The basics of Pokemon Go are simple and fun. You walk, you catch Pokemon, you collect as many as you can and you visit Poke Stops to load your backpack up with goodies to help your Trainer along the way.
The eggs you collect at Poke Stops or get from gifts will help you get some Pokemon as well as gain XP and boost candies, once you8217;ve put them through an incubator and walked the required distance 8211; 2km, 5km, 7km or 10km. Everyone starts with an infinite use incubator with an ∞ symbol on, but sometimes you8217;ll be rewarded with 3x incubators, as well as being able to buy them in the shop. Use them wisely:
- Don8217;t waste your 3x incubators, use them for 10km eggs
- Use your infinite incubator for those short 2km eggs
The skill of your Trainer is dictated by the XP you have. You move through the levels of XP, needing more XP each time to level up. But as you do so, the rewards get higher and you8217;ll evolve and hatch Pokemon at a higher level, as well as being able to power-up to higher levels.
Powering-up your Pokemon when your XP is low means it costs you more candies to do so. So, it8217;s better to save your power-ups of Pokemon until you8217;ve reached a higher XP level 8211; like over level 20.
- Use a Lucky Egg when you8217;re actively playing
- Evolve base Pokemon with excess candies 8211; like Pidgey or Rattata
- Catch everything
- Battle with friends to get XP from taking over Gyms
- Bag: these are the Pokemon you actually have available to you.
- Pokedex: this shows all the Pokemon you8217;ve caught, those you8217;ve seen and details the evolution paths.
It8217;s better to keep only the Pokemon you need: that8217;s an army to fight with in Gym and Raid battles. You8217;ll need high power versions of Pokemon, but it8217;s better to have a number of powerful Blissey than one Blissey and a Caterpie, Metapod, Kakuna and so on 8211; because those Pokemon 8211; once registered and evolved, won8217;t really do much for you. So, learn your Pokemon8217;s skills and build an army of those who fight well, like Gengar, Blissey, Vaporeon.
Also keep your eye out for special edition characters 8211; like the seasonal Pikachu. These evolve into special Raichu, so it8217;s worth having and holding these, just so you can put them in Gyms for others to be jealous of. But also beware that some special event Pokemon can8217;t be deleted from your bag 8211; so you could end up with a lot of duplicates.
There8217;s an option to Transfer Pokemon to the professor, in return for Candy for that Pokemon variety. Having captured a Pokemon and got the Stardust and Candy they bring, you can then transfer out Pokemon you don8217;t need.
If, for example, you already have 20 Rattata, you can probably swap some for candies to power up those who will actually battle for you as Raticate. As we said above, you can only carry a finite number of Pokemon and you want them all to be powerful, so get rid of those weaker specimens.
The Pokedex shows how Pokemon evolve and it8217;s worth checking out what a Pokemon can evolve into before you drop Candy on it to power it up or evolve less forms. For example, if you have lots of Pidgy, and a few Pidgeotto, you probably don8217;t want to spend Candy evolving Pidgy into more Pidgeotto: you want to save them until you can evolve Pidgeotto into Pidgeot, because it costs more.
Sometimes you8217;ll collect a Lucky Egg or get one when you update. This will double your XP earned for 30 minutes. Don8217;t just randomly drop it, however, try to use it for maximum gain to help level up your Trainer. That might be when you arrive in a new, busy, place and you know you8217;re going to be catching or hatching Pokemon, or where there8217;s lots of Gyms for you to battle 8211; and win.
Gyms are where the real glory lies, as they are the route to Coins. Gyms are really what Pokemon Go is about. You battle, win and take over a Gym for your team. You8217;ll want to leave behind a powerful Pokemon to defend that Gym, as the longer they sit in place and defend it, the more Coins you earn. The more Coins you earn, the more stuff you can buy.
You8217;ll take over Gym for your team and other team members can defend that Gym with you. Some Pokemon like Blissey are hard to knock out. If you want to keep it, Blissey it, but remember that in high turnover Gyms (like in town centres) your Pokemon will soon be knocked out, so there8217;s little point in using your most powerful.
This might sound like a cowardly approach, but there8217;s little point in pitching your 86CP Squirtle against a 50000CP Kyroge. If you don8217;t have enough powerful Pokemon of your own or a team of friends to battle with, then you8217;ll lose and just have to revive your Pokemon and treat them with Potions.
