Android Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Android RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Gen 4 Pokemon, Balance Changes Come to Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/vt9n9/gen-4-pokemon-balance-changes-come-to-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/vt9n9/gen-4-pokemon-balance-changes-come-to-pokemon-go Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:48:42 -0400 William R. Parks

It has been confirmed by the Pokemon Company that Chimchar, Piplup, Turtwig, and a number of other Pokemon of Sinnoh, are now available for Trainers to catch in Pokemon GO.

As Ninatic has done previously, the remaining Pokemon of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum will be released in the mobile game in waves in the upcoming weeks.

Additionally, fans can look forward to gameplay changes that are "designed to promote an improved overall experience."

The first set of inbound tweaks addresses the behavior of Pokemon, reducing the effect weather has on their appearance and increasing their variety in certain areas, especially in places like parks and nature reserves.

A second group of changes looks to rebalance combat -- Pokemon's CP and HP values are being adjusted.

Additionally, the company has said that it wants defensive Pokemon to be more viable, and they are adjusting Defense and Stamina values to address this. Defense values for almost all Pokemon are also being "slightly reduced."

An exact date for these gameplay changes has not been provided. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information as it breaks. 

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In-Game Tournaments Are Coming to Fortnite on October 16 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwdiu/in-game-tournaments-are-coming-to-fortnite-on-october-16 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwdiu/in-game-tournaments-are-coming-to-fortnite-on-october-16 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:10:41 -0400 William R. Parks

The Fortnite Esports Team has confirmed that in-game tournaments are coming to Fortnite beginning October 16.

"In-Game Tournaments are open to everyone and provide an opportunity for every player to compete directly alongside the pros for prizes and glory," the blog post states.

In-game tournaments will be accessed from the game's "Events" section, and the initial schedule is as follows (exact times for your region can be confirmed in the client):

  • Alpha Tournament (Solo): October 16 - 21
  • Beta Tournament (Duo): October 23 - 25
  • Friday Night Fortnite (Squad): October 19 - November 30
  • Salty Springs Cup (Solo): October 27 - 31
  • Tomato Temple Cup (Duo): October 28 - November 1

With these initial tournaments, "all players will begin with the same score and compete over several hours of intense competition to earn as many points as possible," Epic explains.

Points are earned by eliminating opponents and placing highly in matches, and players that reach a "target score" will receive shiny pins. In future tournaments, shiny pins will advance players to subsequent tournament rounds or award them prizes.

Epic also notes that matchmaking will pair players that have similar point standings, and players across all platforms (PC, console, or mobile) will "compete against one another as equals."

Epic cites the Summer Skirmish, PAX West, and Fall Skirmish tournaments as proof that players using controllers "can be successful while competing against some of the best PC players in the world."

Looking forward, fans can expect multi-round tournaments and those with new scoring formats and alternates modes.

The post closes noting that qualifiers for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup will be accessed through the in-game tournament system "later this year."

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More Changes Come to Eternal Card Game Ranked Play https://www.gameskinny.com/86p08/more-changes-come-to-eternal-card-game-ranked-play https://www.gameskinny.com/86p08/more-changes-come-to-eternal-card-game-ranked-play Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:47:29 -0400 William R. Parks

Only a week following the release of Into Shadow, Eternal's latest campaign, new balance changes have been implemented that promise to further alter ranked play.

"The ranked metagame is currently in a pretty good place," the release notes state, "but we are making a few changes to improve balance and to diversify some of the play patterns and card choices among top decks."

This time around, "changes" means nerfs, and they are as follows:

Auralian Merchant: Now 0/4 (previously 1/4)

Channel the Tempest: Now 9PPPP (previously 8PPPP)

Icaria, the Liberator: Now 8FFFJJJ (previously 7FFFJJJJ)

Predatory Carnosaur: Now 7TTT, 7/7 (previously 6TTT, 6/6)

Additionally, 24 other cards have been adjusted. While these changes almost exclusively affect Eternal's draft format, there is an additional nerf here that impacts current ranked play:

Vital Arcana: Now gains 2 health (previously gained 4)

The single deck most impacted by yesterday's nerfs is Temporal Control, a true control deck that plans to draw cards and stall the game until the opponent's soul has been sufficiently crushed and they concede.

This type of play-style can be extremely frustrating to play against, as it often leads to very long, grindy games, and I would not be surprised if Dire Wolf Digital is specifically targeting Temporal Control following complaints from the community.

Full playsets of Auralian Merchant, Channel the Tempest, and Vital Arcana are staples in Temporal Control, and these nerfs will definitely have an impact on the deck. However, I certainly believe that it will remain a viable, if not strong, choice for the foreseeable future.

The changes have splash damage outside of Temporal Control as well.

Since its release, Auralian Merchant has been considered the best of the Merchant-cycle, and the full four copies are featured in almost all Time decks. Channel the Tempest has also been ubiquitous, acting as the finisher-of-choice for many Primal-based control and midrange decks.

Both cards still seem playable, but a reduction in their power level will definitely open up some space for other cards as players begin assembling new decks.

The nerf to Icaria, the Liberator has a broad impact as well. Since her printing, Icaria has been one of the most powerful finishers in the game, and an Icaria on seven-power (or five with a Bulletshaper in play) is often unbeatable.

This has lead to a slew of midrange decks with casting Icaria as their game-plan, and it will be interesting to see just how much the one additional power will matter to these decks.

With this change and Into Shadows' printing of Azindel, Revealed, it looks like Dire Wolf feels that eight-power is the right spot for game-ending creatures to sit.

With so many new cards and changes in flux, aggressively-slanted Combrei decks seem like the clear choice for ranked play. Perhaps the strongest deck immediately preceding the release of Into Shadow, none of yesterday's nerfs directly affect it, and it is perfect for punishing new decks that have not been finely tuned.

Full patch notes, including all draft changes, are included in this post.

Information on the new promo card and avatar included with this patch are available on Dire Wolf's website.

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Professors Oak And Willow Learn More About Meltan In This New Pokemon Video https://www.gameskinny.com/lxr8n/professors-oak-and-willow-learn-more-about-meltan-in-this-new-pokemon-video https://www.gameskinny.com/lxr8n/professors-oak-and-willow-learn-more-about-meltan-in-this-new-pokemon-video Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:58:27 -0400 QuintLyn

A few weeks ago, Pokemon GO players spotted a new type of Pokemon, which was later revealed to be Ditto taking on the form of a mythical steel pokemon named Meltan.

During the reveal, we learned two things from Professor Oak: that Meltan was thought to no longer exist, and if it did, it would be up to Pokemon GO players to discover them so it would appear in the upcoming Switch games Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! 

Since that time, Oak has been hard at work and has discovered a bit more about the mysterious Pokemon. Oddly, the new information involves an old box containing a lump of rusty metal -- that under the right circumstances will become Meltan. 

It seems this box is the only way to capture Meltan, and the only way to get the box is for Pokemon GO players to send Pokemon to either of the Let's Go! games. Normally, when GO players send Pokemon to the Switch games, they'll receive special items such as candies in return. But the first time they send one, they'll get a special Mystery Box instead.



