o I’ve been playing Pokémon Go for a little while now and some of the things that you can do in the game aren’t very clear.
So if you’re currently playing it, or going to be playing it soon, this is my top tips and tricks for Pokémon Go.
Let’s catch them all!
So the whole point of this game is to capture Pokémon and you want to get as many as you can, and as many different ones as you can. So if you’re sick of getting your 60th Pidgey of the day, let’s start tracking. This is really easy to do, so all you need to do is being up your ‘Nearby’ Pokémon. Select a Pokémon, for example a Crabby, then what you need to do is look to see if there is any rustling grass in the area. Now if it is three footsteps away that means that it is quite some distance away, as you get closer to the rustling grass the Crabby will be down to two footsteps, then one footstep. Now if your way is blocked off, don’t worry if it is we can always go for step two.
Wait for a couple of minutes and if no Pokémon come towards you, then you will have to use an item to lure them out of the bushes. Now usually I just use something known as ‘Essence’, an Essence is an item that when used, it will attract Pokémon towards you for half an hour, however I’m all out of those so I’m going to have to use something a little fancier known as a Lure Module. So I can place this down at a Pokéstop and, for the next half an hour Pokémon will be swarmed towards this and all trainers are going to benefit from this.
So now we move onto step two, catching Pokémon. With the Pokémon on the screen and it’s raring for a fight, we aren’t going to send out a Pokémon and bash it’s face in, where just going to throw balls at it instead. So keep an eye on that strobing circle inside of the Pokémon, if it’s green it’s an easy catch, if it’s orange it’s medium, and if it’s red it’s going to be a tough time. So the smaller the strobing circle is by the time the ball makes a connection with the Pokémon, the better chance you’re going to have of capturing it. Another little trick that they mention on the Pokémon Go support page is using the spin. If you spin the ball at the bottom of the screen at the circle, it’s going to have some serious curve to it but if that actually connects to the Pokémon it’s going to have curve bonus which gives you extra XP and probably rising your chances of capturing Pokémon.
Now we move onto tip number three, buffing your Pokémon. So start by ordering your Pokémon to CP which stands for Combat Points, this is basically how strong your Pokémon is. Then once you found one of your many Pidgeys that has the abilities which you like, type and also damage you want, then get rid of the rest. All you have to do is click on one, scroll down and hit ‘Transfer’. This Pokémon will then get sent off to Professor Willow at the slaughter house, and in exchange he will give you one Pidgey candy. A little side note is that if you want to transfer anything higher than a Pidgey, whether it be a Pidgeotto or a Pidgeot, it will still give you the base form, which is a Pidgey candy in this case.
Step number four is to go to as many Pokéstops as possible, you can never have too many items whether it be Pokéballs, potions, revives, all of them will get put to good use. All you’ve got to do in order to activate one is to walk over to it so your Pokétrainer is stood nearby, you click on it, you spin the wheel , it spits out items, good times.
The moment that one of these Pokéstops throws out an egg, you want to throw it straight into an incubator. Now the eggs can come in a variety of Kilometres that you have to travel, whether it is two, five, or ten kilometres, and the further you have to travel , the better, stronger, and rarer the Pokémon is likely to be. Now we all get an incubator from the get go, it has an infinite number of uses, but of course sometimes you’ll have three eggs on you and all of them to be cooking at the same time, but not to worry you can go into the shop and buy more incubators but do bare in mind that they don’t have infinite uses, you can only use them three times before they come inactive. One final little bit on this is the fact that you have to walk or cycle in order for this to work, if you are in a car, train, bus, anything that goes around about 20 KPH it’s going to completely ignore that process.
If you see a gym that is claimed by another team, all you’ve got to do is walk over to it, press on it, and select a Pokémon that you want to take into battle against that current gym leader. Once the battle begins just rapidly click on the screen a bunch of times for your Pokémon to do its regular attack, and whenever one of the small blue gauges at the top left hand corner fills up if you press and hold your special ability will activate, and congratulations you have won the battle. In turn you have also chipped up a massive amount of experience of the gym, and potentially dropped it down to zero.
So you’ve emptied out the other gym leader and the place is yours for the picking. You can place one Pokémon inside of there; you want to make sure that it is a good one. So of course combat power is an important factor to place in here, but something that might be worth baring in mind as well, is have a look at what Pokémon is generally nearby the area. If you find that you live in an area where there are lots of Zubats or lots of bug Pokémon, place a Pokémon in there that is going to be strong against them.
Currently, I only know of one way to collect those adorable little Pikachu coins that you can see on the shop page, and that is simply having as many Pokémon as you can inside of a gym. If you go to the shop page there’s a shield icon in the top corner, and for the more Pokémon that you have in that gym at that time you press the icon and the better the reward will be, and of course you can spend real life money to buy Pokécoins, to then buy items. Do bare in mind that in the earlier stages of the game every single time you level you get a nice collection of goodies ranging from Lure Modules, to Berries, and loads more.
You’ve ‘gotta catch them all!’ I’m not saying that simply because it’s the moto of the franchise, I really mean it. Even if it is a duplicate Pokémon, why not collect them, why not transfer them out, you can get some candy, you can work up the evolutionary chain, you can flesh out the Pokédex. If you have already got that Pokémon and all of the evolutions that come above it, why not capture that Pokémon to simply get it to get a load more stardust and power up your other Pokémon, and of course you get all of that sweet sweet experience to level up your trainer.
This is the most important tip! Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of people or vehicles, be aware of the areas that you are walking into, if it’s somewhere that you don’t particularly like and you think it’s a bit sketchy I don’t think it’s worth that one Jigglypuff. On top of that be aware of your phone signal because if that goes midway through a catch, you’re going to be really really salty. So stay in a high signal area. Also final tip, remember to bring a battery pack, the app does drain a battery quite a bit.
So there we go those are my top ten tips as a beginners guide to get you started with Pokémon Go. If there is anything you think that I have missed feel free to leave your comment down below, and share your wisdom with the rest of the world.