This guide aims to be a quick dive into how to care for your Digimon, from the moment they hatch to the moment they’ll leave you.
Setting up a new save
When you choose start in the opening menu, you will be prompted to choose Time, Speed, and what Egg you would like to hatch.
Time is mostly inconsequential, unless you are playing in real time, or you’re trying to get a specific baby evolution.
Speed means how fast your game will run compared to real time. It’s represented by the arrows on the right side of the time set. Each tick sets it to different, increasing speeds.
Most game speeds will take effect only while the app is running. However, the first time speed is set up to keep track of time even when you close it to mimic the virtual pet experience better. There is a way to circumvent this and play in real time without time passing when the app is off, but it involves altering the game files. Please consult the modding page for more.
It will take longer to make progress in lower speeds, but higher speeds require more game knowledge and aren’t advised for beginners.
The egg you pick will, of course, influence what Digimon you’ll end up raising. As of now, there are 13 eggs available.
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If you want to raise a specific Digimon, the best way to do so is to look it up in the in-game evolution tree. To look it up, simply go into the evolution tree, and replace the name of your current Digimon with the name of the Digimon you want to look up.
Lastly, name your save and there you go. Remember to use the key icon to save or save and quit. If you don’t want to save and quit (for instance, you’ve made a mistake and you’d prefer to rewind), right click the app icon on the taskbar and close the window. Of course, living with your mistakes is part of the game, and it does make it more fun and exciting when you get it right, but don’t be ashamed of rewinding when you’re learning the game.
Day to Day Care
So you have your Digimon. Now what?
First off, let’s go through the status screen
The first screen tells you what your Digimon’s type, family, age and weight are. Family doesn’t matter much and is mostly for flavor. Type affects weaknesses and strengths (Vaccine is stronger than Virus is stronger than Data is stronger than Vaccine).
Age relates to how long it will take your Digimon to evolve or if it has failed to evolve, and weight is important for training. Underweight or overweight Digimon will have a higher chance of injury, so make sure you watch their weight carefully. Some evolutions also require your weight to be more or less than a certain number.
The most important thing in the status menu is hunger and strength. Make sure you keep your Digimon at full hearts for best results. Strength isn’t only filled by training: you can also practice in the battle menu to top off your strength without risking fatiguing your Digimon.
This is probably the screen you will be checking the most. Once your Digimon runs out of Energy, it won’t be able to do anything, so tuck it in for a nap. Be careful when battling: If you run out of energy after a battle, your Digimon will fatigue.
The Energy screen is also home to how happy your Digimon is in the top right. Digimon are born grumpy and you’ll have to raise their mood by doing things like praising them when they do something right, keeping their habitat at the right temperature, training them at their favorite time in their favorite attribute, and feeding them their favorite food.
On the bottom left, you have a heart icon that will tell you at a glance if your Digimon’s health is full. If adventuring, take a break to let your Digimon regain health.
This screen will tell you your Digimon’s health and their current stats.
The battle screen will give you information on how many battles you’ve fought together and your win percentage, along with how many bits you’ve collected.
The next screen tells you your Digimon’s personality, their favorites and their obedience. Newborn Digimon don’t have any favorites, but you can gently guide them into their new interests.
You can raise their obedience by scolding them when they refuse to do something.
Different personalities will change how your Digimon behaves. Sometimes, a Digimon will change personalities upon evolving.
The time menu has a few things to keep an eye out for. The top left icon will tell you what time of day it is. This is important both for your Digimon’s happiness and certain evolutions.
At the bottom left, you can see what season it is, and what the current temperature is. You can press the thermometer icon to set the temperature.
Keeping the right temperature is important for your Digimon’s happiness. Most Digimon enjoy a temperature around the fifties. Of course, ice Digimon and fire Digimon will prefer lower and higher temperatures. Temperature will steadily drop so check it often.
You can purchase habitats with bits. These habitats keep to a certain range according to the season.
Keep your Digimon well fed and train it to be it’s best, while keeping in mind their condition. Training too much without letting it rest will lead to fatigue, which is a care mistake. The closer your Digimon gets to being fatigued, the more tired it will look.
Once your Digimon reaches the Rookie/Child stage, you’ll unlock the ability to battle and adventure.
First off, click the gear icon to decide if you want to give your Digimon orders or let them choose what to do on their own. Giving your Digimon orders will let you be strategic and raise their obedience, but letting them fight freely increases their power.
Practice battles will let you increase your health without harming your Digimon.
Tourneys are currently the only way to earn bits, which will let you buy items and habitats. Tourneys open at certain times and stay open for two hours. Each tourney has different requirements so you might not always be able to join. Check the tourney screen every once in a while to see if you can participate.
Adventuring is the best way to find other Digimon to fight and collect items. Fighting other Digimon and winning will increase your health and stats. Remember to let your Digimon take breaks so they can recover their health in between battles.
You can find rare items while adventuring, including rare Digimentals that allow for alternate evolutions.
If you find a town, be sure to check the shop to see what they’re selling. In addition, towns have their own tourney schedules, which means more opportunities to win bits.
If you want things to be a little more exciting, you can delete the tree.sav file in the game folder before starting the game. This will hide all evolutions in the evolution tree (while keeping requirements visible), so you can unlock them one by one. However, if you prefer to play with your favorite Digimon, just leave the game as is when you download.
All the Digimon behind your current Digimon are the ones it evolves from. The Digimon in front are the ones it can evolve into.
When you click any Digimon in the evo tree, the bottom bar will tell what the evolution requirements are.
Generally, most evolution requirements are based around stats. If you’re going for a specific evolution, try to keep your stat range close. If your stats are too high, you might end up evolving into something else entirely. Looking at all the possibilities will help you narrow down what the bests margin is.
Generally, most evolution will require your care mistakes to be under a certain threshold. The more care mistakes you have, the more evolutions you will be locked out of.
Some evolutions will care about things such as how many times your Digimon has been injured or sick, it’s weight at time of evolving, or how many times it was overfed or had its sleep disturbed.
Mood and obedience can also play a part in what your Digimon evolves into, along with what time of day and at what temperature they trained the most.
Contributors: Eiji with help from Aki’s guide