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Hi guys!
I've been using my Vital Bracelet and Digivice V since I got them, but came across a weird error today. I've been using the Dynasty of Evil Dim on my VB and raising Digimon, but when I plugged it in just now it gave me an error. I can't seem to get it to work with my VB. It works fine with the Digivice V, and I can get other Dims to work with the VB, it just seems to not want to work with the Dynasty of Evil Dim. I'm not sure what to do!

Edit: I tried a couple more times, with different results. But I finally got it to work. I'm genuinely curious as to why it didn't work the first time!! 🤨
I got a similar error with a few of my first cards and could only surmise that I wasn't being careful enough slotting it in. Can't go in at an off angle etc etc. It's not exactly the most sturdy piece of tech.

Then there was my Trial Black Roar which was absolutely persistent with the error, even when I was sure it went in right. For that situation, I referenced one of Humulos' vids on Youtube, "How to unlock your DiM Cards" and after that it worked on the first try. If it happens to you again and retries just won't work, be sure to look that tutorial up. (y)
 

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Hey guys this has probably been asked a lot but I do not wish to sift through 20 pages on the off chance it was asked.

will the new digivice blue edition fit my American wrist? My wrist is large. I’m worried that I may not be able to put it around my wrist. Is it possible to use this device outside of being on my wrist? Like a regular pet or like the Tamagotchi Smart where you can dismount it from the strap? What am I missing if I cannot put it on my wrist? And would I be able to take it to a watch shop/jeweler to have them put extensions on it?

please help because I’ve held off on buying any of these VB but they’re starting to seem cool to me.

also, if I CAN wear it, is it possible to still get the plug in card with black metalgreymon on it? I would really like that one.
 

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will the new digivice blue edition fit my American wrist? My wrist is large. I’m worried that I may not be able to put it around my wrist.
If the circumference is over 19cm, it might not. However there are plenty of fans making and selling extended bands on Etsy etc. and in several different colors and styles too.

Is it possible to use this device outside of being on my wrist? Like a regular pet or like the Tamagotchi Smart where you can dismount it from the strap? What am I missing if I cannot put it on my wrist?
I've seen others do full-body conversions to make watches in different styles and even emulate the look of the brick v-pets, but I'm sure this isn't what you mean. Your wrist really is the most convenient place for it though. The device features a sensor that periodically checks your pulse and your Digimon will die if it does not register one for longer than 24 hours. It also has a pendulum pedometer that counts your steps/movements. These functions are connected to your Digimon's 'vital points' and how quickly they accumulate/deplete outside of battling. And while there are ways to cheese or exploit them, it kinda defeats the overarching purpose of the device which is to get you moving. Your choice though!

And would I be able to take it to a watch shop/jeweler to have them put extensions on it?
I haven't done it myself, but my understanding is that the process of replacing the band is simple enough for you to do it yourself.

also, if I CAN wear it, is it possible to still get the plug in card with black metalgreymon on it? I would really like that one.
Yep! You're looking for set 0.5 containing Mad Black Roar and True Shadow Howl.

Hope that helped. :)
 

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Hey everyone, I've tried looking around and I can't find any answers to some questions I'd really like to know the answers to if they're out there.
I have the new -V- Bracelet, so all these questions revolve around this newer device.

- Is there any guide to accessing the app? It's not available in my region (UK) and I'm unsure how to access it without an Android phone. I only have an iOS.
- Though it's said your Digimon can die if you haven't worn the bracelet for 24 hours, if they're sleeping while you're not wearing it, does this count towards that time spent?
- If the time passes for your Digimon to digivolve and you have yet to meet the requirements for any evolution, if you meet the requirements later on will they still digivolve, or are they stuck at that stage until they die?
- Do battles done via the advanced missions count towards digivolving or must they be done via the app?
- If you cancel an evolution by holding down the accept button, how do you reinitialize it later? Can you?

Thank you for your time and hope someone can answer these questions for me.
 
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- Is there any guide to accessing the app? It's not available in my region (UK) and I'm unsure how to access it without an Android phone. I only have an iOS.
I am unsure exactly how it's done, but I believe you can create a US or JPN iTunes/Apple account and download it that way. There are definitely many UK players out there.

