Pokémon Go is one of those games that has taken the entire world by storm and there just seems to be no way of escaping this anime-meets-real-life madness! There are probably a few very valid reasons as to its crazy popularity which include its nostalgic value (let’s face it, who didn’t watch Pokémon growing up); its technological base in a world where people cannot live without their phones; and the pure experience of what it must have been like to be a wholehearted Pokémon Trainer. By giving you the ability to live like Misty, Ash and Brock, the creators, Nintendo and Niantic, have made it possible for you to live out your childhood dreams!
All that we can see when we go onto social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram are posts based around Pokémon Go and the hardships that people playing this mobile game are currently facing. Decisions like which team to choose and the seemingly never ending search for that Pokémon that you can’t seem to just let go of. So, whether you’re a seasoned player, or as much of one as you can possibly be in just over a week, or just seriously debating getting Pokémon Go, some or all of these tricks will definitely come in handy. So, get on reading because there’s an undiscovered world filled with Pokémon out there just waiting for you to catch!
20. Don’t Just Ignore Duplicates
While on your journey to becoming the ultimate Pokémon Master, there will be a lot of trial and error but one of the biggest mistakes that you can possibly make is walking/running/biking right by a Pokémon type that you’ve already captured. You may think that it’s an absolutely harmless move on your part but you would be wrong. Sure, you may want to leave as much space as possible in your Pokédex for all of those who you’ve yet to fine but there are definite benefits to taking the route that you’ve already traveled. For one thing, each Pokémon carries its own specific type of candy which can then be used to either level up or evolve your co-responding Pokémon and the gathering of this candy is vital if you wish to advance in the game. Besides, when you consider that every Pokémon that you successfully catch gives you XP which then means that you can level up faster there’s no reason why you shouldn’t “waste” your time on this menial task.
19. Send Your Duplicate Pokémon To Professor Willow
You’ve probably heard this so many times that you’re absolutely sick and tired of reading about this particular Pokémon Go trick, but it’s because of its utter importance that it made it onto this list. While you may now know why you should be capturing doubles, triples, quadruples, etc. their value to your gaming experience is absolutely volatile. Sure, they may give you candy which can help you evolve your highest leveled Pokémon of that specific race but there are other benefits to capturing them, too. By going into your Pokémon menu and tapping the Pokémon that you wish to transfer over, you will get a separate screen which will then give you a lot of options. When you scroll down to the bottom of that list, you will find a Transfer option and once you click it and select Yes when you get the Are you sure? prompt, you will actually be compensated for your action. Given, you only get one candy that can then be applied to that same kind of Pokémon but anything is better than nothing, right? Just be sure to click on the one with the least CP because you’ll probably regret your decision otherwise.
18. The Press & Hold Technique
If you’ve ever played Pokémon Go before chances are you know how to throw a Pokéball because, let’s face it, you kind of need to know that to advance in any way. But, let’s say your aim has never been on par with the rest of the kids in the yard and you have a tendency to waste more balls than actually catch Pokémon with them. Then what? Well, there is a specific trick that you’ll probably find quite handy and this is the press and hold technique. You do this by pressing and holding the Pokéball that still remains in your possession. What this does is creates a bulls-eye sort of effect on the Pokémon that you’re trying to capture. You’ll see a smaller circle appear and it will slowly but surely decrease in size. The smaller this ring gets the easier the Pokémon will be to catch and the more XP you’ll get. While the XP ordeal may seem completely unrelated it really isn’t. The game rewards you with more XP each time you make an awesome shot and the better the shot and the more points you’ll get the quicker you can level up your character! So, while this trick may seem useless for some we all can’t be Michael Jordan and land almost as many baskets as we throw.
So, you’ve mastered throwing a Pokéball and you can get the max XP possible while throwing them with your eyes closed. Now what? Well, it’s time to get fancy. While anyone can simply point and shoot a Pokéball and catch a wild Pokémon, not everyone can do it in style. This is where the curveball technique comes into play. What you’re going to want to do is press on the ball and start drawing a continuous small circle with it before you finally decide that it’s time for its release. It’s as simple as that! Sure, it may take a little while before you finally master it but the reward will definitely be worthwhile. Now instead of just getting the most XP possible for landing a perfect throw you can add what they call a throw bonus on top of it, as long as you catch the Pokémon in the process that is.
