few seconds instead of just one move
  • Stage multipliers for statistics no longer work with a base fraction of 2/2, resulting in a +6 multiplier which is around 1.8
  • The critical hit stage is now capped at 3 and the critical hit rate for the +1 and +2 stages is 50% and 80% respectively
  • Using a sync move increases the stage multiplier of a new effect, whose actual influence on the stats is currently not specified

Each sync pair can also know up to three passive skills. Similar to Abilities, these provide passive effects in battle, such as preventing stats from being lowered.

Items

Main article: List of items in Pokémon Masters

There are many items in Pokémon Masters with varied uses. They are often obtained as battle rewards or through item exchange at the shop.

Poryphone

Poryphone

The Poryphone is a multi-purpose information device that allows the player to communicate with other sync pairs in the team. It is given to the player by Trista once the player registers for the Pokémon Masters League. The Poryphone contains many useful functions for the player:

  • Player details - including the player's number of badges, and the amount of coins and gems. The player's appearance and favourite sync pair can be edited here
  • Missions - players can earn rewards by completing Daily, General and Event missions
  • Friends - players can befriend up to 100 friends. Players can request and accept pending friend requests through this tab
  • Bag - details the number of items the player has
  • Settings - allows players to change certain settings such as the player's nickname and certain battle settings
  • Other
  • Google Play - allows connection with Google Play
  • Account - allows connection with a Nintendo account
  • Invitations - players can join co-op battles initiated by friends

The Poryphone is also used to recruit other sync pairs through sync pair scout.

Pokémon Center

Pokémon Center

The Pokémon Center acts as a central point for the player. The player returns here when they are defeated in battle. There are three receptionists at the Center:

  • Trista staffs the reception desk. Talking with her opens the Explore menu.
  • Tricia staffs the shop. Talking with her opens the Shop menu.
  • Trinnia staffs the café. Talking with her opens the Team menu

Shop

Sync Pair Scout
See also: Sync pair scout

Players can recruit sync pairs that are not available through the main story through Sync Pair Scout. It costs 300 gems (or 100 paid gems) to scout one sync pair, which is chosen randomly from a pool of sync pairs. There is a 73% chance of obtaining a 3★ sync pair, 20% chance of a 4★ sync pair, and 7% chance of a 5★ sync pair. If the background turns rainbow during the scouting process, then this guarantees the player at least one 5★ scout.

Item Exchange

Players can exchange coins or items for other items.

Item given Item received Notes
General
Masters Pearl.png
Pearl
Masters Coin.png 1,000 Unlimited number of exchanges possible
Masters Big Pearl.png
Big Pearl
Masters Coin.png 3,000
Masters Pearl.png
10 Pearl
Masters Coin.png 10,000
Masters Big Pearl.png
10 Big Pearl
Masters Coin.png 30,000
Masters Buff Blend.png
10 Buff Blend
Masters Great Buff Blend.png
Great Buff Blend
Masters Tech Tonic.png
10 Tech Tonic
Masters Great Tech Tonic.png
Great Tech Tonic
Masters Aid Ade.png
10 Aid Ade
Masters Great Aid Ade.png
Great Aid Ade
Masters Great Buff Blend.png
50 Great Buff Blend
Masters Ultra Buff Blend.png
Ultra Buff Blend
Masters Great Tech Tonic.png
50 Great Tech Tonic
Masters Ultra Tech Tonic.png
Ultra Tech Tonic
Masters Great Aid Ade.png
50 Great Aid Ade
Masters Ultra Aid Ade.png
Ultra Aid Ade
Masters Skill Capsule.png
100 Skill Capsule
Masters Gym Leader Notes.png
Gym Leader Notes
Masters Training Machine.png
100 Training Machine
Masters Super Training Machine.png
Super Training Machine
Masters Coin.png 30,000 Masters Move Gauge Slot Plus 1.png
+1 move gauge slot
One time only exchange
Masters Coin.png 100,000 Masters Move Gauge Slot Plus 1.png
+1 move gauge slot
Masters Coin.png 1,000 Masters Evolution Shard.png
5 Evolution Shard
Two time only exchange
Masters Coin.png 5,000 Masters Evolution Crystal.png
3 Evolution Crystal
One time only exchange
Monthly
Masters Coin.png 10,000 Masters Evolution Shard.png
5 Evolution Shard
Max 3 exchanges a month
Masters Coin.png 300,000 Masters Evolution Crystal.png
Evolution Crystal
Max 3 exchanges a month
Masters Coin.png 3,000 Masters Training Machine.png
Training Machine
Max 15 exchanges a month
Masters Coin.png 1,000 Masters 1 Star Level-Up Manual.png
1★ Level-Up Manual
Max 30 exchanges a month
Masters Coin.png 10,000 Masters 2 Star Level-Up Manual.png
2★ Level-Up Manual
Max 20 exchanges a month
Masters Coin.png 100,000 Masters 3 Star Level-Up Manual.png
3★ Level-Up Manual
Max 10 exchanges a month
Masters Coin.png 100,000 Masters Replay Ticket.png
Replay Ticket
Max 2 exchanges a month
Daily
Only available during certain events
Event
Players can use vouchers obtained through event co-op battles to exchange for items

