Pearl Defense (PD) is one of the many gamemodes of

Background Information[ | ]

In Pearl Defense there are two teams, Red and Green. Each team has two pearls to protect. The maps are much smaller than maps in other gamemodes and has no biomes. You can be any animal in the game anywhere. You also evolve twice as fast (food gives double XP).

Goals[ | ]

The goal of Pearl Defense is win a game. You do this by bringing 1 of 2 pearls from the enemy's side to your side and scoring (drop it off at a certain point). You and your team must do this twice in order to win. But, the pearls are not just out in the open. You must break two shells open to be able to access the pearl and score. The shell has a lot of health, and has remoras circling around it. These remoras are set to go after any enemy within a certain range of the pearl, and are very dangerous. Once the shell is broken, the remoras disappear, leaving it up to the team to protect it. If you move over the pearl, you will grab it. Then you should try to score.

Mechanics/Other Information[ | ]

The Pearl Mechanics[ | ]

When you have the pearl in your control, you will not be able to boost or use an ability. Whenever you try to boost, you will instead throw the pearl. When you die or the pearl is out of your grasp, anyone one your team can grab it and carry it around. If the pearl touches an enemy (both when grabbed or not), touches the border of the skybox, or hits ground it will teleport back to its original clam.

The pearl is protected by remoras and a shell. Remoras can easily kill you, as they deal 100 damage each and replenish quickly. The shell of the pearl regenerates very slowly.

Thus, when attacking a pearl, one player can distract the remoras on themselves, and the other player can break the pearl.

You can no longer carry the Pearl underground!!! (Early versions of PD allowed the pearl to be carried underground)

Miscellaneous Mechanics[ | ]

  • You gain more experience per food item.
  • When dying, you will keep all your experience but you will have to wait 5/10 seconds (Depending on your tier) before resuming the game
  • Players who like to play aggressively in this game mode typically play Shark as they do fairly well at breaking the clam and bringing the pearl back.
  • It's common to see players block the pearl with their animal's body. This is done to make it harder for the enemy to get their hands/fins/paws/non-existent hands/claws/flippers/wings/tentacles etc. on it.
  • It is not really good to use tier 1 animals to grab the pearl, because you will be killed by a player on the other side who did not upgrade to tier 10 (friendly fire is not enabled to any animal below t10), however tier 1's cannot get targeted by the Remoras
  • You can help your opponent to break the clam of your team by having a lamprey latched and stay on the pearl you intend to destroy, though this will help your opponent win
  • There can only be one of each tier 10 animal on each team

Map/servers[ | ]

Currently with three servers: Asia (JP) #1, Europe (Amsterdam, NL) #1 and North America (NY, US) #1 and two maps: [morty_pd] and [Tacoco_pd].

How to Win (Guide)[ | ]

Disclaimer: Most strategies are up to personal opinion, and preferences will vary from player to player. I (HumoresqueACEO) am giving my best advice, based on current maps and statistics.

Early Game[ | ]

Spawn Guide (Worm, Pearl Defense)

How to level up with worm

Early Game is the very beginning of the game, after or within the first few minutes of spawning. Most experienced players are around level 1-7. Getting an advantage over the over team at this time can make the difference between a win and a lose. So, it is advised that you try to level up your animal as fast as possible. Starting out with your best animal is important. My personal suggested route is: Worm, Crayfish, Flying Fish/Horseshoe Crab, Catfish/Hermit Crab, Barreleye/Seal, Lobster/Goliath Bullfrog/Bobbit Worm, and Penguin. If starting out with worm, go up through the land to the bushes above spawn and eat berries (see image to the right). After that, farm plankton. Doing damage to a pearl during this time is very hard/rare, so see below (Mid Game) for that.

