Another new Pokémon game is coming to mobile, this time is a little different though

In a surprise Pokémon event on May 28, the Pokémon Company announced multiple new products. Some of them are pretty out there, like the Pokémon Go Plus + — it’s an activity tracker that includes sleep tracking — which is supposed to help you train Pokémon in your sleep… weird.

An exciting piece of news though is the talk of a new Pokémon game, designed for mobile phones. Pokémon Masters, made by DeNA — the makers of Mario Run and Mario Kart Tour — is a battle game that you play in portrait mode and features a lot of familiar faces.

What’s the game about?

Very little is known about the game right now except DeNA and the Pokémon Company has aimed to bring all of the Trainers you have ever played in any of the Pokémon games into one game in a grand battle. The game started out as an idea from Game Freak, to have “all the Pokémon Trainers, past and present” in one single video game.

DeNA was asked to take on the project and Pokémon Masters was born. The game is still in development, and more news will be available in June according to the Pokémon Company.

What’s new in Pokémon Masters?

Update July 19, 2019: New gameplay trailer

The latest YouTube video fro DeNA show us some interesting gameplay. We got to see a little of the way you will fight in the game, using three trainers from across the game to fight other trainers, but it also gave us a glimpse of how co-op games will play.

It seems that when you work with other, human players, you can create powerful “Unity Attacks” which will join the power of your Pokémon together and fire a devastating attack on the opposing team. This is a nice touch and will require you to work together to get the win, rather than just button bashing until you beat the opposing team down.

The press release also mentions something called Sygma Suits. These suits can be worn by the trainers you pick and will change the Pokémon that trainer fights with. The example given is that Brock will normally fight with Onix, but with his Sygma suit on he will fight with Tyranitar instead. This suggests new Sygma suits will become available as time goes on, likely as in-app purchases.

Update June 6, 2019: New details about Sync Pairs arrives as well as a new location!

We have been given some more details about how the team system works from The Pokémon website. Called Sync Teams, each of your team will consist of one trainer from across all the games and their Signature Pokémon, and you and those trainers will fight other Pokémon in areal-time battle.

The Sync teams can use the Pokémon’s special ability of course, but they can also use special training abilities that help boost the Pokémon, or heal them. This gives you a lot of choices when you are deciding which Sync teams to play in combat.

We now know the location of Pokémon Masters in relation to the Pokémon world, an island called Pasio. Pasio is man-made and is special because it allows Pokémon and Trainer to create these Sync teams, something they haven’t been able to do. Apparently, Trainers come from all over the world to try this new style of battling and this is how you find them. They are all there to try out this new system. At least that’s the story.

What’s the gameplay like?

From what little we have seen the gameplay is a fairly simplistic battle system where you choose three Trainers and their partner Pokémon to face off against three others. This sounds like each Trainer only gets to use one Pokémon rather than having a selection for each Trainer. This means Misty will only ever use Togepi, Ash will always Pikachu, and Brock will always use Onyx. I think this has been done so they can create signature attacks for each team.

In terms of combat, it looks fairly simple. each of the Trainers has three different things they can do in battle; the main attack, a potion, and what looks to be the signature attack move. This signature is likely to need charging as you fight with the main attack. Potions could be used for healing your Trainers or for buffing them, though if Pokémon Masters is like other games like this then some of the Trainers may have a healing move as their special ability.

By the looks of the screenshots, you have a power meter at the bottom. This suggests that your power is shared across Trainers, so you will have to pick which Trainer you want to use for their special attack. We don’t know if the game is turn-based or not but it looks like it will be. If it isn’t, then it would end up being a button mash game which wouldn’t be fun. That’s really all we know so far from the gameplay, but we will update it as we know more.

Will it be a free game?

It seems likely. DeNA has already made two games for Nintendo, both of which are free-to-play but contain microtransactions. It seems likely this will be the same. Microtransactions are the preferred method for mobile gaming now so we are all prepared to have to buy pokécoins or something similar, aren’t we?

When will we be able to play?

The release date is currently extremely vague. All we know is that Pokémon Masters is due for release in 2019 and that we will hear more about it in June. We don’t know if they will share information on June 5 at the Pokémon Sword and Shield event but it seems likely they will do a separate event later in the month.

Pokémon Masters has a lot of people excited. It’s always great when a new Pokémon game arrives and it’s even more exciting when it’s a completely new way to play. Watch this space for more news.

Get ready for Pokémon Masters

We may not be able to get you the game early but we can help you get ready for the gaming sessions that are to come.

Finex Pokemon Finger Ring

$14 at Amazon

Get a firm grip on your iPhone while you play Pokémon Masters with these cute little Pokémon ring holders. You even get three in the pack so you can choose your favorite.

HecKia 10000mAh Pokéball charger

$23 at Amazon

Sure, this may be a little more inconvenient to walk around with but it’s a phone charger that’s also a Pokéball! That’s just too awesome to pass up.

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