Plot

The game consists of several modes - main story, events, sync pair stories and training area. The main story, events and training area can also be played in co-op mode.

Main Story

The game starts with Blue introducing the player, a new Trainer in Pasio, to the Pokémon Masters League, or PML for short. The player registers for the PML at the Pokémon Center, and Trista introduces the player to Brock and Misty who are looking for a Trainer to join their team for the PML.

To enter the PML the player must collect at least five Badges by defeating the PML Leaders. As a team, Brock, Misty and the player explore Pasio to look for other Trainers and PML Leaders. Along the way, various Trainers join the team and they also battle members of Team Break whose goal is to steal strong Pokémon from other Trainers and disturb the PML. They also meet Lear, the founder of Pasio and the PML, and his subordinates, Sawyer and Rachel.

After having collected five Badges, the player's team then enters the PML to battle against numerous other teams.

The story consists of multiple chapters, with the next chapter unlocked once the previous one is completed. Co-op mode is available from Interlude 1.

Chapter Sync Pair recruited
Masters Rosa story icon.png Chapter 1: New Adventure, New Goal Rosa & Snivy
Masters Barry story icon.png Chapter 2: New Friends, New Foes Barry & Piplup
Masters Flannery story icon.png Chapter 3: Rise Beyond the Flames Flannery & Torkoal
Masters Erika story icon.png Chapter 4: From Bud to Blossom Erika & Vileplume
Masters Skyla story icon.png Chapter 5: The High-Flying Girl Skyla & Swanna
Masters Korrina story icon.png Chapter 6: A Telling Aura Korrina & Lucario
Masters Norman story icon.png Chapter 7: Bravery is Half the Victory Norman & Slaking
Masters Pryce story icon.png Chapter 8: A Cold, Harsh Winter Pryce & Seel
Masters Iris story icon.png Chapter 9: The Beauty of Friendship Iris & Haxorus
Masters Hapu story icon.png Chapter 10: A Matter of Pride Hapu & Mudsdale
Masters Brock story icon.png Interlude 1: Brock's Grit Brock (Sygna Suit) & Tyranitar
Masters Hau story icon.png Chapter 11: Alola's Rising Stars Hau & Raichu
Masters Flint story icon.png Chapter 12: Candle and Flame Flint & Infernape
Masters Clair story icon.png Chapter 13: Cold Confidence Clair & Kingdra
Masters Viola story icon.png Chapter 14: Bug Experts Viola & Surskit
Masters Nanu story icon.png Chapter 15: Dubious Duo Nanu & Alolan Persian
Masters Koga story icon.png Chapter 16: Ninja Kin Koga & Crobat
Masters Acerola story icon.png Chapter 17: Ghostly Trio Acerola & Palossand
Masters Cheren story icon.png Chapter 18: Team Unova Cheren & Stoutland
Masters Lear story icon.png Interlude 2: A Stubborn Obstacle
Masters Lear battle story icon.png Chapter 19: Rematch vs. Lear
Masters Calem story icon.png Chapter 20: Shifting Shadows Calem & Espurr
Masters Marshal story icon.png Chapter 21: Face the Fight!
Masters Cheren interlude story icon.png Interlude 3: The Truth about Pasio

