Pokémon Go Tips and Gaming Tricks: Part 1

Pokémon Go tips and tricks

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm lately. Being launched in early July 2016, this game takes the iconic Pokémon franchise maxim “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!” and turns it into a real-world, augmented reality game for your smartphone, one which you must hunt your city and neighborhood in an effort to catch as many virtual pocket monsters as possible. We have put together a few Pokémon Go tips to help you master your game.

Pokémon Go has a lot going on surprisingly, despite how simple the game is on the surface. Whether you have yet to begin assembling your collection, or you are well on your way to filling out your Pokédex, we will breakdown all the games nuances and various ways to play. We will cover everything, from how to find, catch and train your Pokémon, to how to best use your items and maximize your strengths in battle.

Pokémon Go Tips

How to Find the Best Wild Pokémon

One of the main goals of Pokemon Go is to get you up on your feet and venturing out into the real world. In town, grass- and normal-type Pokémon will often appear. However, if you go near water or out at night, you are likely to encounter water-based and psychic Pokémon, respectively. Although, many Pokémon Go users have run into water Pokémon in locations without water nearby. Therefore, it’s not entirely based on your geographical location. Various groups, publications and people have been creating crowd-sourced Pokémon Go maps that detail what types of Pokémon have been found in different locations. These sites are continuing to be shut down by the developer of the game, Niantic Labs, so your mileage may vary.

Tip #1: Whenever a Pokémon appears on your screen, no matter how far away it is from you, you can tap it to begin the catching process.

Tip #2: If a Pokémon happens to flee while you are trying to capture it, it’s possible it will still be present on the map for you to try again.

Tip #3: Use Incense. Incense is a usable item you can purchase in the Pokémon Go shop, or nab by leveling up. This item attracts Pokémon to you and thus increases your chances of catching a rare Pokémon. It also lowers the probability of them fleeing

Tip #4: You can use Lure modules as well. These work similarly to Incense, but apply to the Pokéstop in which you use them. They attract Pokémon to that location for 30 minutes, and in doing so, benefit all trainers in the area. So, if you spot a location on your map with pink confetti-like animation, go there for a better chance at finding Pokémon. Add some Incense, and you are likely to have a swarming of the little creatures nearby.

How to Pick the Best Starter Pokémon

Just like the classic handheld video game series, in Pokémon Go you begin your adventure by picking a starter. The three classic starter Pokémon will first surround you, which include Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander. Selecting a starter Pokémon isn’t too important. You will likely find a higher level Pokémon sooner or later in the game. While it is not uncommon to find Bulbasaurs and Squirtles wandering around, Charmanders don’t seem as prevalent. There is, however, a hidden fourth starter: Pikachu.

How to Find Legendary and Rare Pokémon

Nearly every one of the original 151 Pokémon appear in Pokémon Go. However, there are several that are hard to come by, and a few that anyone has yet to spot. Legendary Pokémon all have in-game models and Pokédex entries and have not been seen, such as the following:

  • Zapdos
  • Articuno
  • Moltres
  • Mew
  • Mewtwo
  • the rare shape-shifting Pokémon Ditto

Crafty players have snooped into the game’s coding system and uncovered data on them, leading to speculation that they will appear in later updates, special events or once heretofore unknown criteria have been met. There are also numerous Pokémon that are region-specific: you can only find Tauros in North America; Farfetch’d is exclusive to Asia; Kangaskhan roams solely in New Zealand and Australia; and Mr. Mime will only hang out in the European wilds. This only applies to finding them in the wild. So, you can still randomly hatch Tauros, Farfetch’d and Kangaskhan from 5km eggs and Mr. Mime from 10km eggs in any region.

How to Catch Pokémon Reliably

The main objective of Pokémon Go is to catch Pokémon — and you will find many of the creatures while out and about. When a Pokémon appears, your phone will vibrate and you will see them on the map. Simply tap on the Pokémon to begin the capture experience. This requires you to flick Pokéballs at the Pokémon on your screen. Here are a few tips on how to successfully capture Pokémon.

Tip #1: A colored ring will appear around the Pokémon you are trying to catch. The color of the ring determines the likelihood of catching the Pokémon. The color green is the easiest and red is the most difficult.

Tip #2: When you hold down the Pokéball, the colored ring will go from large to small. The goal is to get your Pokéball to land on the Pokémon inside that circle. The smaller the circle the more experience points you get for hitting on on target. By holding down on the Pokéball and moving it quickly in a circular motion before you throw it, you can toss a curvball. This can be necessary in some situations where the only way to toss your Pokéball inside the circle while also catching the Pokémon.

Tip #3: It is easier to catch a Pokémon if you feed Razz Berries to them. Berries are a random drop from Pokéstops, and are a reward for increasing your trainer level. You can use these berries by tapping on the backpack icon when attempting to catch a Pokémon. You may find yourself running out of space in your backpack often. If you have a lot of berries, feed every Pokémon you see a berry to clear some space and increase the chances of catching them.

Tip #4: Pokémon will often move to avoid Pokéballs, or even use an attack to deflect them. You will want to pay attention to their movements so you don’t waste too many Pokéballs trying to catch them. The distance between you and the Pokémon can also affect how quickly you can capture them. The closer your are the easier it is, but when you are further away it can be trickier.

Tip #5: Catching every Pokémon you see allows you to earn more stardust and experience points. Stardust is crucial to power up your Pokémon later on, so getting as much as you can is important.

Tip #6: Finally, if you are having difficulty catching the Pokémon due to its position on your screen, or you simply don’t want to be pointing your phone at random angles to find them, turn off the AR mode. This can make catching Pokémon easier, especially while walking as they will stay centered on the screed amid a forest environment. This does sacrifice some of the game’s charm. However, it pays to have stability when you’re trying to capture that coveted Dragonite.


These are just a few Pokémon Go tips and tricks. Stay tuned for more!

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