Upon opening the box, Meltan will begin to appear in  Pokemon GO and can be caught in the same manner as every other Pokemon. Once a Meltan is caught, GO players can send it to Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's GO, Eevee!

 

It should be noted that the Mystery Box will close up again on its own and can only be opened again after a set time. But it won't just open by itself. Players wanting to open the box again will need to send another Pokemon to their (or their friend's) Let's Go! game -- each time they want to open the box.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on upcoming Pokemon games as it develops. Have you captured a Meltan yet? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Take Your Farm on the Road with Stardew Valley Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/7f77d/take-your-farm-on-the-road-with-stardew-valley-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/7f77d/take-your-farm-on-the-road-with-stardew-valley-mobile Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:16:15 -0400 William R. Parks

Stardew Valley is going mobile and will be playable on iOS devices as of October 24.

On the Stardew Valley Developer Blog, Eric Barone (the game’s designer) confirmed that a mobile port will first launch on iOS, and an Android version is in the works. A release date for the Android version will be available “soon.”

Further, Barone’s post indicates that the port “plays almost identically to all other versions,” but the UI and controls have “been rebuilt for touch-screen gameplay.”

At launch, all current single player content will be available, but not multiplayer, and people that play on PC can transfer save data to the mobile version.

Barone also takes a moment to reassure fans that the mobile port is not impacting the addition of multiplayer to console versions of the game. He states that Switch multiplayer is now in quality assurance testing, and Xbox One and PS4 updates are forthcoming.

Stardew Valley Mobile is now available for pre-order on the iOS App Store at $7.99.

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Inazuma Eleven Ares Delayed Once Again https://www.gameskinny.com/jo11x/inazuma-eleven-ares-delayed-once-again https://www.gameskinny.com/jo11x/inazuma-eleven-ares-delayed-once-again Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:13:29 -0400 Erroll Maas

In addition to the Yo-Kai Watch 4 delay, the latest issue of CoroCoro Comic has also revealed that Inazuma Eleven Ares, the newest title in the Inazuma Eleven soccer strategy RPG series, has been delayed to this winter in Japan.

Inazuma Eleven Ares was originally slated to launch this summer for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, but was later delayed until fall, making this the second delay the title has received. Reasons for the delay are currently unknown.

Inazuma Eleven Ares will (allegedly) launch this winter in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, with a 2019 release window for North America and Europe. It will be the first game in the Inazuma Eleven series to receive a North American release since the digital Nintendo 3DS re-release of the first Inazuma Eleven in 2014.

It is currently unknown if all versions will be released outside of Japan.

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Marvel Battle Lines Preview https://www.gameskinny.com/2mght/marvel-battle-lines-preview https://www.gameskinny.com/2mght/marvel-battle-lines-preview Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:49:23 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Marvel is getting into the card battling business with its newest game Marvel Battle Lines.

If you are thinking that it is going to be hard to learn and difficult to master, you are wrong! To learn how to play Battle Lines, you need to know how to play tic-tac-toe. That's right. It's as easy as that!

You have a deck with your favorite Marvel heroes and villains, over 100 to choose from to start and you have to battle against your opponent to make straight or diagonal lines. If you have two or more lines match up, your cards super ability activates and damages your enemies lineup. 

There are two types of cards in this game. There are action cards which act as a power-up for heroes. Character cards feature your favorite Marvel characters, each with their own stats and unique character art.

Marvel Battle Lines features a campaign mode created by Alex Irvine. The first chapter of the campaign will introduce you to the story and how it involves the cosmic cube. A highlight of the campaign being that before and after each chapter, you get a brief scene made to look like a comic book. 

Another mode feature in Battle Lines is a Special Ops mode. Here is where you battle to solve puzzles and fulfill certain win conditions. There are three win conditions and if you achieve all three, you earn better rewards. If getting those three conditions was too easy, there will be a hard mode for you to complete which will give you even better rewards upon completion. 

If you aren't that interested in the Campaign or Special Ops modes, don't you worry! There is a lot of PvP and PvE content which will allow you to win the same amount of rewards. 

Over time, there will be expansion packs released which will feature new Marvel characters along with new locations. Also featured in those packs are new special ops missions as well. Those packs may feature movie tie-ins in the future but they will certainly have comic book tie-ins.  

One reason the team went with the tic-tac-toe gameplay method is that they wanted it to appeal to a broader audience. They want this game to be easy to learn but hard to master, rather than hard on both fronts. With the number of different strategies you can use to defeat the enemy, it will take a while to master this game. 

Marvel Battle Lines comes to iOS and Android devices on October 24. If you would like to receive an exclusive Dr. Strange card and 5,000 in-game gold, you can pre-register for the game at the official website.

I would like to thank the  Game Designer Pine and Product Manager Kiho for talking with me.

Will you be checking MARVEL: Battle Lines out when it arrives on iOS and Android at the end of the month? 

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Exciting Plans Ahead for Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links https://www.gameskinny.com/59u7v/exciting-plans-ahead-for-yu-gi-oh-duel-links https://www.gameskinny.com/59u7v/exciting-plans-ahead-for-yu-gi-oh-duel-links Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:32:58 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links was back at New York Comic Con this year showing off the newest 5D's World which just released at the end of September. 

I was lucky enough to chat with the Senior Producer Kenichi Kataoka to discuss future plans for the game. 

Yu-Gi-Oh fans have been looking for the game to add a draft mode. Kataoka responded to that by saying that it has been brought up before and the team is currently brainstorming ideas on how they can bring it to Duel Links. 

Yu-Gi-Oh is known for having an incredible story arch whether it is in the manga or the anime, but Duel Links does not have a narrative arc in the game. According to Kataoka, that might be changing soon. In 2019, they will be releasing a new story narrative based in the 5D's world that was released in September.

You have been able to find Duel Links on iOS and Android devices but recently it was added to your computers through Steam. The community has grown by 50% since its launch on the platform, but don't get excited about being able to use mods or hack the game to get a better deck. Cheating means a quick ban, as it should.

You can play Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links and its newest 5D's update on iOS, Android and Steam. I would like to thank Kenichi Kataoka for taking the time to speak with me.

If you were at NYCC, did you stop by the Yu-Gi-Oh booth and play the trading card game or play Duel Links on those giant monitors? If you did, let us know in the comments and how you did!

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Eternal's Metagame Shaken Up by 'Into Shadow' Update https://www.gameskinny.com/68a5t/eternals-metagame-shaken-up-by-into-shadow-update https://www.gameskinny.com/68a5t/eternals-metagame-shaken-up-by-into-shadow-update Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:39:52 -0400 William R. Parks

Prior to last week’s release of Eternal’s newest campaign, ‘Into Shadow,’ Aegis was a common topic of conversation amongst the community.

Aegis is a battle skill that reads as follows:

"Aegis protects a unit or player from one enemy spell or effect. It doesn’t block friendly effects, nor does it stop battle damage from Killer attacks, Relic Weapons, or normal attacking and blocking."

Put very simply, if you want to use spells or abilities to destroy a unit with Aegis, you will need to use two of them.

