Since Pokemon Go has been released, plenty of players are already enjoying it. But the game doesn’t do a whole lot to teach you about its basics, mechanics, and other aspects. So we’re here to break it down and go over some Pokemon go tips, tricks, and guide so that you can enjoy your Pokemon Go experience right away.
Pokemon Go is a free augmented reality mobile game on iOS and Android where the main goal is to catch Pokemon in your neighborhood. What’s available for players to catch is dependent upon their location. While catching Pokemon is the main focus, there are other goals as well, such as visiting Poke Stops and Gyms, strengthening and evolving your Pokemon, and hatching eggs.
Tips on how to find Pokemon
Pokemon can be found in a variety of places, as long as the Pokemon Go app is open. Pokemon will appear on the game’s GPS map and your phone will buzz to indicate when a new one is nearby. If you want to catch it, simply tap the Pokemon to initiate the capture phase.
It is also possible to use the item Incense to temporarily increase the chances of a Pokemon appearing while walking, or alternatively, you can install a Lure Module at a Poke Stop by tapping the blank area above the landmark emblem. This will temporarily lure Pokemon to that Poke Stop and not just for you, but other Pokemon Trainers too!
As for finding new Pokemon outside your immediate area. well, you’re going to have to get out there and explore!
How to find specific Pokemon
Aye, that’s a tough one! So as we’ve already mentioned, the types of Pokemon you can find change depending on the region. But if you’re looking for a specific Pokemon in your area, there is a Nearby Pokemon’s icon in the bottom-right corner of the map that will show up to nine Pokemon that are close.
If you want to find a specific Pokemon, tap its icon to highlight it. This will change the Nearby Pokemon icon to that particular Pokemon and its footsteps, making it slightly easier to pinpoint as you roam around.
The map will also show shaking grass at times which indicates a Pokemon should be around that area though it’s not always a guarantee.
How to catch a Pokemon
Unlike traditional Pokemon battles, you don’t actually fight the wild Pokemon in Go. Instead, you just throw Pokeballs until one actually hits the Pokemon and captures it. But it only counts if it hits the Pokemon first before it touches the ground.
Now during battle, a circle will appear around the Pokemon that comes in three colors; green, orange, and red, which respectively represent easy medium, and hard catches. This dictates how likely a Pokemon is to break out of a Pokeball. If a more difficult Pokemon escapes several balls in a row, it might run away. Fortunately, there are several items that can help better the odds of a successful capture, such Great and Ultra Balls, as well as Razz Berries that can be fed to the Pokemon to make the next Pokeball thrown have a higher chance of capture.
The colored circles serve another purpose though; it’s not just capturing the Pokemon that matters but how well you time the throw. So normally, each captures gives you 100 XP by default, though you’ll get a 500 XP bonus if it’s a new Pokemon. But you can increase that XP count, even more, the closer that colored circle is to the center of the stationary white one at the time of capture. So you’ll receive a Nice’s bonus of 10 XP if it’s close, a Great’s bonus of 50 XP, if it’s even closer, and an Excellent’s bonus of 100 XP if its dead center. And if that’s not enough, you can get another minor bonus of 10 XP if you catch the Pokemon with a curveball. Which you can do by shaking the Pokeball until it sparkles and then immediately flicking it. You can also double the XP you receive if a Lucky Egg item is used and in effect.
What can you do with your captured Pokemon
Well, you can evolve them to start! Besides experience points, catching a Pokemon will always give the player 100 Stardust and 3 Candies for that specific Pokemon’s evolutionary chain. These items are required to make your Pokemon stronger, increase HP, and eventually evolve, both of which increase their Combat Power, or CP for short, and the higher the CP, the stronger the Pokemon.
But there is a bit more to it, namely in relation to the Stardust.
When you look at your Pokemon’s CP, you will see an arc that a white line is filling in. This is the Pokemon’s potential and it is broken up by percentages. Every 20% the amount of Stardust needed to increase the Pokemon’s power will increase as well.
The first 20% is 200 Stardust, 21 to 40% is 400 Stardust, and so on until the maximum of 1000 Stardust. However, even if you have the right amount of Stardust, you won’t be able to increase your Pokemon’s CP past a certain percentage until your trainer level is high enough. The higher the level, the farther you can push its power on the scale.
While 1 piece of Candy is used for each power increase, the Candies are mainly used to evolve Pokemon. Different Pokemon require different amounts of Candy to evolve, but it’s usually either 12, 25, 50, or 100. The lone exception is Magicarp which requires 400 of its Candies to evolve.
Evolution will increase the Pokemon’s CP but it will not affect the CP scale percentage. Whatever it was at before evolution is where it’ll stay afterward. CP is used exclusively at Gyms which is the only place battles can occur.
What does leveling up do?
