Gacha catch ’em all.

While The Pokémon Company has been on mobile phones doing games and apps since 2011 – long before Nintendo seriously considered going mobile – it has never jumped into what many believe is the secret sauce to securing a successful mobile game: Gacha-style mechanics. These are games where you get characters through random drops with various events adding more characters. However, now The Pokémon Company has released Pokémon Masters, a game where you’re not collecting Pokémon, but rather collecting trainers.

Pokémon Masters is a very simple concept. You are a standard nameless character who goes to the artificial island region of Pasio to take part in the Pokémon Masters League. To do that, you need to recruit various other trainers to join you and level them (and their Pokémon) up. These trainers are all from various main series Pokémon games: you have Kris, the main female character from Pokémon Crystal, Nanu the Ula’ula Kahuna from Pokémon Sun & Moon, Marlon the Humilau City Gym Leader from Pokémon Black 2 & White 2, and so many more. There are 65 at launch, with the promise of more to come.

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