Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole – Hidden Fish & Gameplay Guide

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Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole is the newest AbyssRium series game, so here’s a guide to find Hidden Creature Unlocks and other gameplay information! Come chat about the game in our Discord and check out my Ko-Fi!

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2020-09-10: AbyssRium World is out, guide out.

2020-08-27: Summer Festival Event guide is out.

2020-07-25: Greek Myth event out. Fish/Creatures are now called “Friends” (not food). 3 new Penguins, Explorer Penguin, Detective Penguin, Bear Hat Penguin (hidden).

2020-06-29: The Tropical…? Theme Event is live! Guide up.

2020-05-27: The Ancient Egypt event is live, guide up.

2020-04-26: Temperate Forest Event is live! Guide is up with most info.

2020-03-12: They randomly changed a ton of unlocks again.

2020-02-25: New video guide for the new fish.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole releases on mobile platforms

I’ll have a guide on this site soon just like the highly popular AbyssRium guide, but first a simple announcement: Flero Games has released Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole on iOS and Android!

Stay tuned for a guide, though the gameplay seems to be highly similar to the original AbyssRium where I have  a guide right here. The AbyssRium Subreddit is already talking about the game too.

You can see my first impressions of AbyssRium Pole here:

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The Best Pokemon Discord Bots & Pokecord Alternatives of 2020

Pokemon is a well-loved and super popular series, and players are always looking for more information and more to do in the franchise. With this short list of the best Pokemon bots for Discord, you and your server members can play Pokemon games right from your Discord app or tab, or quickly look up information without having to open Bulbapedia!

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Update: Well, Pokecord shut down. Obviously, that reduces it’s status as a best discord bot. Several alternatives have been added for people who want a similar experience.

Update 2: I now have a video review of Pokecord alternatives!

Pokecord Alternatives Reviewed! PokeTwo, PokeRealm, Pokemeow, MewBot, Who Wins?
Watch this video on YouTube.

Let me know about other great Pokemon Discord bots in the comments! There’s a whole bunch, so this isn’t meant to be exhaustive, just the easiest and most effective bots to toss on your server and immediately have a good time.

Best Gameplay Pokemon Discord Bots & Pokecord alternatives

Pokecord

WAS active in >1.3 Million discord servers!

Well, Pokecord shut down so you can’t play it anymore. I’ll leave it here for reference.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Pokecord so I won’t spend too much time talking about it. It’s the most popular bot that lets Pokemon spawn in your Discord server and lets players catch them, trade them, and grow them up. It features Shinies, IVs, and a limited battle system.

If you just want to sit back in Discord, chat, and catch Pokemon low-effort, Pokecord has you covered.

Pokecord Description

Upsides
  • Most popular bot, many of your server members may already play
  • Decent support for things like Shinies, battles, a Pokedex
  • Catch Pokemon in several different languages, without changing the bot’s base language
  • Increase your Pokespelling skills by racing your friends to catch that Elgyem or whatever it’s called
  • Give Pokemon nicknames full of emoji to torture your friends
  • Helpful to boost engagement in your server by rewarding chatting & reading
Downsides
  • Very behind on features compared to Mewbot and other more battle-focused Discord bots
    • Status moves, breeding, multi-pokemon fights, minigames are all absent
  • Special evolutions are annoying, requiring things like a dedicated channel named “#day” to evolve daytime only evolutions
  • Requires a moderate degree of setup if you don’t want it to spam your channels
    • I highly recommend making an exclusive channel for any of these game bots
  • Commands aren’t well documented; see my Pokecord Guide for help
  • Economy is wonky and basically requires constantly voting for the bot on the Discord Bots list
  • Pokemon spawn rate is heavily biased against legendaries, starters, and some other Pokemon
    • On top of that, certain Pokemon appear far more than other common, non-legendary/starter pokemon

Mewbot

Active in >60,000 servers.