- Though it's said your Digimon can die if you haven't worn the bracelet for 24 hours, if they're sleeping while you're not wearing it, does this count towards that time spent?
Sleeping counts on that timer, yeah. If you don't plan on wearing the bracelet for a while, you can suspend your Digimon either in back-up on the bracelet itself or in the app. You could also simply turn it off when you go to sleep. Your evolution timer will also pause with any of these methods though.

- If the time passes for your Digimon to digivolve and you have yet to meet the requirements for any evolution, if you meet the requirements later on will they still digivolve, or are they stuck at that stage until they die?
If you fail to meet requirements for any evolution, the timer simply resets. You can still get those high trophy evolutions without the Special Missions from the app, but it will take you several days longer.

- Do battles done via the advanced missions count towards digivolving or must they be done via the app?
*All* battles count towards evolution with the sole exception of the Practice Battle arena within the app. It's worth noting that battling in the app does make hitting the win ratio requirement *much* easier though since you can choose your opponents freely, equip your Digimon with power-ups (they almost never lose when fully boosted), and increase its vital points and mood with items outside of battle.

- If you cancel an evolution by holding down the accept button, how do you reinitialize it later? Can you?
Similar to the other answer above, the timer merely resets when you cancel evolution.

Definitely get your hands on the app asap - It boosts the overall experience 1000%.
 

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will the new digivice blue edition fit my American wrist? My wrist is large. I’m worried that I may not be able to put it around my wrist.
If the circumference is over 19cm, it might not. However there are plenty of fans making and selling extended bands on Etsy etc. and in several different colors and styles too.

Is it possible to use this device outside of being on my wrist? Like a regular pet or like the Tamagotchi Smart where you can dismount it from the strap? What am I missing if I cannot put it on my wrist?
I've seen others do full-body conversions to make watches in different styles and even emulate the look of the brick v-pets, but I'm sure this isn't what you mean. Your wrist really is the most convenient place for it though. The device features a sensor that periodically checks your pulse and your Digimon will die if it does not register one for longer than 24 hours. It also has a pendulum pedometer that counts your steps/movements. These functions are connected to your Digimon's 'vital points' and how quickly they accumulate/deplete outside of battling. And while there are ways to cheese or exploit them, it kinda defeats the overarching purpose of the device which is to get you moving. Your choice though!

And would I be able to take it to a watch shop/jeweler to have them put extensions on it?
I haven't done it myself, but my understanding is that the process of replacing the band is simple enough for you to do it yourself.

also, if I CAN wear it, is it possible to still get the plug in card with black metalgreymon on it? I would really like that one.
Yep! You're looking for set 0.5 containing Mad Black Roar and True Shadow Howl.

Hope that helped. :)
So will the device read my pulse properly with an Etsy strap? What part of the unit reads your pulse? Like where is the sensor?

and which of these should I get if I am to get a Digivice V version? My wrist is about 8 inches around, I measured.


This one looks like the navy blue color may match the Digivice V blue one. Is this long enough do you think? It’s only 20mm extra?

Or should I get this one? This also comes with something called a band adapter which I guess is a blocky thing that sits on both sides of the actual unit between the straps. I don’t know what it actually does or if I need it.

Or this one? This is 30mm extra but the colors don’t seem to match the bracelet. I don’t know if I should get this or if I should just get a color to mix and match that looks good like purple so it will be blue with a purple strap.

EDIT: I ordered the Digivice V and the Mad Black Roar 2 pack of DiM cards. I just need to know which extension bracelet/strap I need! :3 Is any of these better than another one whether it’s due to material used or otherwise?

EDIT NUMBER TWO: I bought the first one because even though it is only 2CM it is a better material than the 3D printed ones. If this one doesn’t work I am going to get the watch strap one since those are HUGE and soft.

thanks a lot for answering my previous questions!
 
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- Is there any guide to accessing the app? It's not available in my region (UK) and I'm unsure how to access it without an Android phone. I only have an iOS.
I am unsure exactly how it's done, but I believe you can create a US or JPN iTunes/Apple account and download it that way. There are definitely many UK players out there.

