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Pokémon Sleep Tips: 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Playing!

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After the Raikou event, many new players started playing Pokémon Sleep. So, I thought it would be nice to collect everything I learned after all this time and tell you the 5 things I wish I had known when I started playing this game. Keep reading to learn everything about Pokémon Sleep!

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Introduction

After the Raikou event, plenty of people started playing Pokémon Sleep, and, just like me when I just started playing, they must be a bit lost.

Hello, I'm Total! I have played Pokémon Sleep every day since it was released, and I consider myself a veteran "free to play" player. Today, I'll share with you (newbies and veterans) 5 things I wish I had known when I started playing Pokémon Sleep.

This article was based entirely on my experience playing Pokémon Sleep. Each player has a different experience while playing this game, but the tips I included in this article are quite broad, and they're valuable to anyone has just started playing.

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Capture a Good Variety of Pokémon - Don't Focus Only on Meta Pokémon

Tierlist of the best Pokémon based on their total strength, if they're all level 50 and their main skill is at the maximum, but without considering any subskills or natures. - Raenox Pokémon Sleep Calculator
Tierlist of the best Pokémon based on their total strength, if they're all level 50 and their main skill is at the maximum, but without considering any subskills or natures. - Raenox Pokémon Sleep Calculator

As you progress, you'll realize some Pokémon tend to stand out, like, for instance: Igglybuff, because it is a great Healer for Pokémon Sleep's early game, or Pikachu, one of the best Berry specialists in the game. These Pokémon were automatically considered "meta", and will become your main goal when you start capturing Pokémon.

When I had just started playing, many times I would save resources to capture only these "meta" Pokémon. However, this strategy isn't too wise because as you progress in the game, you'll need different Pokémon for different islands. These Pokémon will be, in the future (in theory) better than the Pokémon considered "meta" right now.

The same tierlist as the one above, but filtered to show you the best Pokémon for the Lapis Lakeside island. This shows how each island has a different tierlist - Raenox Pokémon Sleep Calculator
The same tierlist as the one above, but filtered to show you the best Pokémon for the Lapis Lakeside island. This shows how each island has a different tierlist - Raenox Pokémon Sleep Calculator

A good way to approach the game's system is to imagine the "meta" constantly changes depending on which point of the game you're in, the event that is going on, and a lot more. It also depends on the new Pokémon that are being introduced to the game, and the island you're playing on that week.

So, the best thing to do is to try, as much as you can, to capture a good variety of Pokémon because you'll never know when they'll be useful.

A great example of this is Venusaur. It was considered the worst ingredient specialist among the Kanto starters because there wasn't an island for it when the game released. However, once Lapis Lakeside came along, it became an important Pokémon. Many players didn't even have it when Lapis was released - that's how unpopular it was.

The "meta" brings us to my next topic

The Meta Changes Constantly

When Gardevoir was released, it changed the meta and became the best healer of all Pokémon, particularly to the Lapis Lakeside island. It even surpassed Wigglytuff and Sylveon.
When Gardevoir was released, it changed the meta and became the best healer of all Pokémon, particularly to the Lapis Lakeside island. It even surpassed Wigglytuff and Sylveon.

Be ready to test out new strategies and teams any time a new event comes along, or even when you finally get that perfect Pokémon.

Each player experiences Pokémon Sleep differently because of how the game works. Regardless of how you're tapping into the game, be it with a team of ingredient or berry specialists, or a team that focuses on your strongest Pokémon - the game constantly changes, and you must adapt to these changes.

Raikou drastically changed the "meta" during its event.
Raikou drastically changed the "meta" during its event.

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A great example of this was at the Raikou event, in which the meta was using electric Pokémon because they were buffed quite heavily during all two weeks of this event. So, we had to build teams with Pokémon most players don't use, like Ampharos.

Don't Hoard Your Resources

If you hoard your resources, many times you won't progress in the game.

A common practice is to save candies for when you find that perfect Pokémon with "Berry Finding S" or "Helping Bonus". But the truth is that, usually, you'll have to make do with the Pokémon you captured until you finally capture those perfect Pokémon.

There are some tricks you can use to use your resources properly:

Use your candies to level up your Pokémon to levels 10, 25, or 30 (depending on which stage of the game you are in, and how many resources you have):

  • Level 10 - This is the level recommended for beginner players because this is the level your Pokémon will unlock their first subskills (try to level up your whole team at least until they're all level 10).

  • Level 25 - This is the level recommended for intermediate players. At this level, your Pokémon will unlock their second subskill.

  • Level 30 - This is the level recommended for veterans that have lots of resources. Level 30 is when your Pokémon will unlock their second ingredient source.

    Going from level 30 to 50 is a gigantic step-up, and even Pay to Win players struggle to level up their Pokémon to level 50.

    You'll notice you'll get some candies naturally - actually, quite a lot of them. Pikachu, Wigglybuff, and Eevee candies are a great example of this. Your friends will always send you lots of these candies, and you'll always have a lot of them around. So, you can invest in these Pokémon with a little bit of care - even if they're not perfect, it is worth it.

    This is the priority tierlist of which "candies" are best to send to your friends - created by @roselily
    This is the priority tierlist of which "candies" are best to send to your friends - created by @roselily

    Don't Be Afraid to Rotate your Pokémon During the Day/Week

    A very common practice among new players is to keep, during the whole week, the same Pokémon on your main team because they're your "strongest Pokémon".

    However, sometimes you might need an ingredient that these Pokémon don't give you, or you might have too many ingredients, or spend a whole day with only berry specialists.

    The better the player understands which Pokémon are necessary for them at which time of the week, the most "skilled" they are in this game.

    A team may change drastically depending on the dish preference your Snorlax has. A "Snow Drop" team that can cook up many desserts might be quite different from one that can cook up many curries, for instance.

    The Ultimate Cooking Guide - created by @roselily
    The Ultimate Cooking Guide - created by @roselily

    If you don't really know how to change your team during the week, here's a tip: start with the strongest team possible. When your Pokémon can't progress anymore, you can start swapping your team during the day, and testing out new things.

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    For instance, on Thursday or Friday, when your Snorlax has already grown most of what it can grow, and you have completed most of your quests, feel free to change your whole team, and test new Pokémon and different teams. Your Snorlax's score won't change that much during the weekend (apart from Sunday), so you won't risk much progress.

    This strategy is great to unlock new dishes and level up a few Pokémon that tend to collect dust in your collection.

    Prepare Yourself for Events Before They Start

    The game tends to change a lot during events (events are what dictate the game's meta most times, as we've said before), so stay on top of the calendar. Always make note of new events, and prepare yourself for them.

    Usually, we are informed of events up to two or three weeks ahead, so figure out what are your goals for that event and prepare yourself!

    Example: the next event is going to introduce and celebrate a new Pokémon, Comfey. My strategy will be to set up a team to play at the Cyan Beach island to capture Comfey (for me, it will be relatively easier to find this new Pokémon over there, as the Pokémon variety on this island will be smaller compared to others). As a result, until the event comes along, I'll try to use my resources (wisely) on Pokémon that give me advantages on that island.

    Prep infographic for the "Flower Festival" event - created by @BananaTanks.
    Prep infographic for the "Flower Festival" event - created by @BananaTanks.

    You need to think like this any time we get new events. As you can see, usually every month we have 1 to 2 events - which makes the game's rhythm quite pleasant and dynamic.

    If you're out of the loop, many times you'll have to adapt while the event is going on, which is extremely harmful to your game progress.

    Final Words

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    If you read this far, thank you! I hope you had fun and you enjoyed reading this article.

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