Mewbot is Pokecord’s less popular but more fully featured cousin. It works largely the same, just having a lot more features and some minor differences here and there. It unfortunately has more than it’s fair share of bugs and save wipe issues.

I have a MewBot Guide here. Bot invite link.

Mewbot features
Upsides
  • Basically does everything Pokecord does
  • Battles are much more in-depth than Pokecord with functional status moves
  • Pokemon spawns are more evenly distributed than Pokecord, meaning less duplicates and more excitement
  • Relevant minigames like game corner and fishing
    • Fishing gives evolution/etc items for free
  • Economy is a bit less bad than Pokecord
Downsides
  • Far more buggy than Pokecord, has had two “everyone lost all/most pokemon” database incidents now.
  • More complicated than Pokecord
  • Nags for upvotes just like Pokecord
  • Not as popular as Pokecord
  • Can be harder to enjoy the more complete battle system due to less people that play it

PMDiscord

You guessed it; a Discord bot game based entirely around the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series! No dungeon exploring, but it has complex battles featuring terrain coverage, stat boosts, and team mechanics. Focuses exclusively on Pokemon Battles rather than collection, unlike Pokecord and Mewbot.

Pokemon Mystery Discord explaination

Upsides
  • Multi-player team based battles unlike most bots
  • PVE and PVP, even cross server PVP
  • Choose your pokemon instead of having to catch
  • A unique and balanced combat system based on Pokemon Mystery Dungeon—not many bots are based on PMD
  • Free and no vote-nagging unlike most Pokemon Bots! You can earn currency with a ‘novote’ mystery gift
  • Decent level of customization especially in sandbox mode
Downsides
  • A little confusing to get started in
  • Can be spammy—variable challenge speeds are available, but it’s best put in it’s own channel
  • Seems to be no legendaries or shinies, since you simply hatch what you want instead of catching
  • Not as commonly played as Pokecord or Mewbot
  • Challenges are made for multiplayer, which can be frustrating if other players aren’t online

PokeTwo

Active in >20,000 servers

PokeTwo is pretty much…literally just PokeCord again. For better or worse, if you liked Pokecord, that’s what this is. It only misses the Market feature for now and it’s planned to be added. From the commands to the embeds it’s virtually identical, though the voting system seems more generous.

PokeMeow

Active in >60,000 servers

PokeMeow Guide here

PokeMeow is a newer and pretty slick discord bot with lots of gameplay features that differentiate it from Pokecord. It has events, more of an economy, an auto-catching bot and lots of other unique things.

PokeMeow menus
From PokeMeow’s description

Myuu

Another more fully featured discord bot, this one doesn’t make you remember commands other than .menu. It has full party teams, semi-graphical battles, regions and more.

Myuu Guide by me.

Myuu's menus
From Myuu’s description

Best Informative Pokemon Discord Bots

Let’s be real here. There’s 890 Pokemon, and about as many Moves, Items and Abilities. These bots will help you keep things straight and figure out how the heck you evolve that Inkay.

Beheeyem

Easily the best quick-reference Pokedex I’ve come across, named after everyone’s least-favorite-to-spell Pokemon Beheeyem. Get quick mainline game info on Pokemon, Abilities, Items, or Moves. No extra set up or weird permissions required, great for any server with Pokemon discussions going on.

Beheeyem even has spelling suggestions, making it useful for Pokecord players trying to sneak in a sly one.

beheeyem showing it's features

Note: Images for this article are taken from official listings for these bots on their own homepage or top.gg Discord bot listing. Descriptions in images may be out of date and were written by the bots’ creators, not me.

Upsides
  • Best bot I’ve seen to get a quick overview of a pokemon and a link to Bulbapedia (and Smogon and PokemonDB if you prefer)
  • Simple commands, all you need to remember is b.dex (pokemon) and b.help
  • Spelling suggestions help for for children who can’t read good
Downsides
  • Website seems abandoned, though Gen 8 info is being added to the bot so it’s not dead yet
  • Oddly narrow and specific set of commands

Professor Bellis

The least-common bot on this list, Professor Bellis is a pretty new bot that uniquely (as far as I’ve seen) has Pokemon Masters Sync Pair information. It also has a whole Pokemon Masters style game built into it too, though I actually added it to my server just to look up Sync Pairs since Beheeyem doesn’t do that.

