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Stages in Pokémon Shuffle are the individual puzzles that the player can challenge. Each stage has a six-by-six board of tiles on the lower part of the screen and an opponent Pokémon on the top part. The board is the player's puzzle, which they must solve by making matches to defeat the opponent. When the stage starts, the board is generally filled with a random arrangement of the player's chosen Support Pokémon. Matching three or more icons (in a line or in T, L, or cross shapes) deals damage to the opponent depending on the Attack Power of the matched Pokémon. When the opponent's HP is depleted, it can be caught (if it hasn't been already). Some stages may include disruptions: obstacles introduced to the board either at the start of the stage or by the opponent.

Stages typically cost a Heart to play. Some stages may cost more, while certain special stages require Coins instead. Clearing a stage awards Coins and experience, with more Coins received the first time a stage is cleared than subsequent times. If the player runs out of moves or time, experience is only awarded in proportion with the damage done to the opponent's HP. If the stage is cleared, the Support Pokémon whose icons were cleared most (identified by a crown on its head) receives twice as much experience. Many stages also have other rewards for completing them, such as currency, items, or Mega Stones.

Typical rewards
Stage group Initial Coins Subsequent Coins Experience
Main stages 100 Coins 30 (3DS) or 20 (Mobile) Coins Equal to move limit
Expert stages 300 Coins 30 (3DS) or 20 (Mobile) Coins 10 Exp. Points
Special stages 200 Coins 0-30 Coins 5 Exp. Points

Prior to starting a stage, the player can also use Coins to buy items to alter the way the stage runs.


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When a stage is completed, a Rank (C, B, A, or S) is given based on the number of moves or amount of time that was left at the end of the stage. For most main stages and expert stages, the requirement for S-Rank is for the player to finish with at least half of their initial moves or time remaining (rounded down). The initial moves/time includes the effect of the items Moves +5 or Time +10, if either were used (making an S-Rank easier to achieve). Special stages generally have custom requirements for an S-Rank; some do not even award this sort of Rank at all (often due to using a different type of ranking).

If the player has cleared a stage at least once, their highest Rank will be displayed on the stage's "overworld" icon and on its title card.

Ranks have no explicit effects except for in expert stages, which are unlocked depending on the number of main stages the player has achieved an S-Rank on.


Stages are split into three groups: main stages, expert stages, and special stages. Each group of stages can be accessed from the others, as well as a Survival Mode. Survival Mode is a marathon challenge of 50 of the first 150 main stages using one set of Support Pokémon.

Main stage

Main stages are the game's "main" mode (equivalent to a story mode). These stages restrict the number of moves the player is able to use to try to win. By virtue of the large number of stages, the main stages offer a large number of Pokémon to catch in the game.

The first 11 main stages constitute a tutorial run by Amelia, guiding the player through basic mechanics and ending after explaining Mega Evolution. These are the first 11 stages the player must play in any game; upon completing the 11th stage (Happiny), access to the Special Stages mode is unlocked.

Main stages are divided into areas. Each area has its own name, visual design, and music. The final stage in each area is a "boss" battle featuring a Mega Pokémon (nominally owned by a Trainer who only appears briefly as a silhouette at the start of the stage). These final stages also reward the player with either a Mega Stone and a Jewel on the 3DS or a Mega Stone and five Hearts in Pokémon Shuffle Mobile. Main stages are unlocked sequentially by clearing the previous stage.

Area Stages Boss
Puerto Blanco 1-10 Mega Audino
Sandy Bazaar 11-20 Mega Kangaskhan
Night Festival 21-30 Mega Sableye
Isla Asul 31-45 Mega Slowbro
Rainbow Park 46-60 Mega Lopunny
Galerie Rouge 61-75 Mega Altaria
Sweet Strasse 76-90 Mega Mawile
Silbern Museum 91-105 Mega Ampharos
Mt. Vinter 106-120 Mega Glalie
Castle Noapte 121-135 Mega Gengar
Jungle Verde 136-150 Mega Mewtwo Y
Wacky Workshop 151-180 Mega Aerodactyl
Pedra Valley 181-210 Mega Heracross
Albens Town 211-240 Mega Medicham
Roseus Center 241-300 Mega Rayquaza
Desert Umbra 301-350 Mega Mewtwo X
Violeta Palace 351-400 Mega Scizor
Blau Salon 401-450 Hoopa Unbound
Graucus Hall 451-500 Mega Metagross
Nacht Carnival 501-550 Mega Aggron
Prasino Woods 551-580 Mega Gallade

For a period of time, clearing certain main stages would unlock the next two stages, allowing the player to skip the immediately next stage. This may have been because of the difficulty of those stages, which was scaled down in later versions. On the 3DS, this feature may have been introduced in version 1.3.0[1]; it is uncertain when it was introduced in Mobile, or when it was removed in either version.

Expert stages

Main article: Expert Stages

Expert stages restrict the amount of time the player has to win instead of the number of moves, thereby imposing a greater challenge compared to the main stages. The player progressively unlocks these stages by earning an S-Rank in progressively more main stages.

The Expert Stages section is first unlocked by completing 12 main stages with an S-Rank, thereby unlocking the first three stages in the area.

Special Stages

Main article: Special Stages

Special stages consist of a changing set of stages available for limited periods of time. These stages have a wide variety of formats, but various themes often recur, such as Pokémon Safari stages, and they often contain rare Pokémon.

Special stages are unlocked after the player has completed main stage 11 and thereby Amelia's tutorial.

Special stages are downloaded during the check in process, and can only be played during the limited event period. Most special stages require Hearts to play like other stages, but some require Coins instead.

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