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Temtem guide: Multiplayer and co-op

How to team up and trade with your friends

Temtem multiplayer and co-op guide Image: Crema via Polygon
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Being a tamer in Temtem doesn’t have to be lonely. You can team up with your friends (or strangers, if you can convince them) to in a co-op mode to explore, fight, and trade.

In this guide, we’ll tell you how Temtem multiplayer works, from how to find your friends to how to trade Temtem.

Finding your friends

In your menu, tab over to the fourth column — the one with two people as the icon.

The first icon, Interact, lets you view other players near you. This seems limited to players who are physically close to you in the game. If you’re looking to make new friends, this is where to start.

The third icon, Friends, is where you’ll search for your friends by name. Just type their in-game name in the TamerSearch, and they’ll pop up in the list.

Temtem multiplayer and coop friend menu
Once you find another player, you’ll have choices to battle, trade, or play co-op.
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Once you’ve picked someone — either from the Interact list or by searching — click on their name to open another menu for multiplayer options. The icon in the bottom right that looks like a plus sign and a peg-like meeple will add them as your friend. A request will appear in their Notification menu. Once they accept it, they’ll appear in your Friends list.

Playing co-op

To start a co-op session, you’ll need to be close to your friend in the game. You’ll see an error letting you know your friend is not near enough if you’re too far apart.

In our experience, we had to be inside the same building before a session would succeed. You don’t have to be able to see each other — you can be in different instances of the game — but you do have to be in the same location.

If you still have trouble connecting, make sure neither of you are in menus or even talking to anyone in-game. Menus and dialogue seem to prevent co-op sessions from starting and give you an error saying your friend is busy

Temtem multiplayer co-op party
You need to be physically close in-game — inside the same building, even — to start a co-op party.
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Once you get connected, you’ll be locked into the lower-level character’s story and exploration options. This is a great way to help out a low-level friend, since the opponents don’t scale up.

During battles, you’ll be limited to only the first three Temtem in your squad. Either player can use items on any of the six Temtem involved in a fight — their three and their partner’s three.

Outside of battles, you won’t have access to your partner’s squad.


For both strangers and friends, clicking on the Trade button sends a request to that person’s Notifications. If they accept, you enter a trading menu.

Temtem multiplayer trading
If both players want to Trade, you negotiate with Pansuns, Temtem, and Items.
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Pick any Temtem out of your squad or TemDeck, items, or Pansuns you’d like to offer. They’ll be doing the same. If you’re feeling generous, you can just give stuff away like we did in the image above.

When you’re ready to complete the trade, counterintuitively click on Not Ready to switch it to Ready. Once both players are Ready, the trade will go through.

Use Trading during co-op play to give items like Revives to your teammate.

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