I, another person who's seen and edited this page, have a different approach. I start with clownfish, and take advantage of the speed boost at the beginning from other clownfish to head near the seabed. This way, I can eat both the floating plankton and the bits on the ground. I'd recommend staying as clownfish for a little longer, as crab's mobility isn't great. Then evolve twice into Flying Fish, as it's speed helps with evolving faster, after that, turn into Catfish and stay there for as long as possible to take use its suction ability. If attacked during the Catfish stage, quickly press numbers to evolve with all your stockpiled points, and keep going from there. If this happens early, my preferred path is Seal->Lobster->Gulper Eel. Gulper Eel has slightly higher damage than Penguin, so you can win a 1v1 if needed.

This is a reminder that all strategies are viable, and to play the game to your liking. If these plans aren't to your liking, then make your own! Early game is very light, and as long as you know what works for you, you'll do alright.

Mid Game[ | ]

Mid Game is when the first damage to the pearl or attacks happen. Most experienced players are around level 5-9. Doing major damage to the other team at this time can also be a big deal, but it's not as important as earlier in the game. During this time you should continue to level up your animal, and start attacking the enemy. Choose what Tier 10 you want to be (see below for tips), and how you want to play (defense, offense, troll, etc). Make sure to get an estimate of how good your team is vs how good the enemy is. This will/can determine how you play. If you decide to attack the pearl, try to make a mark and give it all you've got! Go in teams of 2-10 to do more damage. If there is only 2 of you there, than take turns attacking the pearl, with each person distracting the remoras for a second while the other does damage. This only works if there are 0-2 players there. If your on defense, make sure the shell isn't broken, and don't give up. Your team counts on you!

Late/End Game[ | ]

Late/End Game is when most people are at their final animal for the game. Most players are around level 9-10. Doing major damage to the other team at this time is normal, and nothing special. More coming soon!

Note[ | ]

Its really important to have fun in Pearl Defense. Remember that its only a game, and take losses lightly. Respect other players and it is recommended to type “gg” in the post-game chat. Enjoy yourself, and play in your own special style. Try new strategies (maybe under a different name) and new animals. Just remember that whatever happens, it's just a game!

How to be good (Guide 2)[ | ]

Like the strategy above, this is also opinion-based. You probably don't know me, but I camp PD or TFFA a lot, going by Unnamed. True name is Sha-Sha

Unlike the strategy above, this guide's timeline is different. Early game counts as when the game just started to until the pearl first breaks. Mid game counts as when the pearl first breaks to when the second pearl first breaks. End game is having either your last or your enemy's pearl breaking, or maybe even both.

Choosing an animal:[ | ]

Try to choose an animal that's good for your team: for example, if the team has no grabbers, be a grabber. If the team has no hit and run, be a hit and run. If the team has no rushers, be a rusher. In the end, however, it all depends on what you want to be though.

Early Game:[ | ]

Because of the meta these days, everyone will try to choose piranhas. Why? Piranhas get their boosts back fast due to their numbers, meaning they can dash quickly. They also can kill most tier 1-7, with the exception of Frogfish unless you are a tier 7 Piranha, which actually destroys Frogfish. Having tier 7 Piranha, however, is not recommended due to the fact that you lose your ability to eat Algae, or the food items on the ground. Instead, you should go Frogfish, as their suction ability allows them to quickly eat everything around them. Frogfishes also counter tier 6 and below Piranhas, but do not attempt to fight any piranhas with numbers more than five, since as soon as they're tier 7, your ability doesn't work, allowing them to make quick work of you.

If you're using Giant Pacific Octopus or Tiger Shark, try to level up as quickly as possible, especially if you're skilled at soloing. The earlier you evolve, the less animals on the opposing team can defend against you when you do solo. This also applies to rushing animals, such as Bowhead and Humpback, but in this case, you need to share food since you can't really rush on your own.

However, if you notice a Tiger Shark or Giant Pacific Octopus on the opposing team, call out to your teammates as this can alert the rest of the team to start actively patrolling for these. They may not be successful all the time, but it's better than nothing. If you are still undertiered but you want to assist in getting these soloing maniacs away, you can use Sarcastic Fringehead's ability to deter the GPOs, Dragonfish's ability to slow them and any animal that can apply some kind of status condition that can let the remoras get them easier. For Tiger Sharks, just move slightly below the clam, preferably with a long or big animal, so they can't hit the pearl.

