Pokémon GO is experiencing a staggered release across the globe, and many people are now hunting Pokémon all around their homes and nearby areas. If you want to get off to the best start then we're here to help - we've compiled a handy starter guide for all budding 'mon catchers.
When you start the game you will have the selection of Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle as your first Pokémon. Once captured, you'll be told to go and explore the nearby regions and go to PokéStops. Having been given Poké Balls, this is where the adventure begins!
Pokémon are all around you! Go for a walk - even a relatively short one - and you're bound to bump into at least one. You can see which monsters are nearby by tapping the icon in the bottom right corner of the screen - the footprints denote distance, so three prints is far away, while one is close. Select a Pokémon from the list and you can see if you're getting closer to it as you walk.
Capturing of Pokémon doesn't require battling, but rather you simply throw the Poké Ball at the Pokémon. This requires you to aim and swipe the screen, but there is more to it than that. If you do various things while capturing the Pokémon you will get experience boosts so that you can level up your trainer. If you throw when the osculating coloured circle on the Pokémon is as small as possible, you will get a "Nice" or a "Great" bonus. If you rapidly spin it in a circular motion before throwing, you'll get a curve ball bonus as well. These only result in modest experience point rewards, but are worth doing all the same.
Capture likelihood is determined by the coloured circle that appears when you are facing a Pokémon. Green means it is easy, Orange is intermediate and Red is hard.
Catch everything you see. While you may already have 15 Rattata and 200 Pidgey, you get experience for doing so, Stardust to power up Pokémon and candies to evolve your Pokémon. You can also trade unwanted monsters with Professor Willow for candy relevant to that type.
Dotted around all areas are PokéStops. These areas are landmarks such as churches, fountains and anything interesting in your area. When within range of them you can access the PokéStop and receive a multitude of items including Poké Balls, Potions, and even Pokémon Eggs. To get these items you simply swipe the photo of the location to spin it around.
To top it off, PokéStops regenerate fast so you'll be able to return to them several times a day in order to get more items.
A good tip is to use a Lure Module item on a PokéStop and sit there. This will bring wild Pokémon to you (and any other player nearby), and at the same time allow you to wait for the PokéStop to regenerate so you can get more items. You can tell if a Lure Module has been used by another player because it will be covered in moving particles.
With Pokémon, it will always come down to gyms. Once you reach Level 5 you'll be able to interact with Gyms. First you select the team you want to support - either Team Instinct, Team Valor or Team Mystic.
If the Gym is currently uninhabited you can place one of your Pokémon to guard the gym and it becomes a gym for your team. If a member of your team has taken a gym, you can also place a Pokémon there to help reinforce it. Gyms level up by gaining prestige and it this is earned by holding off challengers. You can also train at the gyms and if you do, you boost the prestige of the gym as well.
If the Gym is of another colour, you can battle it. If you win you can lower the prestige of the gym downwards, even down to zero - at which point the Gym is lost and can be taken by you and your team.
If your Pokémon is in a gym and the gym is lost, then the Pokémon is returned to you but with low Hit Points, meaning it needs to be healed before you can use it again. Healing sprays can be obtained randomly at PokéStops. If a Pokémon faints during combat, you'll need to use the Revive item - again, this can be found at PokéStops.
Assigning your Pokémon to gyms isn't just good for improving the standing of your team - it also gives you added benefits. Head over to the Shop and you'll see a Shield icon in the top-right corner - depending on how many Pokémon you have at gyms, you can get stardust and coins as rewards. This means that you can earn in-game currency without spending a penny of real-world cash.
While catching Pokémon is always fun, hatching Pokémon is a good way to get various species that may not be found in the wild around you. At PokéStops you will often find eggs, and with the Egg Incubator item these can be hatched. Like the mainline Pokémon games, the eggs require you to walk around in order to hatch - hatching counters range from 2km, 5km and 10km. When you've reached that milestone, the Pokémon is hatched from the egg.
