Pokemon Quest Now Available on Nintendo Switch


It’s a big day for the Pokemon franchise. During a press conference, Nintendo announced that both Let’s Go Pikachi and Let’s Go Eevee, the Switch’s versions of the Pokemon Go mobile phenomenon, are coming later this year. There’s also a new, core Pokemon RPG coming to the Switch in 2019. 

But if you’re hankering for a new Pokemon experience right now, Nintendo has also just released Pokemon Quest, a new RPG from Game Freak, the series’ main developer. The game is now available to download on the Switch and is coming to iOS and Android devices in June. 

Here’s the announcement trailer:

The game takes place on Tumblecube Island and features “Pokexels,” blocky versions of your favorite pocket monsters. For now, only first generation Pokemon are featured in the game.

At its core, the game centers around battles and leveling up your Pokemon, not unlike the handheld RPGs. The only difference is that trainers don’t have direct control of their Pokemon. They move freely around Tumblecube and will also battle on their own unless you tap the touch screen to make them perform certain moves. Gone is the turn-based combat as well, replaced by an attack meter that depletes as your Pokemon fights. 

There’s also a base building mechanic that allows you to attract new Pokemon to your team by cooking recipes that can be used as bait. (Cooking yellow curry attracts yellow Pokemon.) Trainers can then pick a team of three Pokemon to take into battle in the wild. 

“Players will be able to personalize their Pokemon and develop a strong bond with their Pokemon friends while battling their way through the adventure,” said Shigeru Ohmori, director at Game Freak.

You can personalize your Pokemon by finding Power Stones on the map that grant them special stats. There are also other treasures to find.

While Pokemon Quest is free at its core, there are microtransactions for players interested in buying additional perks and helpful items. The content packs range from $4.99 to $17.99. 

Here’s a breakdown of the content packs, courtesy of Polygon…

Expedition Pack – $4.99

– Cooking pot: Increases the number of dishes you can cook at the same time by one.
– Poké Ball Model: Increases the number of PM Tickets received as a service for members by 20.
– Perfect Pair Statue: Increases the maximum battery charges by one.

This DLC also includes the following one-time bonuses:

– PM Tickets +100
– Lv. 1 Nidoran♀ with a special move
– Lv. 1 Nidoran♂ with a special move

Great Expedition Pack – $9.99

– Cooking pot: Increases the number of dishes you can cook at the same time by one.
– Great Ball Model: Increases the number of PM Tickets received as a service for members by 30.
– Eevee Arch: Increases the maximum battery charges by one.
– Lapras Pool : Doubles the chances of attracting multiple Pokémon with your cooking.

This DLC also includes the following one-time bonuses:

– PM Tickets +100
– Lv. 1 Lapras with a special move

Ultra Expedition Pack – $17.99

– Cooking pot: Increases the number of dishes you can cook at the same time by one.
– Ultra Ball Model: Increases the number of PM Tickets received as a service for members by 40.
– Pikachu Arch: Increases the maximum battery charges by one.
– Gengar Balloon: Doubles the drop rate of all ingredients.
– Snorlax Lounger: Doubles the Exp. received from expeditions.

This DLC also includes the following one-time bonuses:

– PM Tickets +100
– Lv. 1 Snorlax with a special move

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