As with Magic: The Gathering, one of Eternal’s core principals is card advantage, meaning you want to force your opponent to dedicate two (or, even better, more) cards to dealing with one of yours. Obviously, if an opponent is using two cards to answer every one of your cards, they will run out of resources first, and, very often, lose.

If you are playing against a control deck that plans to target each of your units with kill spells and then take over the late-game, units with Aegis really throw a wrench in that plan. The Shadow faction’s strategy is built around exactly this type of 1-for-1 trading of a removal spell for a creature.

As units with Aegis (and spells that give units Aegis) have become more ubiquitous, Shadow-based control decks have continued to be pushed out of the competitive metagame. Enter ‘Into Shadow’ and five powerful new Shadow spells that that are already shaking-up Eternal’s ranked ladder.

As spoilers for the new campaign began, Vara, Vengeance-Seeker seemed like the frontrunner for the most powerful new card.

Her ability to prevent Aegis had the potential to address this major issue for Shadow, and her low cost and Lifesteal (gaining the player life whenever she deals combat damage) had implications for approaching the most aggressive match-ups as well.

So far, Vara seems to be doing her job, and she is finding a home in several different shadow-based archetypes.

Less flashy Last Chance and Shakedown are also seeing play - the former in more combo-centric shells and the latter in control - and Eremot,the Gathering Dark seems like a fun option against the various unit-light control decks.

 

The Shadow card that has me the most excited, however, is Azindel, Revealed.

This massive unit absolutely takes over games, and, if you have units ready to attack on the turn he comes down, you can take advantage of his ability immediately without needing him to survive until your next turn.

Shadow was in desperate need of a finisher as strong as Icaria, the Liberator to close games, and they have found it in Azindel.

Will these cards dethrone the onslaught of Aegis units that have been plaguing battlefields? I am skeptical, but they have certainly put several new decks in contention and jostled a metagame that was beginning to look quite stale.

Dire Wolf Digital has once again shown what makes Eternal one of the best digital CCG’s available, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how things shakeout.

‘Into Shadow’ is available for 25,000 in-game gold (acquired from winning matches) or 2,000 gems ($20 USD). Full patch notes are available here.

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Comics App Izneo Coming to Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ivil1/comics-app-izneo-coming-to-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ivil1/comics-app-izneo-coming-to-nintendo-switch Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:35:50 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Switch and Comic fans rejoice! Pretty soon you'll be able to carry your favorite digital comics, graphic novels and more on your Nintendo Switch!

Izneo is a comics app that is currently available on iOS and Android devices and will be arriving on Nintendo Switch in November.

Izneo has been around for 8 years and they are the largest digital comics service in the United Kingdom. Featuring comics from Dark Horse, WebToons and so much more! They have over 25,000 comics with more coming every single week. You can purchase them separately starting at $1.99 or you can do a monthly subscription which is $7.99 per month.

Izneo also features sales frequently so you can load up on comics without hurting your wallet. If you need a break from all the comics you will be reading, you can cancel your membership at any time. 

While speaking with Izneo at New York Comic Con, I asked them about surviving in the same space as Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe. They aren't worried about competing against them since Izneo features a wider variety of comics from different publishers.

You can read the comics over a Wi-Fi connection or you can download them so you can read them offline. There is no limit to the number of comics you can download so make sure you have a large memory card since you're going to be downloading your favorite series like Dr. Who, Star Trek and Back to the Future

Viewing comics on the Nintendo Switch is super easy too! Whether you prefer to use the Switch in handheld, tabletop or docked mode, the comics always look amazing. They are available to read as full pages or you can read them panel by panel. The best part is, you can read all the comics with just a single Joy-Con. When asked about touchscreen support, they hinted that it may come in the future. 

Izneo launches on Nintendo Switch in November, but you can sign up for Izneo now at Izneo.com. Whether you buy the comics on your computer, iOS or Android devices, you can view them on any device where you can download Izneo. 

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Celebrate Halloween Wizard Style In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery https://www.gameskinny.com/ey4mx/celebrate-halloween-wizard-style-in-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery https://www.gameskinny.com/ey4mx/celebrate-halloween-wizard-style-in-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:14:33 -0400 QuintLyn

Fall is here, the leaves are changing, and everyone's preparing to celebrate the spookiest of holidays. Just today, Jam City, developer of the mobile adventure game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery announced the start of the game's Hallowe'en feast event.

The Great Hall has been decorated and all of Hogwarts ghosts are coming out to play. It's the perfect time to take a break from classes, and trying to solve the mystery of how your brother went missing -- or so you'd think. But that holiday cheer isn't going to last.

Later on this month, a time-limited seasonal side quest will throw a bit of a shadow over the fun and players will need to use all the defensive spells they've learned to defend Hogwarts from the dark forces arriving on the full moon. At the same time, players will be able to test their skills in a special Duelling Club event where they can even turn their opponents' heads in to a pumpkin.

The event is live as of today, and will continue throughout the month of October. So, be sure to update your game to get in on the Hallowe'en fun.

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How to Skip Those Pesky Downloads in Dragalia Lost https://www.gameskinny.com/op9lu/how-to-skip-those-pesky-downloads-in-dragalia-lost https://www.gameskinny.com/op9lu/how-to-skip-those-pesky-downloads-in-dragalia-lost Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:48:07 -0400 Ashley Gill

Dragalia Lost is exactly what I wanted out of a Nintendo-published mobile title from Granblue Fantasy developer Cygames. It's got actual gameplay, some really nice character art, and plenty of content to play through.

No mobile RPG is perfect, though.

Dragalia Lost is no exception, and it does have a handful of problems both large and small -- the energy system is about as restrictive as the one in Fire Emblem Heroes, summon rates on 5-stars are low as heck, and summons yield a lot more than just characters. Nonetheless, the game is very fun. Mobage (mobile RPG) players know what they are getting into.

What may be considered the game's smallest issue is its habit of constantly prompting the player to download data. Even if your phone or tablet somehow downloads at incredibly high speeds, you're still going to be looking at that download screen.

I don't know about you, but I didn't sign up for a Cygames download simulator.

What you may not know is that you can actually make the constant download prompts a thing of the past; the game does have an option to download all of the its quest scenes and data. You don't have to download data every 10 minutes!

How to Start the Batch Download

  • Tap on the More button at the bottom right
  • Tap Options
  • Tap System
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Tap Download Settings under the Batch Download

From here, you can choose to either download all of the game's data or to exclude the voices. The differences between these are:

  • All Data downloads all of the game's data to your mobile device, where it will stay until you uninstall Dragalia Lost. This option makes the game take up a fair amount of space on your device but the only download prompts you'll ever get are for patches.

  • Exclude Voices downloads everything but the voices, which you are prompted to download before story quests like usual. The downloads will be smaller and once you close the app, voice files for quests you've completed will be deleted to not take up space. This is the better option if you have limited space on your device.

Once you choose one option and tap the 'Download' button, the game will begin downloading.

If You Want to Use Japanese VAs...