- Though it's said your Digimon can die if you haven't worn the bracelet for 24 hours, if they're sleeping while you're not wearing it, does this count towards that time spent?
Sleeping counts on that timer, yeah. If you don't plan on wearing the bracelet for a while, you can suspend your Digimon either in back-up on the bracelet itself or in the app. You could also simply turn it off when you go to sleep. Your evolution timer will also pause with any of these methods though.

- If the time passes for your Digimon to digivolve and you have yet to meet the requirements for any evolution, if you meet the requirements later on will they still digivolve, or are they stuck at that stage until they die?
If you fail to meet requirements for any evolution, the timer simply resets. You can still get those high trophy evolutions without the Special Missions from the app, but it will take you several days longer.

- Do battles done via the advanced missions count towards digivolving or must they be done via the app?
*All* battles count towards evolution with the sole exception of the Practice Battle arena within the app. It's worth noting that battling in the app does make hitting the win ratio requirement *much* easier though since you can choose your opponents freely, equip your Digimon with power-ups (they almost never lose when fully boosted), and increase its vital points and mood with items outside of battle.

- If you cancel an evolution by holding down the accept button, how do you reinitialize it later? Can you?
Similar to the other answer above, the timer merely resets when you cancel evolution.

Definitely get your hands on the app asap - It boosts the overall experience 1000%.

Thank you for all of your answers, this was very helpful. I ended up using my brother's Japanese appstore account to download the app, as it's not required to sign in with a different Apple ID/icloud account on your phone. This still gave me access to it in English as well, if anyone was wondering.

Well, the raid battles have started up and it doesn't look like it contributes to your Digimon's battles? Along with the arena closing does this make the app completely useless for battle training now? So that's 12 days I can't be using it to help with evolving Digimon? That's a bit harsh.

Also, some information I learnt about jogress that wasn't on the evolution guide is that it will always prioritise the jogress evolution over meeting the requirements for another evolution, even if you aren't meeting the requirements of that Digimon if you were trying to get it normally. Ended up with Blossomon instead of Toropiamon because I had a data adult Digimon in storage thinking it wouldn't affect anything because Blossomon requires 10 trophies, when my Parasaurmon only had 8. Looking at the information on that site it also said special jogress would take place 3 hours after the required Digimon was in storage, and these two had been on the VB for much longer than that, so I didn't think it was going to affect it at all as it just counted down normally to the usual evolution time.
Would have been really helpful to have known this before hand, hope mentioning it here will save someone else the confusion.
 

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Well, the raid battles have started up and it doesn't look like it contributes to your Digimon's battles? Along with the arena closing does this make the app completely useless for battle training now? So that's 12 days I can't be using it to help with evolving Digimon? That's a bit harsh.
I forgot about raid battles entirely since they don't run that often lol. Don't worry though, the other normal arenas should go back up either later today or tomorrow. They run alongside each other. You could always do NFC battles in the meantime.
Looking at the information on that site it also said special jogress would take place 3 hours after the required Digimon was in storage, and these two had been on the VB for much longer than that
Look again and you'll see that the 3 hours thing applies Super Ultimates only - Omegamon and Omegamon Zwart. It specifies 'via Jogress' because at this point in time there is no other way to reach that particular level.

But yeah, I think most of us have accidentally Jogressed at least once. Actually, it's byfar the easiest way to get most evolutions and is so abused in this regard that newer cards no longer have as many options for it.
 

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It looks like Renamon, Guilmon and Terriermon DiM Cards are available to preorder on USA Premium Bandai and will ship in May. I know they have released these monsters before with limited evolutions. Just to check, these will have many evolutions like listed on Humulos’ website, correct? I’m wondering how he has the evolution list already. Are these available in Japan already? And can I order them without waiting until May?
 

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It looks like Renamon, Guilmon and Terriermon DiM Cards are available to preorder on USA Premium Bandai and will ship in May. I know they have released these monsters before with limited evolutions. Just to check, these will have many evolutions like listed on Humulos’ website, correct? I’m wondering how he has the evolution list already. Are these available in Japan already? And can I order them without waiting until May?

Not out yet, but soon.
 

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Okay thanks for telling me.