If you do decide to solo as a Giant Pacific Octopus, here is a guide: Either make sure there are no one on the pearl if you're unskilled, but there can be some if you're skilled enough. First, lure the remoras into a group so they travel together. After doing that, make sure you have at least 2 boosts, one to get to the pearl, one to get away. Three is preferred just in case an enemy is near. Teleport to the pearl, preferably to the other side. The goal is to at least get 3 hits to at least sustain enough damage to destroy it fast enough before the enemies notice. Do try to get more though.

For Tiger Shark, just group them up and occasionally get a few hits in. It's pretty easy.

Mid Game:[ | ]

This is when the first pearl breaks and things start to get a little more serious. However, you don't have to go try hard yet, as this is only the first pearl. If you're the side that has the pearl broken, just walk around mid and that area to occasionally pick 1v1s or team fights. Still do go for the pearl if the pearl grabber is near you though.

There isn't much besides fighting and trying to gain some kills along with retrieving your pearls. However, when your pearl is cracked, the enemy will either do two things: camp at their pearl, anticipating a counter attack, or going all out trying to get your pearl. Change tactics by communicating with your team based on what they're doing. If they're rushing, this is a good time to attempt to solo. If they're splitting up, still defend as attack with a half team against a half team doesn't end up too well unless you have a rusher.

If you're on the attacking side and you broke one of your enemy's pearl, try to have the best air booster attempt to snatch the pearl with some teammates while the rest defend.

Once the team score, the defending team should start either plotting attacks to soon even up, or play the defensive until the other team's players get tired. Playing defensive can be two things: either patrolling the area where your pearl has been lost, or just camping your pearl. Either works, as the former can thin out the enemy before they can get to your pearl and the latter just camps. However, if you are finding yourselves getting decimated while patrolling, don't hesitate to run and bring back some of your teammates. If you are a soloer Giant Pacific Octopus or Tiger Shark, you can attempt to solo if the enemies aren't protecting.

Contrary to popular beliefs, attacking right after a successful defense isn't too good of an idea. This is mainly because by the time you organize correctly, most of the enemy would respawn and arrive halfway. This is also somewhat unviable due to the fact that when a player sees their whole team get decimated, they would usually call out to defend, prompting the survivors to defend. Yes, there will be survivors. Out of ten people, usually only three to eight rush, and even when they do, when they see most of the rushing team die, they would start running before healing up and regrouping. That doesn't mean you can't rush at all. If your entire team successfully repelled an attack and are grouped up significantly, you can all start moving along to attack

Now, onto the attacking teams. The attacking teams should be wary of any potential counterattack or solo, so every time you launch an attack, don't have the full team rush. Instead, leave a few in case an ambush rush groups comes (yes, two animals can solo, such as Orca and GS). This can also help recuperate team numbers if your rush is unsuccessful.

End Game:[ | ]

The second pearl for either team has just broke, and now chaos ensues. This is when you should start being 100% serious, as you don't know if the enemy can just snatch up your pearl and air boost to victory. This is what I call the three group system, making up of the Defensive, Retrieval and the Attacking group. It is pretty viable for any situations, but this is where it shines most.

The Defensive group should focus on guarding the pearl without chasing too far, as if they do get the pearl back, some other enemy may just take and you have to chase after him again. Instead, they should wait to camp on the pearl, rebuilding and healing and waiting for a retrieval animal, such as a grabber, get the pearl. You should always have two to three people on the Defensive group, with good candidates being Whale Shark, Leatherback Turtle and any defensive animals. Napoleon Wrasses shine particularly in this group, as they can create a makeshift clam with their blocks, which can be further enhanced by a Whale Shark camping within the blocks.

The Retrieval group mostly consists of grabbers, stunners and animals who can push the pearl out. This can range from animals like Orcas to Colossal Squids to even Basking Sharks (as long as there's an enemy teammate nearby for you to activate aura knockback). Your main jobs are to camp mid or the enemy base in order to retrieve the pearl in case the Defensive group was breached. Try to accumulate a few people at the mid-waterfall if it is a waterfall map, or just the enemy base if it's the volcano map. This makes sure that you don't get dispatched by the enemy team too easily. If the Attacking group decides all of a sudden to attack the other pearl, be sure to join the fight unless they have it all under control.

