After being shadow dropped in Australia on Google Play for Android devices earlier on in the week, Pokémon Rumble Rush is now available in other regions too. We have now had a chance to play the mobile game ourselves and after several hours, we have put together this beginners guide to go through the basics of Pokémon Rumble Rush.
Pokémon Rumble Rush is a free-to-play mobile title from the Pokémon Company. It is a continuation of the Pokémon Rumble series and features “Toy” Pokémon that have to battle it out with other Toy Pokémon. In some instalments, you can put together a team and use them in battle. In Pokémon Rumble Rush however, you can only use one Pokémon at a time and if you wish to switch between Pokémon, you have to access a menu in-game to swap your current Pokémon out with another one.
When you start up the game, you go through an extensive tutorial to teach you the basics of the game. You will learn how to attack, refine ore, attach gears and switch between Pokémon. You will also be walked through how to search for Pokémon and meet the requirements needed to take on Super Bosses (more on these in a bit). After searching for Pokémon using the feather, a location will appear in which you can find, attack and catch pokémon. Each location is a linear affair with your chosen Pokémon automatically moving towards the end, whilst you attack Pokémon in your way. At the end of each location is a boss, which upon being defeated may drop ore, feathers and coins.
The Tutorial breaks everything down into small digestible chunks. There is a lot of information and techniques which can be quite confusing from the beginning. Taking the time to work through the tutorial and processing everything you learn will indeed be helpful when playing the game “for real”.
Show Your Moves
There are three types of attacks that you can use to fight opposing Pokémon. Tapping the screen will carry out your standard attack, it is not very strong but if the opposing Pokémon are weaker than your chosen Pokémon, you can usually wipe them out with one or two atacks. You can also choose more or less which Pokémon you want to attack as well by tapping in that Pokémon’s particular direction. After clearing the Tutorial you will unlock the auto ttack function which is a bit slower but it frees you up to perform other techniques.
Every Pokémon has a standard attack and a charged attack, you can initiate a charged attack by holding down your finger on the screen and then releae. the charged attack is much stronger and can break through some Pokémon’s defences.
Aside from these two main attacks, you can add a third by attaching a support gear to your Pokémon. When charged, a Support Pokémon will unleash a strong attack that can harm multiple enemies and do some serious damage. To use your support Pokémon, you have to defeat a number of Pokémon in order to fill up the support gauge. Once full, tap on the support Pokémon Icon to unleash its devastaing attack.
There is one other move that you can use as well but it is for defensive purposes. Swiping your finger across the screen makes your pokémon jump or roll in the direction you swiped to avoid incoming attacks. You can swipe up, down, left, right and diagonally for your Pokémon to evade enemy attacks.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Catching Pokémon is quite a random affair and is done by simply defeating them. The first to drop are relatively week but if you keep defeating and catching particular Pokémon, you will get a catch bonus and will eventually catch Pokémon with stronger CP. Pretty much any Pokémon in the game can be caught with the exception of Super Bosses. End of level bosses, like any other Pokémon can be caught but not every time. Sometimes, you will have to repeat a location multiple times to before you can catch a particular Pokémon.
This can be a rather tedious affair which will have you repeating stages multiple times. Fortunately, each stage or location can be played within a minute or so. This isn’t too bad considering that most RPG games will have you grinding away for hours before finally giving in and rewarding you with what you want.
Location, Location, Location
The main point of the game is to catch all the Pokémon, obviously. To do that though, you need to find locations using feathers so you can visit them and capture the Pokémon. The main stages are known as Seas or rather, Islands that are found in these seas. The first one you visit after the tutorial is the Charizard Sea which is part of an event and will change after the event period has lapsed.
Each Island has a number of stages that have select Pokémon in them. You can search new stages but you can only replay up to three different stages at any one time. If you find a fourth stage, it will remove one of your previously found stages.
It is a bit of a shame that you can’t just keep each stage that you find, though I do kind of get why the developers have done it this way. Each location has an even more personal name named after the adventurer that “found” it, like “Charlie’s Tentacruel Shore” or “Tontonchow’s Charmeleon Cave”.
Okay, its time to talk about these Super Bosses. These are Pokémon that are stronger than the ordinary boss Pokémon. There are certain requirements that must be met like catch so many different types of Pokémon, Have a Pokémon with an X amount of CP, etc. Once you meet the becessary requirements, you can take on the Super Boss in a timed battle, usually around 60-70 seconds long. Time is of the essence in these battles, so don’t dawdle.
The first lot of Super Bosses are reasonably straight forward to beat. As you progress however, they get much tought and can protect themselves. When this happens, you need to use a charged attack to break through their defenses. Doing so will leave the Super Boss dazed for a while so use the opportunity to get some hits in. After beating a Super Boss, more Pokémon will be available to catch in new locations.
Gems, Gears & Ore Galore
It seems that we can’t have a Pokémon game without some kind of collectibles to power-up our Pokémon. Pokémon Rumble Rush is no different. There are several different items and currencies in the game that are used for different things.
- P – P are your basic cash currency in Pokémon Rumble Rush, they are used to upgrade Gears along with Gear parts in order to make them stronger.
- Power Gears – Gears are items that can make your Pokémon stronger, faster or increase HP. You get these by Refining Ore.
- Ore – Ore comes in several different forms: Common, Unusual and Rare. Ore can be refined to create items like Power Gears, Support Gears and P. Each type of ore takes a certain amount of time to refine but the process can be sped up with Gems or with Refine tickets. You can only own three pieces of ore at any one time.
- Support Gears – Support Gears allow support Pokémon to attack with a powerful move once the support gauge is full.
- Gems – Gems are rewared for completing challenges. They can be used to speed up the refining process.
- Refine Tickets – Refine Tickets can be purchased and are used for speeding up the Refine Process.
- Upgrade Parts – Upgrade parts are given alongside Power Gears when refining ore. They are used to help upgrade Power Gears. You can also be given Upgrade parts if you send Power Gears to the Adventurers Club.
This concludes our Beginner’s Guide to Pokémon Rumble Rush. We hope it is of use to you as a viable reference when you need a refresher in what does what and how to acquire certain parts, materials, Pokémon, etc.
If you have any questions or would like help on a particular matter, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.