Rick: “Listen Morty, (uuuuurrpp) I’m going to need you to battle these other Mortys to help me develop my MortyPad.”
Morty: “Awww Jeeze Rick, I don’t know, that sounds kinda dangerous.”
With that, you’re off and running into the world of the iOS game Pocket Mortys, based on the Adult Swim show Rick & Morty. Pocket Mortys is a Pokemon inspired collection based adventure game in which you travel to different dimensions to capture Mortys, which you can then use on your team in Morty on Morty battles. The game launched back in January 2016 after season two, and before season three, and yet has been updated many times since. Pocket Mortys gets new weekly content to keep expanding the database of Mortys so that there are now almost 200 Mortys to collect. A lot of the new featured Mortys are based on season 3 to include Pickle Morty, Cop Morty, Voltamatron Morty, Vindicator Morty, Concerto Morty, and more.
The main takeaway is that there’s a lot to see and do in Pocket Mortys to the point that it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you join the party over two years after its initial release. We’re here to offer some how to tips to help you become the best Rick, and truly the master of Mortys in Pocket Mortys.
1.) Know Rock, Paper, Scissors.
It’s a familiar concept that is used for strategic elements in Pocket Mortys. Each Morty has a designation of Rock, Paper, or Scissors, and the familiar rules apply. For example, a rock based Morty will do better against a scissor Morty, but is vulnerable to a paper Morty. You need to use this knowledge to try to have the match up in your favor, or at least a draw to have a Rock Morty facing another Rock Morty.
You can carry a team of up to five Mortys, and you will want to balance it out, so you have a rock, paper, and scissors Morty at your disposal. The game requires you to keep the standard Morty, and then you can have one of the other three designations on your side. In a given battle, you can switch out your Mortys to try to gain the RPS advantage, but that will cost you a turn or two, so be careful of switching too often.
2.) Don’t grow too attached to any particular Morty.
The highlight of Pocket Mortys is the crazy creativity in each potential Morty you can find and add to your team. Some of the Mortys are downright hilarious, others are great in combat, and others still have evolution potential. The thing is, there is always a supply of new Mortys to get. The game emphasizes leveling up your Mortys through the flow of battles. You may feel obliged to keep a Morty after investing so much time, but the game has a counter to that feeling. As your Mortys level up, you will find that the new Mortys you collect are right around the current level of the Mortys on your team. You never have to worry about keeping Mortys, investing in Mortys, or switching out Mortys.
That also includes using your Blips and Chitz tickets. You earn them after you beat each Rick council member, and you should spend them right away in the next dimension you reach. The three Mortys you get are at the level of your current team, but usually provide all new exotic choices that don’t cost you the Morty Manipulator chips out in the field.
3.) Items, items, and more items
Items are a key part of Pocket Mortys, and come in two flavors. First off, you can find scrap pieces that you can then craft into useful items. The other choice is to simply buy useful items from Salesman Rick. You will want to use both avenues early and often. The items include health serums, attack boosts, and even level upgrade seeds. Don’t be afraid to use your items, and don’t bother hoarding anything. The items are easy come and easy go, to either craft or buy. There are plenty of supplies to find in the world, and you can access Salesman Rick from your MortyPad at almost any time.
There’s a little experimentation with the crafting recipes for items, but since it’s a two year old game, there’s also a whole database already made that you can access in the app below. One special item in the game is the Mr. Messeeks box that defeats one Morty automatically, and you earn it after defeating a council member. It’s best to use when you face the next council member.
4.) Avoid smaller opponents the best you can
In Pocket Mortys, Rick’s portal gun is taken from him, so as you travel to different dimension, there is only one way back. There is one enemy guarding the portal back to the Citadel of Ricks, but there are a bunch of other Morty trainers scattered around the map. You can face off against these smaller enemies to try to level up your Mortys, but usually it does more harm than good. You will waste Morty health, items, and even entire Mortys on these smaller battles to put you behind the 8-ball for the final battle to leave a given dimension.
Instead, it’s best to try to maneuver around the smaller enemies, and get to the portal battle. Just beating one enemy per dimension is usually enough to upgrade your Mortys enough to be ready for the next council battle. You can also go beat the main adversary, and then explore the map for any smaller battles, as the portal remains clear until you’re ready to use it. The game designs most of the maps to let you weave your way past smaller enemies, as long as you find the right pathway through the map. There are some dimensions that require you to face a smaller enemy, but usually it’s only one every few dimensions. Use the Blips and Chitz prize machines to block the line of sight of enemies.
5.) Quit The Game To Save Time
It’s unclear if it’s a feature or a bug, but Pocket Mortys has a brilliant save system. You can force close the app, return to the game, and continue in almost the exact spot you were at on the map. This means, if you accidentally run into a smaller enemy, you can force quit the app, relaunch it, and change your path to avoid the smaller enemy and the ensuing fight. It might be viewed a little bit as cheating, but when you’re in the middle of needing to clear ten dimensions, you don’t want to be bogged down in the smaller fights. The autosave system also lets you quit a fight mid battle to then retry it in case you really messed up your Morty usage.
6.) Focus on attacks
Each Morty has four ability choices on their turn, and each set of abilities is unique. You want to focus on the most powerful attack almost every time. There are buffs and debuffs, but the attacks are what makes this game go. This is especially important if you have a scissor Morty facing a paper enemy. You want to focus on the scissor attack over and over, and not waste turns on anything else. Pocket Mortys doesn’t flesh out the other abilities powers enough to make them worth using instead of a major attack.
7.) Multiplayer isn’t as fun
The single player campaign is the highlight of Pocket Mortys. The multiplayer component is intriguing as always, but it just doesn’t offer much enjoyment. You have to start from scratch in terms of your Morty team, so none of your awesome Mortys make the trip to the multiplayer dimension. That allows everyone to start at an equal footing, but then you see there’s a lot of grinding just to get to different dimensions of tougher multiplayer battles. Once in a battle, there’s a lot less strategy in multiplayer. In the single player, there’s some nice puzzle balancing to counteract specific sets of Mortys and AI styles. In multiplayer, almost everyone plays the same, based on tip six above. It comes down to who has the bigger and more powerful hammer as you beat each other over the head. It doesn’t make for much enjoyment.
Pocket Mortys is an outstanding collection based adventure game that delivers compelling gameplay mixed with great fan service. Hopefully these tips can help you enjoy the great game to its fullest.