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Pokémon Mystery & Enigma Versions
Developer(s) Dreams Inc., Game Freak
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Starstruck Night, Nintendo Switch
Mode(s)
Single Player, Multiplayer
Genre(s) RPG
Series Pokémon
Predecessor  ?
Successor  ?
Pokémon Mystery and Enigma is a brand new installment in the Pokémon franchise released by Dreams Inc. in conjuction with Game Freak and will be released in 2018 for the Starstruck Night and Nintendo Switch.

Story

Summary

The game takes place in the region of "Ganarogen", where after a mysterious event where a meteor crashlanded in the region, weird events have been occuring all over dubbed "Phenomenons" which disturb citizens' day-to-day life, due to this experienced Trainers of 16 years of age and up become "Phenomenon Hunters", who go around solving Phenomenons and help the citizens of Ganarogen out. You play as the assistant of a celebrity Phenomenon Hunter, "Chika Reeve", however, you don't actually have any Pokémon, you just borrow Pokémon from the tons and tons of Pokémon she owns. The game begins with Chika taking you to "North Ganarogen", which is very different from normal Ganarogen and a place you've never been to before, she goes to visit her parents who are Pokémon Breeders when all of the sudden, a "Phenomenon Wave" stronger than any before strikes across the region, causing total chaos everywhere and even causing a void that ends up sucking Chika and her Pokémon in, with her last words before disappearing encouraging you to go out there and find out the mystery behind it all.

After Chika disappears into the void, her parents give you a Starter and you set off across the region in order to solve all of the Phenomenon, find out the cause of the strange Phenomenon Waves and in the process save Ganarogen from two evil gangs: "Team Black", who wants to censor all signs of Phenomenons and cover it all up, and "Liberty Guild", a gang of Phenomenon Hunters who don't abide by the Hunter Laws and are prone to stealing and pillaging towns.

Gameplay

In terms of basic gameplay, the gameplay is very similar to basic gameplay in the Pokémon series: In the overworld you explore the Region and ocasionally fight Wild Pokémon or Trainers, at which point you switch to a turn-based RPG combat, however, at the same time there are many changes:

Two Battle HUDs

While the Nintendo Switch has a touchscreen-based Battle HUD that resembles any other Pokémon Battle HUD, since the Starstruck Night is a home console, the game has the option to use a different, more simple to use HUD during Battles (if you want you can change this in the option to make it more like the touchscreen-based Nintendo Switch Battle HUD, in which you use the controller trackpad as a cursor and click on it to click buttons).

This simpler Battle HUD works like the following: At the start you get the options to select a Move, check your Bag, look at your Party and Run if you're in a Wild Pokémon battle, each direction is assigned a different D-Pad button which you can alter if you like, and by pressing the button you can access each menu (in the Moves menu you once again select a move by binding them to different D-Pad button, in the Bag menu you scroll through your items or Quick Select items through the D-Pad once more, and in your Party menu you simply select the Pokémon you want to switch to).

Just like how you can switch from the updated HUD to the Nintendo Switch's HUD, you can do the reverse by changing the Nintendo Switch's HUD into the Starstruck Night HUD.

Phenomenons

Throughout the game you explore the Ganarogen Region and find a lot of Phenomenons, many of these are big and story-important, in other words, required in order to progress, however there are also a good amount of these that are completely optional and more like sidequests which can net you special TMs, rare Pokémon, and more.

Blade Type

Blade Type is a new Type introduced in this new installment, Blade Type includes all Pokémon who have blades or sharp features in their design, for example Scyther's blades, Weavile's claws, even Farfetch'd's leek can count. Blade Type are weak to Rock and Dark Types but are super effective against Dark and Dragon Types. The reason why Blade is weak yet strong to Dark type at the same time, is because someone evil could use a blade to do evil things but someone good could use a blade to do good and serve justice. Apart from this, Rock is strong against Blade because a hard rock could break a blade, and Blade is strong against Dragon because in mythology Dragons are usually killed with swords.

Other Type Effectiveness Changes

In order to make the Type chart a bit more balanced, Rock now resists Electric, Ice is now super effective against Psychic (because of brain-freezes) and resists Dragon and Water, Poison is now super effective against Water (because pollution), Electric is now super effective against Steel (because steel is electricity's main conductant), Water no longer resists Ice while Ice is still resisted by it, Grass is immune to the Fairy type (because fairies are often related to nature and connected to it, in some media even helping nature grow, which means that there's little they could do to harm nature) and resists Ghost (because nature is filled with life and energy, which Ghosts lack) and Ground.

