Pokemon GO is one of the most anticipated games of 2016 and while it may seem simple, there are a lot of things that you have to know about it. This article should be beneficial for all types of players. We have received tons of questions about the game and we will do our best to address most of them in this guide. Are you ready?
Before you even start the app, be sure to have a full battery because the game is quite a battery drainer. Also, you have to make sure that you have internet data on your phone. The game needs to have an online connection for it to function properly. Moreover, your GPS location needs to be turned on because the game simulate your GPS map. Your world becomes a simulated animation on the screen and as you explore the real world, your in-game character moves on the map as well.
When you launch the app and log into the game you will be met with options to customize your character. One main issue that might give you trouble is the naming of your character. If you choose a username that was not accepted then try a unique username and add numbers to make it more likely to be acceptable. After that, you are shown Pokemon creatures in your area which appear as small characters on the screen. You can tap on any of the choices in order to catch your first Pokemon. The three can be Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle; so choose wisely before you tap on any of them.
Catching A Pokemon
Once you tap on a Pokemon, it appears on your screen and you have the option to enable camera or AR mode to see the Pokemon in your environment or you can disable the AR mode to see the Pokemon in a plain background. To catch the Pokemon, you will have to drag the Pokeball and throw it at the wild Pokemon. Be sure to aim it inside the ring that appears on the Pokemon. Try not to waste your Pokeballs because it can be hard to catch them at first; aiming can be difficult. Pokeballs are hard to come by and you don’t want to spend real cash on them, so be as accurate as possible when you aim. If your aim is accurate and you throw it at the green ring, you get more XP bonus. When you catch a Pokemon you are rewarded Candy and Stardust which can be used to power up and evolve your creature. Before you catch a Pokemon you can take a photo of it by tapping on the camera button on the bottom right of your screen.
Character & Pokemon Levels
Your character levels up as you get more XP bonus. You can get acquire XP bonus by searching and catching Pokemon creatures as well as leveling them up. Visiting Pokestops also increases your XP bonus. Pokestops, in reality, are center locations in your area such as museums, churches, or even shopping centres. Performing a nice catch or curveball throw on a Pokemon gives you 10 XP; Performing a great catch or spinning a Pokestop logo gives you 50XP; Catching any Pokemon gives you 100 XP; and Catching a new Pokemon gives you 500XP.
Pokestops are very important locations which contain vital items for your adventure. Simply visiting them grants you XP bonus. They are seen on your map as a blue point with a blue square. Tapping on them presents you with a close-up image of the location and its name. The location’s logo comes up on screen as a circle and you are able to spin it. Spinning the icon will give you Pokeballs, Poke-eggs, and other important items.
Gyms are seen on screen as a white platform with a spinning Pokeball on top of it. You are able to join gyms once your character reaches level 5. Before battling you are given the choice of joining one of three teams: Team Yellow, Team Blue, or Team Red. If the gym you found is empty, then you can become the gym leader and other online players will try to beat you to take over the gym. If the gym has a leader that is in the same team as you, then you can train your Pokemon in friendly battles. If the gym leader is in a rival team, then beating him will allow you to become the new gym leader. To attack, you can tap on your opponent; while swiping left or right to dodge enemy attacks. You earn a lot of XP bonus by winning a battle and if you’re in control of a gym, you earn gym prestige which leads to leveling it up. If the opponent is in control of the gym, then you will decrease its prestige.
You can check your Pokemon stats by clicking on the Pokeball icon on your main screen and then selecting ‘Pokemon’ on your screen. Then you will get a list of your Pokemon creatures which you can access by tapping on the one you’re interested in. For example, if you tap on Bulbasaur, then its stats page appear. Next to the Pokemon’s name there is a pencil icon which allows you to change his name. In addition, at the bottom you have the choice to Power Up or Evolve your Pokemon by using Stardust or Candy. Evolving a Pokemon can be tricky. For example, if you have a Zubat, the stats will tell you that you can evolve Zubat at 50 Zubat Candies. This can be possible if you transfer a great amount of Zubats. By scrolling to the bottom of the page you can Transfer your Pokemon to Professor Willow which removes it from your collection and replaces it with a Candy instead. You can choose to Power Up or Evolve it as you wish.
Eggs contain a Pokemon inside but you will have to walk a certain distance to hatch them. Some eggs can be acquired at Pokestops and you can incubate them so that they hatch. By clicking on an egg, it shows you the distance that you will need to walk for it to hatch. When you click on ”Start Incubation,” you will have to start walking in order to cover the required distance.
Items can be accessed by clicking on the Pokeball icon on the main screen and then tapping on Items. There you will find several items which you can use. For example, there are Pokeballs which you can use to catch Pokemon creatures. There are Incense items which can be used to lure wild Pokemon to your location for 30 minutes. Potions can be used to increase your Pokemon HP with up to 20HP during battles at the gym. Even Revive items are available to restore a fainted Pokemon back to life with half of its HP regained. There are probably more items which we have yet to uncover but these are the ones that we know of so far.
Pokemon types are located in areas that are similar to them. For example, you will find a Weedle in a grassy area and a Gyrados nearby a lake or sea. There are some Pokemon which you are likely to find in areas that are not similar to its type. We were surprised to find a Magmar in the mountain which is not volcanic at all; this is a big relief because we don’t need to go to dangerous areas to find our favorite Pokemon.