If you're like me and prefer Japanese VAs, I recommend swapping your voice over language first so you don't have to do an extra download. You can do this in the System menu as well.

It's also worth mentioning that the Japanese voices take up more space than the English ones.

On launch day, the batch download size with English voices was over 500mb, while downloading with the Japanese voices took over 600mb. This gap is sure to widen as Dragalia Lost gets updates, so this is something to keep in mind!

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The game is just in its infancy but the future looks bright for Dragalia Lost as it's already rushing up the top free games charts on both Google Play and iTunes.

If the record of Cygames is any indication, we're in for some great content updates over the coming years. I can't wait -- but I can wait to sit through more mandatory downloads.

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Monster Hunter Stories Now Available for Smartphones in the West https://www.gameskinny.com/ugi7f/monster-hunter-stories-now-available-for-smartphones-in-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/ugi7f/monster-hunter-stories-now-available-for-smartphones-in-the-west Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:30:33 -0400 Erroll Maas

Monster Hunter Stories, Capcom's Nintendo 3DS RPG based on the Monster Hunter series, is now available for iOS and Android in North America and Europe for $19.99.

Additionally, a free demo titled Monster Hunter Stories The Adventure Begins is also available on iOS and Android for players who want to try the game before purchasing it.

New features for the smartphone version include high resolution visuals, an improved user interface, and an auto-save feature.

The smartphone version does not include crossover content from the Nintendo 3DS version, such as the Legend of Zelda armor and weapons or the Epona mount.

Monster Hunter Stories originally released for Nintendo 3DS in Japan on October 8, 2016, and released in North America and Europe on September 8, 2017. An updated version, Monster Hunter Stories 1.2 Renewal Edition, released in Japan digitally on July 26, 2017, and received a physical release a day later.

This updated version added new monsters, outfits, and allowed the player character to switch genders. A 1.3 update was released later as well, but did not receive a physical re-release.

The smartphone version of Monster Hunter Stories launched in Japan on December 4, 2017.

Monster Hunter Stories is available on iOS through the App Store and on Android via Google Play, and is also available both physically and digitally for the Nintendo 3DS

It is currently unknown if the game will see a sequel or enhanced Nintendo Switch port in the future.

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Mythical Pokemon Meltan Appears In Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/hcwv5/mythical-pokemon-meltan-appears-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/hcwv5/mythical-pokemon-meltan-appears-in-pokemon-go Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:51:05 -0400 QuintLyn

Recently, Pokemon GO players have spotted a previously unknown Pokemon that looks like a Hex Nut. As it turns out, what they've likely been seeing is Ditto that have transformed into this weird Pokemon.

Thanks to Professor Willow and Professor Oak, we now know that the mysterious Pokemon Ditto have been appearing as the Meltan, a mythical Steel Pokemon known to the professors only through descriptions in books. 

The little guy isn't restricted to Pokemon GO, it seems, as he will be appearing in Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!.

That said, the alternate reality mobile game is key to meeting Meltan in either of the Nintendo Switch games when they release. Professor Willow will need help from Pokemon GO players to better understand the habits and distribution of the Hex Nut Pokemon.

It's this research that will aid Pokemon: Let's Go! players in their quest to meet Meltan once the games launch on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo's press release isn't exactly clear on just how Meltan will make its way into the Pokemon: Let's Go! games. However, it seems likely that the recent announcement of the Pokemon transfer system that will exist between the two games is what will be used to facilitate this.

In this case, Pokemon GO players would upload a captured Meltan into the GO park system in Pokemon: Let's Go! Of course, at the moment, this is speculation on my part. So take it as you will.

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Pocket Luna Guide: Maximize Your Gold, Gems, Exp., and More https://www.gameskinny.com/usoj0/pocket-luna-guide-maximize-your-gold-gems-exp-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/usoj0/pocket-luna-guide-maximize-your-gold-gems-exp-and-more Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:41:15 -0400 Littoface

Pocket Luna by X.D. Global is an adorable mobile MMO with fluffy sheep mounts and full-body mascot catsuits. But don't be fooled by its cutesy appearance: there's a lot to do here. The game will keep you busy for a while running through quests, fighting in the arena, fishing, leveling your minions, patrolling the city, and so many more events and tasks.

Getting started is fairly easy: just follow the tutorial prompts. But once you reach around level 10, you're released into the game and mostly left to learn everything on your own.

Confused? Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff in this game? Let our guide lead you to Pocket Luna mastery!

Combat and Gameplay Tips

Combat in Pocket Luna is pretty straightforward — most of the time, auto-battle will handle the grunt work. In town, you can auto-walk to any quest points, special events, and other points of interest, so getting around is a cinch no matter where you are.

Still, there are a few things you should know as you proceed beyond the basics that the tutorial skims over or simply doesn't mention:

Classes

There are three classes in the game: Warrior, Magician, and Assassin. Although you start the job you choose at the beginning (which you unlock at level four), you gain access to the other two jobs later.

More interestingly, you get the option to mix and match skills between two classes, allowing you to create a character unique to you and your play style.

Skills

All three classes have three main skills each for three elements. You quickly discover that you have to choose an element (and its skill-set) before entering combat.

It's not immediately clear, but leveling one skill also levels it for every other element (so leveling the Assassin's fire "Penetrate Pierce," for instance, also levels his water "Deadly Spike" and wind "Heart Pierce.")

There are no skill points, and instead, skills are leveled using money as your character levels up. Until they all reach level 15, there's no need to be picky — level them all every chance you get.

As a nice bonus, the skill levels also carry over when you unlock the ability to switch between classes, so there's no need to level them up again.

Auto-battle

Auto-battle will cast spells and move for you, so there's no need to do anything. However, you can still control your character while auto-battle is active, so you can select an enemy or cast a skill if you want to switch focus, which is useful in PvP.

Auto-battle will not dodge for you, and it will not Awaken your character, so when entering challenging battles, you'll need to keep a close eye on things.

Upgrading Equipment

As long as there are materials for upgrading or refining any of your equipment, there will be a "!" over the Blacksmith icon. Don't be fooled! It's not worth upgrading anything that's not at least purple grade — better yet, save it for any golden equips you come across.

Minions

It's a good idea to level up and enhance all the minions you have. Minion levels and stats also increase your overall BR, which improves your standing in the game and nets you some rewards — so it's definitely worth it!

Daily Pocket Luna Routine

There's always something to do on Pocket Luna, which makes it easy to miss cool stuff and rewards. Here are six things you should remember to do every day, presented in the optimal order:

  1. Gift Center - Make sure to pick up your daily login bonus here. Also get your free energy refill for the day — there's no limit on how much energy you can have (it can go beyond your maximum), so it won't be wasted.

  2. Dimension Summon - Use your free summons when you log in (if you have any). You can do the free treasure summon every 10 minutes until you hit the cap, but free equipment and minion summons can only be done once the timer finished counting down. Check to see if you have a free summon daily!

  3. Buddy - Get lots of buddies for an energy boost. Make it a habit to send and receive energy to buddies every day.

  4. Daily Mission - Reaching the last treasure chest gets you 100 diamonds, so try to get there every day. You can get to the top without having to spend money or gems. A lot of the missions also earn you achievements and other rewards, which will help you overall. (Don't forget to actually get the rewards!)

