What is Pokemon?
It’s nearly impossible to have never heard of Pokemon, what with the anime, manga, trading card game, and the video games. This section will serve as a quick crash course on everything related to the Pokemon games.
What is the Pokemon Game?
The Pokemon game franchise is a Japanese role-playing game (JRPG). You start the game as a Pokemon Trainer on the very first day of his or her adventure. Pokemon Trainers leave their home town to explore the region they live in. Before leaving, each trainer chooses a Starter Pokemon to accompany them on their journey. With a Pokemon on their team, trainers can fight and capture other Pokemon in the wild.
What are Pokemon Creatures?
What are Pokemon exactly? Pokemon is a shortened name for Pocket Monsters. They’re basically animals that can be captured in the wild, trained, befriended, and used to fight other Pokemon in Pokemon battles.
Only six Pokemon can be carried and used in each trainer’s team at a time, but that doesn’t mean only six can be captured in total. Any Pokemon that cannot fit in your party will be sent to a Pokemon Storage System in the PC at every Pokemon Center. Pokemon Centers are buildings to heal your Pokemon and organize your party. Quick note: the Pokemon that belong to trainers cannot be caught, and trained Pokemon usually pose much more of a challenge in battle than wild Pokemon.
Collecting Pokemon isn’t the only thing you do in the game. Raising, Breeding, and Trading Pokemon are also key parts of every Pokemon game.
Every Trainer’s Journey
The point of every trainer’s adventure is to go across the region and fight the leaders of eight Pokemon Gyms. Defeat the Gym Leader (the toughest trainer in the building) and you’ll earn a Gym Badge. Earn all eight Badges to earn the right to fight in the Pokemon League. The Pokemon League is a place with five of the toughest trainers in the entire game–the Elite Four and the Pokemon League Champion. Defeat all these trainers in a row (you will have time to heal with items before the next match) and you’ll be entered into the Hall of Fame!
In Pokemon Sun and Moon, there are no Pokemon Gyms. Instead, players clear seven trials and defeat strong “Totem Pokemon” to earn Z-Crystals.
There is usually a story within each game, as well. Some sort of antagonistic team always attempts to take over the world or steal everyone’s Pokemon. Many Pokemon games also allow you to face even tougher challenges after defeating the Pokemon League.