Pokémon Masters is finally available to download. We've been waiting for far too long, and now we can finally jump in to DeNA's brand new and expansive Pokémon game, and as many of us had guessed, this is the closest to a mainline Pokémon game that mobile has ever had.
In Pokémon Masters you will be taking on enemy trainers with a bunch of sync partners - that's a trainer and a Pokémon synced up - and you'll be collecting more partners, levelling up, and eventually earning all of the gym badges on this new island.
Along the way you'll meet dozens of familiar Pokémon trainers and have brand new adventures with a Pikachu and a bunch of other pals. You know, the usual Pokémon fare.
In this guide we're going to break down the quick essentials you need to jump into the game, and you'll soon sink right in with Pokémon Masters.
Three on three
The first thing you should know is that battles in Pokémon Masters take three sync pairs to undertake, and at the beginning of the game Brock and Misty will be willing to help out. No Ash, though - this is the proper Pokémon canon.
You can tap on an enemy to focus your attacks on to them, and when it comes to support moves, you'll be able to select one of your partner Pokémon to use them on, or it'll affect all Pokémon on your team.
The three on three battle style isn't a big change, a bigger change is the real-time energy meter you have at the bottom of the screen, stopping you from using too many big attacks. This is unique and refreshing when compared to the mainline series games, though that certainly doesn't mean I would prefer this meter in other Pokémon games…