Pokémon Masters might be the best Pokémon game to have ever hit mobile devices, and with the likes of Pokémon GO and the Pokémon Trading Card Game available, that's no small feat.
But that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fair share of mobile game trapping. Premium currency and gacha mechanics? Oh, that's certainly here, and it's been obfuscated in a way that I personally haven't seen before. Gems are gems, yes, but not all gems are equal, despite being in the same overall counter. Very perplexing.
If you've tried pulling a daily discount only to be rejected, we have the answer to why, and in addition to that, we'll give you a few tips to help you get the most out of your gems you use for summoning sync-pairs.
Just read through our guide, and the murky waters of mobile microtransactions will all become clear…
Paid VS Not-paid?
So you've seen the daily discount button, right? A single sync-pair summon, in exchange for 100 gems, instead of the usual 300. Seems irresistible, until you read the fine print.
It specifies "paid" gems only. This literally means that the gems you earned by playing through the various modes are no good here, only gems you actually buy in the store for a minimum buy-in of £0.99 in the UK.
This includes the special x10 summon, which guarantees a 5-star sync-pair. This is the same price as the normal x10 summon, costing 3000 gems, but you must have paid for the 3000 gems for the guaranteed 5 star summon. In my opinion? Not worth spending the money at all.
The single daily discount summon might be worthwhile, if you don't mind throwing a small amount of money at the game, but be sure to stay on track of how much you're spending. If, like me, you'd prefer not to spend at all, stick to the 300 gem normal summons.