I was also wondering how to buy Impulse City for a good price. eBay wants $65 for that single DiM card with the green electric Digimon. He’s in all the promo videos and he seems cool so I was wondering how to get him without paying 3 to 6 times the prices of a single card buying secondhand. japan auctions doesn’t even have it I don’t think unless you buy the green bracelet device too.

Also I saw a wormmon/stingmon DiM card and case is coming out on premium Bandai. But not on the US site. What is the best method and/or place to preorder this card and case set for an inexpensive price? Wormmon is baby. :3

also a general question for the Digivice V edition. Do Digimon still go to sleep at certain times of the day or are they awake at all times until you hold both buttons to make them go to sleep? My Digimon is only a child since I just got it today but it was after 10 PM and he was not sleepy so I just wanna make sure about sleep cycles and how they work specifically on the Digivice V edition. And if I’m using a manual “hold both buttons” sleep, do I still lose Vital Points/Value if detethered? And will they still die if I have it detethered but my Digimon remaining asleep for 24 hours? And is there any reason I should actually hard turn off the device via the switch on the bottom if I can put them to bed anytime? I seem to notice I lose all steps if I do that. And do steps reset daily normally?

also also. Are there any way to do battles outside of the app and walking adventures? I think NFCs give random battles but I don’t know. Is there an offline battle function like on the classic black and white pixel pets from the last 10 years or do I need an NFC device like a cash register or my phone with the app?

and one last thing. How do I enable and start an adventure walking mission that leads to a battle? I just got Gammamon and I think he can battle, I just don’t know how and the details on initiating battles is kinda vague on Humulos’ user guide?

sorry for all the questions that may have been asked and answered. I just was able to start and play with mine today since my cool strap finally came and I’m excited!
 
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I was also wondering how to buy Impulse City for a good price.
It comes with all models of the original VB which is ironically more affordable than buying the card by itself secondhand. At least you'd get an extra bracelet for backup too. Ancient Warriors was the card that was exclusive to the special lime green version specifically btw. Also, if you think $65 is nutty for Impulse City, try looking up what Trial Shadow Howl goes for. That one is a big y i k e s.
Also I saw a wormmon/stingmon DiM card and case is coming out on premium Bandai. But not on the US site. What is the best method and/or place to preorder this card and case set for an inexpensive price?
It might show up on US Premium Bandai eventually but they are regularly very behind when it comes to VB related releases. I believe ZeninTCG still has preorders available... though while the base price is on the affordable side, the shipping could sting a bit.
also a general question for the Digivice V edition. Do Digimon still go to sleep at certain times of the day or are they awake at all times until you hold both buttons to make them go to sleep?
They are awake until you put them to sleep yourself. Sleep cycles are still in effect in the app itself however which prevents you from attaching items (ie. evolution timers) during those times - Just something to be aware of there.
And if I’m using a manual “hold both buttons” sleep, do I still lose Vital Points/Value if detethered? And will they still die if I have it detethered but my Digimon remaining asleep for 24 hours? And is there any reason I should actually hard turn off the device via the switch on the bottom if I can put them to bed anytime? I seem to notice I lose all steps if I do that. And do steps reset daily normally?
You won't lose VP if your Digimon is sleeping while untethered. As far as I know, sleeping does not prevent death - If it's untethered for 24 hours, that's it for your Digimon. Turning the device fully off halts the timers for both death and evolution - You would use that if you plan on taking a break for a while. And yeah, you lose your daily step count when you do that as well. Steps reset at midnight.
Are there any way to do battles outside of the app and walking adventures? I think NFCs give random battles but I don’t know. Is there an offline battle function like on the classic black and white pixel pets from the last 10 years or do I need an NFC device like a cash register or my phone with the app?
Yep, NFC battles like you said. They do tend to give you battles that are geared toward your level so it's unlikely that Gammamon would see a Mega and vice versa. With the screens of both your bracelet and phone on (you don't need to be in the app), join them as if you were transferring a Digimon and the fight should start automatically.
How do I enable and start an adventure walking mission that leads to a battle?
Mission > Adv. Mission > Select a stage. The battle begins when you've fulfilled the step requirements.

Have fun and happy taming!
 