16. What Pokémon Are Close To Me?
Sure, this may be a giveaway for those who have been playing Pokémon Go for a little while now but the newbies may not know how to do it and everyone has to start somewhere. After you open up your map and start walking around trying to find Pokémon, you’ll see that there are little icons on the bottom of your screen and, if you press on them, you’ll be faced with what they call your Pokémon Menu. After it opens up, you will notice that there will be actual pictures of some Pokémon while other icons will just be a silhouette. These co-respond to those that you’ve already captures versus those you have not, respectively. There’s also paw prints under each one and you may start to wonder what that means. Well, to answer this looming question it signifies just how close the Pokémon are to you. While one paw print means that they may just be a few steps away, three paw prints mean that you may have a bit of a walk ahead of you. Don’t worry though; they will always be in your vicinity. Happy hunting!
15. Rustling Leaves, Yes Please
Even the most seasoned gamer doesn’t have all of the answers and considering that Pokémon Go is still a relatively new game you’re bound to have some questions. Besides, how are you ever supposed to learn if no one ever takes the time to teach you, right? No matter how familiar you may be with the map, you may have never noticed that there are rustling leaves that may appear from time to time. Just so you know, they look like the regular green leaves that you see in our world but a little more animated. If you start to notice that they seem to be traveling in an upward motion, or moving in any sort of fashion for that matter, you may want to consider heading in that direction because it means that a Pokémon is nearby. Just like the way that we move in reality, objects that are in our path will move in tandem and, in this case, it acts as a big clue. Sure, you may never know what you’ll be getting until you get there but, like the Pokémon motto says, gotta catch ’em all!
14. Pika Pi, Pikachu!
While this tip may be of no use to those who have already started playing Pokémon Go it’s still a good one to know, especially if you’re considering downloading it. Sure, you want to be a Pokémon Trainer and, ideally, you want to be the best one out there. Following in the footsteps of our good friend Ash from the original Pokémon television series, you too want to also start with the lovable yellow companion Pikachu. How do you do it? When you first get into the game, you’ll be faced with what they call a starter trio and in it there will be a Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbsaur. What you have to do is just walk away from them. No matter how many times you see them appear just keep on walking away. It may take a while but patience is key to become a good Pokémon Trainer so you might as well work on it now because the ends will definitely justify the means. Eventually, either all by its lonesome or alongside the original three, you’ll finally come across a Pikachu and the party time can begin!
13. Incense Makes Sense
Having a hard time trying to find the Pokémon that surround you in Pokémon Go? Well, you may have only been given two of these magical potions that they call incense but they sure can be a lifesaver. After you click on your Pokéball and go into your Items Menu, you’ll eventually find your incense. If you were to click on it this item it will actually draw nearby Pokémon to you! As long as you have a purple cloud surrounding your in-game persona you can rest assured that this added bonus is active. It’s also good to know that it will either work if you’re staying in one place or moving around, but moving around is suggested so that you can cover a larger area which will increase the likelihood of encounters as a result. Want another handy piece of advice? Use it near patches of in-game grass because it will increase the chances that a Pokémon will spawn there. However, you should be warned that it will only last for half an hour. In addition, these thirty minutes will remain active even if the app is closed to you may want to think twice before using it, especially if you have a feeling that something is bound to interfere with your Pokémon Go time.
12. What Happens If I Ran Out Of Incense?
So, you’re trying to find as many Pokémon as humanly possible before having to go back to real life but you’ve run out of incense. What then? Well, Lady Luck may just be on your side today because it’s possible that someone went into the store section of Pokémon Go and spent their hard earned dollars to benefit all, well, at least those who play the game. The lure module is something that you can only find in the store and what it does is kind of act like an incense for a Pokéstop which means that it can come in handy for any and all who go to it. You will know that one has been put into play because on your map you’ll see pink leaves swirling around that particular Pokéstop. Like the regular incense, this bonus will only last for half an hour but if you can find one it will sure come in handy.
11. Having A Hard Time Catching Pokémon? Turn Off the AR
While your screen may end up looking more animated, thus taking away some of Pokémon Go‘s appeal, turning off the AR may be the better way to go. The AR, or Augmented Reality, feature is what allows the Pokémon to be integrated with our world, thus giving the game a hyper-realistic feel. But, there are a few reasons why you may not want to have it on all of the time. For one thing, turning it off will save you some battery power which then allows you go prolong your gaming experience. It also reduces the chances that your game will crash, which probably happens often enough as it, so you might as well give it a shot. Last but not least, it will facilitate the capturing process. Because it will always keep the Pokémon in the center of your screen, you will have a lot easier of a time focusing in and lining up your shot. It can also be beneficial to those who are prone to motion sickness or are even just starting to get a little too dizzy watching those flying Pokémon just doing their thing. Sure, it may take some of the fun out of it but it’s valuable information to have all the same.
