Hello Mi Fans,
Pokemon Masters has officially released, giving you a brand-new Pokemon experience to play on the go. It is the latest Pokémon mobile game, and it has you traveling around the Pasio region to become the champion of the Pokémon Masters League. But the journey to the top won’t be easy — even if you already consider yourself a hardcore Pokéfan.
To help, we’ve put together this list of Pokémon Masters tips and tricks to serve as a beginner’s guide for new players. It covers everything from basic stats to the best meta team compositions, so grab your Poryphone and get to it!
Our first Pokémon Masters tip has to do with team building. When deciding on team composition, it can be tempting to fill up the roster with sync pairs that match the weaknesses listed in the pre-battle screen. However, Pokémon Masters uses a completely different weakness system than most of the main series games.
The vast majority of Pokémon has only one type and one weakness. This means that regardless of the canonical Pokémon rules, only the weakness listed matters. A water-type Pokémon, for example, maybe weak to either grass or electric attacks, but not both.
This means that even though your attacks won’t be super effective, it can be more beneficial to use the same powerful Pokémon instead of switching them out constantly to match your opponents’ weaknesses. This way you can focus on a specific strategy using congruent abilities and level up a core team of Pokémon to take down your opponents. Once you have more sync pairs you can start building new compositions with new type-strengths.
How Pokémon Masters stats work
Stats in Pokémon Masters will feel similar to other games in the franchise, but the real-time combat system means a few things have changed. The main difference is the speed stat, which now effects how quickly the move gauge fills. Since this is a shared resource, it pools your three Pokémon’s speed stats together to determine the result, making full team speed buffs ideal. Below is a rundown of the core stats in Pokémon Masters.
Stats in Pokémon Masters:
Best free Pokémon Masters team composition
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While most gacha games have you pulling for months to get the most powerful characters, Pokémon Masters gives you everything you need in story mode. Early on you won’t have much choice, but as you complete chapters you’ll unlock new sync pairs that really get the job done.
The best Pokémon Masters team compositions typically have two supports and one striker (damage dealer). The first really strong sync pair you’ll unlock is Rosa and Snivy in chapter one. Combined with Skyla and Swanna from Chapter 5, you should have all the support power you need.
As for strikers, Korrina and Lucario from Chapter 6 are a great choice. Once you complete Chapter 11, you’ll get Hau and Alolan Raichu, which is considered one of the strongest offensive sync pairs in the game. Alolan Raichu’s AoE special attack Discharge works perfectly with Snivy’s X Spec. Attack All buff.
Don’t evolve your Pokémon at the minimum level
One of the most iconic parts of Pokémon is evolution, and Pokémon Masters introduces a new way of evolving Pokémon. You still need to reach a certain level requirement (30 and 45), but then you need to defeat a powerful enemy in one-on-one combat.
These battles are tough, and if you try them right away you’re likely to fail. Each attempt consumes evolution materials, which have to be purchased in the shop for a large number of coins. To make sure they aren’t wasted, wait for a few extra levels before trying to evolve your Pokémon.
Evolving a Pokémon will slightly increase its stats, but the real benefit comes at the final evolution. Upon reaching a Pokémon’s most evolved form, its sync power will become significantly stronger.
How to get coins in Pokémon Masters
Collecting and exchanging coins is the only way to get certain items in Pokémon Masters, but getting them takes time. Each battle rewards a few hundred coins, but most of the shop items cost tens of thousands of coins or more.
Currently, the best way to get coins is completing Coin Supertraining Courses when they are available. Supertraining courses cycle daily and you can only do each level three times, but don’t miss out on the opportunity. Coin Supertraining Courses are the only way to farm Pearls and Big Pearls, which sell for 1000 and 3000 coins.
Save up coins to increase your move gauge
Once you’ve collected a decent amount of coins following the tip above, you might be wondering what the best purchases are. Early on the evolution packages are great ways to progress through the story, but before long what you really need are the two additional move gauge slots.
At 30,000 and 100,000 coins they are very expensive, but buying them is one of the biggest long-term goals in Pokémon Masters. Try to pick up at least the first extra move gauge slot as soon as possible, as it syncs well with Rosa and Snivy’s Time to Energize trainer skill.
How to get star power-ups to increase potential
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Leveling your Pokémon is a great way to make them stronger, but the only way to increase their true potential is with star power-ups. You’ll need several of them to get to the next star rating, but doing so will increase your Pokémon’s stats.
So how do you get star power-ups in Pokémon Masters? Currently the only way to get them is to pull a sync pair more than five times. On the sixth and beyond, the sync power is maxed and you will receive a three, four, or five-star power up instead.
This requires spending a lot of money on gems, so for the time being collecting star power-ups isn’t viable. We’ll update this guide when future updates make them more accessible.
Use AI targeting to your advantage
With three sync pairs on each side of the field, it can be hard to know which Pokémon will be attacked by the AI. Offense heavy Pokémon can’t take much heat, so you’ll want to keep them out of the line of fire.
The good news is that the AI in Pokémon Masters will always attack the most defensive Pokémon. The game calculates a hidden stat which is a combination of HP, defense, and special defense. All enemy Pokémon will attack the Pokémon with th highest value of this hidden stat until it faints, then move on to the next highest.
Use this to your advantage when building your team. Typically you’ll want to use one striker and two bulkier supports, but many team compositions can work depending on your preference.
Rerolling in Pokémon Masters
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Rerolling, or starting the game over until you get the characters you want from randomized pulls, is common in many mobile gacha games. It can take many hours to get a lucky pull, but often starting with the right characters can make the entire game more enjoyable.
Rerolling in Pokémon Masters isn’t really necessary since the sync pairs you unlock in story mode are strong enough to complete the game. Still, if getting one or more five-star sync pairs right away is your goal, rerolling is fairly easy and only takes about 20 minutes. At launch, any five-star sync pairs are great, but Karen and Phoebe are particularly desirable.
How to reroll in Pokémon Masters
Don’t use auto battle mode
Our next Pokémon Masters tip also has to do with AI, but this time on your own team. Hidden in the menu at the top right of the screen is a toggle for auto-battling. In most gacha games, auto battling is a huge time saver when grinding out levels or items.
In Pokémon Masters, however, the auto-battling system doesn’t work very well. You’ll often find that it exclusively uses your highest cost move on a single Pokémon, ignoring trainer moves entirely. Only use auto-battle if your team is excessively overleveled.
Source: Android Authority