Events

There are two main types of events:

  • Story event - involves a single player story structured like the chapters of Story mode
  • Training event - single player battles that provide increased experience points to the sync pairs whose type matches the type of the training events

Both these events include co-op battles that reward the player with vouchers that can be exchanged for items at the shop. The items of story events are generally rarer, such as power-up items.

There are also other events that do not provide new battles or storyline, but give smaller amount of extra content, such as special log-in bonuses or special mission rewards.

All events are started and ended at 6 AM (UTC).

Story events

Event Features Duration
Reach for the Top Increased chance of scouting Blue & Pidgeot sync pair
Story event
Co-op battles
September 3 to 30, 2019
The Girl in Black and White Increased chance of scouting Hilda & Tepig sync pair
Story event
Co-op battles
September 30 to October 17, 2019
The Importance of Elegance Increased chance of scouting Caitlin & Reuniclus sync pair
Story event
Co-op battles
October 31 to November 14, 2019

Training events

Event Features Duration
Rock-type Training Event Increased chance of scouting Olivia & Lycanroc sync pair
Rock type training battles
Co-op battles
September 10 to 24, 2019
Grass-type Training Event Increased chance of scouting Lyra & Chikorita sync pair
Grass type training battles
Co-op battles
September 17 to 30, 2019
Water-type Training Event Increased chance of scouting Hilbert & Oshawott sync pair
Water type training battles
Co-op battles
September 24 to October 8, 2019
Electric-type Training Event Increased chance of scouting Elesa & Zebstrika sync pair
Electric type training battles
Co-op battles
October 17 to 31, 2019
Grass-type Training Event Increased chance of scouting Brendan & Treecko sync pair
Grass type training battles
Co-op battles
October 24 to November 7, 2019
Ice-type Training Event Increased chance of scouting Glacia & Glalie sync pair
Ice type training battles
Co-op battles
November 14 to 28, 2019

Other events

Event Features Duration
Launch Celebration Special Rally Special log-in bonus
Event missions
August 29 to October 17, 2019
Co-op Battle Rally Increased the ability to complete Supercourses from three to six times October 7 to 17, 2019
Evolution Material Mining! Special event consisting of an investigation-based single player stage where players can find Evolution Shards and Evolution Crystals
Special log-in bonus
October 17 to November 28, 2019
Main Story Support Missions New mission rewards for completing main story missions October 24 to November 7, 2019
Special Log-in Bonus! Special log-in bonus November 1 to December 1, 2019
The Story Continues! Special Rally Special log-in bonus
Event missions
November 7 to 28, 2019

Sync pair stories

Each sync pair has a unique sync pair story. Sync pair stories are unlocked once a sync pair is recruited.

Sync pair stories mainly consists of dialogue as the player meets the sync pair in Pasio. Some sync pair stories involve a battle which allows the sync pair to evolve their Pokémon. Unlike the usual three-on-three battle system seen in Pokémon Masters, these evolution story battles are one-on-one and require the player to bring evolution material. If the player is defeated in these evolution sync pair stories, the evolution material will not be used up.

