Since Pokémon GO’s launch, Pokémon fans from different parts of the world have been roaming around streets, parks, schools, and other people’s backyards hoping to catch some “virtual pocket monsters.”
While some have been successfully filling up their “Pokédex,” there are those who are still scratching their heads days after the game’s installation due to the game’s lack of an in-game tutorial.
The game is not that complicated really — all a budding Pokémon GO trainer really needs are a few helpful hints and you’re all set. We’ve compiled the very best below:
There are many users out there who have already found a way to bend Pokémon Go rules. Niantic labs, however has warned that doing so, could lead to getting banned. It is best to enjoy the game and play fairly by following this guide instead.
The mission, like the many other Pokémon games that preceded it, is to find and catch as many Pokémon as you can. The main difference in this game is that it has integrated augmented reality and the real world has become part of the playground.
The first thing one trainer must know is that the game sucks major battery juice. It is quite understandable as it utilizes a phone’s GPS and internet connectivity. If you intend to use Pokémon GO, you can’t have it on “sleep” mode. However, turning on the game’s Battery Saver option will cause the screen to black out when left idle.
From the bottom part of the in game screen, press the Pokéball, then “Settings” at the upper right part. From the next screen, select the “Battery Saver” to activate it.
The home screen
Here’s a guide created by game developer Niantic Labs to help you identify each of the little markers on the map:
1. The compass: Toggles the viewing direction in Map View. You can switch between a north-viewing direction and auto-rotation, which follows your viewing direction. You can also rotate using touch gestures.
2. Gyms: Locations where teams train and battle Pokémon.
3. PokéStops: Locations where Trainers can acquire items such as Poké Balls, Potions, and/or Eggs.
4. Trainer: Your avatar.
5. Profile Icon: Shows your progress and achievements.
6. Main Menu: Accesses settings, items, your Pokédex, the shop, and Pokémon menu options.
7. Nearby Pokémon: Displays wild Pokémon located nearby.
Your first Pokemon
The first time you boot up Pokémon Go, you’ll have the option to choose between the three classic starter pocket monsters: Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. After selecting one, aim and toss your Pokéball to capture your very first Pokémon.
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Catching nearby and Rare Pokémon
The “Nearby Pokémon” sign at the lower right part of the screen reveals the available Pokémon within the vicinity.
The nearest Pokémon is always shown on the top leftmost part of the grid while the farthest Pokémon is shown on the bottom rightmost area.
Selecting any of these Pokémon and it will be placed on the lower right part of the screen. If you
see footsteps beside it, it just means that you need to walk closer in the general direction of the Pokémon to make it appear.
When throwing PokéBalls, you have the highest chance of catching a Pokémon when you hit the it with the PokéBall while the ring is at it’s smallest, according to iMore. Level 7 trainers or higher have the ability to feed wild Pokémon a RazzBerry which makes them more likely to stay inside their PokéBall. Trainers who have reached level 10 or higher can acquire higher-quality PokéBalls to catch the rarest Pokémon.
Each Pokémon has a special Candy tied to its specific species. While catching one will also get you some candies, it will not be enough to evolve it immediately. In order to get more candy for that specific type of Pokémon, you’ll have to catch that same species of Pokémon repeatedly. Catching more Bulbasaurs,will get you more Bulbasaurs candies.
Also, transferring your Pokémon to the Professor will grant you more candies as well. Just make sure you are transferring the Pokémon with the lowest Combat Points ( “CP”). To evolve, touch the Evolve Button on the Pokémon’s summary screen.
Pokéballs, Potion sprays, Pokémon eggs, and other stuff are free at any PokéStops so buying them at the digital store is almost unnecessary. Once at a PokéStop, items will be made available with just a flick of the icon. Visit the area frequently, or find other PokéStops to obtain an unlimited number of Pokéballs.
Incense, and Lure Modules are also randomly available at PokéStops. Incense is the spray used to attract wild Pokémon to your avatar. It will follow you as you walk on your hunt.
Lure Modules, on the other hand, are sprays used at PokéStops. The module attracting wild Pokémon to gather at the location. Lure Modules, however are public, and someone else can catch the Pokémon you had hoped to attract.
The key here is building up your collection and leveling up by visiting as many Pokéstops as you can.
Eggs found at PokeStops can be hatched by the in-game incubator. Placing the Egg in the incubator will tell you provide you the number of kilometers you need to travel before the Egg hatches. Longer walking distances mean rarer Pokémon inside the egg. To begin, just click “start Incubation”.
Incubators can only hold one Egg at a time. Additional incubators can be purchased with real money.Walk around as distance doesn’t count if you’re on a car or riding public transport. Remember that Pokémon Go will only track your steps while your app is open.
Now for the more fun stuff
Gyms are some of the tower-like objects in the map usually marked by colors: white, red, yellow, or blue depending on which team has conquered them.
After reaching level 5, a trainer can then access and take over Gyms. After aligning with a team, you will be able to contest Gym claims, claim open Gyms or reinforce friendly Gyms.
A teammate-run Gym will give you a spot to earn more XP . You may also train your Pokémon at a friendly Gym by challenging a teammates Pokémon to a duel. More friendly battles mean a higher team’s Gym Prestige, which also gives you more XP.
Not available in your area yet?
The game is slowly rolling out in different parts of the world and some countries may have to wait a little longer. While there are workarounds available, waiting for for the actual release is still the best option. Downloading from third party sites only risks your device getting malware. The game will also be unusable if the area is still not supported.