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The Pokémon Company
|ESRB PEGI CERO ACB|
The objective of the game is to unify the region of Ransei by seizing all the castles in it.
The player controls an army of soldiers called Warriors and Warlords, each with one or more Pokèmon, although each may only send one Pokèmon in battle at any time. More castles can be conquered by attacking them (Although the Hero and Oichi have to be in the attacking party to do that in the first episode). All castles have structures that can be used to strengthen the player's army, such as ponigiri stands to recover the Pokèmon's energy, shops to buy equipment and supplies, gold mines to generate income, or training grounds to recruit more warriors and Pokèmon.
The time is turn-based, every time a warrior makes an action other than moving between castles and going to a shop but not buying anything, they become unavailable until the player ends their turn.
Battles are turn-based as well: each turn the player can move and attack once with each Pokèmon, then the enemies take their turn and so on. Each Pokèmon has only one move, and each move has different ranges and effects, making planning ahead an important point in the gameplay. Also, each warrior can use a particular ability to aid the team, for example raising their stats or healing them.
Unlike most other Pokèmon games, Pokèmon don't gain Experience.Instead, participating in battle builds up the Link between them and their warrior: a Pokèmon's strength in combat is determined by their Link level and the warrior's abilities. All warriors have one or two favorite Pokèmon types and one to eight best link Pokèmon: a warrior teaming up with a best link Pokèmon will allow the link to eventually go up to 100%, a favorite type will reach around 70%, while other Pokèmon won't usually go past 30%.
Certain Pokèmon evolve when their Link reaches a high enough value, others will have more conditions. Warlords can "evolve" when they meet certain conditions.
- Main article: List of warlords in Pokémon Conquest
- Main article: List of warriors in Pokémon Conquest
- Main article: List of pokémon in Pokémon Conquest