When it comes to monster-catching games, there's a huge world to explore with various ecosystems in Temtem. You'll start in a small woodland town, but will soon be tearing up the watery coasts and climbing mountains.
You'll need to brave all these environments in order to challenge different tamers, continue your quest, and find the rarest Temtem. It's a long journey, one which will be made even longer since you'll have a lot to explore. Even so, there are ways to streamline the exploration process so that you don't spend too much time hanging around any one place.
Be Careful What You Say
As with many RPGs, a natural instinct is to go up and talk to everyone you see. Whether it's to gain some background information, details about a quest, or even an item, it makes sense to make conversation. However, Temtem is a bit more restrictive when it comes to chatting.
When you talk to someone, there's a chance they'll give you several ways to respond. Based on what you say, you may alienate the person and cut off their dialogue completely. So, make sure you listen to what they say before you respond!
There's Nothing In The Trash
While Pokemon and other RPGs may have taught the idea that items can be hidden in furniture and garbage cans, Temtem isn't that way. There are plenty of things to interact with in terms of facilities and objects, but those are made to serve a specific function.
You're free to enter almost any building that has a door and talk to the residents inside if you wish. Unfortunately, if you're entering uninvited in hopes of finding healing items hidden in their trash and cabinets, you're out of luck — and should just leave them to their NPC routines.
Carry Plenty Of Scents
Random encounters are the cornerstone of classic turn-based RPGs, and they're alive and well in Temtem. In the wilderness, Temtem can attack you in the tall grass, but if you're on the water or in a cave-like area, the whole ground is a free-for-all. The encounter rate can alternate between low and extremely high, which can be tiring.
Of course, the opportunity to train and catch new Temtem is welcome, you don't want to drain everything in areas with lots of tough tamers. To help with this, buy plenty of Scents, which can be used to lower the encounter rate. Conveniently, when one runs out, you can immediately use another.
Always Have Smoke Bombs
Free healthcare has carried over to the Temtem universe, where all your little buddies can be healed instantly at places called Temporiums. While traveling, you'll encounter Temporiums that are both the size of buildings or small stands by the side of the road.
Still, there will be times when there will be long stretches between them, so you'll need to rely on whatever items you have to keep your Temtem healthy. That's why the Smoke Bomb is so handy. When you use it, you'll be instantly transported to the last Temporium you visited thus eliminating a lot of backtracking.
Tamers With Screens Are Optional
A big part of Temtem is proving that you're the best tamer, like no one ever was. In order to do this, you'll have to challenge tamers along the road and fight the professionals hanging out in the Dojo. Tamers looking for a fight are pretty easy to spot, typically standing still in one place waiting to spot you or for you to talk to them.
Despite this, there is one type of tamer that isn't the most alert, and those are the screen watchers. They are noticeable for viewing their bright blue holographic screens, and they'll completely ignore you. If you're looking for a path with fewer fights, try to pass by these guys.