Since its early access phase started in January 21th 2020, Temtem is quickly becoming the Pokemon-inspired MMO game the fans have been hoping for. With servers being flooded due to overcrowding, Temtem’s hype doesn’t appear to be settling any time soon.
Although the game is currently in its alpha stage, there have many reported bugs and crashing going on within the game. When that happens, expect another insanely long wait time just to log back in. Again, the game is still in the alpha stage, so this sort of problem isn’t unusual. Temtem have already announced patches to help reduce the time players have to wait in queue to play.
Oddly enough, sometimes a 5,000 queue time can be over in ten minutes. Other times, the wait can be triple that.
Something that needs to be said is that the current game (alpha) is quite short and data doesn’t carry over. This means that you’re going to be restarting your entire game several times. While this could be seen as irritating, I like it because it gives you the opportunity of trying out new characters and using the knowledge you’ve gained from the previous run to do better this time around.
When selecting your first starter Temtem, you need to consider paired strategies to allow them to thrive. For example, you’ll be encountering a lot of Gankis before reaching your first dojo. Crystle can deal with them no problem due to being a crystal-type and having high defensive stats.
Some Temtem that you can catch and train are Kaku and Swali. Both of them are nature types, giving them an edge in the first sections of the game. They level quickly too, and you can possible have their evolved forms before the first dojo after your main Temtem is evolved.
Ganki is another great Temtem you can find during the early stages of the game. Ganki has an advantage over the aquatic and birds around Thalassian Cliffs, The Gifted Bridges, the Windward Fort, Indigo Lake, and the Sillaro River. At level 16, Ganki acquires Chain Lightning which hits other enemy Temtems as well.
The other Temtem I would recommend is Skali. Skali has the Scavenger trait, allowing him to heal for 20% of its health whenever an enemy Temtem was defeated. This trait I found to be invaluable in leveling up and training him up. It also has the Held Anger attack, which takes three turns to charge but dishes out an incredible amount of damage when it finally lands. Since it’s a neutral-type, its only weakness are mental attacks (which are not common early in the game.)
Temtem is quickly becoming a game worth picking up. Though, the alpha version of the game has issues with crashing and login times, we can expect the developers to sort out these problems before the release.
Temtem is currently available through PC (via Steam) through early access. The developers plan to release the game on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One in the near future.