Hello there! Welcome to the world of Pokemon!
My name is Willow, but everyone just calls me the Pokemon Professor. We share the world we live in with amazing creatures called Pokemon – sometimes as friends and playmates, other times as coworkers and competitive allies. Myself? I’m part of an international academic network devoted to studying Pokemon and better understand their way of life.
That’s where you come in! We’re always looking for more data and we need aspiring trainers like you to find it for us. Don’t worry though – we’re not about to just throw you into the long grass on your own! I’m here to brief you on everything you will need to know to become a Pokemon Master.
Gotta Catch’em All!
The first thing every trainer needs to do is choose their starter Pokemon. These days, there’s a wide selection to choose from, and our research indicates that the Pokemon you choose now will influence the Pokemon you encounter in the wild, so choose wisely.
However, having just one Pokemon isn’t enough to be a Master! That’s why we’re also giving you some supplies. You’ll need Pokeballs to house any new companions you meet on your adventures, and the best way to convince someone you’re friendly is to offer them food!
When encountering most Pokemon in the wild, you have an opportunity to befriend them. All Pokemon love berries and they love Poffins even more! Just keep in mind that Pokemon have different preferences for taste, so you’ll need to be smart about which berries you offer. Pokemon like this Pidgey are quite docile and don’t have any specific preference, so it’s likely that anything will do and it won’t take many berries to convince it that you’re friendly. Pokemon that are well-disposed towards you will allow you to pet them, at which point it is generally safe to capture them using a Pokeball. A successful capture will grant you and your active Pokemon experience, update your Pokedex’s data on the captured Pokemon and grant you any items that the captured Pokemon had been carrying. From this point, you can choose to keep the captured Pokemon (up to a limit of six!), transfer it to storage or release it back into the wild!
You’ll also notice that your Pokedex has a camera function built into it. These aren’t just for selfies (though feel free to take as many as you like!) – automated snapshots of each Pokemon you encounter grants you additional data for your Pokedex, even if you don’t intend on capturing it! We can use these photos to determine a Pokemon’s age, condition and make inferences about their behaviour and migration patterns, so every bit of information helps!
Keep in mind that not all Pokemon are easily captured: Some are extremely shy while others can even be aggressive! Skittish Pokemon are likely to run and will require multiple encounters to build the trust necessary for capture, while aggressive Pokemon will need to be subdued before they can be tamed. Wild Pokemon can sense a trainer’s power level, and trainers with strong Pokemon by their side are more likely to encounter strong Pokemon in the wild, so watch out!
When an aggressive Pokemon attacks, your lead Pokemon will automatically field itself to defend you, so always make sure your team is in good health when exploring. When battling a wild Pokemon, avoid over-aggression – a Pokemon that is severely wounded will flee and never come back! On the other hand, if your team is too wounded to continue battling, the wild Pokemon will knock you over and escape!
For the first few steps of your journey, you’re likely to encounter most of your new Pokemon by just wandering around. Pokemon that approach you or do not immediately flee are generally non-threatening and not especially shy, but later in your adventure you will encounter Pokemon that need to be tracked over time or even fended off! It’s important to know how to handle these situations, but that’s something we’ll need to talk about later. Right now, it’s important that you learn about berries.
Now This is Berry Important
These little fruits come in a massive range of shapes and colours with unique flavours and all of them can be turned into Poffins (and other products) for your Pokemon. To acquire more, you’ll need to keep an eye out for groves of berry trees dotted around the landscape. Just shake the trees, and the berries fall out! Simple!
Oh, that’s right! These Pokeballs are free, and while it’s possible to find some that have been dropped by forgetful or generous trainers, you’ll eventually need to buy your own. I’m sure you’ve got some money saved, but don’t worry about having to spend everything out of your own pocket. Your own Pokemon aren’t the only ones that need to be fed. There’s thousands of breeders, farmers and carers who need berries for their own Pokemon and don’t have the time to collect any themselves. That’s why the PokeMart has gone global with the Delibir’y Service, which allows you to sell your foraged berries as well as purchase supplies online!
Selling berries isn’t the only way to finance your adventures, but it’s the simplest and most reliable. Be aware that not all berries are valued the same – there’s some super rare berries that fetch a hefty price, but their benefits are such that you might want to keep them for yourself!
And that’s it! The first step to becoming a Pokemon Master is mastering the art of capturing Pokemon. I’ve got more to teach you, if you’ve got the time to listen!
Part 0: The Game That Could Have Been
Part 2: Travel Across the Land
Part 3: Pokemon Care and Training
Part 4: Special Events
Part 5: PvE, PvP and Co-op
Part 6: The Endgame
Part MissingNo.: The Long-Ass, Non-RP Version