How to Play Pokemon Go

How to play Pokemon Go

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Want to learn how to play Pokemon Go? This legendary game is as fun as it is addicting.
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Pokemon go has been released and plenty
of players are already enjoying it
including us but the game doesn’t do a whole lot to
teach you about its basics mechanics and
other aspects so we’re here to break it
down and go over some tips so that you
can enjoy your Pokemon experience right
away or when it’s available Pokemon go
is a free augmented reality mobile game
on iOS and Android
where the main goal was to catch Pokemon
in your neighborhood for now only the
pokemon from generation 1 are available
to catch however what’s available for
players to catch is dependent upon their
location while catching Pokemon is the
main focus there are other goals as well
such as visiting poke a stops and gems
strengthening and evolving your Pokemon
and hatching eggs Pokemon can be found
in a variety of places as long as the
Pokemon Go app is open Pokemon will
appear on the game’s GPS map and your
phone will buzz to indicate when a new
one is nearby if you want to catch it
simply tap the Pokemon to initiate the
capture phase it is also possible to use
the item in sense to temporarily
increase the chances of a Pokemon
appearing while walking or alternatively
you can install a lower module a tap ok
stop by tapping the blank area above the
landmark emblem this will temporarily
lure Pokemon to that poky stop and not
just for you but other Pokemon trainers
too as for fighting new Pokemon outside
your immediate area well you’re gonna
have to get out there and explore that’s
a tough one so as we’ve already
mentioned the types of Pokemon you can
find change depending on the region but
if you’re looking for a specific Pokemon
in your area there is a nearby Pokemon
icon in the bottom right corner of the
map that will show up to 9 Pokemon that
are close along with footstep symbols
which display how close you are to that
Pokemon three steps means it’s within a
kilometer two steps a hundred meters one
step means it’s within just 10 meters
and no steps means you will encounter it
soon if you want to find a specific
tap its icon to highlight it this will
change the nearby Pokemon icon to that
particular Pokemon and it’s footsteps
making it slightly easier to pinpoint as
you roam around the map will also show
seeking grass at times which indicates a
Pokemon should be around that area
though it’s not always a guarantee
unlike traditional Pokemon battles you
don’t actually fight the wild Pokemon
and go instead you just throw pokeballs
until one actually hits the Pokemon and
captures it but an only counts if it
hits the Pokemon first before it touches
the ground now during battle a circle
will appear around the Pokemon that
comes in three colors green orange and
red which respectively represent easy
medium and hard catches this dictates
how likely a Pokemon is to break out of
a pokeball and if a more difficult
Pokemon escapes several balls in a row
it might run away fortunately there are
several items that can help better the
odds of a successful capture such as
great and ultra bowls as well as
raspberries that can be fed to the
Pokemon to make the next pokeball throne
have a higher chance of capture the
colored circles serve another purpose
though it’s not just capturing the
Pokemon that matters but how well you
time the throw so normally each capture
Nets you 100 XP by default though you’ll
get a 500 XP bonus if it’s a new pokemon
but you can increase that XP count even
more the closer that colored circle is
to the center of the stationary white
one at the time of capture
so you’ll receive a nice bonus of 10 XP
if it’s close a great bonus of 50 XP if
it’s even closer and an excellent bonus
of a hundred XP if it’s dead center and
if that’s not enough you can net another
minor bonus of 10 XP if you catch the
Pokemon with a curveball which you can
do by shaking the pokeball until it
sparkles and then immediately flicking
it you can also double the XP you
receive if a lucky egg item is used and
in effect
well you can evolve them to start
besides experience points catching a
Pokemon will always net the player 100
Stardust and three candies for that
specific pokemons evolutionary chain
these items are required to make your
Pokemon stronger increase HP and
eventually evolve both of which increase
their combat power or CP for short and
the higher the CP the stronger the
Pokemon but there is a bit more to it
namely in relation to the Stardust when
you look at your Pokemon CP you will see
an arc that a white line is filling in
this is the pokemons potential and it is
broken up by percentages every 20% the
amount of Stardust needed to increase
the pokemons power will increase as well
the first 20% is 200 Stardust 21 to 40%
is 400 Stardust and so on until the
maximum of 1000 Stardust however even if
you have the right amount of Stardust
you won’t be able to increase your
Pokemon CP past a certain percentage
until your trainer level is high enough
the higher the level the farther you can
push its power on the scale while one
piece of candy is used for each power
increase the candies are mainly used to
evolve Pokemon different Pokemon require
different amounts of candy to evolve but
it’s usually either 12 25 50 or 100 the
lone exception is Magikarp which
requires 400 of its candies to evolve
evolution will increase the pokemons CP
but it will not affect the CP scale
percentage whatever it was at before
evolution is where it will stay
afterward CP is used exclusively at gyms