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I was also wondering how to buy Impulse City for a good price.
It comes with all models of the original VB which is ironically more affordable than buying the card by itself secondhand. At least you'd get an extra bracelet for backup too. Ancient Warriors was the card that was exclusive to the special lime green version specifically btw. Also, if you think $65 is nutty for Impulse City, try looking up what Trial Shadow Howl goes for. That one is a big y i k e s.
Also I saw a wormmon/stingmon DiM card and case is coming out on premium Bandai. But not on the US site. What is the best method and/or place to preorder this card and case set for an inexpensive price?
It might show up on US Premium Bandai eventually but they are regularly very behind when it comes to VB related releases. I believe ZeninTCG still has preorders available... though while the base price is on the affordable side, the shipping could sting a bit.
also a general question for the Digivice V edition. Do Digimon still go to sleep at certain times of the day or are they awake at all times until you hold both buttons to make them go to sleep?
They are awake until you put them to sleep yourself. Sleep cycles are still in effect in the app itself however which prevents you from attaching items (ie. evolution timers) during those times - Just something to be aware of there.
And if I’m using a manual “hold both buttons” sleep, do I still lose Vital Points/Value if detethered? And will they still die if I have it detethered but my Digimon remaining asleep for 24 hours? And is there any reason I should actually hard turn off the device via the switch on the bottom if I can put them to bed anytime? I seem to notice I lose all steps if I do that. And do steps reset daily normally?
You won't lose VP if your Digimon is sleeping while untethered. As far as I know, sleeping does not prevent death - If it's untethered for 24 hours, that's it for your Digimon. Turning the device fully off halts the timers for both death and evolution - You would use that if you plan on taking a break for a while. And yeah, you lose your daily step count when you do that as well. Steps reset at midnight.
Are there any way to do battles outside of the app and walking adventures? I think NFCs give random battles but I don’t know. Is there an offline battle function like on the classic black and white pixel pets from the last 10 years or do I need an NFC device like a cash register or my phone with the app?
Yep, NFC battles like you said. They do tend to give you battles that are geared toward your level so it's unlikely that Gammamon would see a Mega and vice versa. With the screens of both your bracelet and phone on (you don't need to be in the app), join them as if you were transferring a Digimon and the fight should start automatically.
How do I enable and start an adventure walking mission that leads to a battle?
Mission > Adv. Mission > Select a stage. The battle begins when you've fulfilled the step requirements.

Have fun and happy taming!


wow thanks so much for answering all my many questions so quickly! I just wrote them last night and woke up and here are the answers already! : D

my last question which I’ve looked in the instructions and English guide on Humulos: What are steps/Miles used for? So far all I can tell is that you get some Vital points for getting a certain amount of Miles (there’s a formula for it I think), but I’m not sure as to what the Miles do on their own. Could you tell me, please, if it’s not too much trouble? c:
 

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What are steps/Miles used for? So far all I can tell is that you get some Vital points for getting a certain amount of Miles (there’s a formula for it I think)
Every 50 steps gets you 4 VP. They serve no other function outside of giving you a general idea of how much you moved that day.
 

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What are steps/Miles used for? So far all I can tell is that you get some Vital points for getting a certain amount of Miles (there’s a formula for it I think)
Every 50 steps gets you 4 VP. They serve no other function outside of giving you a general idea of how much you moved that day.
Wow another fast reply. Thank you!

also, I have a question on the advanced training missions. They want me to do squats and sprinting and stuff. Does it know if I actually do them or not? I have a condition with my spine so I actually cannot do any of them except for punching. There was one I did (not punching) that said do something for 20 seconds and I just shook my arm up and down in the motion of how my arm *would* move during that exercise and it worked. Can I just do that for all of the exercises? I physically cannot do them normally due to my physical condition. :c

also also, to make sure, I don’t *actually* need to walk to get the good evolutions, right? I can just battle to get Vital Points instead? I can walk just fine but I am just wondering. Are there any evolution requirements that require actual steps rather than Vital Points? Humulos’ website seems to say no. And also what of battle conditions? It says that you don’t actually need to win battles, just doing battles is enough. Is that true?

Sorry for all the questions. I only just got my device and I’m really liking it, I just don’t know a lot of things despite reading Humulos’ English user manual a couple times and looking at the evo requirements. I think it’s weird you don’t need to win battles like the regular vpets.