The Attacking group should consists of rushers, like Bowhead Whales, Sharks and other fast or high damaging animals who can get on the enemy pearl fast. Bowhead can additionally help destroy Napoleon Wrasse blocks along with rushing. They should focus on dispatching enemy's animals along with damaging the pearl. However, do go for the pearl if you happen to come past it or are close to it, as you never know if the Retrieval group might fail due to circumstances.

As the attacking team, have some grabbers camp your base so you can kill them (only works on ice and volcano map) by dragging into spawn. If not, have a team of high damaging individuals, such as Atlantic Torpedos, Crocodiles and others to kill them. Send out the occasional people to patrol mid and to retrieve the pearl, but you are best playing defensive due to the enemy being able to attack anytime.

In a special circumstance where you are two pearls behind and are the defending side, do not give up. There is still hope. I have played many PD matches where we made a huge comeback against the other team. All it takes is a dedicated team that listens and supports one another. You can practice the three group system as well albeit it'll be harder due to people leaving. If you're on attack, just try to rush with everyone. You have two pearls so it's fine.

In a situation where both sides have lost their shells, just do the three group strategy.

Tips[ | ]

  • Some animals are more suited for PD than others, for examples: a crocodile will be much more helpful than an Bald Eagle, but it's always better to have a variety of animals. See below!
  • Some skilled animals can break a shell alone using their stats or abilities but it's rare and it's most of the time going to require team work, there are three main ways
    • With a minimum of two players, one distracts the remoras while the other attacks, inverse and repeat
    • One or more animal sacrifices themselves to the remoras, this will decrease remora numbers will allow following team members to heal of the food left by the killed team members.
    • An experienced GPO player can break the shell all by themselves. This involves hitting the shell a few times, and teleporting away if the remoras get near.
    • Basking Shark and Giant Softshell Turtle can break the shell with enough plankton/ice nearby to heal
    • All the T10's that evolve from narwhal can break the shell alone. See below!
  • It's better to evolve fast (some animal abilities help such as catfish's suction or seal's speed) and directly head to the adverse side with a stronger evolution, this will allow you to evolve faster by killing and slow down enemy progress.
  • Avoid heading alone head first into the enemy remoras, even if your health is full, they will most likely kill you
  • When your pearl is taken and you are now in your enemy’s territory, guard the goal, it works often. However, stay “invisible”(like bending into environment or hide in seaweed or avoiding animals or just being invisible) while guarding , because the goal is just next to the enemy’s spawn point.
  • When your pearl is taken, retrieve it by hitting the head of the thief or grabbing it. Stealthy and fast animals or grabbers are good for retrieving the pearl.
  • Always check the map in the bottom right corner on the screen, it tells the information about the location of you, your teammates, your enemies, and the pearl, useful in many ways. Keep in mind map does not display all enemy positions at all times, and only marks enemies that other teammates can see currently.
  • You can throw the pearl ahead of you to pass it to a team member or activate your boost, a powerful method is to throw it and surface boost.
  • If you see a pile of meat or kill an animal, it is better to leave the food for a less evolved teammate, this will allow them to evolve faster and benefit the whole team. However, please note that food will degenerate over time. Also, food heals you, so if you are on low health eating it will help you
  • Check the members list on the top about both yourself and your enemy’s, then you know what your team lack of and your enemy lack of.
  • When a teammate is carrying the pearl and there's no foe in front or needs to move or escape and you are faster than them or have boosts, push him in the direction they need to go, it won't slow you down and will help your team
  • level up early and destroy the pearl earlier, then wait in the second pearl, then after your team scored, quickly take down the second one, it mostly easier because everybody are busy with the first pearl. Taking down the second one will make the enemy lose their hope because it is hard to get a win when they have break both but you have break none, then some of your enemy members will start either AFK or leave the game, leaving you a good chance to win.
  • Don't be afraid to chat using the enter key, you can form tactics and give orders, at chatting to all is also helpful
  • Some classes do a good job at preventing enemy rushes, many grabbers are in this category, as they can completely shut down an enemy player, and allow time for the remoras to kill the other rushers.
  • Most birds aren't suited for PD, but bat is a good choice in early games. That said, there's nothing wrong with trying new methods!
  • As the pearl tells the enemy your position, a grabber can easily retrieve the pearl
  • You can wait at the other team's goal to retrieve the pearl, but this is seen as very annoying often. On a related note, if your team is close to scoring, make sure to check by your goal and kill any animals that are camping by the goal. Often, an enemy might be waiting at your goal to snatch your pearl back.
  • Strategies for stopping enemy camping include: Using Giant Squid to drag them into your spawn, boosting them into your spawn with a stunning ability, grappling them until your team scores...
  • As a giant pacific octopus, you can wait for clam to be broken. Then you can go to the clam. When enemies attack you teleport to the pearl and escape in an another route
  • If you are a Shark and a teammate is in front of you when attacking the Clam, boost against your teammate’s rear to mitigate recoil and damage the pearl faster
  • Don't interrupt 1v1s unless your teammate is running. It's rude.
  • Most people here are hyperaggressive and like to team, as dying does not have that much of a punishment. You either adapt to play defensive with a group, or play offensive and just hit and run.
  • Building on a pearl makes the game unfun as a Napoleon Wrasse. Instead, build other structures, such as oxygen, waterfall or just area denial

