Useful FAQ and information:
Two teams of 5v5, winning is based on points. You can collect points by killing (capturing) wild pokemon, or by defeating other player pokemon and getting points. Once you collect points you need to deliver those points in the form of a slam dunk to an opponents check point. Check points do not defend themselves like other games, but the more points you hold the longer it will take to slam that dunk. There is also a legendary that spawns at 2 minutes and can cause different effects and allow for quick capture or double capture of points for a short time.
There are about 20 pokemon to play as currently, each with their own specialties and moves. Before each match you'll get to pick your pokemon (no duplicates per team) as well as your moves and held items. There are different items you can unlock or upgrade by winning in game currency. Some are passive stat based, others are active based like potions or blinks. Types have no effect in this game, I.E. you will not have a strength as a water pokemon vs a fire pokemon. All of that is out the window.Current Pokemon Roster as of last update:Attacker- Pokémon that have low Endurance and excel at dealing heavy ranged damage to opponents.
Pikachu - Ranged, No evolve, can sometimes paralyze opponents on auto attacks, Thunderstorm AOE ultimate
Greninja - Ranged, Evolves, Waterburst Shuriken ultimate for heavy damage
Venusaur - Ranged, Evolves, Verdant Anger ultimate which is a heavy aoe seed bomb
Alolan Ninetails - Ranged, Evolves, freeze based attacks, Snow Globe ultimate is a freezing aoe around Ninetails over time
Cramorant - Ranged, No evolve, Gatling Gulp Missile ultimate is a single target DPS that bounces to other enemies
Cinderace - Ranged, Evolves, Blazing Bicycle Kick ultimate for heavy damageSpeedster - Pokémon that have high Mobility and Offense and excel at making quick attacks and scoring points.
Zeraora - Melee, No evolve, Plasma Gale ultimate that shoots a lightening bolt in an area and leaves a damaging AOE over time
Talonflame - Melee, Evolves, Flame Sweep ultimate turns Talonflame into a wave of fire that moves in a straight line damaging opponents as it goes
Absol - Melee, No evolve, Midnight Slash ultimate makes Absol go invulnerable and deals fast throws and slashes to enemies.
Gengar - Melee, Evolves, Phantom Ambush ultimate makes Gengar invisible and can sneak to deal high damage to a single opponent.All-rounder - Pokémon that have balanced Offense and Endurance and are highly tenacious fighters.
Charizard - Melee, Evolves, Seismic Slam ultimate flies forward and grabs a pokemon and brings them back to slam them down
Lucario - Melee, No Evolve, Aura Cannon ultimate shoots a large ball forward that damages enemies
Machamp - Melee, Evolves, Barrage Blow ultimate has Machamp rushing forward and unleashes a combo attack on opponents in front of it
Garchomp - Melee, Evolves, Livid Outrage ultimate brings Garchomp into a rage that causes fast attacks (looks like it's uncontrollable but unsure)Defender - Pokémon that have high Endurance and excel at protecting allies and hindering opponents.
Snorlax - Melee, No Evolve, Power Nap ultimate puts Snorlax to sleep and does a damage in an AOE. Snorlax can roll around a bit to do additional damage
Crustle - Melee, Evolves, Rubble Rouser ultimate puts rocks around Crustle that damage nearby enemies over time
Slowbro - Ranged, Evolves, Slowbeam ultimate stunlocks an opponent but also makes it so Slowbro can't move. Good for comboing with allies.Supporter - Pokémon that provide team support by inflicting status conditions on opponents and by healing allies.
Eldegoss - Ranged, Evolves, Cotton Cloud Crash ultimate lifts Eldegoss up and back down to deal damage to enemies and heal allies
Mr. Mime - Melee, No Evolves, Showtime! ultimate is a long AOE stun.
Wigglytuff - Ranged, Evolves, Starlight Recital ultimate provides shields to nearby allies.
Special Attack vs Normal Attack cheat sheet:
Looks fun. More like Heroes of the Storm, less like DOTA or League. No in game buying of items, mainly focused on using abilities and leveling up.