And finally I just have a general opinion based question: Do you guys like the vital bracelet compared to regular vpets? I got mine assuming it would be just like a Digimon X pet just in color, but that seems to be totally wrong. It’s more like you have a Battle Buddy you watch and help grow rather than a pet. I’m a little disappointed you can’t feed them (well I am happy there’s an explanation for food at least— they eat your Vital Points and heartbeats :3) or clean up their poop and it makes it feel like there isn’t much to so besides battle once you get to Child stage, and there’s absolutely nothing to do at Baby and Baby 2 stages. Am I mistaken? Is there anything to do at those low stages and are there things to do besides battles and missions at Child and higher stages? I very much like this device but it’s not what I expected and I’m wondering you guys’ thoughts on it since I was never once told it wasn’t like an actual pet (though to be fair I didn’t look into many conversations about it) and it seems actual pets won’t be made anymore. :/ I kind of was expecting it to be like the equivalent of the Tamagotchi Smart since they are both watches. What do you think?

EDIT: One more minor question I thought of. If you press the bottom button on the Home Screen, it will say “Connect to App.” But I connected it to the app once before at and now it has a shield icon with a triangle and a “1” below it instead when I press it. Is that just how many times I have connected it to the app, or what is that? I didn’t see any info on it when I read up on this device. Is this my Tamer Level? I noticed the same icon within the app next to my Tamer Level.

Edit2: God I’m sorry for writing so much. But ZeninTCG is sold out of the Wormmon DiM and case preorder. Is there anywhere else to get it for an inexpensive price? I also cannot access Premium Bandai Japan’s website on mobile. It keeps redirecting me a page to select my region outside of Japan. :/
 
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They want me to do squats and sprinting and stuff. Does it know if I actually do them or not?
These are the 'Hard' Missions fyi. And no, it doesn't. Each mission counter does seem to respond to a particular rhythm though so slower shaking for crunches for instance works better than shaking it quickly.
I don’t *actually* need to walk to get the good evolutions, right? I can just battle to get Vital Points instead?
Most cards do have one Mega locked behind the requirement to complete all Adventure Missions (this is what 'Adv' is ;) ) of which there are 15 per card, but they aren't always what are considered the 'good' or best evolutions. Adventure Missions are walking missions and they work similarly to previous Digivices. Sure, you could just shake your way to completion, but it's honestly easier and far less boring to simply walk. If you can't get concentrated time for this in, the Digivice V is relatively forgiving enough that you can just start on a stage, go about your day and let the battles happen as you move. If you're in a situation where you don't hear the alert or you have to have the sound off, you don't even need to worry because the battles will complete automatically without any input.

Otherwise, yes, the only requirements for the vast majority of evolutions are VP and battles/victories.
And also what of battle conditions? It says that you don’t actually need to win battles, just doing battles is enough. Is that true?
Rookie to Champion is the only transition where victories aren't a requirement. Everything else absolutely requires a good win percentage of at least 50-70% depending on what you're aiming for.
Do you guys like the vital bracelet compared to regular vpets?
There's much debate over whether or not the VB is a true vpet since, as you've pointed out, there are no care aspects involving the typical feeding and poop cleaning. Tbh, I don't really care about the comparison - What I do care about is how intrusive something is in my daily routine. In that regard, I absolutely adore the VB over the traditional vpet experience. I cannot say I miss having to listen for alerts for food, energy, etc. I was never bad at managing stats and care mistakes for getting the monsters I wanted, but it was definitely a process that would regularly divide my attention throughout the day. My real household pets aren't nearly as demanding lol. I always preferred Digivice gameplay. The pendulum walking function was much more appealing to me as someone who loves going outside and with battles occurring every so often as you walk, it better sold the fantasy that you are in the thick of it adventuring and training alongside your partner Digimon. Of course, the evolution mechanics always left a lot to be desired with the linear anime paths. The VB then is the perfect marriage between the two for me with the added bonus of actually being able to control when the battles are enabled, and with the Digivice V most recently, when the Digimon sleeps. Beyond that, the app tracks completion rates of your dim cards among other stats and seeing it all in one place like that always has me chasing the next evolution. It's also neat to take the monsters online for battles/raids and to see/compare the profiles of other tamers. Because of its flexibility, all of the gameplay on the device and in the app occurs when I go for walks, something I was already doing daily anyways. In other words, the VB takes exactly zero time from my schedule and doesn't demand attention diverting my focus away from other critical daily tasks. Couldn't ask for a better experience.
it seems actual pets won’t be made anymore.
There might not be any new models in the pipeline (that we know of) and Bandai certainly is putting a lot of focus on the VB, but that doesn't mean interest is in regular vpets is totally dead. The X2 is getting its international launch in the coming months and I'm sure it won't be long before we hear about the X3 after that. Heck, the D-Ark is even getting an apparent update soon. You really never know what's coming.
If you press the bottom button on the Home Screen, it will say “Connect to App.” But I connected it to the app once before at and now it has a shield icon with a triangle and a “1” below it instead when I press it. [...] Is this my Tamer Level?
Yep, it's your Tamer Level and the icon will change as it goes up. Experience is gained solely within the app every time you gain a new evolution, complete a 'Special Mission', or battle in the arena or raids.