10. Thank You, Please Come Back Again Soon!
Just like the duplicates of Pokémon that you’re bound to get, you may also want to remember that just because you already visited that Pokéstop that doesn’t mean that it will never benefit you again. When you consider that these locations restock every five minutes it’s an easy way to make sure that you never run out of items. This will be especially useful to those of you who seem to run out of Pokéballs because chances are you will be able to find a nice pile of them there. In addition, you may even come across coins or eggs which you may not need now but will eventually prove their worth. Besides, even if you didn’t find what you were looking for the first time around doesn’t mean that you won’t ever find it so, like any regular store, sometimes a simple revisit is all you’ll need to make your heart content.
9. How To: Save Battery Life While Playing Pokémon Go
We all know that Pokémon Go absolutely drains your battery life because of its constant use of your phone’s GPS system but here are a few nifty tricks to prolong the inevitable. As you’ve already read, turning off the AVR is a great way to keep some of the juice in your battery. If you really want to be proactive, you can also just go into your settings menu and click on the circle that co-responds to Battery Saver mode. While it may not keep your phone’s battery from every dying, at least it will give you more precious moments of Pokémon catching fun! The way this works is that it will turn off your phone’s screen when you’re not actually playing the game. However, the good part about it is that it will still vibrate if a Pokémon is nearby and will continue to track how much you’ve walked! Awesome, huh? Just be warned that you’ll have to turn the setting on every time you open the app which may get annoying but is still totally worthwhile.
Playing a game like Pokémon Go can definitely get expensive, even if you’re not spending any real money. That being said, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re in a dire need of Pokécoins but have no idea where you can possibly find them. There are a number of ways that you can remedy your problem and all of the solutions are actually quite simple. For one thing, if you plan on just walking around while playing the game anyway you might as well check out all of the Pokéstops along the way because you’ll typically be able to find some spare change. While you’ll never know how much you’re going to find, every little bit helps and it will eventually turn into a substantial amount. Another trick is to place one of your stronger Pokémon as a gym defender because you’ll be able to obtain some extra cash, but more about that later. There are also various Nintendo and Niantic events that you’ll be able to join and, more likely than not, the prizes will be some Pokécoins so might as well have fun and play along. Last, but not least, if you have some extra real money lying around you can always just go to the shop and buy some. Obviously the more that you spend the more coins you’ll get but at least you can control the final outcome. Hope this helps!
7. Everything That You Need To Know About The Gyms
With there being so much that you need to know about the dynamics of Pokémon Go you’re bound to learn something new every day. That being said, the gyms are a vital part of the gaming experience, that and walking around catching Pokémon that is, so you might as well have all of the information. So, let’s start from the basics here. So you’re walking around and encounter an opponent’s gym and after checking out their “army” you plan your attack accordingly and go into battle. While in battle, the screen suddenly flashes yellow and you start to see your opponent back up. This means is that they’ll be using their special move and you better plan your dodge right, otherwise you’ll be in a world of hurt. By the end of the fight you are victorious, thus lowering the Prestige Points of that location, you can either walk away or battle again and try to capture the gym. You can capture it once the gym turns white. However, before you do this you may want to heal your strongest Pokémon first just in case they try to take it back. You may also want to consider training with your other team members because that will also give you those Prestige Points that you’re in dire need of. After that, you all might as well go and try to take over other gyms by going into battle one v. as many as you are. Please note that you may want to travel diversely in this case. While this may give you an unfair advantage, war is never pretty so you might as well be the one that comes out on top.
6. Are You Already Defending A Gym?
As an expansion to the previous entry, you may also want to know that being your gym’s defender can also rear financial benefits. While it may not be much, after you go into your menu and bring up the store you’ll be happy to know that you can get some free Pokécoins and stardust! You can do this by clicking on the shield icon which will then bring you to a “secret” part of the store. Sure, you’ll only be able to take advantage of its goodies if you’ve been defending a gym for some time but it’ll give you motivation to be the best Pokémon Trainer that you can possibly be. So, what will you find after you click on the shield? Free Pokécoins and stardust! After you click on the Redeem button, the co-responding amount of Pokécoins and stardust will be added to your inventory. Considering that you will gather ten coins and some stardust for every twenty hours you remain a gym defender and game will register it for up to ten gyms, you can be rolling in some serious cash. Want to know an added bonus? The section will even tell you how long you have before you can redeem your next stash so, what are you waiting for? Click away!
