This guide is separated into multiple parts. Use CTRL + F to find a particular section for quick reference. However, I recommend new players read it from start to finish.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Getting Started

2. Basic Commands
2a. Social Commands
2b. Misc. Commands
2c. Items on the Ground

3. The GUI (Graphical User Interface)
3a. Party Info
3b. Title Bar
3c. Main Menu
3d. PokeDex
3e. Bag
3f. Shops
3g. Trainer Card
3h. Friend List
3i. Summary Screen
3j. PC & Item Storage

4. In Battle GUIs

 

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1. Getting Started

Getting started on PokeStory is a very exciting day! I remember the days when I first started the Pokemon: Den of Ages project... I imagine you are feeling just as much excitement and anticipation. If you were anything like me, you were also overwhelmed with a plethora of things to do. Let's get you started up the right way.

When you start your adventure, you'll start in Adrastos, the Shining Capitol. It is a huge city and is the jewel of the Imperial Order of Taeyl (the governmental body of the Continent of Taeyl). It serves as their seat of government and capitol city as well as is a popular destination spot for tourists. The city is divided into four main Districts. There is the Royal District, the Sky District, the Market District, and finally, the Ground District. Your adventure starts in the Royal District, where the famous Castle Valtros stands as the highest building in the continent. There is also the prestigious Imperial Pokemon Research Academy, where you will go start your journey.

Enter this building. On the first floor, you'll see two NPCs. Both are designed to help you. In the room to the left is a Nurse, who will heal your Pokemon. In the room on the right is a Shopkeep who will sell you basic items. Make sure to stock up on Pokeballs and Potions! Head up the stairs to see Director-Professor Maple, the most important researcher in the Empire... And the Professor who's task it is to provide the young citizens of Adrastos with their first Pokemon - might they be able to carry out the Empire's will. Don't be offended by her. She's a busy woman who couldn't care less about the school aspect of her institution.


Talking with Director-Professor Maple will show the following dialog. Select your choice and click the button to receive your first Pokemon!

After you've received your first Pokemon, you are free to explore the land of Taeyl and furthermore the world of Aethermoor as you see fit!! Battle, train, and strive to be the best!

2. Basic Commands

Use WASD or the Arrow Keys to move your character. Press and hold the Shift key to run. Press Space Bar to interact with players, NPCs, objects. To pick up an item, stand on top of the item and press Space Bar. Use /help in the chat window to see a full list of commands.

2a. Social Commands:
/s - Say: Say a message to those in your immediate area (those in sight).
/y - Yell: Say a message to the entire map.
/r - Region: Say a message to the entire map group. 1+ Map(s) make up a Region. (Very rarely will a /r message have the same effect as a /y message)
/g - Global: Say a message to the entire server.
/t - Tell: Say a message to a specific player. SYNTAX: /t <PLAYER NAME> <MESSAGE> (example: /t Silver, Hello world!) DO NOT FORGET THE COMMA BETWEEN THE PLAYER NAME AND THE MESSAGE
/me - Emote: Say an emote-style message to those in your immediate area (those in sight).

Alternatively, you may select the Drop Down box next to the text entry box and pick the channel you wish to speak in.

2b. Misc. Commands:
/roll [optional: number of sides]: Say a message to those in your immediate area (those in sight) that is a random result from 1 to number of sides, where number of sides less than or equal to 100. If no number of sides is provided, this will default to 100. If a number of sides less than or equal to 2 is provided, a coin flip will happen in place of a dice roll.
/flip: Say a message to those in your immediate area (those in sight) that is a random result from 1 to 2. This will be reported as a coin flip, instead of a dice roll. Equivalent to /dice 2.
/save: Will save your progress. The server automatically saves your progress often, but it never hurts to save after a major achievement to avoid rollbacks.
/who: Displays a list of players online complete with a number count.
/motd: Displays the message of the day.
/refresh: Causes you to leave and join a map, which will often times fix many client-side de-sync issues.
/played: Shows you how long you've been playing in hours and minutes.
/stats [optional: player name]: Shows you your trainer card. If a player name is provided, it will show you their trainer card instead.
/stuck: Sometimes, you might get stuck out of bounds. This will send you to your last used Pokemon Center. This command is on a 30 minute cool down.