Trump Cards

Every Pokémon, apart from an Item Slot, has a Card Slot, these Slots are for giving Pokémon Trump Cards to hold, Trump Cards can be bought in certain stores, Trump Cards always have a "Circumstance" to them, if this Circumstance is met in the middle of a battle, the Trump Card will activate and perform a special effect, some of these are just weakened versions of actual Abilities but others are completely original, however, once a Trump Card's effect has been activated, the Card will need a real time cooldown.

Wonder Launcher and Battle Items

A feature originally only used in certain Trainer Battles in Unova, now it can be used in all Trainer Battles in the region of Ganarogen, if you're battling a Trainer, in a turn you will get a certain amount of points depending on the damage dealt to the opponent, the Types of each Pokémon, the amount of damage endured from the opponent's attack, etc. these points can be spent in Trainer Battles to give your Pokémon Battle Items such as X Speed, X Defense, etc. as Battle Items are no more in the region, this means that the only way to get Battle Items is via your Wonder Launcher, you can also spend the points collected in a battle to buy minor healing items if you run out or Ethers.

PokéGear Plus

With Silph Co. returning to try and take down their competition, Devon Corp., they have made an upgraded version of their old PokéGear, called "PokéGear Plus", this PokéGear comes with a lot of new features, some of which are upgraded features of the original PokéGear and others are completely new, the PokéGear Plus' new features include:

  • Time: The PokéGear Plus tells you the current day, date and hour, as well as any current event that's going on such as discounts in stores and swarms of rare Pokémon.
  • Hologram Calls: You can get calls from people, who appear in the form of a hologram floating above the screen. Later on in the game you can get the phone numbers of Gym Leaders and even Elite 4 members, once you do you can give them a call to get a rematch every so often.
  • Vs. Signal: If you want to fight a Trainer who you've fought before, just turn on the Vs. Signal and all Trainers near your area will be alerted that you want to fight, now you can rematch your previously fought adversaries, after that you can wait a while and then come back to turn the Vs. Signal again, but be warned that every time you do this they become stronger.
  • VideoRadio: You can listen to the radio like before, but now you can get visual cues in the form of a screen that shows what's going on, there are a variety of Radio Shows, like Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk, Love in Hoenn, The Adventures of the Bisharp Samurai in Ye Olde Johto II, DJ Samantha's Super Singing Show and Linda's Pokémon Quiz. The VideoRadio can also be put on the background while you do other things, when you do this you can't see the screen but you can hear them talking and you can see the subtitles in the bottom, sometimes DJ Samantha's Super Singing Show might have DJ Samantha singing "songs native from [Other Region]", playing these in the background while you're looking for wild Pokémon might attract Pokémon from that specific region.
  • Map: The PokéGear contains a special Map of the region, with this Map the player can pinpoint specific locations to remember where to go and write special reminders such as what to do in there, the Map also tracks the current location of the Regi Trio once they run wild later on in the game.
  • Current News: If you have Wi-Fi, this special feature will be unlocked that allows you to check on recent news about GameFreak, Nintendo, etc. As well as updates to the game and upcoming Events.
  • Player Search System: With this system you can find other Trainers that are currently on similar journeys in Yanvelle, you can use this system to arrange Trades and Battles, but if you only want to trade and fight with those you know, then you can use a special feature to show only those who are in your Friend List currently.
  • Global Trading System: This useful system works exactly like it did in past games, you put up a Pokémon you caught in the GTS system and ask for a Pokémon in return, if somone finds and gives you the Pokémon you want in return for the Pokémon you put up, you will be notified and you'll be able to enter any Pokémon Center to claim your Pokémon.
  • Wonder Trading: In this system you make a trade with a random person in the world, he can't see what Pokémon you've traded and you can't see what he's traded until after the trade.
  • Super Duper Training: Through this new method, you can now improve a Pokémon's Effort Values through minigames and hitting sandbags. You can also spend Bottle Caps obtained throughout the game to improve your Pokemon's Individual Values.
  • Pokémon-Amie: Through this program, you can improve your friendship between your Pokémon by playing minigames with them, feeding them, making faces, petting them, and even washing them. Not only does this raise their friendship but it also increases their "Affection" which can increase their evasion, increase the chances of them scoring a critical hit, and even allow them to snap out of a status effect and avoid flinching, however, if you don't constantly care for your Pokémon, their Affection will steadily decrease.
  • Trainer's Eyes +: Through Trainer's Eyes +, you can get info on in-game trainers you beat along your journey and you can contact them and become "Battle Buddies" with them by exchanging information, however, if you and the trainer you are trying to become Battle Buddies with aren't compatible (it's easy to tell whether you're compatible or not by looking at their profile), then you will be unable to become Battle Buddies unless you change some aspect about your character (like change your clothes, remove Pokémon with a certain Ability, get farther along the game, solve a specific Phenomenon, etc.). If you are Battle Buddies with a Trainer, you can then call them to help you out in Multi Battles and their Pokémon will grow alongside your's.