5. Helpful Tricks For Catching More Pokémon
Some of the tricks that you’re about to read may seem too basic to make it onto this list but considering that Pokémon Trainers of all different levels may be reading this it definitely merits the mention. First of all, you may be wondering what that colored ring surrounding your targeted Pokémon is so let’s get to that first now, shall we? The explanation to this is quite simple: it lets you know how difficult the Pokémon will be to catch. It gauges this based on its level and CP (Combat Points). If the ring is green then the Pokémon shouldn’t put up a fight because it’ll be easy to catch; a yellow circle means that catching the Pokémon will be moderately difficult; a red ring will be the most difficult task of all. However, have no fear because the game provides you with goodies that will help you out along the way. For one thing, the razz berries that you will get when you reach level eight will bring the Pokémon that you’re trying to catch’s guard down, thus facilitating your job. Then there’s the different Pokéballs that you will obtain as you level up: the Great Ball at level twelve; Ultra Ball at level twenty; Master Ball at level thirty. The better the Pokéball is, the harder it will be for the Pokémon of the higher difficulties to escape it and a successful attempt means that your fleet even stronger than it already was! Also, it may be difficult to do, especially in today’s day and age, but take your time. The Pokémon will not run away if you take a few moments to align your shot. If anything, it’s the polar opposite: it’s more likely to flee after either escaping your Pokéball or some other kind of unsuccessful attempt. Don’t worry, it happens to us all.
4. How Do You Like Your Eggs?
You’re bound to come across Pokéstops while exploring your surroundings but do you know just how beneficial some of the items that you pick up can be?! While a lot of the items will be quite self-explanatory, the eggs can leave you feeling a bit like a big old question mark. Well, just so you know, the eggs that you find will contain one of two things: a Pokémon or candy, so it will be a win-win either way. However, finding these goodies will be a little more work than you’re probably expecting it to be. Before we get into that though, here’s how to get to the eggs in the first place. What you’re going to want to do is click on the Pokéball on the bottom of your screen and then select the Pokémon bubble. From there, you’re going to want to swipe to the right (just like Tinder, people) and select your eggs menu. After that, just click on the egg that you want and press on the “Start Incubation” option and take a glance downward to see how far you have to walk before the egg will hatch. Just so you know, the further the distance, the rarer the egg will be so don’t you start thinking that all of this physical activity will be for nothing. Also, be forewarned that if you exceed 20mph the game will not register your movement and, in the same light, the app must be opened for your steps to count. Given, you can definitely find lazy hacks for this limitation like attaching your phone to a dog or mobile toy but where’s the fun in that?
3. Not Every Pokéstop Is Created Equally
You may be wondering why you find more goodies at some Pokéstops than others and the answer is quite simple: no two locations are created equally. While you will still be able to find a fair amount of goodies in the more rural or suburban areas, the real loot will be in the downtown regions. As a general rule, Pokémon Go has placed more items at Pokéstops which are in city centers, especially in areas where you can find parks, buildings, art and landmarks. Due to the sheer quantity of people in these sorts of areas and the facilitated travel, it would only make sense that they would spend more time making sure that these locations are worthwhile. In addition, you may want to zoom out from your immediate map so that you can get a “world” view. Before you start freaking out, everything that you will see is still walking distance from your current location, but how long of a walk is a different story altogether. Either way, if you find a cluster of Pokéstops you might as well check it out and kill two, three, or even four birds with one stone.
2. Where Do I Find That Pokémon?
While any Pokémon may be a great one to catch, especially if you either want to expand your personal Pokédex or level up/evolve your Pokémon, sometimes you have your heart set on a specific one. In these types of cases, what you’re going to want to do is get into the mindset of that Pokémon, or even a seasoned Pokémon Trainer for that matter, and objectively think about what you’re trying to achieve. Think about the type of Pokémon you’re trying to catch and when they’re most likely to come out. These creatures will have the same types of behavioral patters as those in the television show, so think back to your childhood and remember what each one is like. If you’re trying to catch a Squirtle, go near water during the day. Looking for a nocturnal Pokémon? Go out at night. Pokémon Go is there to bring you the ultimate Pokémon Trainer experience so you might as well take advantage of it.
1. Help! My Game Crashed Just As I Was Catching A Pokémon!
One of the major complaints that most people playing Pokémon Go right now have is that the game seems to be continually crashing. The major reason for this is the humongous number of people on the servers at the same time and the inability to handle this fact in the early stages of its release. This point aside, its popularity is booming and this means that you should be expecting an increased number of crashes in your immediate future. That being said, this annoyance isn’t a huge deal, especially considering that Pokémon Go saves your progress quite regularly, but what happens if Heaven forbid it decides to do it while you’re in the middle of catching a Pokémon?! While this event may seem like the end of the world, there are ways to ensure that all of your hard work is not lost so don’t worry about it. Here’s what you do: when you see that the game crashed, don’t let it close automatically, doing this will not save your most recent catch. Instead, keep the app open as a background task and go to your home screen, click on settings, find the partition that deals with your phone’s tasks and click on it. Once you’re there, go to where it says Pokémon Go and force close it.
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