|Pokémon Shuffle 2|
|Media Included||Game card, download|
Pokémon Shuffle 2 is a match 3 puzzle game where the players progress through stages representing Pokémon. The goal is to defeat the stage by making enough matches to deplete the Pokémon's HP. After clearing the stage, players can capture Pokémon, but if the player doesn't clear the stage within the move limit, they must retry the stage. There are also timed stages, which have a time limit instead of a move limit.
Stages usually offer disruptions to hinder the player. These include wooden blocks (breakable by matching next to it), metal blocks (go away after 5 turns), barriers (cover an icon and freeze it, can be matched through to clear), and black clouds (cover icons with smoke, but can be tapped to see the icon under it).
Mega evolutions return in this game. Most stages allow use of only one mega evolution, which starts in its base form and evolves when a certain amount of icons are matched. A new feature is that some stages allow the use of two megas.
Players can connect with friends via 3DS friend codes and send them each friend 100 coins daily, similarly to the mini-hearts system in the original game's mobile version. They can also keep track of each other's progress and send certain special stages to each other. This will be detailed below.
Mega stones and other events are distributed through Wi-Fi at times. Players can compete with others to earn certain mega stones by getting a high score in a competition stage. The game also receives free DLC to add new content.
- Pokémon Exchange: Players can send corresponding special stages to people on their friend lists. For example, after unlocking the Latios/Latias stages, players may only choose one of the stages to play. They can receive the other stage from a friend who chose the other Pokémon. This works similarly to version exclusives.
- Story: TBA
- Stage Builder: Accessible from the bottom screen on any area of the game, but only after reaching a certain point. Players can create stages for any Pokémon they have already caught and use any HP, disruptions, format, or anything else they want. They can play their own stage and share it with friends. Friends cannot capture Pokémon in these stages, but they can earn certain rewards like items.
- Double Mega Stages: Some stages allow the use of two mega evolutions while keeping the limit of four support Pokémon. In exchange, these stages are usually far more difficult without the right combination of mega Pokémon.
- Board Size Changes: In contrast to the normal 6x6 board, players can play some stages that have 7x7 or 5x5 boards.
- Roaming Pokémon: Several Pokémon, mostly legendaries, can roam the game like in regular Pokémon. After completing a stage, a player has a 1 in 240 chance of encountering any roaming legendary. They can change their team, but the legend must be challenged immediately, otherwise it will leave. After capturing a roamer, the Pokémon's stage is moved to the lobby of the special stages, but in a slightly different location than every the other stages. Roaming Pokémon do not roam after they are caught.
- Main article: Pokémon Shuffle 2/Main Stages
These contain many special Pokémon with different types of stages. Every special stage must be unlocked in a method different than clearing the one before it. Instead, each stage has certain unlock criteria which range from reaching a certain amount of captures to clearing disruptions on specific stages (similar to mission cards, which also make a return).
There are different types of stages here. The first are challenges, which consist of normal move-limited or timed stages. These are found in the Grand Lobby of the special stages area, and paths to different areas are available. These areas are locked initially and can only be opened through Grand Keys, found in the storyline. The first Grand Key opens up the Daily Pokémon area, and subsequent keys unlock Escalation Battles, Pokémon Safaris, Once Chance a Day events, and Survival Mode.
In addition, competition stages appear on a pedestal in the Grand Lobby every so often where players can earn mega stones.
The Grand Key is unlocked after clearing Stage 10.
Once Chance Per Day
The Grand Key is unlocked after clearing Stage 90. In this mode, players must choose a team and then work their way through a semi-random progression of stages without changing their team. If they lose, they must restart. There are three Survival Modes, each unlocked after clearing the mode's final allowed stage.
- Survival Mode 1: Players must work their way through 15 semi-random stages from Stages 1-90.
- Survival Mode 2: Players must work their way through 30 semi-random stages chosen from Stages 1-150.
- Survival Mode 3: Players must work their way through 60 semi-random stages chosen from Stages 1-300.