As for Primeval Warriors, I'd just wait it out. I see regular updates from Zenin all the time getting new stock on previously sold-out items, including pre-orders. You can get notifications for these if you subscribe to his mailing list. I think you need a VPN to access PB Japan these days.
 

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I finally started using my VB and it's been a great motivator to walk. My biggest complaint is that I sweat and it feels like the pulse reader needs constant wiping after every session. If I walk or work out too long it always drops my pulse down to x/65 and after that 65/65.

I'm glad I finally got it to work because I ended up with pretty much all of the DiMs except BlackAgumon and Gabumon and the Ghost Game trio (who I kinda want but the missing 3 Digimon is kind of annoying).

The baby stages also have no gameplay/incentive purpose which as I always say - could've been alleviated with at least two Child stages per DiM.
 

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A bit of a disclaimer: I do not own a Vital Bracelet, my opinions are based on all the info I gathered when I was considering a purchase.

Do you guys like the vital bracelet compared to regular vpets?
Funny that you ask that, since just the other day I was watching a video by Humulos where he described it as the first v-pet with a color screen, but then he detailed all the differences from a classic v-pet and I realized: that's not a virtual pet. It's a glorified Digivice. The gameplay mechanic of v-pets are based on caring for a creature: that means giving it food, cleaning its poop, putting it to sleep, actively answering to its needs. Here you don't do that for what I understand. Instead you walk and fight, exactly like a pedometer Digivice. As a commenter of the video put it quite effectively, it's a Digivice with added death chance and branched evolution. It's not a case the Digivice in the anime is based on the VB and that consequently they released an anime version of it.
Also, and that's the reason I didn't buy it in the end, it seemed a little shallow and boring to me. There doesn't seem to be much to do besides exercises and battle: in the first case, you earn trophies to unlock evolutions, which, correct me if I'm wrong, are tied to your profile, meaning that beyond a certain number you basically have all evolutions already unlocked in any new Dim. As for the battles, when you start them via NFC it picks a random enemy from the available Digimon in the Dim currently in use, so it's strictly thematic and becomes repetitive fast enough. Again, correct me if I'm wrong.
Another thing I dislike is jogres. It happens automatically if you have a second Digimon stored in the VB, forcing a deviation from the "natural" pattern obtainable with your efforts. And since I would have played without the app, not owning a smartphone, it means I'd have had to choose between forced jogres (so, no matter what I do) or "raising" only one Digimon at a time.
The baby stages also have no gameplay/incentive purpose which as I always say - could've been alleviated with at least two Child stages per DiM
And then there's this. Not only there's one Child, but I have to wait 4 hours with the same babies, just staring at it, every time I start a new cycle. (mind you, this is something that bothers me in v-pets too, with the 12 hours wait of recent devices, but at least you have a minimum of three Child to evolve to.)

All this makes it seem a very boring and tiresome device to me, which doesn't justify the price, considering you then have to shell out more cash just to keep a bit of variation.
And it's also what I must continue repeating to myself to remember why I must not give in to the alluring commercial effects of the anime. LOL
 

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A bit of a disclaimer: I do not own a Vital Bracelet, my opinions are based on all the info I gathered when I was considering a purchase.

