Hello, Hacks University followers. Today we’re doing a beginners guide on How To play Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go Guide.
Pokemon Go Guide:
1. What’s the point of Pokemon Go?
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 pokestops and gyms, strengthening and evolving your Pokemon and hatching eggs.
2. How do I find Pokemon?
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 Insense to temporarily increase the chances of a Pokemon appearing while walking, or alternatively, you can install a lower module a ta Poke stop by tapping the blank area above the landmark emblem. This will temporarily lure Pokemon to that poke 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!
3. Is it possible to find specific Pokemon?
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 Pokemon, 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 shaking grass at times which indicates a Pokemon should be around that area though it’s not always a guarantee.
4. How do I catch Pokemon
Unlike traditional Pokemon battles, you don’t actually fight the wild Pokemon in 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 Balls, as well as Razz Berries that can be fed to the Pokemon to make the next pokeball thrown 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.
5. So I have some Pokemon, what next?
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 pokemon’s 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 requires different amounts of candy to evolve, but it’s usually either 12, 25, 50 or 100. The lone exception is Magicarp 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 occur.
6. What does leveling up do?
While Pokemon gains CP, trainers gain Levels. Those levels mark when certain things become available. The best example is you can’t claim gems until you have 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
7. What are Pokemon Gyms?
In short, Pokemon gyms are essentially control points for players to claim on behalf by assigning it a Pokemon. It’s here that battles take place and for earning currency. However, you can’t access gyms until you reach level 5. And once you access one for the first time, you can choose 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 Poke coins for use in the shop.
Coins and Gems:
The coins are earned based on the number of gems under your control though. Unfortunately, you can only earn ten coins per gym with a max of 10. This makes earning Poke 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, it’s 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.
Now, when under a team’s control, the gym can gain levels in the form of prestige. Which you earn 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 challenge a gym, 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 to 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 Gym 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. You can obtain them through Poke stops and leveling up your trainer. It’s also possible to battle against your own Gym 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.
8. What are PokeStops?
PokeStops 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 Pokestop, its color will change to purple to show that you used it. However, it only takes a few minutes for it to refresh, allowing you to continually get new items if you so choose.
9. What do I do with Pokemon Eggs?
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 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 riding in a car, train or plane won’t count toward the required distance. In addition, you have to open the app.
10. What Are Medals?
Medals are the achievements of Pokemon Go. They track how far you’ve walked, how many Pokemon you’ve caugh, and various other aspects. Each medal 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. It can be addicting in its own way. Be sure not to use Pokemon Go Hack tools and stuff as they’re not working and will never be. Let us know if you have any tips of your own in the comments. Thanks for reading our Pokemon Go Guide.