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This page covers all the tips, tricks, and know-how you need to succeed at Pokemon Rumble Rush.
How to Unlock More Areas
In Pokemon Rumble Rush, Areas, like Charizard Sea, will rotate about every every two weeks. So, for any one two-week period, only a single area will be explorable. Look at the top of the Adventure screen to see how many days remain. During this time period, certain limited-time Gears will also be available.
How to Unlock and Find Different Pokemon
These islands feature certain types of Pokemon and certain Super Bosses. Defeat these Super Bosses to make more species of Pokemon appear in the area.
How to Find Certain Pokemon
The name of the stage reveals the boss you’ll encounter at the end, but each stage can have different Pokemon even if they have the same name. For example, one Magmar Cave may have Charmander and Sandshrew, but another may also have Ratatta. Also check Rumble Rush List of Pokemon Locations if you’re looking for a particular ‘mon.
How to Find More Stages
You’ll have to use a Guide Feather to search for more stages. Each region of an island will have different types of prevalent Pokemon depending on the area you search in. For example, Fire-type Pokemon may be more common in the north, while Pyschic-type Pokemon can be found in the middle. Expand your searches to see which region contains what type of Pokemon, or use our guide for that specific island, like Charizard Sea.
How to Repeat Stages
Once you find and complete a stage, it will be added to the left of your screen to be repeated. However, only the last three found stages will be available to repeat. Make sure you capture all the Pokemon you want before spending more Guide Feathers!
What do Air Balloons Do?
You can tap a traveling air balloon to play a special Adventurer’s stage. These can only be played once and will not take up a repeatable stage slot, and you’ll have that person’s companion Pokemon to help.
How to Capture Super Bosses
Super Bosses cannot be captured during their initial challenge. Try using a Guide Feather exactly where the Super Boss marker appeared – that should unlock their stage.
How to Grind Boss Pokemon
If your only goal is to capture a boss Pokemon at the end of a stage, you can skip through the rest of the stage quickly by dodging toward the end. Dodge by swiping the direction you want to go.
How to Get Stronger Pokemon
Super Bosses have certain CP requirements, so you’ll want to raise your Pokemon’s CP as much as possible. However, Rumble Rush doesn’t work like traditional Pokemon games.
The only way to increase an individual Pokemon’s CP is by using Move Gears. But, this isn’t the most efficient.
Instead, repeatedly playing stages will steadily increase the CP cap of the Pokemon you can find. Repeat stages, and keep catching the same types of Pokemon, to steadily increase their strength.
Don’t forget to equip them with Summon Gears, too!
Pay Attention to a Pokemon’s Move
CP is important, but a Pokemon’s move is rated 1, 2, or 3 Stars. Going with a Pokemon with slightly lower CP, but with a 3-Star move, is the way to go.
Pokemon Have More Stats Than CP
If you’re having trouble, make sure to look at the individual Pokemon’s stats. For example, some Pokemon have great HP, but terrible attack, or vice versa. Switch Pokemon based on the trouble you’re having, like if you die too soon, or can’t do enough damage.
Always Equip a Summon Gear
Even if all you have for now is the Rattata Summon Gear you got in the Tutorial, it’s still 100% worth equipping it, and using it as often as possible. Summon Gear attacks do a lot of damage to multiple Pokemon at once!
How to Increase an Area’s CP Cap
To gain access to Pokemon with higher CP, defeat more Super Bosses.
How to Capture Pokemon That Run
Some rare Pokemon, like Abra, will run as soon as they’re hit. Hold down on the screen to charge up power, then release it on the runaway Pokemon to knock it out in one shot. This will prevent it from being able to run!
Remember Type Advantages
Your Pokemon’s attack determines what it’s super-effective against, not your Pokemon’s own type. So even though Krabby, a Water-type Pokemon, is weak to Pikachu’s Electric-type moves, if Krabby has a Ground-type move like Muddy Water, it will do more damage to the Pikachu.
Attack Sparkling Pokemon First
Pokemon with sparkles around them aren’t Shiny Pokemon, but instead, are guaranteed to be caught if defeated, and will also likely be stronger than normal. Make sure to focus on them to catch them!
Check Your Ore
Each Ore comes with one guaranteed Gear, which you can check by tapping the purple “i” on the top right of the Ore in the refining screen. Check these before determining which to get rid of.
But, Probably Get Rid of Normal Ore
Plain old regular Ore is ready in just 30 minutes, but it holds the least amount and least powerful Gears. If you need to make room, get rid of it – or use a Ticket if you just can’t bare to part with it.
Some Pokemon Need to Be Caught Multiple Times
Like all Pokemon games, Pokemon Rumble Rush has a Pokedex. However, some rare Pokemon, like Eevee, need to be caught up to three times to actually be shown as “caught” in the Pokedex.
Reduce Battery Consumption
Yeah, Pokemon Rumble Rush consumes quite a bit of battery. Here’s how to reduce how much it sucks up.
Within the app, go to Menu > Options > Game Settings. You should see a Graphics option slider – set it to Power Save mode.
This will automatically turn all Graphics settings to the lowest (which you can see by tapping More in the top right).
Additionally, reduce your brightness settings on your phone!
Some Speculation on Increasing Catch Rates
In previous Pokemon Rumble games, maintaining a high kill-combo would increase catch rates. Though no combo counter is displayed in Pokemon Rumble Rush, this could still be in effect, but hidden!
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