The Pokémon Company quietly announced and launched a new mobile game called Pokémon Duel. The app is free to download with in-game purchases. It’s available on the App Store (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android).

In Pokémon Duel players assemble a team of six Pokémon figurines that look like amiibos, and deploy them on a small, board game-like battlefield. The goal is to move your Pokémon into your opponent’s territory. When two Pokémon from opposing teams meet, they battle by spinning disks to activate attacks. Special abilities called plates can also be used at the start of your turn.

As in the main games, each Pokémon has its own strengths. In Pokémon Duel, it also determines how many steps a Pokémon can take in a turn. You can level up your Pokémon through Fusion. Fusion lets you combine your Pokémon with another that you’re not using to increase its strength.

Pokémon Duel includes League Play with match-making to help you find an opponent close to your skill level. Victory in League play awards Time Boosters. These packs contain a variety of items, including new Pokémon.

The Shop is where you can spend real and in-game money to purchase Time Boosters. You can also trade for Pokémon using materials collected from Boosters. The in-game currency is called Gems. You can earn Gems by logging in to play once a day and for completing daily missions. Gems can be used to purchase Time Boosters, and you can spend real money to purchase Gems.

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