2c. Items on the Ground:
Along the way you may encounter items on the ground. Items on the ground are represented by Pokeballs, like they are in the handheld series. These may have been left behind by a passing adventurer, randomly uncovered due to specific events, or be the trash of another player. Either way, if you are interested in acquiring the item, simply stand over it and press Space Bar to pick it up.

3. The GUI

The GUI (Graphical User Interface) was designed to be clean and simple, though some Pokemon-like features make make it seem like a lot more than it really is. This section of the guide will get you familiar with the interface so you can spend less time guessing what each button does and more time conquering this new land!

3a. Party Info

This is the Party Info section of the GUI. It will show you the current list of your team, complete with images (if optional pack is installed), names, levels, status, HP Bar, and Experience Bar. When you want to select a Pokemon, click on it. That Pokemon will be "highlighted" with an orange background. This is important for switching the position of your party Pokemon around and using items on your Pokemon.


When you want to switch the position of two Pokemon, first select the Pokemon you wish to move. Then click "Switch". The "(Click your target)/With whom?" text will appear around the button when the client is awaiting your next decision. Finally, the process is ended when you select a Pokemon to switch with. After you've made your selection, your Party Info section will be updated to reflect changes.

3b. Title Bar

The Title Bar has important information pertinent to gameplay. Because of that, the Title Bar will be covered in this guide as well. Of course, you know you're playing Pokestory, but to the right of that you'll see the name of the map/region you are currently on. Useful for knowing where you are, haha. In the brackets [ ] is the current time of day. They are four times of day: Morning, Day, Evening, Night. Each one lasts for one real life hour. During each time of day, certain Pokemon may become available or unavailable. Certain Pokemon may be more rare during one time of day or more common during others. Underneath the title bar is a useful line of text. This is the timer which lets you know how much time is left until the next time of day change, and to what time of day we will be going to after the current one.

3c. Main Menu

This is where most of your menu-browsing will start (with the exception of a few menus also covered in this guide). To access an option, simply click on it. The main menu also comes equipped with a clock. This clock is synchronized to the server's time, which is EST (Eastern Standard Time, GMT -5). All events that are time based will be based on Server Time (Month, Day, Year, Hour, and Minute).

3d. PokeDex

The PokeDex is the most important tool to any Pokemon collector and I am proud to announce that it is a fully functioning Pokedex. This will show you how many Pokemon you've seen, which Pokemon you've seen, how many Pokemon you've captured, and which Pokemon you've captured. If you want to see a detailed entry of a Pokemon, simply find it's name on the list to the right then double click on it. Click the "Close PokeDex" option to close the Pokedex. Pokemon you've captured will offer more detailed information about the Pokemon, such as egg groups or EV yields.

3e. Bag

The bag shows all of your possessions that you currently have on you. In Aethermoor, the people use silver coins called Shinings as currency. Click on an item to see it's description in the rectangle below the item list. "Use" will use a selected item. If the selected item requires a target, a Pokemon will need to be selected on the party info section for the item to be used. Give currently doesn't work. Drop will show you a dialog where you will select how much of the selected item you are going to drop.

Note the limited space in slots and wallet space. There is a Item Storage accessible from any PC.