which is the only place battles can
while Pokemon gains ap trainers gain
levels those levels mark when certain
things become available the best example
is how gems cannot be claimed until the
player has reached level 5 but this
level also marks when new items become
available such as potions and revives
both of which are necessary now that
battles can take place each level will
give the player more of these items as
well as allow you to further increase
the power of your Pokemon in short
pokémon gyms are essentially control
points for players to claim on behalf of
their team by assigning it a Pokemon
it’s here that battles take place and
currency can be earned
however gyms can’t be accessed until you
reach level 5 and once you access one
for the first time you’ll be prompted to
pick one of three teams team valor
mystic or instinct aka teams red blue
and yellow each has a leader and are
represented by one of the legendary
birds though it mainly serves as a way
for players to divide themselves into
groups each group can attempt to claim a
gym as their own which will net them
poka coins for use in the shop the coins
are earned based on the number of gems
under your control though and
unfortunately you can only earn ten
coins per gym with a max of 10
this makes earning polka coins rather
tricky since it’s the only way to obtain
them in-game the other option is to
purchase them with real-world money in
the form of microtransactions the shop
holds all the items we mentioned before
along with egg incubators an upgrade to
your bag to hold more items and a
Pokemon storage upgrade to hold more
Pokemon gems that are unclaimed or shown
as silver but if it’s any other color is
controlled by that team to claim an
empty gem simply tap the icon on the
left side of the screen to pick one of
your Pokemon that Pokemon will then
defend the gym but you will be unable to
interact with it unless it’s been
defeated so there’s no way to further
evolve it or increase its CP now when
under a team’s control the gym can gain
levels in the form of prestige which is
earned when the controlling team wins
battles against challenges obtaining
prestige will increase the gyms level
and allow for more players from your
team to place their Pokemon in the gym
in an effort to better defend it on the
other hand if you chow
Jim you’re able to choose up to six
Pokemon from your collection battles are
incredibly simple mainly consisting of
the player tapping the screen to have
their pokemon attack and swiping left or
right the dodge enemy moves yeah it may
be simple but dodging could really save
your Pokemon now every Pokemon has two
attacks their primary move and a special
move that’s charged during battle which
is automatically used as your next
attack when ready a Pokemon special
attack can be different even within the
same species one Pidgey could have
aerial ace while another has air cutter
however winning a battle does not
automatically make the gym yours instead
it’ll lower its prestige points and it
will remain in their possession until
the prestige reaches zero now it is
possible to challenge a Jim again right
away in order to quickly accomplish this
although your pokemons damage does not
recover the only way to currently heal
your Pokemon is by using potions or
revives which are obtained through poke
a stops and leveling up your trainer
it’s also possible to battle against
your own gem in order to test their
defenses raise its prestige and earn XP
of course the higher your Pokemon CP the
better chance it has in battle poki
stops are places of interest near you
where you can get free stuff who doesn’t
like free stuff they can be buildings
like churches small local monuments or
historical signs and even public art
projects they are marked by a blue
landmark emblem that enlarges once you
are within range by tapping on it you
can see what the point of interest is
and sometimes even get information about
it swiping across the marker causes it to
spin and drop random items like
pokeballs Pokemon eggs potions and
revives as well as a small amount of
experience points after using a poky
stop its color will change the purple to
show that it’s already been used however
it only takes a few minutes for it to
refresh allowing you to continually get
new items if you so choose
when you receive a Pokemon egg you can
look at it in the Pokemon screen under
the egg tab from here you can place it
in your incubator which begins the
process of hatching it and is powered by
you walking the distance is different
for each egg and we’ve seen them range
from 2 kilometers to 10 so far once you
begin Pokemon go you will have an
incubator right away that can be used an
infinite number of times it is possible
to find or buy more but they have a
limit of 3 uses finally eggs will only
hatch if the player is walking thanks to
the GPS Pokemon go is able to determine
your speed so trying to cheat by writing
in a car train or plane will not be
counted toward the required distance in
addition the app must be open while
walking or it will not be counted metals
are the achievements of Pokemon go they
track how far you’ve walked how many
Pokemon you’ve caught in there types
how many gym battles you’ve won and
various other aspects each metal has a
bronze silver and gold requirement that
gradually increases the number needed to
earn that achievement upon earning a
medal you will also obtain some XP and
that covers the basics of Pokemon go
it’s not too difficult to learn once
you’ve got the hang of it and can be
addicting in its own way let us know if
you have any tips of your own in the
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