After an initial exclusive launch on the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Quest is now available for iOS and Android as well. If you’re just getting caught up there’s a lot you’ll need to know before jumping into this unique Pokémon game. One of the biggest changes to this “free to start” title is the addition of “recipes,” which you’ll use to add new Pokémon to your collection. Here’s what you need to know.
If you want to be the very best like no one ever was in Pokémon Quest, then you need to cook up something really good, literally. Instead of hunting Pokémon down in the wild and catching them with a Poké Ball like in every other Pokémon game ever, Pokémon Quest has you cook huge pots of stew to lure new Pokémon into becoming your “friends.” So how do you get all five of the starting Pokémon on your team ASAP?
Just like making friends in real-life, you have to cook what the Pokémon want to eat, and when they smell what you’re cooking, they’ll come waltzing right into your camp. (That’s how you make friends, right?) To make a recipe, you simply go to your Home Base, put five different ingredients into your pot, and then let it cook for several Expeditions before checking back to see who you’ve befriended.
Redditor u/heckacentipede put together a huge recipe book in spreadsheet form that includes every confirmed Pokémon that’s been lured in by a specific recipe. There are multiple ways to make the same dish, but using rarer ingredients gets you better Pokémon. In this case, we’ve provided the recipe for the rarest versions. (Note: We’ve omitted “a la Cube” which is technically part of every recipe name.)
For Eevee, you have to make a specific kind of Plain Crepe which is “a lot of sweet things and a few gray.” Different combinations will still yield this boring crepe adored by Normal-type Pokémon, so you’re literally going to have to make it Special with the following recipe:
- 3 Honey (the “lot of sweet things”)
- 2 Balm Mushrooms (the “few gray”)
You can potentially also get it making Red Stew, so try this combo:
- 5 Big Roots
Side note: If you’re wondering how to control which Pokémon your Eevee evolves into there’s a guide for that too. Head here to get your Jolteon today.
By Pokémon Quest rationale, Pokémon like to eat things that are the same color as their own bodies. As such, if you dump a ton of Yellow ingredients into the pot, chances are you might get a Pikachu. Making Yellow Curry should be the obvious starting point for luring in this Electric mouse. So here’s the “Special” recipe for that dish:
- 5 Honey
Watt a Risotto is another option that caters to Electric types.
- 1 Apricorn
- 2 Honey
- 2 Tiny Mushrooms
Bulbasaur loves a good Veggie Smoothie or even Sludge Soup (on account of the second Poison type it picks up in its evolutions). For the smoothie, go for this:
- 2 Big Root
- 2 Apricorn
- 1 Balm Mushroom
And for the Sludge Soup, try throwing these fungi into a pot together:
- 2 Tiny Mushroom
- 2 Balm Mushroom
- 1 Apricorn
As a blue Water Pokémon, Squirtle is fairly easy to please. All you need is to offer up a Blue Soda or Mouther-Watering Dip.
You can make the Blue Soda with the following:
- 5 Icy Rock
And here’s the best recipe for the dip, which just sounds delicious:
- 3 Bluk Berry
- 2 Honey
Much like Squirtle, Charmander is easy to target with his clear type and color, so Charmander can be lured in by two specific recipes. There’s Red Stew a la Cube:
- 5 Big Roots
And then there’s Hot Pot a la Cube:
- 2 Big Roots
- 3 Balm Mushrooms
These various recipes offer up your best chances at getting the five starter Pokémon in Quest, but from the looks of it, cooking anything “a la Cube” is far from a perfect science. If you’re missing some of these ingredients, you might as well try out some of the other recipe options for these dishes.
This article, originally published on June 1, 2018, has been updated.