Do you guys like the vital bracelet compared to regular vpets?
Funny that you ask that, since just the other day I was watching a video by Humulos where he described it as the first v-pet with a color screen, but then he detailed all the differences from a classic v-pet and I realized: that's not a virtual pet. It's a glorified Digivice. The gameplay mechanic of v-pets are based on caring for a creature: that means giving it food, cleaning its poop, putting it to sleep, actively answering to its needs. Here you don't do that for what I understand. Instead you walk and fight, exactly like a pedometer Digivice. As a commenter of the video put it quite effectively, it's a Digivice with added death chance and branched evolution. It's not a case the Digivice in the anime is based on the VB and that consequently they released an anime version of it.
Also, and that's the reason I didn't buy it in the end, it seemed a little shallow and boring to me. There doesn't seem to be much to do besides exercises and battle: in the first case, you earn trophies to unlock evolutions, which, correct me if I'm wrong, are tied to your profile, meaning that beyond a certain number you basically have all evolutions already unlocked in any new Dim. As for the battles, when you start them via NFC it picks a random enemy from the available Digimon in the Dim currently in use, so it's strictly thematic and becomes repetitive fast enough. Again, correct me if I'm wrong.
Another thing I dislike is jogres. It happens automatically if you have a second Digimon stored in the VB, forcing a deviation from the "natural" pattern obtainable with your efforts. And since I would have played without the app, not owning a smartphone, it means I'd have had to choose between forced jogres (so, no matter what I do) or "raising" only one Digimon at a time.
You're not entirely off-base, but I think some of that stems from the difference in concept to execution. Conceptually, it's a lot more like a V-pet; the "feeding" and "caring" just both happen to be exercise based. If you don't "feed" ("exercise" and get your heart rate up) your Digimon, it gets upset with you, and if you don't exercise enough, ultimately it dies. Likewise, if you don't "care" for it (get its vital points up and earn trophies to meet evolution requirements) it stagnates and doesn't grow, or grows into something you don't want. Yeah there's no pooping, but that's always the worst part about V-pets anyway.

The thing is, with the app, these things are all incredibly easy to do. Don't get me wrong, I love the app; the collectability aspect is a huge selling point, and earning/managing space with which to keep all your Digimon keeps it fresh, but it also provides basically all you need for the "caring", i.e. things to improve mood, earn trophies, and raise vital points. Added to that the QOL improvements in the VBV, and you have something that's a lot more forgiving with mistakes, which is understandably off-putting to the people who prefer the more hardcore aspects of the V-pets.

As for the battles, I wouldn't say it's as repetitive as you'd think, and given the terrible hit rate, the fights end up being more tense than you'd expect.

Re:Jogress, you can also cancel evolution, so this goes back to the fun part of the management; you just need to make sure the thing in backup isn't the same stage as what's in front. Frankly that seems MORE V-pet-ish than anything a Digivice does. It's yet another condition you need to watch out for in order to get the evolution you want (or don't want).
 

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I understand it ultimately gets to a matter of personal preferences and perspective, but my point was that the gameplay is not quite that of a virtual pet and, as you said, is reduced to a single mechanic: exercise. You don't even see your Digimon feeding from it, do you? It's just stated in the manual.
Yet, weirdly enough, that same aspect doesn't play (as I would have expected) in helping your Digimon battle, leaving it to chance. A terrible hit rate doesn't get me tense, just frustrated.
The repetition I mentioned was from meeting the same small pool of Digimon you raise. If I'm raising an aquatic Digimon, I'd like to encounter something else from aquatic Digimon, as if I was going on an adventure in the whole Digital World.
you just need to make sure the thing in backup isn't the same stage as what's in front.
That's not fun, just a terrible choice of gameplay implementation: I shouldn't be preoccupied with what I have in backup when raising another Digimon. Why they didn't just add an option for jogressing voluntarily between active and backed-up Digimon is beyond me.
Yeah there's no pooping, but that's always the worst part about V-pets anyway.
LOL On the contrary, I find it hilarious and quite realistic, which only gets me to love it more. Again, personal preferences.
 
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