However, there is an obvious restriction. You may be thinking "2km, that's easy. I'll go for a drive". That won't work. There is a speed restriction on this and if you're going above a certain speed, it won't register as movement and your egg won't get closer to hatching. We're not entirely sure on what the speed limit is yet, but walking or going on a bicycle should be sufficient enough to hatch your eggs. Driving slowly can also fool the game into thinking you're on foot.
Hatching eggs will also get you a decent amount of candy for the species, between 10 and 20 - so it's well worth the effort.
To successfully evolve a Pokémon you'll need two things - stardust (which is gained via capturing Pokémon and levelling up) and the candy specific to that breed of monster. Assuming you have enough of these two elements, you'll be able to evolve the creature.
Evolved Pokémon are more powerful and can take more damage than others, and usually come with special attacks or powers. However, levelling up these monsters requires more resources, so use your stardust and candy wisely.
Finally, above all else, if you are out for a long adventure to hunt for Pokémon, a wise precaution would be to take a power bank or other battery charger. Just two hours out can take your phone's battery completely out while playing the game. Having a backup can allow you to hunt for Pokémon much longer. You can also enable Battery Saver mode, which turns the screen dark when you turn your phone upside down. This means you can keep the app running so you don't miss any nearby 'mon, but prevent your battery from taking too much of a hit.
Hope it comes out in Europe & UK soon. ^~^
I think maybe twice a year during a snowstorm have I walked less than 10km in a day. Even just cooking dinner is about 1/3 of a km walking around the kitchen back and forth!
So are teams real life friends?
where is it for the uk come on release it already
Thanks for the tips, didn't know that about the Pokeball throw bonuses.
Really hope they fix the whole "Unable to authenticate" problem soon. So many items I'll miss out on after 5pm
@G0dlike It can be, but it can also contain strangers. There are 3 for everyone from your area to choose from.
Are the servers back online yet? I sure would love to play this.
I haven't really been able to do anything yet. It glitched, so I had to start over but I'm having trouble logging in. And I tried catching a Bulbasaur, but as I threw the pokeball the app froze, so now I'm stuck without a pokemon. And there is nothing in the area I live. I've enjoyed what I've been able to do though.
It always does a sever error at the same spot I try to go get a pokespot. #NianticPleaseFix;-;
Where's the review?
Any tips on how to improve their servers? =.=
I couldn't figure out wtf to do with pokéstops, so thanks for this.
Still SO pissed I accidently chose Squirtle instead if Bulbasaur. Its terrible you can't start over.
Server issues; all the time. I just want to play.
This game was fun when I did get some game time in this morning, and I did snag a gym
@Lylard Yeah this is nuts. The beta had its fair share of issues but even those are nothing compared to what the released app has been experiencing. I understand that there are probably an insane amount of people using/downloading the app at once but would that not be expected? Really infuriating when you actually make it to a far pokestop and the game stops working. Lol pointless exercise is not my thing. I'm american, if anything I need to gain weight to fit in here.
Got in this afternoon and got Charmander by throwing my Poke ball at a camera view of my yard, no Pokémon in sight, but it was squawking at me so I figured what the heck.
There is a Pokestop about 3 blocks from my house so that's not too bad. When the servers are up on a regular basis I do think we'll use this, not today, we watched episode 1 of Battlebots, now that's fighting.
Thanks for this.
i seriously haven't been able to play at all with my Pokémon Trainer Club acct. It's telling me my username is wrong and threatening to lock me out for repeated attempts. I was forced to make a gmail account to log in. Still trying and still no luck.
I think the way the game is set up is awesome. It's just a shame I have not been able to sign on all today due to server issues. It just released and it's in public beta, so I'm not made. But I keep getting messages from my friends of all of the Pokemon they have caught so far, and that is what is makes it painful.
When the servers are all fixed up, I cannot wait to try the app out for when I run. It should give me incentive to run further and try out different paths.
@invictus4000 I don't have Pokémon Go myself yet, but I would imagine you should be able to restart by uninstalling Pokémon Go and then reinstall afterwards :+). (I hope it works for you).
I hate that Pokémon Go is useless in rural areas. There is literally NOTHING around me for miles.