  5. Escaped Chest Monster, Pirate's Treasure, and Crystal Sources Defender - All three are worth doing at least once daily as they're by far the fastest way to get gold, minion experience liquid, and awaken materials. Check for timed events that also get you lots of materials in a quick run (at the time of writing, one awesome event is the Daily Chicken Feast, for getting handfuls of energy).

  6. Event Calendar - There's an impressive number of daily timed events, and many of them are worth your time. If there's an event going on when you log in, check it out!

After that, you can go on to your main quests, hang out with your guildmates, upgrade your minions and equipment, or simply walk around the city in a silly conga line for the city patrol event.

Although it's more time-consuming, we also recommend that you do a run through of the Tower of Death, climbing higher every time you do. It's worth the experience and gold and opens more places to raid for resources.

How to Make Gold, Gain Experience, and Earn Gems in Pocket Luna

Resources are key in Pocket Luna, and many can be acquired simply by advancing up the main quest. If you're struggling to get enough gold, experience, or gems, check out the activities below! We've highlighted the resources you can get from each activity by bolding them in the text.

  • Stay online - You get rewarded with gold and other resources simply by staying online for certain amounts of time.

  • Check the Chat - Occasionally, the message at the top of the chat window contains a reward. Click on the green text to get gold in increasing increments, and eventually, get a handful of diamonds, too.

  • Escaped Chest Monster - Use this event to gain gold quickly. You can only enter on your own twice a day, but you can also be invited by buddies beyond that. Make friends for more chances to enter! 

  • Tower of Death - We mentioned this one before, but it's a great way to get resources like gold and experience fast and it doesn't use any energy (unless you're raiding).

  • Escaped Chest Monster - Grab as much gold as you can! Join forces with a buddy for more rewards.

  • Reach the Final Chest in Daily Quests - This gets you a nice 100 diamonds.

  • Get 3 Stars on Each Exploration Area - Every level in Exploration has three submissions. Complete each one to get a top three-star rank for it, and do this for all the levels in each area to receive a total of 54 diamonds for each area (only once for each area).

  • Join a Guild - Joining a guild is a good idea in general, but it's also a great way to each some extra experience through the hot-springs, guild quests, and more. 

  • Fight in the Arena - Aside from earning tokens for use on minion pieces, progressing in the arena gets you diamonds and other rewards.

  • Daily and Limited Time Events - This isn't hard to figure out, but it's important so we're mentioning it! In addition to the tips we've mentioned, check the Event Calendar for more ideas. Each event clearly states when it's available and whether you can get gold, experience, or diamonds from it.

Now you'll never be without resources! Simply follow our tips for optimal daily playing and you'll be on your way to the top in no time. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pocket Luna news, guides, and more!

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Tips And Tricks To Help You Get The Most Out Of Pocket City https://www.gameskinny.com/l49by/tips-and-tricks-to-help-you-get-the-most-out-of-pocket-city https://www.gameskinny.com/l49by/tips-and-tricks-to-help-you-get-the-most-out-of-pocket-city Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:28:36 -0400 QuintLyn

As city building sims go, Codebrew Games' Pocket City for iOS and Android is pretty easy to pick up and play -- at least starting out. That said, while the game offers a pretty useful tutorial, it's not too comprehensive. 

This selection of tips will help you build a city your digital citizens will be proud to call home. In general, these are pretty simple things that won't be obvious at first. Some of them won't be available as options immediately or they won't be covered in the tutorial, so knowing about them ahead of time will give you an edge when you start building your city.

It's important to note that these tips are based on the completely free version of Pocket City, which is limited in a few ways. So if you're playing the paid version of the game, some of these tips may not apply to you.

Speaking of the tutorial...

This is going to seem like some really odd advice, but do the tutorial, then start a new city. While the tutorial is helpful, it dictates the flow of your city from the start - you'll be directed to make building decisions that you probably wouldn't follow if you were planning ahead. These are things you'll either have to live with or tear down later in the process, neither of which is appealing when trying to build the best possible city.

The Perfect City Layout

When you start out in Pocket City you have access to two low-level primary resources, electricity and water -- both required to keep homes and business running. 

Collecting resources like power and water comes at a cost of both money and space. While this won't be much of a concern at first with the entry-level power plant and water tower, you'll eventually have access to better structures that provide power and water to a wider area. 

In opting to upgrade these structures, you'll lose a few buildings in the immediate area around the resource building you choose to upgrade -- unless there's already free space. Low-level resource buildings take up one square space on the map while higher levels take up a four-square space.

If you plan on upgrading later on, it would be wise to decide in the early stages of building where you plan on making these upgrades and leave enough space around them to do so.

Fire departments, hospitals, and police stations take up at least four lots to start but retain their size when upgraded. Banks only take up one slot and don't take up any more space when upgraded.

Balance is key.

To effectively build your city, you'll want to pay attention to the three primary "zones" used in the game: residential, commercial, and industrial. Keeping these well balanced is the key to increasing your population without destroying your city budget.

There are two things to keep in mind when handling your zone balance. The first is which of the three zones you need to see growth at any particular moment in order to attract new citizens. This can easily be tracked by looking at the little graph next to your XP bar on the upper right hand of the screen. (The graph can be made bigger by tapping it.)

Each of the bars represents one of the three primary zones: green for residential, blue for commercial, and orange for industrial. When one of the bars has color on it, it means you need need to add more buildings of that zone type. Generally, the bars will always have some color in them, because you always want to add more buildings, but the graph will give you a good idea of which kind you need to add the most of. 

The other thing to pay attention to is how your zones are distributed. No one likes to travel a long distance to go to work or do a little shopping -- or do anything recreational. Sure, some things require some extra time as dictated by geography -- you can't move the rivers or mountains. But, you can make sure your citizens have reasonable access to everything else.

Luckily, it's easy to keep track of everything from your zone layout to how well your resources and services are distributed across the city using the "view" button in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. You can even get a look at how your road system is doing.

Ah yes, roads.

As with most city building sims, transportation management is important. Starting out, it's not terribly difficult to manage. Get used to checking your traffic view every so often. If your streets are green, you're okay, but if you start noticing some areas marked in orange or red, you've got some congestion.

Building highways is a great way to alleviate traffic, but unlike other games where you put down power lines to distribute electricity and water to your citizens, Pocket City relies on basic roads to do that. So when you want to lay down that four-lane highway, just be sure you're ready to set down more resources on the other side -- even if it means losing some other buildings in the process.

Another thing I found useful is to avoid building intersections too close together. It may seem like a good idea to create a kind of roundabout by putting four sections close together, but it's not. 

When you level up enough, you'll be able to build a Skyrail. This is a great way to alleviate ground traffic congestion -- and give your citizens a more direct way to reach places. The Skyrail can cross over roads, although it can't be set to run directly over top of them. If you try to lay a Skyrail above a road it will simply replace it. You'll also need to make room for Skyrail stations that can be used to access them.