3f. Shops

This is the shop interface. Many NPCs along the way will offer their goods in exchange for your Shinings. The shop is broken down into three major parts. The left section is "Your Inventory" which will show you the contents of your bag and wallet. The right section is the "Shop's Inventory". Within this section, you'll see two sub section. The top section is the Shop's Default Stock. These are items that they will always carry and will reset on a timer. The bottom section is the Player Based Stock and will change depending on what items players sell to specific shops. Items sold to a shop will remain in that shop's inventory for a predetermined amount of time or until it is purchased by another player. The bottom section houses the Buy/Sell buttons as well as will show you a description of any selected item. The scroll bar at the bottom will be used to adjust for the amount you wish to sell or buy. Alternatively, you may type numeric values into the text box. Finally, the Trade Value section will show you what the transaction is worth and what will be in your wallet after the transaction has completed.

3g. Trainer Card

This trainer card will show you all of your stats. Your ID Number (used in lotteries, unique to each player), the date you started your adventure, your total playtime in hours : minutes, and your Pokedex stats. Using the /stats command, you can see the trainer card of other trainers.

3h. Friend List

This is the menu where you can add/remove friends and ignored people. Being friends has no real benefits, yet... But it comes with the ability to see who is online and will alert you to their presence when they log on. The real feature is the ignore list. With the exception of administrators, you can block and ignore any player which disallows their message in any form to reach you. Finally, play in peace!

3i. Summary Screen
Selecting a Pokemon then selecting Summary will bring up a Pokemon's summary information.

Clicking on a move will bring up detailed information about the move.

3j. PC & Item Storage

Using the PC you may store Pokemon, money, and items. In order to deposit a Pokemon, have it selected in the party info section and then click the Deposit button. To withdraw a Pokemon, select it in the list and click Withdraw. To release a Pokemon, it MUST be deposited. Select it in the PC list and click release. The Access Bank button will access your bank storage. The drop down is linked with the Switch Box button. Select a box and click Switch Box. The Close PC Button closes the PC.


After clicking Access Bank, you can use the pane that pops up to manage your item storage. The list to the left is your bag, the one on the right is your item storage. Select an item on the list to the left, input a number in the text box below the "<- Withdraw" button and click "Deposit ->". You'll deposit the entered amount of the selected item into the box. Select an item on the list to the right, input a number in the text box below the "<- Withdraw" button and click "<- Withdraw" to withdraw the entered amount of the selected item.

The bottom section is devoted to money storage. Use the text box in this region to signify an amount to store, withdraw, or withdraw as a bank note. The "Funds" section shows you how much money you're currently holding and the "Stored Wealth" section shows you how much money you have in storage. After entering a number, click "Withdraw" or "Deposit" to withdraw or deposit the entered amount. If you click "Withdraw Bank Note", it will put an item in your inventory named "Bank Note (x)" where x is the amount you choose with withdraw as a bank note. To turn a Bank Note back into money, use the item storage system. Select it on the list to the left, enter 1 into the text box under the "<- Withdraw" button (since you only have 1 bank note), and click "Deposit ->". The funds will appear under "Stored Wealth".

4. In Battle GUIs

There are two GUIs that are accessible only from a battle window. One is the Party window which is used for switching out your Pokemon in battle, the other is the Party and Bag window which is used for using items in battle.


This is the Party Window. Notice how the Bag contents are grayed out. While in this view, you can not use item. Select your chosen combatant in the party list (top list) and click "Send Out" to send the Pokemon into battle.


This is the Party and Bag window, or simply, the Bag Window. When you wish to use an item, select the item in the item list (bottom list) and click "Use Item". If the item has a target, i.e. medicine, MAKE SURE YOU SELECT THE POKEMON YOU WISH TO USE IT ON IN THE PARTY LIST (TOP LIST) FIRST.

I'm glad you took the time to read all of that. Now that you have a basic understanding of the controls, commands, and GUIs, now you're ready to take on the world!


If you want more advanced help, follow the link below. Keep in mind that the guide is not maintained, updated, or managed by Studio TM14 and is a community effort to make PokeStory more enjoyable and the game world more navigable. We are not responsible for information that may be incorrect or misrepresented.

NPC and Pokemon Spawn Location Guide

And lastly, if you are looking for a map, check out the World Map page.