Pokemon Go clone is one of the most downloaded games in China - Dexerto

Pokemon Go clone is one of the most downloaded games in China

Published: 17/May/2019 13:55 Updated: 17/May/2019 15:38

by Paul Cot


Let’s Hunt Monsters is essentially a Pokemon Go clone, catching mythological beasts such as dragons and phoenixes. It has quickly become one of the most popular games in China.

Pokemon Go China

The Chinese government have banned Pokemon Go, at least for the time being. According to the China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association the game brings a potential “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.”

Furthermore, Pokemon Go also relies on Google services, namely Google Maps, which are also banned in China.

Pokemon Go is currently banned in China…

Let’s Hunt Monsters

The result of this ban is that knock off versions of Pokemon Go are being developed. Tencent’s Let’s Go Monsters is the best example of this.

The supposed Pokemon Go clone released in April 2019. Upon release it quickly shot to China’s most downloaded free game on China’s iOS store. Alongside PUBG Mobile and Honour of Kings, two other games developed by Tencent, it continues to be high up in the download charts.

Unlike many other Chinese games, in-app purchases are allowed in Let’s Hunt Monsters.

TencentThe blockchain based Let’s Hunt Monsters is very popular in China…

Pokemon blockchain

Blockchain technology has come to the forefront over the last couple of years and Let’s Hunt Monsters is one of the first games to utilize the technology. Despite appearing to copy Pokemon Go, this particular feature could give it a long-term competitive advantage.

Pokemon at its core is about collecting Pokemon. This remains true in the video games, card games and even in the anime – after all the slogan is “gotta catch ’em all.”

Consequently, in the video games, where there is a theoretically unlimited supply of Pokemon, there is a question of rareness and therefore value. Blockchain would allow for an audited supply of Pokemon which could be added to at a later date if the demand required so.

It will be interesting to see how the Pokemon Go vs China debacle plays out and whether Let’s Hunt Monsters will continue to go from strength to strength.


How to get Spiritomb in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 26/Oct/2020 21:57

by Brent Koepp


Perhaps one of the most unique Pokemon in Sword & Shield, Spiritomb can only be obtained in The Crown Tundra DLC through a special method. Here is how you can capture the Ghost-type ‘mon in no time.

Unlike previous generations, developer Game Freak opted out of a third game for Sword & Shield in favor of an Expansion pass. And on October 22, players got their second major DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The new addon whisked players away to a snowy region of Galar, and brought with it over 119 new monsters for trainer’s to catch. However one of the trickiest characters to find is Gen IV’s Ghost / Dark type Spiritomb.

Game Freak/ Twitter: @brentrkoepp
The Gen IV Pokemon makes it return in Sword & Shield DLC The Crown Tundra.

How to find Spiritomb in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Spiritomb was originally introduced in fourth generation releases Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS. The mon’ however made its return to Sword & Shield in its latest expansion the Crown Tundra.

According to its Gen VIII Pokedex description, the character is said to have been created from 108 deceased spirits – chilling stuff. It’s also said that it’s mischievous behavior “compelled a traveler to use a mysterious spell to bind it to an odd keystone.”

Unlike other monsters in the new DLC, the Ghost / Dark type can only be found in a specific location. Trainer’s will also have to follow a certain method to summon the spirit. Here are the steps to capturing it quickly:

Steps to summoning and capturing Spiritomb in Pokemon Sword & Shield

  • Step 1: Fast travel to Dyna Tree Hill. If you have not unlocked the waypoint yet, make your way to the giant Red Tree where the Galarian Bird trio preside. 
  • Step 2: After spawning in front of the tree, immediately make a right and then take a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower area and hug right. You will then see two alcoves, the one you want is the far right. The tombstone is directly West of Ballimere Lake.
Game Freak/ Twitter: @brentrkoepp
The Pokemon can be found west of Ballimere Lake.
  • Step 3: Go up to the tombstone and read the text which will say “Spread My Voice”. You will now need to hit the Y button to bring up the Y-Comm menu. Press the + button to connect to the internet.
  • Step 4: You now have to talk to 32 trainers. While this may seem like a lot, it can be done rather quickly if you stay in this location. Hop on your bike, and ride back and forth down the path. Each time you see a new player on the overworld talk to them, and receive an item. You must receive 32 items, as it needs to be a new person each time. Repeat encounters won’t count!
Game Freak / Twitter: @brentrkoepp
You have to talk to 32 new trainers before the Ghost will appear.
  • Step 5: After talking to 32 people go up to the tombstone, and the text should change to “I have been heard”. Now fast travel to the Dyna Tree hill point to reload the map, and go back to the tombstone. Now the Gen IV monster should be floating in front of it ready to battle you.
Game Freak/ Twitter: @brentrkoepp
Spirtomb will show up at the grave after talking to 32 trainers.

It may seem like a major undertaking to talk to 32 new trainers, however keep in mind there are plenty of players trying to do the same thing as you. So once you connect to the internet in front of the tombstone, you will easily find people to talk to.

It took us about 5 minutes to complete the task, so not too bad. Spirtomb’s odd requirements are similar to Sword & Shield’s Runerigus which could only be found using a specific method on the map.