What Animals are Best at Doing What[ | ]

This assumes there is lower lag, you have a bit of experience with the animal you're using, and that there are no hackers.

Charging and killing[ | ]

Humpback whale, Atlantic Torpedo, giant and colossal squid, piranha, cachalot, polar bear, basking shark, whale, orca and mantis shrimp,

Charging and breaking the clam[ | ]

Giant and Colossal squid,Leatherback Turtle Softshell Turtle, Whale,Sunfish Basking Shark and Humpback Whale

Distracting/Tanking the Remoras[ | ]

Horseshoe Crab, Olm, Seal, Penguin, Leopard Seal, Dolphin, Manatee, Whale, Humpback Whale, Basking Shark, Marlin, Moray Eel, Sunfish,Piranha and Cachalot

Halting a charge[ | ]

Hippo, Giant and Colossal squid, Humpback Whale, Atlantic Torpedo, Manatee, Whale, Thresher Shark, Basking Shark, Octopus, Megamouth Shark and Piranha

Defending the Clam[ | ]

Humpback Whale, Whale, Manatee, Cachalot, Polar Bear, Piranha, Basking Shark,Napoleon Wrasse Goblin Shark, Alligator Gar, Whale Shark and Colossal Squid.

Retrieving the pearl[ | ]

Bobbit Worm, Penguin, Barracuda,Mahi-Mahi,Dragonfish,Mantis Shrimp, Leopard Seal, Marlin,Halibut, Moray Eel, Bald Eagle, Piranha, Frilled Shark,Coelacanth Giant Salamander, Tiger Shark, Wobbegong Shark, Humpback Whale, Alligator Gar ,Beaked Whale,Whale, Orca, Giant Squid,Bowhead Whale

Killing individual targets[ | ]

Mantis Shrimp, Crocodile, Alligator Gar, Gulper Eel, Cachalot, Humpback Whale, Atlantic Ray, Piranha, Sawfish, Giant and Colossal squid, Alligator Snapping Turtle, Electric Eel, and Anaconda

Scoring[ | ]

Marlin, moray eel, shark, stonefish, piranha, anaconda, penguin, leopard seal, flying fish and frilled shark

Trolling (not suggested unless you are willing to take the risk of being shut down)[ | ]

Worm, Horseshoe Crab, Squid, Bat, Archerfish, piranha , Goliath Bullfrog, Bobbit Worm, Beaver, Penguin, Octopus, Marlin, Pufferfish, Thresher Shark, orca, bald eagle, Atlantic torpedo, polar bear