While Pokemon gain CP, Trainers gain Levels. Those levels mark when certain things become available. The best example is how Gyms cannot be claimed until the player has reached level 5. But this level also marks when new items become available such as Potions and Revive, both of which are necessary now that battles can take place.
Each level will give the player more of these items as well as allow you to further increase the power of your Pokemon.
What are Pokemon gyms?
In short, Pokemon Gyms are essentially control points for players to claim on behalf of their team by assigning it a Pokemon. It’s here that battles take place and currency can be earned. However, Gyms can’t be accessed until you reach Level 5. And once you access one for the first time, you’ll be prompted to pick one of three Teams: Team Valor, Mystic, or Instinct aka Teams Red, Blue, and Yellow.
Each has a leader and are represented by one of the Legendary Birds though it mainly serves as a way for players to divide themselves into groups. Each group can attempt to claim a Gym as their own which will net them Poke Coins for use in the Shop. The coins are earned based on the number of gyms under your control though, and unfortunately, you only earn 10 coins per Gym with a max of 10. This makes earning Poke Coins rather tricky since it’s the only way to obtain them in-game.
The other option is to purchase them with real-world money in the form of microtransactions. The Shop holds all the items we’ve mentioned before along with Egg Incubators, an upgrade to your Bag to hold more items, and a Pokemon Storage Upgrade to hold more Pokemon.
Gyms that are unclaimed are shown as Silver, but if it’s any other color, it’s controlled by that Team. To claim an empty Gym, simply tap the icon on the left side of the screen to pick one of your Pokemon. That Pokemon will then defend the Gym, but you will be unable to interact with it unless it’s been defeated so there’s no way to further evolve it or increase its CP.
Now when under a Team’s control, the Gym can gain levels in the form of Prestige, which is earned when the controlling Team wins battles against challengers. Obtaining Prestige will increase the Gym’s Level and allow for more players from your Team to place their Pokemon in the Gym in an effort to better defend it.
On the other hand, if you challenge a Gym, you’re able to choose up to six Pokemon from your collection. Battles are incredibly simple, mainly consisting of the player tapping the screen to have their Pokemon attack, and swiping left or right to dodge enemy moves.
Yeah, it may be simple, but dodging could really save your Pokemon!
Now every Pokemon has two attacks; their primary move and a Special Move that’s charged during battle, which is automatically used as your next attack when ready. A Pokemon’s special attack can be different even within the same species. One Pidgey could have Aerial Ace while another has Air Cutter.
However, winning a battle does not automatically make the Gym yours. Instead, it’ll lower its Prestige Points and it’ll remain in their possession until their Prestige reaches zero. Now it is possible to challenge a Gym again right away in order to quickly accomplish this although your Pokemon’s damage does not recover. The only way to currently heal your Pokemon is by using Potions or Revives, which are obtained through Poke Stops and leveling up your Trainer.
It’s also possible to battle against your own Gym in order to test the defenses, raise its Prestige, and earn XP. Of course, the higher your Pokemon’s CP, the better chance it has in battle.
What are Poke Stops?
Poke Stops are places of interest near you where you can get free stuff!
Who doesn’t like free stuff?!
They can be buildings like churches, small local monuments or historical signs, and even public art projects. They are marked by a blue landmark emblem that enlarges once you are within range. By tapping on it, you can see what the point of interest is and sometimes even get information about
it. Swiping across the marker causes it to spin and drop random items like Pokeballs, Pokemon Eggs, Potions, and Revives, as well as a few experience points.
After using a Poke Stops, its color will change to purple to show that it’s already been used. However, it only takes a few minutes for it to refresh, allowing you to continually get new items if you so choose.
What to do with Pokemon Egg?
When you receive a Pokemon Egg, you can look at it on the Pokemon screen under the Egg tab. From here you can place it in your incubator which begins the process of hatching it and is powered by you walking. The distance is different for each egg, and we’ve seen them range from two kilometers to ten so far.
Once you begin Pokemon Go, you will have an incubator right away that can be used an infinite number of times. It is possible to find or buy more but they have a limit of three uses. Finally, eggs will only hatch if the player is walking. Thanks to the GPS, Pokemon Go is able to determine your speed so trying to cheat by riding in a car, train, or plane will not be counted toward the required distance. In addition, the app must be open while walking or it will not be counted.
What are medals?
Medals are the achievements of Pokemon Go. They track how far you’ve walked, how many Pokemon you’ve caught and their types, how many Gym Battles you’ve won, and various other aspects. Each medal has a bronze, silver, and gold requirement that gradually increases the number needed to earn that achievement. Upon earning a medal, you will also obtain some XP.
And that covers the basics of Pokemon Go. It’s not too difficult to learn once you’ve got the hang of it and can be addicting in its own way.