Leave room for fun.

While planning for the essentials, don't forget to leave room in your neighborhoods for the nice things. Parks, theaters, and other leisure venues are important to your citizens, so remember to leave a few spaces open in each of your neighborhoods for these things

Keep an eye on those stats.

Pocket City gives you an easy way to keep track of what's going on with your city. It tracks everything from income to population, happiness, and traffic. Once you're able to generate your own goods via farming, mining, and the like, it will even track that too.

Did someone mention farming?

For the first 15 levels of the game, you're more or less stuck shipping in food and other materials from... well... some other city. That said, material acquisition, and eventually exporting, is something you'll need to plan for up front.

Farms, lumber and steel mills, and even mines can't be placed just anywhere, so you'll need to pay attention to your map. Farms can only be placed on brown soil, lumber mills need to be located near a lot of trees, and animal pastures will need to be placed on grassy areas. (Most of these will take a four-lot square in space, and you will want more than one of each if you plan to generate income.)

To export the excess items you'll eventually obtain from each of these resources, you'll need to have placed a shipping dock near the water. So when building all those lovely beaches for your citizens to have fun at, don't forget to leave some room.

Recreational events are a good way to earn XP and (potentially) cash.

At level 4, you'll unlock your very first recreational event, the Block Party. This event and the ones that come after are a great way to boost your XP. They can be run at any time as long as their cooldown period is over -- meaning they're easy to use when you need that push into the next level. Depending on the outcome, they can also bring in a bit of extra cash for the city, so it's a double win.

Note: If you throw a recreational event (or watch vids) for XP and cash, be sure you don't already have the maximum amount of cash allowed at the time. You can't exceed the amount your banks can currently hold so that money will just disappear.

Landmarks do more than just attract new citizens.

As you progress through the game and start unlocking new land on the map, you'll occasionally unlock treasure chests. Most of the time, these chests will just contain cash, but every so often you'll come across ones that contain landmarks that are incredibly useful, such at this obelisk that helps protect against too much disaster-related destruction. 

Random disasters can be turned on an off at a whim.

If you find random disasters are doing just a bit too much damage for your tastes -- and possibly eating into your budget -- don't worry. If you go into the Event menu where you control recreational events, you'll see an "Options" button. Select that and you can disable or enable disasters as you like.

Use the "traffic" option under the view menu to spy on your citizens.

This may seem a little creepy and weird, but I promise it has a purpose. At some point, you'll receive quests asking you to find a specific type of person on the map. The easiest way to do this is by using the traffic view, which color codes not only what's happening in the roads but also along their sides. 

You'll find that using the different view options is going to come in handy for quests throughout the game, so make as much use of them as you can.

And there you have it, some simple tips that will help you start your Pocket City off on the right foot. As simple as it may seem, this really is a fun game. But, if you don't take your time and do things right, you may find yourself wanting to start over. Hopefully, we've provided you with enough information here that you won't ever have to do that.

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Grim Soul: Dark Fantasy Guide: Progressing to the Gate Keeper https://www.gameskinny.com/q1v5v/grim-soul-dark-fantasy-guide-progressing-to-the-gate-keeper https://www.gameskinny.com/q1v5v/grim-soul-dark-fantasy-guide-progressing-to-the-gate-keeper Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:39:23 -0400 Victoria B.

Whether you are new to Grim Soul: Dark Fantasy Survival or an experienced player, the plaguelands can be unforgiving, and you are bound to hit a few roadblocks along the way.

After being rescued from execution for being infected with Grey Decay, a friend, Sebastian Kerr, leaves you to survive these dangerous areas alone.

The prospect may be intimidating, but here are some tips to help you stay alive and eventually reach the strongest adversary and reward.

Building Your Base

Before you can fight the lone boss of GS:DF, you will need to master the basics and build your way up. If you're a new player, you’ll want to first collect all the resources in the starting area and set up your home base. To do so, collect resources and build essential tools, such as a club for clearing out nearby enemies, axes for wood, and pickaxes for stones.

At this point, you will have recognized the issue of storage. Limited storage never quite goes away, no matter how far you’ve progressed, so the first things you should invest in are Peasant Chests.

In the spawn location, you will find an area with a floor and a preexisting chest. I recommend starting your base here and expanding on it as you progress. You should go ahead and build a second chest at this location and a ragged sack. If you feel like supporting the game developers, you can pay $5.99 for a much larger and more useful Backpack, but be wary -- you can still lose this item if you die.

These essentials will expand the number of items you can carry and store as you begin crafting and looting.

Once you have storage, form walls around your base to protect against eventual enemies such as the Night Guest, an unbeatable opponent who appears in the night.

Though torches can scare it away, having walls around your home will keep the Night Guest at bay.

One of the final things you should make before venturing out into the fog is the Raven’s Cage which provides goals and rewards for your character.

After completing these core components of your home, you are free to venture into the world and create any other crafting stations you desire.

Looting Locations

While locations can give you natural resources, the more important items you will find are essential tools for building and crafting as well as weapons and armor.

Before leaving, take out unnecessary items in your inventory such as building resources because you are going to find a lot of loot, all of which you can’t carry. Bring any armor you are wearing, a sturdy weapon, and a stack of food.

If you don’t have meat yet, try Cooked Leeks to improve your hunger and health. Pack a few before you head out.

At first, don’t go to any locations that are three skulls or more. This game involves hardcore survival, and it is easy to die in these areas. Therefore, it's best to wait and scavenge the less dangerous spots for armor and weapons.

If you are in some of the safer zones without Damned Knights or Templars, try slowly and cautiously clearing out nearby enemies before looting. You may face wolves, bears, and lepers, but these creatures won’t pose too much of a threat.

The challenge arises when you explore dangerous territories that have better loot such as powerful weapons and armor.

Defeating Enemies

Some of the opponents you face will pose little to no threat. However, others can be the result of your demise. Consider each of their skills before approaching them in combat.

Weak

Common and lower stakes enemies include standard wolves, bears, lepers, and damned. These opponents are easy to face head-on and don’t take long to kill.

However, this doesn’t mean you should run through a pack of them. Take each on one vs one to avoid getting bombarded with attacks.

Challenging

Desecrators, Forsaken, Damned Templars, and Damned Knights are all intimidating enemies, and if not handled strategically, could lead to your downfall. These enemies are often guarding valuable loot, so the risk of engaging with them could be worth it.

Improve your armory first though. Some of the greatest weapons you can invest in are long-range melee weapons such as a Halbert. These types of tools are the best to use against slow-moving lethal targets such as a Templar. They allow the wielder to dodge and keep a safe distance instead of hacking away like the previous creatures.

Another powerful weapon for challenging enemies is the Bastard Sword. Use this against difficult opponents rather than wasting it on easy kills.

Boss

Currently, the only boss is the Forsaken Gate Keeper, and he is the ultimate goal for players to defeat since he has a dungeon key, a requirement before accessing loot-filled dungeons.