Professor Bellis information

Upsides
  • Info most other Pokemon bots lack
  • Built in Pokemon Masters minigame you don’t have to whale for
Downsides
  • Pretty picky syntax
    • For example @Professor Bellis help works instead of !help like the documentation suggests
  • Everyone seems to have stopped playing Pokemon Masters already

Best Pokemon GO Bots

Pokemon GO is by far the most popular Pokemon side game, and due to it’s real world nature there’s a lot of complexities that bots can help out with. Due to my limited Pokemon GO experience I haven’t used them myself, but asked experienced Pokemon GO players what they use.

None of these bots violate Pokemon GO terms of service via disallowed automation, cheating, location emulation, etc.

Meowth

If you have a larger Pokemon GO server it can be a hassle to arrange meet ups, report raids/spawns in specific areas. Meowth can help you coordinate and plan raids and more:

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Makai Wars Discord Server

It’s been a while since I really managed to keep on top of the Makai Wars Guide, so I thought I’d make a separate post about the much more active Discord Channel we have, you can join here!

It’s really part of my discord server for my whole site/youtube, but it’s one of or maybe the most active Makai Wars Discord too, so all your event and build questions can easily be answered there, plus helpful links in the pins including the character skill translations. My personal Discord account is SirTapTap#3775!

Shoutouts to Disgaea RPG if it ever launches.

Fan Art: Good Night Cheetah Mobile by MobndePurple

This fan art is from from @mondepurple, thanks a lot! It’s sort of celebrating AbyssRium switching publishers form Cheetah Mobile to Flero Games, hoping the transition does some good.

Here’s a version with background:

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Flero Games announces “Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole” a new Idle Game

Flero Games recently acquired Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium, and they’ve now announced a second game will be created: Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Pole. I had hoped the acquisition would be a good time to chop off the clumsy “Tap Tap Fish” from the title, but apparently not (and no, the game is not in any way related to SirTapTap).

There’s very little information about AbyssRium Pole yet, but iOS and Android app store pre-registrations are open. According to the iOS store page it’s expected very early December 2019, though this could be a flexible placeholder.

The press release is short on gameplay details and what is included makes it sound like AbyssRium Pole may play exactly like the first AbyssRium so far, just in a different location but with many of the same fish. The best look into the game is the brief 15 second teaser below.

Abyssrium Pole Teaser_forGlobal
Watch this video on YouTube.

Hopefully AbyssRium Pole will address many of the complaints the game has accrued since Cheetah Mobile bought it, including arduous events and many bugs.Flero games recently acquired AbyssRium from Cheetah Mobile, though Cheetah Mobile is still publishing the game in China. There still seems to be no new word on the Nintendo Switch version of the original AbyssRium, which Flero Games was originally supposed to develop. With Flero acquiring the game outright, perhaps there will be more news on that front soon.

As you might expect from the creator of the biggest AbyssRium guide, I’ll be checking out the game myself whenever it launches and make some guides to help players!

Pokemon Masters Review (Soft Launch)

Pokemon Masters is out—kinda. There’s a limited soft-launch in Singapore and soon™ Canada, but eager superfans are already playing in other territories via VPNs and the usual tricks. Here you’ll find my evaluation of the game in its current, early state as I’ve completed all the content currently on offer and talked the game over with many other direly impatient Pokemon fans. My efforts to keep things simple has failed—so be ready for a fairly complete look at what the game is like today!

If you wish to play the game or just read up on how it all works in detail, I also have a Pokemon Masters guide on this here site or you can pop in our Discord server to chat about the game!