My internet router doesn't even have enough range to let me get a PokeStop, 30 seconds from me.
@Kimite Doesnt work. The only way is to delete your account and use a different email address or google account to register anew.
How to give your trainer the perfect start: Release Pokemon Go in Canada
The Niantec Pokemon Go website has been updated to outline known issues. Referring to it may solve some problems:
Does a smaller circle mean the Pokemon is farther away and needs a faster throw of the ball?
How do you pick which Pokemon will battle an already held gym?
Just spent 20 mins circling my 8 acre field and saw nothing. I guess just like the cable companies the Pokemon Company doesn't know there are people living outside of the city. Useless app.
@Fandabidozi when you go to battle at the gym you will be given the opportunity to make a team of six Pokémon to aid you in the battle. You may not use them all but still. Once you win you will be able to choose which Pokémon you want to represent you as you are now the gym leader. If any of your Pokémon fainted during the battle you will have to revive them before placing them in the gym, also giving full health won't hurt either. But the Pokemon you choose to put there will no longer be in your lineup, until someone beats it then it'll be returned to you
Ah gotcha! Thanks. 😃
I had my mon arranged by highest CP and that's kept me in good stead. Good to know you can choose a team that will be super effective. Now if it would just stop raining I could go outside 😕
Uh oh. Speaking of people who think they can't log into Pokémon Go with PTC because they're banned..... Apparently one of the rules is one account per player. I myself have one gmail account and one PTC account because the PTC stopped working. They also say they enforce the rules. Hope I won't be banned. Interesting that you must fill out a form and explain why you're deleting one account by the way.
Just a quick note. Apparently, it's possible to capture a Pikachu if you run away from the starter pokemon.
@invictus4000 Making Pokémon Go only related Gmail account shouldn't be hard I think, as in just making a new Gmail and only use it for Pokémon Go :+).
I hope this works for you or something else if you can figure it out.
I live in the UK and I've managed to get on this by downloading the .apk file, but not sure if there will be repercussions. PC adviser website has the details to getting it in the UK.
Mostly Rattatas and Pidgeys, but catch them all and get the stats up! Level 5 now, so going to start heading to the gyms! Battle mode engaged!
I have been trying to hatch eggs in the car, so this explains why after driving 15 miles I've only managed 1km.
I've also tried faking my GPS location, which doesn't work as the app disables the Mock Location feature.
Addictive game at the moment, but dangerous too, nearly got ran over by a cyclist!
Anyone got any tips for battling? I know each Pokemon has a special move that you can use when the blue bars light up, but how do you actually use the move? My cpu gym opponents always use them, but I don't know how
Mixed feelings here; find the game interesting, don't have the necessary phone; with the general reaction of most people, kind of glad I haven't. Well... there's that and my money issues, but hey ho.
@Mogster I've heard/read somewhere you hold down the screen for special.
@Mogster @rjejr Hold down on the screen. Some attacks are more worth it than others. My Eevee has Dig and it's kind of useless but my Raticate learned Hyper Beam when it evolved so I was furiously tapping to charge it and it annihilated the gym leaders' Venonat.
I live in a very small town and I saw tons of people playing it and driving around, stopping at he PokeStops. I was actually surprised how many PokeStops there are, I live in a town of about 4,000 and there are 4 gyms and 12 PokeStops within a 1 mile radius of me
Someone already had a CB 875 snorlax at one of the gyms though. Like dayyyum!
I also heard you need 400 magicarp candies to get a gyrodos. They say that different types of Pokemon appear closer to their 'natural habitats', IE: more water Pokemon by bodies of water, etc. I'm hoping to find legendary ones, but it sounds like you only can find better Pokemon if you're leveled higher.
Sometimes it seems like I cannot catch anything without using incense tho, which bothered me a lot
Oh Icarus, don't fly too close to the sun.
Well, this is scary.
Any of you still remember that Google April Fool's joke 2 years ago?
Well, it seems Nintendo were inspired by it. A joke that wasn't a joke, so the joke is on Google.
@JoeMerrick Thanks! This was really helpful!
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