How to Get a Dungeon Key

After investing time in leveling up, growing your base, and acquiring new gear, you will find this challenge awaiting you. Powerful weapons and armor are stored in dungeons, but to explore them players must defeat the Forsaken Gate Keeper.

Don’t rush in. To face him be sure you have Level 2 armor and that you bring sources of health because trust me, you’re going to need it. As for weapons, I found the Halbert works best since you can fight from a short distance with it.

Once you are prepped, head out to battle.

He dwells near packs of wolves but only attacks if any stragglers notice you. No matter what, you will still have to fend some off as you fight the giant opponent, but you can lessen the work by sneaking and clearing some out. All the while, don’t let the Gate Keeper close the distance.

This opponent is slow and needs to be near to inflict devastating damage. Use the Halbert to stab him and after each strike, take a step back.

Rather than staying in one spot to gain multiple hits, attack him once then back away. Progressively you will weaken him and be victorious. Your win will reward you with a key that you can use to explore the loot-filled dungeons.

Get Back in the Game

Time to get back to it. Reaching a level where it is safe to attack the Gate Keeper won’t happen in a day but if you continue building your base, looting other areas, and assessing your opponents, the day will come where you will feel confident to take on Goliath. Use these strategies to get to this point and win the battle for the immense treasure.

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Transfer Characters from Pokemon GO Into Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! https://www.gameskinny.com/jsl7p/transfer-characters-from-pokemon-go-into-lets-go-pikachu-and-eevee https://www.gameskinny.com/jsl7p/transfer-characters-from-pokemon-go-into-lets-go-pikachu-and-eevee Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:28:00 -0400 QuintLyn

Earlier today, Pokemon Company International and Nintendo dropped new information on features in their upcoming Nintendo Switch games, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

Included in the games' features is one that all Pokomon GO fans are going to enjoy. When the games release November 16, GO players will be able to bring the Pokemon they caught in the Kanto region into the Let's Go games.

The uploaded Pokemon will appear in the GO Park complex in Fuchsia City, which is made up of 20 individual GO Parks. Up to 50 Pokemon can be kept in each of the individual parks. Players aren't limited to uploading from their own GO account either. Pokemon can be shared by friends and family.

There is -- kind of -- a catch, however. In order to take the Pokemon with you on your journeys, you'll have to catch them in the parks after they've been added to them.

To make things even more interesting, a special minigame has been added to the park system. When 25 of the same Pokemon species are in the GO Park complex, players will be able to play the game to win Candies that can be used to power up Pokmon and raise specific stats. Different candies affect different stats.

Launch day for both Pokmon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokmon: Let’s Go, Eevee! isn't all that far off. In fact, it's just two months until November 16, when both games are available exclusively on the Switch.

So, if there are some Kanto region Pokemon you'd like to pull in from GO, but don't already have, you might want to get to work. And in the meantime, you can find more information on Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on the games' site.

Nintendo released a bevy of details surrounding the game, as well as a Pikachu- and Evee-themed Nintendo Switch at their latest Direct

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Tales Of Erin Definitive Re-Rolling Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/iiv3d/tales-of-erin-definitive-re-rolling-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/iiv3d/tales-of-erin-definitive-re-rolling-guide Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:58:53 -0400 Ty Arthur

The eternal gacha question: should I re-roll or stick with my starting party? You'll be faced with that dilemma almost immediately with Tales Of Erin, whether you are trying to build a well-rounded group or put together a mono party of well-equipped heavy hitters.

Thankfully, its a much simpler process here than in many other mobile games. The toughest part of this whole procedure is simply deciding if you really need to spend the time starting over again or if your starting party is worth keeping.

How do I re-roll in Tales Of Erin?

This little gacha gem is super easy to re-roll, with no deleting hidden files or disassociating your Google Play account or anything like that involved.

When you first start the game, make sure to register a new eFun account instead of logging in with Facebook or Google Play so you can start over without any uninstalling or reinstalling of any kind.

You can register directly from the app and don't even need to confirm anything with an email registration link. Just tap "Member" and then "Register" to make your new eFun account.

When you decide its time to re-roll (see the section below for full details) tap the "Information" button on the top-left corner of main screen where you can access the party, costume, and summon areas.

From there, tap "Switch Account" at the lower-right side of the options screen. Now you can simply repeat the process of creating a new eFun account and starting over. That's it! There's need to delete the game's files and you can try for a better starting summon.

 

When should I re-roll in Tales Of Erin?

Always wait until after you get your first 10 summon to re-roll. You need 980 free star gems for the event summon, or 1980 gems for the standard character summoning when there isn't an ongoing event. 

If you turn on auto battle (available from the fourth combat) and skip all the cut scenes, it should take you around 10 - 15 minutes to get there. That's definitely a time investment, but not a huge one.

You should have enough star gems for the event summon by the time you reach stage 1-4-5. Between the stage bonuses and the daily achievements for upgrading equipment and completing quests, that's usually the point where you get to 980 gems.

Note that when perform the 10 summon, you won't actually end up with 10 creatures. You are almost certain to get duplicates, which are automatically consumed to increase the power of your existing creature.

How do I know if I should re-roll in Tales Of Erin?

Many gacha games these days are moving away from only 4 or 5 star creatures being viable, and that includes Tales Of Erin. Its completely possible to get through the vast majority of content even with the lowest star summons.

If you want a better starting group however, there are some summons in particular you want. An all water party is currently the best with the ongoing event for easily farming equipment, but this will change as the event shifts towards other types.

No matter what type of creature you prefer, Tiamat is one of the best all around summons. If you pulled her, stay put.

If you are specifically hoping to get one of the most powerful creatures in your first 10 summon, these are the characters to look out for:

  • Tiamat
  • Mirafuse
  • Wu Lian
  • Mao
  • Lorelei
  • Lotus Moon
  • Darchess
  • Hera
  • Sartha
  • Rabis
  • Frost Nova
  • Grey Crow

Here's a decent (but not amazing) first 10 summon pull that could work, or could be re-rolled if you want to spend the time:

  A decent but not amazing first 10 summon pull

Still not sure if what you've got is worth keeping? Take a screenshot of your first 10 summon and post it in the question megathread over at Reddit. The Tales Of Erin fanatics over there will have you sorted very quickly.

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Burn, Baby, Burn: Hungry Dragon Beginner's Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/faclr/burn-baby-burn-hungry-dragon-beginners-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/faclr/burn-baby-burn-hungry-dragon-beginners-guide Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:00:51 -0400 Littoface

We've all heard fairy tales about dragons ravaging the lands, eating sheep and maidens, and generally wreaking havoc. Most games put you in the shoes of the valiant knights who stand up against the dragons.

In Hungry Dragon, you get to be the dragon.

Fly around eating, exploring, and setting fire to just about everything in this new game by Ubisoft.

Hungry Dragon doesn't hold your hand — aside from a few tips and a brief tutorial, it's mostly up to the player to figure things out. And there are plenty of things to find and discover! Read on to get the scoop on how to effectively play this game in our Hungry Dragon beginner's guide!

The Basics: How to Stay Alive in Hungry Dragon

There's one very important method to staying alive in Hungry Dragon: Eat constantly.