Editor’s Note: The game’s full release is upon us! The final release fixes a couple of bugs, changes gem prices slightly, adds 5 free trainers to the roster, and has a minor intro event with some similarly minor rewards. It’s nothing that really affects my judgement of the game, so I’ll be leaving the rest of the review as-is.

What Is Pokemon Masters?

Pokemon Masters is perhaps a Gachapon Mobage-style mobile game first, and a Pokemon game second. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but rather I mean that this game was clearly designed to reinforce its goal of being an accessible, stand-alone mobile title before all else. A few tried-and-true Pokemon design choices and rules have been left behind in this process—which occasionally makes things a little confusing for long-time players.

Instead of catching Pokemon, this time around you’re “scouting” for Sync Pairs; a Trainer and Pokemon pair that you actually use to battle. All battles are 3v3 in Pokemon Masters, so you can choose 3 trainers and their Pokemon . Sync Pairs aren’t like normal Pokemon ; not all unevolved Pokemon can evolve to their final form, and Types are tied more to Trainer than they are to the Pokemon; most dual type Pokemon are single type, all pokemon only have a single weakness, and resistances and immunities don’t generally exist.

janine & Ariados pokemon masters
Yep, it’s Gachapon

Pokemons’ Stat growth and Base Power for Moves are also freely re-balanced, moves are tied to a Sync Pair and can’t be changed. There’s no IVs (thank Arceus) or EVs, level 100 is level 100. It’s a drastic overhaul but mostly results in a smoother, simpler experience still largely recognizable as Pokemon. It also offers a balance setup more similar to the usual mobile gachapon-fests; a Treecko can be stronger than a Serperior because they say so, that’s why.

There’s no PVP (possibly a blessing due to power creep and other pay to win nonsense common to these games), but there is co-op play unlocked after beating most of the main story.

3v3? Yeah, You Know Me

pokemon masters combat
Ingame battle

The best thing about the game is definitely the battle format. It’s close to a mix of Rotation and Triple Battles from the main series, but all Pokemon can be hit and target other Pokemon at once; nothing only targets “adjacent” creatures. Pokemon’s moves  charge in “real time” but attacks are still cued up for an almost-turn-based battle closer to Final Fantasy’s famous ATB system.

The 3 Pokemon simultaneous match up offers strategic possibilities beyond the usual on-on-one fights, without the more time intensive complications of a full team 6 versus 6 one-at-a-time style of traditional Pokemon . And more importantly, many new “Trainer Moves” were added to the game with the 3v3 format in mind, adding many buffs that hit the whole party. Skills like this are pretty rare in the mainline games.

As a long-time Pokemon fan it does bother me just how much the AI cheats though; in the mainline games you’re always fighting “real” Pokemon that you could have on your own team right down to the moves and stats. In Pokemon Masters however, enemy Sync Pairs have extremely overpowered Sync Moves (but charge them much more slowly than you usually do) that hit the whole team and often include a Haze effect to remove your buffs. It’s something that would be fun for raid bosses, but feels excessive and cheap in regular battles. It really reduces the feeling of fair competition that’s very big in Pokemon, both in gameplay and story.

All in all I really enjoy the new format, and I really hope Pokemon Sword and Shield will offer a variation of it for play. Addition of online co-op battles to Pokemon is also very welcome. I’ve often wished I could play Battle Tree etc. in Co-op, but only local play has been offered so far, and the peak of having local friends with the latest Pokemon release was grade school for me.

Little Story, Lots of Personality

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Fanart: Parker, as a Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium IAP!

Here’s adorable fanart of a hypothetical”Parker IAP” for AbyssRium! Made by ess#8498 from our Discord Server! You can also follow Ess on Twitter.

Parker IAP
– Price 9.99
– 110% Vitality boost
– 30% Life creation discount
– Chases great white sharks
– Freezes all the developer’s assets

Here’s the simpler original post from Ess too. I actually like it a lot, it feels very in tune with AbyssRium’s style.

Parker fanart by Ess

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