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Leak reveals more information about the new Pokemon Masters game

Published: 30/May/2019 1:55 Updated: 30/May/2019 8:57

by Paul Cot

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On May 10, the Pokemon Company revealed they were working with Nintendo’s mobile partner, DeNA, to bring an entirely new Pokemon game to mobile. The Pokemon press conference confirmed that game to be Pokemon Masters.

Press conference reveal

The idea for this game came from a Game Freak employee. His idea was to make a game that included all of the past and present trainers from the mainline Pokemon video games.

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While development is still ongoing, a short video showcasing some Pokemon Masters gameplay has been shared. The few clips provided show a more anime styles of graphics, which is different to Pokemon Go’s 3D style. Furthermore, the iconic Brock and Misty from the Kanto region also appear. Mobile users can skip to 1:02 of the below video for gameplay footage.

More Pokemon Masters details leaked

The title of Pokemon Masters was officially unknown until it was revealed at the press conference. However, a Japanese message board correctly leaked the title on May 18.

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Other information that the leak revealed was also proven correct in the gameplay trailer. This suggests information which hasn’t been confirmed to be true yet, will likely be correct.

Here is the full list of translated details that were leaked:

  • There will be one Pokemon per trainer, called buddies – battles will be 3v3
  • While teaming with other trainers, you provide the battle instructions to each of the three Pokemon
  • Unlike traditional Pokemon games, the battle system is real time
  • There is an auto mode to use while battling
  • Pokemon trainers and Pokemon come as a set – therefore both will need to be changed when substituting during battle
  • Due to the above, it is not possible to possess the same trainer or Pokemon more than once
  • There is only one weakness per Pokemon
  • Trainers are confirmed to be a gacha element
kyleenimOne eagle-eyed Pokemon trainer noticed Rotom as a cellphone…

This particular Pokemon game seems to be marketed towards new Pokemon trainers as is evidenced by the auto battling option and that there is only one weakness per Pokemon. This simplifies the game, meaning trainers don’t have to worry about Pokemon type complexities nor grinding battles if they choose not to do so.

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While Pokemon Masters is free to play, it does adopt the gacha model. Gacha games are common in Japan and do receive criticism from some quarters due to the need to spend real money in order to complete the game in a timely fashion.

Pokemon Masters will release on iOS and Android platforms some time during 2019.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.