Here’s All You Need To Know To Become A Pro At Pokémon GO
The amazing new “Pokémon” mobile game has been launched on the iPhone App Store and Google Play earlier this week and we have been playing it non-stop ever since. Of course, we have had bundles of fun in our time with “Pokémon GO” so far, nevertheless we also have tons of questions as well.
Therefore, we assembled those questions and found out as many answers as we could. Following are the tips and tricks one should be acquainted with in order to relish “Pokémon GO” as much as possible!
Capturing Pokémon: What do those circles signify!
What to do after finding a Pokémon? As soon as the game enters capture mode, you will witness an excited Pokémon put together into real life via your mobile’s camera. You can see a coloured ring circling the body of Pokémon and you have Pokéballs to toss at it.
You might be confused and asking yourself, what is going on? The answer is that there are more chances to capture that Pokémon if the ring is small. Also, you must be very careful in throwing the Pokéballs since you don’t want to waste a lot of them whiffing shots.
As you move forward in the game, it becomes a lot more important as the chances to capture the wild Pokémon become far less by throwing a Pokéball at it.
What do the colours of the circle imply?
While capturing Pokémon, the colour of the ring tells you how difficult it is to catch the given Pokémon.
-Green = Easy
-Yellow = Moderate
-Red = Difficult
The chances to capture the Pokémon by just throwing a Pokéball at it decreases as the difficulty level to catch it increases. However, the good news is that special Pokéballs can be earned if your Trainer levels up and the chances to capture the rarer Pokémon raise. Berries can also be used to lull the crazy Pokémon into a fake sense of security before seizing them up in a Pokéball.
What do the rustling leaves signify on your map?
The rustling leaves on your map is not only an artistic finesse, but a hint that a wild Pokémon is close. Although the kind of the Pokémon is never completely obvious, a good idea of what it is based on the menu in the lower right of the main screen can be attained.
What does the Pokémon menu on the main screen present?
It not only displays which Pokémon are in your general area, but also shows how close they are to you. The footprints beneath each silhouette point out how close you are to each, whereas their position in the list indicates which one of them is closest. The first one is the closest one to you!
One footprint represents a short walk i.e. the Pokémon is nearby, whereas many footprints imply that you might go through a bit of a hike before being able to capture that particular Pokémon.
What to do if you find a lot of duplicates? Send them to Professor Willow!
Summon up that that stylish doctor who serves as the premise for the entirety of “Pokémon GO?” His name is Professor Willow, and he wants your Pokémon. The good news is that you are going to capture a bunch of duplicates which can be transferred to Professor Willow by selecting them in the Pokémon menu (click the Pokéball, then click the Pokémon submenu), scrolling down, and selecting “Transfer.”
Dr. Willow will gift you some candy for that Pokémon which can be utilized to make your Pokémon stronger or to evolve them.
What if you get weary of duplicates? Go out at night!
The kinds of Pokémon not only differ with location, for example more chances to find water-type Pokémon near water, but also with respect to the time of the day. Simply put: Going out at night and playing “Pokémon GO” enhances your chances of finding nocturnal Pokémon.
What if you get caught up at work? Attract Pokémon with incense!
In case you get caught up in classroom or an office all day and are not being able to explore the world and catch wild Pokémon, there is a way out: pull them towards you by simply clicking the Pokéball at the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu, and select the “Items” circle. Here by selecting incense you can place it as per your liking. After that all you need to do is sit back and wait for those wild and crazy Pokémon to come to you. You’ll know it’s working because your Trainer will show a purple cloud swirling around them.
What if you get tired of wasting Pokéballs trying to catch wild Pokémon? Turn off the AR camera to make it way too easy!
Whenever you run into a Pokémon, tap on it and your phone’s camera turns on. All of a sudden, you see a crazy Pokémon in front of you in the real world (as per your phone) which is getting more crazy every second, running/flying/flopping all over the place, trying to make it even more difficult to capture it. But if you click the little switch in the upper right corner of your screen that says “AR,” it will switch the game’s camera from your phone’s camera to a virtual camera in a virtual world (as seen above). Even though it appears much less inspiring, it makes it way too easy to capture the Pokémon in that virtual world. They remain centred, and throwing the Pokéball at them is far easier.
How to level up so that you can battle in gyms?
As the Pokémon Company stated:
“The gym at Madison Square Park shames me.”
The place on your map with the massive Pokémon hovering over them, which looks like some sort of futuristic cone is called gym and it is impossible to battle in it until you get to level five. However, there are some tips to get there fast. They are following:
-Whenever the PokéStop are blue, they contain items in them with which you get a little bit of experience, which assists a lot in the early goings. Therefore, tap on every PokéStop possible. You can also come back to PokéStops again and again which flip over very swiftly (about five minutes as far as we can tell).
-In case you feel your phone vibrate while walking around, this implies that a Pokémon is nearby. Tap it, swipe to throw a Pokéball at it, and it’s yours. You will be able to acquire a lot of experience for doing this, so do it as often as possible.
-You can also use money to buy Lucky Eggs from the in-game store. A Lucky Egg is capable of doubling the amount of experience you acquire for 30 minutes, therefore, in case you have one, utilize it before you start doing all of the above.
Every player starts with a few items: some Pokéballs, and a few pieces of incense.
Are all Pokéstops created equal?
No, they are not. Some Pokéstops are more prominent as compared to others which will help you in getting some sweeter items unlike the usual handful of Pokéballs. These tend to correlate with actual landmarks. A Pokéstop will be a more beneficial stop for you if its actual landmark is more famous. Some Pokéstops may appear as if they’re raining on your map in case another player has installed a module on it. That module helps you in alluring Pokémon and also assists you in getting better stuff from the given Pokéstop. (You can buy the Modules in the in-game store using Pokécoins.)
Get some sweet XP from Professor Willow by transferring him your spare Pokémon.
What do to if you keep on capturing Horsea and are being unable to control it? Transfer it to Professor Willow as soon as you get one, who in return gifts you some XP and a Horsea Candy, used to evolve the given Pokémon. The more XP you get, the faster you level up and in return the faster you reach the level five and can go to gyms to battle other Trainers.
What is the use of these eggs?
What to do with a bunch of eggs acquired from a PokéStop? Well, it’s simple. Click the Pokéball on the bottom of the screen and select the Pokémon bubble. When you’ve opened that, swipe to the right to go to your eggs menu. Tapping at one of them will bring up a menu that offers one option: “Start Incubation.” You will find out that the eggs are filled with Pokémon embryos which slowly evolve into standard Pokémon.
The incubator is based on how far you have walked instead of being time-based. But, keep this in mind that walking can only be registered when the app is open. Hence, initiate some incubation right before a long Pokémon hunting walk.
What the heck is “CP?”
You do not need to worry about CP yet if you are new to “Pokémon GO.” However, CP stands for “combat power” in case you are wondering. Basically, it calculates how tough your Pokémon is when facing off against other Pokémon in a gym battle. Your Pokémon will have the higher CP if your Trainer is more powerful. Also, by “powering up” your Pokémon (select the Pokémon and select “power up” in the menu), you can enhance CP.
Lastly, you can join teams, battle in gyms, and begin the Real Game as soon as you reach level five.
The moment you reach level five, the real game begins. You can take over the gyms by joining one of the three teams of the game. The longer your team holds a gym, the more stuff you’ll earn and in order to hold a gym, all you need to do is protect it with the help of your most powerful Pokémon.