Trainer Sync pair story Required level Evolution material
Pryce MastersIcon086.png Seel's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Lyra MastersIcon152.png Chikorita's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Lyra MastersIcon153.png Bayleef's Evolution 45 3 Evolution Crystals
Kris MastersIcon158.png Totodile's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Kris MastersIcon159.png Croconaw's Evolution 45 3 Evolution Crystals
Brendan MastersIcon252.png Treecko's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Brendan MastersIcon253.png Grovyle's Evolution 45 3 Evolution Crystals
Viola MastersIcon283.png Surskit's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Barry MastersIcon393.png Piplup's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Barry MastersIcon394.png Prinplup's Evolution 45 3 Evolution Crystals
Rosa MastersIcon495.png Snivy's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Rosa MastersIcon496.png Servine's Evolution 45 3 Evolution Crystals
Hilda MastersIcon498.png Tepig's Evolution 30 5 Evolution Shards
Hilda MastersIcon499.png Pignite's Evolution 45 3 Evolution Crystals

Training area

Main article: Training area

The Training area is a mode in Pokémon Masters that allows players to repeatedly battle other Trainers to collect useful items.

Reception

Before its release, Pokémon Masters had surpassed 5 million preregistrations.[1] Since launch, it surpassed 10 million downloads in four days[2] and made $25 million in revenue in its first week.[3]

Amid the lukewarm reception from the community, particularly on the lack of content, unfulfilling completion rewards, and difficulty of the game's mechanics, DeNA released out a letter from the producers, where they apologized for the delay on addressing the game's problems and promised to focus on the community's complaints first.[4]

Staff

Main article: Staff of Pokémon Masters

Version history

iOS

Version Release date Official note
0.0.1 July 23, 2019 N/A
1.1.0 August 28, 2019

Pokémon Masters Now Available!
Head to Pasio for an exciting new adventure!

1.1.1 September 6, 2019

Minor bug fixes and improvements implemented.

1.2.0 September 25, 2019

Update details:
• Recommended strength for areas containing battles is now displayed.
• You are now able to check stat changes to each of your sync pairs as you’re equipping them with gear.
• You are now able to exchange multiple items at once.
• Daily and Monthly categories have been added for items.
• Other minor bug fixes and improvements implemented.

1.2.1 October 8, 2019

Update Details
• Bug fixes and improvements implemented.

1.3.0 October 28, 2019

Update Details
• Readability of expiration dates for power-ups that may expire has been adjusted.
• Timing of when you receive Evolution sync pair story information has been changed from when a sync pair reaches a certain level to when you obtain that sync pair.
• Other minor bugs have been fixed and other improvements implemented.

1.3.1 November 5, 2019

Update Details
• Bug fixes and improvements implemented.

Android

Version Release date Official note
1.1.0 August 28, 2019

Pokémon Masters Now Available!
Head to Pasio for an exciting new adventure!

1.1.1 September 6, 2019

Minor bug fixes and improvements implemented.

1.2.0 September 25, 2019

Update details:
• Recommended strength for areas containing battles is now displayed.
• You are now able to check stat changes to each of your sync pairs as you’re equipping them with gear.
• You are now able to exchange multiple items at once.
• Daily and Monthly categories have been added for items.
• Other minor bug fixes and improvements implemented.

1.2.1 October 8, 2019

Update Details
• Bug fixes and improvements implemented.

1.3.0 October 28, 2019

Update Details
• Readability of expiration dates for power-ups that may expire has been adjusted.
• Timing of when you receive Evolution sync pair story information has been changed from when a sync pair reaches a certain level to when you obtain that sync pair.
• Other minor bugs have been fixed and other improvements implemented.

1.3.1 November 5, 2019

Update Details
• Bug fixes and improvements implemented.

Compatibility

The game can be played on:[5]

Release

Unlike most other Pokémon games, Pokémon Masters was not released in Belgium or the Netherlands, likely due to bans on loot boxes.

Date Locations
August 28, 2019
August 29, 2019
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam

Gallery

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese Pokémon Masters
Mandarin Pokémon Masters
France Flag.png French Pokémon Masters
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Masters
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Masters
South Korea Flag.png Korean Pokémon Masters
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon Masters

See also

Notes

  1. Due to time zones, the game was released on August 28, 2019 in North America, even though it was released at the same time as the rest of the world.

References

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