Some Pokemon don8217;t appear very often, like some of the first to appear 8211; Bulbasaur and Charmander. Because you won8217;t see these very often, making them your buddy means you can earn those types of candies gradually as you walk. With time, you8217;ll find you have enough to evolve that Pokemon.
Probably best not to do that with Magikarp, because you need 400 candies to evolve it and you8217;ll get bored before anything happens. It8217;s worth noting, however that different Pokemon will need you to walk different distances.
The Golden Razz Berry is basically the ultimate berry. It8217;s really good for helping catch important Pokemon that just don8217;t want to be caught. So, if you8217;ve been after sometime for ages and nothing is working, the Golden Razz Berry will probably make it happen.
However, you can also feed the Golden Razz Berry to Pokemon you have in a Gym. When your Pokemon is feeling miserable and needs some attention 8211; basically to keep it in top fighting form 8211; then the Golden Razz Berry takes it right back to the top. If you want to hang onto that Gym, this really helps.
If you8217;re struggling to beat a Pokemon and you can8217;t figure out why, it8217;s probably because of type advantage. This is basically the underlying principle of the whole Pokemon battling world. This is replicated in Pokemon Go, with weather factors also boosting some types over others. There8217;s also the issue of particular fighting moves that your Pokemon might have.
There are a range of charts available online that you can refer to for the nitty gritty, but here are some basic details of which types are strong against which other types. In the list below, the first named type inflicts increased damage on the second:
- Bug > Dark, Grass, Psychic
- Dark > Ghost, Psychic
- Electric > Flying, Water
- Fairy > Dark, Dragon, Fighting
- Fire > Bug, Grass, Ice, Steel
- Fighting > Normal, Rock, Steel, Ice Dark
- Flying > Fighting, Bug, Grass
- Ghost > Psychic
- Grass > Ground, Rock, Water
- Ground > Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, Electric
- Ice > Dragon, Grass, Ground, Flying
- Poison > Grass, Fairy
- Psychic > Fighting, Poison
- Rock > Flying, Bug, Fire, Ice
- Steel > Fairy, Ice, Rock
- Water > Fire, Ground, Rock
Pokemon Go has never been the most stable app, all the way from early server problems through to general unresponsiveness. You8217;ll often get a spinning icon in the top left to show that it8217;s talking to the server 8211; and sometimes it will just get stuck there. Or, commonly, you8217;ll see no Poke Stops and no nearby Pokemon.
If there8217;s nothing happening, try tapping the Pokeball to open the menu. If it8217;s not responding, stop, restart, open the app and keep going. Otherwise you8217;re wasting battery and time waiting for it to start working again.
This might not be possible for some, but going to as many places as possible will help you gather more types of Pokemon. Your home town is likely to be dominated by a certain variety, so make sure you go to new places to find more.
That might mean getting off the bus early and walking, or taking the weekend to head to a different area. Perhaps visit the family or distant friends, then say you want to see all the local sights so you can gather Pokemon, find Gyms to take over and so on.
Special events are now fairly frequent and introduce some less common Pokemon or previously unseen Pokemon 8211; including some of the region specific characters you might not have seen. Make sure you look at the news section of the Pokemon Go app to see what8217;s happening.
Pokemon Go is a battery killer on all phones. Battery saving mode in Pokemon Go will let the screen shut off when the phone is upside down, meaning you8217;re not spending all that battery life on illuminating the screen when you don8217;t need to. You8217;ll need a phone with an accelerometer in it to work 8211; which may exclude some entry-level Android phones.
Once it8217;s on, you can often put the phone in your pocket upside down, the screen will turn off, but it will still be live, tracking your distance to hatch eggs and vibrating to alert you to Pokemon.
Research is a new part of Pokemon Go, setting you a range of new tasks to complete to give the game more variety. It8217;s also the route to some of the rarer Pokemon, often appearing through special events. The Field research is ongoing, letting you complete tasks you get from Poke Stops 8211; like collect 5 Pokemon with a weather boost. Here are some top tips:
- Delete field research that8217;s hard, like throw 5 great throws in a row 8211; if you can8217;t do it, delete and get another task
- Don8217;t claim your rewards all on the same day, just one a day
- Don8217;t claim your final reward unless you know there8217;s a new Pokemon type available to catch
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Original source: http://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/138270-best-pokemon-go-tips