From the moment you begin a stage, your life is slowly draining. Some creatures and obstacles you meet along your travels will also take a chunk out of your health. But every time you eat something, your health increases, usually by a minuscule amount.

You can eat practically anything that moves. Take out entire flocks of birds; munch on some sheep; snap fellow dragons in half. Some munchies require a certain-sized dragon. These are pretty easy to spot since they're physically bigger.

The more you eat, the more your health refills. But let your health drop, and you'll reach the critical and then starving status. Reach 0 and the stage is over.

All this means is that as long as you're eating and avoiding obstacles and painful encounters (and use the right pets and costumes for you, but more on that later), you can stretch one stage to last a pretty long time — enough to really explore it.

Burn Everything: How to Get Fire Rush Faster

As you eat, you fill up your "Fire Rush" meter. Reach the top and you'll emit a fiery dragon breath that turns everything you come into contact with into a crisp. As a nice bonus, every enemy is turned into a golden enemy when you're in Fire Rush mode, so you refill your feeding meter and fill your coin-purse at the same time.

Eight Fire Rushes in, you get to use the "Mega Fire Rush" which prolongs your fire with a larger, more awesome blue flame of death. It'll also burn every enemy regardless of size, something regular Fire Rush doesn't do. The amount of Fire Rushes you've done is retained from run to run, so keep an eye on the little symbols under the Fire Rush meter to see how close you are.

Eat chilies and fire coins (found around the world) to get here faster, and keep your combo rate up. The Fire Rush increases according to the points you earn, and you earn more points thanks to the combo. All this means is that you should be eating one thing after another all the time — something we recommend you do anyway to stay alive. It's a win-win!

A Vast World: Exploration in Hungry Dragon

When you first start playing, you might be surprised that you keep coming back to the same map for each stage. But, you quickly discover just how large this map is!

Your boundaries are marked by red x's on the map (accessible in the upper right-hand corner when you're playing). These are obstacles your puny little dragon can't break through until you get a bigger one.

But even with these limitations, the map is pretty huge, and thoroughly exploring it is a vital part of the game. The map is divided into various themed areas, like a waterfall, a goblin city, a cemetery, and much more.

Here are just some of the things you'll find through exploration:

  • Treasure chests - These give you money. Five chests are randomly found throughout the world and new ones spawn every day.
  • Eggs - Gives you new pets. You can get up to one egg per run.
  • HUNGRY Letters - Find them all in one run and you'll attain invincibility and maximum eating power!... For 10 seconds.
  • Dragon Food - From goblins and witches to sheep and horses -- just remember you are what you eat. Some snacks inflict status effects like confused flying if you eat the drunkard in the human village.
  • Easter Eggs - We've found some Mario question blocks, a message in the sky, and reportedly the Tardis makes an appearance. Keep your eyes peeled!

Arm Yourself: Hungry Dragon Pets and Costumes

Pets and costumes help you out on your quests by providing power-ups like increasing the amount of money you receive, reducing poison damage, granting an extra life per run, and many similar buffs and bonuses.

You unlock costumes by leveling your dragon. Some costumes cost gold while others cost gems. This aspect is fairly self-explanatory, so we won't dwell on it.

Pets are a bit more involved. Every dragon can equip a certain number of pets — generally, the bigger the dragon, the more pets you can attach to it. There are different types of pets at various levels of rarity and they all come from eggs.

Eggs come in three varieties:

  • Standard Eggs - These contain common pets and can be found on the map during a run (though you can only get one pet per run). These require an incubation period. You can skip the first waiting period for free, but after that, it takes gems.
  • Golden Eggs - These contain "special pets" — get these by collecting enough golden egg fragments, which you receive every time you get a pet that you already have from a standard egg. You can also occasionally snag a golden egg from a special event.
  • Premium Eggs - Special eggs that can be bought for real money, and they need no incubation time.

The key to a good run is to choose the right combination of pets for you. All the more reason to explore the map on every run and find those eggs!

Hungry Dragon Combat Tips

While the "combat" in this game mostly consists of bitting down on things, there are a few things to remember when you're flying around causing mayhem.

We mentioned already that the different sized prey needs different size dragons to eat.

In addition to that, many things you encounter can hurt you.

You'll discover most of these on your own, but some things to watch out for in particular are:

  • Mines - They're easy to run into and they take out a chunk of health. Try to stay aware of your surroundings to avoid them!
  • Giant Trolls - Boost between their legs or above them to avoid a devastating blow from their club. 
  • Kamikaze Goblins - They're fast and they hurt. Get them before they get you: Ignore other enemies if you see these guys and rush straight at them first. 
  • Other Dragons - These love to chomp down on the tails of longer dragons. If you see one going for you, circle around yourself (about-face!) and bite back.

There are many other creatures that can hurt you — explore everything!

More Hungry Dragon Tips

Now that you know the basics, here are a few more tips to help you rise to the top in Hungry Dragon!

  • Complete missions for extra gold - Missions refresh every few hours, and you can check what quests are currently active at any point during your run by hitting the pause button.
  • Buy gems for perks - As with many mobile games, you can spend real money on gems (or collect them slowly throughout the game). These gems can be used to refresh missions faster, skip egg incubation periods, reveal hidden items on the map, purchase special costumes, and more.
  • Not everything falls in one hit - Some things require more than one hit to eat.
  • Not everything is safe to eat - Items surrounded by red will hurt instead of healing you, while other things inflict effects like the drunkard we mentioned earlier, poison, and other unfortunate side-effects.
  • The sky is not the limit - you can boost above the cloud-line at the top and below the water line on the bottom. To get really high, time your outer-space exploration with a Fire Rush — during the rush, you have unlimited boost. You can also repeatedly wait a couple of seconds after your boost runs out then boost upward again to slowly climb higher. This isn't very efficient but it does get you a bit higher each time — perfect if you're trying to get to something just out of your reach.
  • Compete in tournaments - Once the option is available, try your hand in the tournaments. These pit you against other players by giving you a random dragon and pet combination. Rank high in the leaderboard for bigger rewards!
  • Try all the dragons - Besides the overall size of each dragon, the shape also affects the way you play. For instance, Sparky is a super-long dragon that was constantly getting bitten on his tail, but he was also easier to maneuver than the other "Small" rank dragon.
  • Work together to complete community quests - In addition to personal missions, there are massive collaborative quests. Help achieve the goal and everyone gets rewarded!
  • Eat groups in one gulp - Chomp down on entire flocks of birds at one time for a score boost.
  • Catch the flying pig - Sometimes you'll find a cute winged pig flying around. If you can get your jaws on him, you get a free gem!
  • Explore the map for secret areas - Follow drafts, boost around land under the water, go through gates above the clouds, and be generally on the lookout for anything that looks suspicious.
  • Take pictures! - This won't help you in-game, but if you've ever wanted to have a dragon hanging out in your room, Hungry Dragon has an AR mode for taking pictures! Try it out for some silly fun.

Remember: explore, discover, and have fun with this great little game from Ubisoft!

And stay tuned for more Hungry Dragon news from GameSkinny!

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