Fly

Flying, while still the same in-battle, in the Overworld it works more like Soar, meaning that it lets you explore the skies of Yanvelle, though if you want to get to a place fast you can just select "Quick Travel" and tap a specific place on the Map to instantly travel there, exploring the skies of Ganarogen also lets you find "Mirage Spots" which work just like they did in ORAS.

Bottle Caps

Bottle Caps can be obtained throughout the game by doing sidequests for people, such as finding a certain Pokémon for them, fetching them an item, completing a task for them, etc., Bottle Caps can be spent to access Hyper Training and upgrade a Pokémon's Individual Values, you can get Bottle Caps of different values which upgrade a Pokémon's IVs by different amounts, after beating the Champion and completing a few postgame quests, you will unlock the ability to directly buy Bottle Caps from "Mr. Hyper" in exchange for Shards.

New Pokémon

Starter Pokémon

---- Water Fire Grass
First Stage
  • Kaskappa: TBA 
  • Chupacharring: TBA
  • Bushquatch: TBA

Second Stage

TBA TBA TBA
Third Stage TBA TBA

TBA

Other Pokémon

Name Title Typing Abilities Appearance PokéDex Entry Inspiration
Torpoor The Sleeping Bird Pokémon Normal/Flying Keen Eye or Big Pecks TBA

Torpoor is a bird Pokémon known for its laziness, it is the only bird Pokémon known to sleep for long periods of time as if it were hibernating, though it seems to do this for no real reason most of the time, with the only exception being winter during which it hides under piles of rock and rests until the next season.

Torpoor's eggs are seen as easy food by most predators who feast on bird eggs due to Torpoor's laziness and tendency to sleep for weeks, however, if its eggs are endangered, Torpoor's instincts will force it awake and it will unleash all of its power onto the predator before going back to sleep.

Common Poorwill
Slumbird The Rocky Skin Pokémon Rock/Flying Rough Skin TBA

Slumbird is the evolution of Torpoor, who takes one long nap while concealed in pile of rocks right before evolving, due to this the rocks stick to Slumbird and give it better protection and even camouflage capabilities, as many wild Slumbirds decide to migrate to rocky areas once they're evolved.

Slumbird is the evolution of Torpoor, who gains the Rock typing after the rocks it usually uses to hide while sleeping become part of its body. Slumbird's feathers actually conceal a very rough rocky skin, Slumbird uses this to trick predators who try to eat it while it's asleep by having them try to bite into its flesh, only to have their teeth broken by its rocky skin.

Common Poorwill
Heatle The Dung Ball Pokémon Bug/Fire Flash Fire TBA

Heatle is known for rolling up balls of dung and igniting them on fire through a glandular substance released from its thorax that lights the dung on fire and is also known for causing bad smell, however, Heatle's characteristic balls of dung are not actually his own, but rather dung from other Bug-type Pokémon which it can skillfully find and roll up into big balls of dung rather quickly through instinct alone.

Heatle is a Pokémon that rolls up big balls out of dung and lights them on fire to throw at opponents as a defense mechanism, however, many mischevious trainers use Heatle's flaming balls of dung as a way to prank their neighbours by putting the ball inside of a a bag and leaving out in their neighbour's front door for them stomp out, due to this police officers are cautious of young trainers who own Heatles in neighbourhoods.

Dung Beetles and Stinkbugs

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