So if you know me, you will know I am already hook to Pokemon Go. If you live in the west london area my Pokemon name is… yes you guessed it “SilkyGFX.”
My tips for playing Pokemon Go!
YOU CAN Pick Pikachu As Your Starter
Right at the beginning of the game when you are given the usual Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle choice (I actually chose Charmander lol!), pick none of them. Just walk away from them, then game will jump them over to try and follow you, but by the fourth time you do this, it gets the message you don’t want any of them, and surprise! There’s Pikachu, joining the party. Now, as anyone knows who has played, your “starter” is ultimately not terribly important, but this is a fun little trick you can tell your friends about regardless.
The app must be open (Doesn’t work in the background)
This is one aspect of Pokémon GO that really seems to be a problem (a REAL pain the ass), and a huge cause of battery woes. The game will not alert you when Pokémon or PokéStops are near unless the app is open. So you pretty much must walk around with your phone in your hand, or in your pocket with headphones on. By the way do not active incense and close the app as the timer counts down regardless!
Catching Pokémon Requires Some Actual Strategy!
So first thing I recommend is turning your camera off and switching to in game mode for capturing (as this will save your battery in the long run!!). So when you see a Pokémon you will notice that as soon as you hold down on your PokéBall you will see a ring that starts big and gets smaller (and repeats), the ring will also have a colour (Green = Easy, Orange = Challenging, Red = HARD!) and then aim your PokéBall through the rings (both will get great and will result in more XP).
I’ve Run Out Of PokéBalls!! (No Problem)
If you ever run out of PokéBalls, all you have to do is visit a PokéStop and spin the sign to receive PokéBalls, Eggs, Potions and more!
Lures and Incense
Incense is great to use as it will draw a lot of Pokémon towards you and personally great to use when you are stuck at home, and every so often you get a Pokémon you haven’t captured yet (It is best to use when walking about or on bus/train though, well car aswell but make sure your not the one driving lol). Lures are what you can drop on a PokéStop (The PokéStop with have hearts falling around it when active) which are great to use if you are out with your friends, as it’s helps you and others. These are most commonly used in and around shopping centers.
Tracking Is Super Unreliable Right Now
I think I have most of the game’s systems down right now, but “tracking” is one that still eludes me. I have heard so many conflicting reports about tracking, I don’t know what to believe, and I’ve never done it effectively myself. Right now, the rumors are that if you select a Pokémon from the “nearby” list, it will pulse as you get close. I’ve also heard the footprint symbols are 100 meter intervals, and you have wander around until they shrink from three to two to one, and then Pokémon will be somewhere near you. I have also heard that people have tried all these things and had zero luck doing it. This aspect of the game is so perplexing, yet obviously hugely important, I literally contacted Niantic directly to ask them how exactly this tracking system is supposed to work, but I haven’t heard back yet. For now, don’t drive yourself crazy over those “nearby” silhouettes.
XP Tricks (Rank up QUICK!)
If you keep catching the same Pokémon don’t worry, this is what you have to do. Once you’ve caught a Pokémon, click on the PokéBall on the main screen then select Pokémon, then in the list sort your Pokémon by name, you will soon realize you have loads of the same Pokémon, so the best thing to do is earn yourself some “Candy” (Which you can use to evolve Pokémon), and to do this you click on the Pokémon (Duplicate) with the lowest CP and keep transfering them to the professor, he will then give you some Candy for the Pokémonand you will also receive some XP.
Another great trick is to pay attention to the most common Pokémon around you, and keep catching them (also doing the Transfer for Candy trick), but when you realize you have enough candy to evolve that Pokémon (probably a Rattata or Pidgey) DO IT! and then you will recieve 500XP a pop. There are probably only a handful of Pokémon that you will find this often, but trust me, this is a great use of extra candy which costs you nothing of significance and will really help with leveling.
Bonus trick: Save up a number of these XP evolutions to pair them with a lucky egg which will get you 1000 XP for even a 12 candy Pidgey evolution.
You Can’t Cheat Egg-Walking
One of the more “go” aspects of Pokémon GO is the fact that you have to walk around to hatch incubated eggs that will turn into Pokémon that probably are not in your area. The game tracks your movement using GPS, not a pedometer, so walking on a treadmill does nothing to hatch eggs. Similarly, trains or buses or cars do not seem to work either, as there’s some sort of speed limitation that knows just how mobile you are. I’m not sure about biking. Biking slow may work, but quickly, almost certainly not. So prepare to walk around your subdivision or block quite a bit if you want those eggs to hatch (I know a few people who have got Pikachu through an egg).
Battling – How To Fight In Pokémon Go
So you’ve gone near a gym, and you think you can take someone on?? Thats GREAT! Well when you have your first battle, you will probably lose (I know i did!!) – A tip is always to swipe left or right as soon as the battle begins, and you will then tap the hell out of the other Pokémon’s face, but watch that special meter as you can do much strong attacks when it builds up by holding down on the other Pokémon’s face then releasing! – Give it a try it’s great fun!
Holding Gyms Gives You Free Stuff
You may wonder what the point of holding gyms is other than bragging rights, and there is actually a tangible benefit to it. For every gym you either lead (as top CP badass) or support (also note: you can station Pokémon at friendly gyms as “back-up”) you will get a daily package of a pretty significant amount of currency. I think you also get it the first time you take over a gym each day, but otherwise, you have to control a gym for a full 24 hours.
Tracking Is Super Unreliable Right Now
I think I have most of the game’s systems down right now, but “tracking” is one that still eludes me. I have heard so many conflicting reports about tracking, I don’t know what to believe, and I’ve never done it effectively myself. Right now, the rumors are that if you select a Pokémon from the “nearby” list, it will pulse as you get close. I’ve also heard the footprint symbols are 100 meter intervals (But I also heard 1 Paw = 10 meters, 2 Paws = 50 Meters and 3 Paws = Over 100 Meters, and you have wander around until they shrink from three to two to one, and then Pokémon will be somewhere near you. For now, don’t drive yourself crazy over those “nearby” silhouettes.
So I hope this helps everyone out! Have fun Catching Em’ All!!!!!