Back when Pokemon GO was released in the summer of 2016, many gamers were less than thrilled to learn that the game doesn’t really have any true social, player-vs-player features. And those who still keep playing the game are getting more and more impatient – when is Niantic going to release those Gen 2 creatures? One could say that Jodo Games’ new mobile title called Monster Park looks like a cash-in on Pokemon GO, but if you come to think of it, this is the game many players feel Pokemon GO should have been in the first place. This is a true MMO title with a lot of features that are arguably more at home on MMORTS titles, as you’ll actually be interacting more with real people, teaming up with other players in a guild if you choose to do so, competing in leagues, and trying to catch and evolve more than 2,000 monsters.
Some refer to them as Pokemon, but in the best interests of keeping both entities separate, we shall refer to these creatures, going forward, as monsters. And you might be wondering what needs to be done in order to catch as many of them as possible. We sincerely hope we can be of help in that area and others, as we now present our Monster Park strategy guide, which also includes some valuable tips for training and battles.
1. What Are Effort Values And What Do They Mean?
First of all, we should make it clear once again – Monster Park is essentially an MMO-style version of Pokemon GO, right down to the monster names, terms used, and the like. But there are certain mechanics that set it apart, such as Effort Values. These are special statistics, or points, that can be gained if you beat specific monster types. That means if you beat this game’s version of Rattata, that will give the monster you’re currently using an additional effort point, which can be used in advance-training your creatures. Go to the profile page of your monsters and you will see their effort points by tab into Values, all arranged per category.
If you’ve played Pokemon GO, you know that each Pokemon, once leveled up, earns statistical boosts. That’s also the case in Monster Park, and depending on how many Effort Values are allocated across the different categories, each monster will get their respective stat boosts. So let us use the game’s Rattata clone once again – if your monster defeated a lot of Rattata (clones) and earned tons of ATK Effort Values for their, well, efforts, they will earn bigger ATK boosts once the time comes for you to level your Pokemon up.
2. Effort Values Allow For Greater Customization
You’re probably guessing by now that Effort Values isn’t just one of the more unique mechanics in this game, but also THE most important mechanic in this game. You would actually be right. Pokemon GO doesn’t give you much flexibility when training and evolving your Pokemon, but Monster Park allows for more customization, letting you train your monsters as you see fit. It’s also possible to lock individual statistics in such a way that you don’t inadvertently swap their values; each statistic has an Effort Value cap, and that means the game won’t allow you to max out a certain stat/attribute. And if you use a Magical Capsule, which is a rather unique item found at the Capsule Station (the game’s PokeStop equivalent), you can reset all Effort Values to zero.
3. Collect Rewards
One drawback of Monster Park is that you won’t be told a lot by way of tutorials and real-time tips. So allow us to tell you about how rewards work in this game, meaning the stuff you get if you beat all of the trainers and get a perfect three stars in each battle. You can open boxes and earn all sorts of rewards, and you can check if there are any available to open by tapping the Trainer button. If you beat all trainers convincingly enough, you can open a maximum three boxes, and you can also defeat different trainers and open different boxes as you move from area to area.
4. About The Regional Pokedex
In Pokemon GO, you only get one PokeDex – a list of all the Pokemon available to catch in the game, which you can fill out as you catch different creatures. But in Monster Park, you get the Regional Pokedex, which will display a list of monsters that can be sighted or caught in any given area, complete with the times when you can usually see them. We’d say Niantic could possibly learn from this feature, as you can use this list to easily catch monsters you currently do not have. And if you’re able to catch all the monsters in a given area, you will be able to open the region box, which would include better prizes than the ones you win by defeating trainers. Examples of rewards include the game’s Great Ball and Ultra Ball equivalents, as well as crystals.
5. Know Each Type’s Strengths And Weaknesses
Each monster has a specific type, and each type in the game has their own strengths and weaknesses against others. Being aware of this information will really help you out in the trainer battles, though it’s a good thing that the game does offer more than a little help when it comes to knowing which types are strong or weak against another, as well as what moves are effective and what moves aren’t.
6. Use The Right Moves
The monsters in this game have two types of moves – Attack and Special moves – which are tracked against each monster’s respective starts. Attack moves are, without a doubt, based on your monsters’ ATK stat, while Special moves are based on their INT (intelligence) rating. Using whatever the game has to tell you, use the right moves while in battle, and make sure they’re suited to the monster you are using.
Status ailment moves are another unique feature/mechanic, and these are the moves that can tide things in battle and shift the balance in your favor. These are true game-changing moves, and they may include those that paralyze, poison, or debilitate opposing monsters in similar ways. They may also buff your monsters or debuff enemy monsters, thus providing even more help to you while you’re out there. You’ll know a Status Ailment move by the AST abbreviation, so use these moves generously while in battle.
7. Replay Battles Against Trainers
If you’re trying to breakthrough a monster, you’ll need to have the required artbooks, and these can be gained by defeating certain trainers. So if you’re short an artbook or two, you can go back to areas you’ve already completed, and grind for them by fighting and beating trainers you’ve previously conquered. Be sure to refer to the drop table for each trainer so you can be sure you’re not grinding without purpose. And, if you see fit, you can raid opposing trainers while replaying, which would bypass the whole battle process and allow you to earn rewards immediately.
That’s all there’s to it. If you know more tips and tricks for Monster Park, be sure to drop us a line in the comment section!