beginner’s guide to pokemon go

Jumping into the world of Pokemon Go? Here’s what you need to get started. That’s you at the bottom. The map all around you is based on the real world. If you walk around in the real world, you’ll also walk around in the game. The circle around you is your search area, and those leaves rustling are hidden Pokemon. Any Pokemon located inside that circle are within your grasp. When you see a Pokemon, tap it, and then you’re in capture mode. Capture a Pokemon by hitting it with a PokeBall. Put your finger on the ball, then flick upward to throw. If you hit the white circle around the Pokemon, you might capture it. If you hit inside the colored circle, you can score bonus points. Sometimes a Pokemon will escape from your PokeBall, but no worries! Just hit them with more PokeBalls and eventually you’ll make the capture. When you capture a new Pokemon, it will be registered to your Pokedex. Check there any time to see how many types of Pokemon you still need to hunt.

Tap the white bar on the lower-right corner to see all the Pokemon nearby. The number of footprints indicates their distance from you. The more footprints, the further they are. Dropping incense attracts Pokemon to your location and lasts for 30 minutes. A better way to draw them out is with lure modules, but those must be attached to PokeStops. PokeStops are blue map markers. They’re usually attached to local landmarks. When you’re close enough, tap the circle to zoom in. Spin it with your finger and the PokeStop will spit out supplies like new PokeBalls, potions and other power-ups. A good strategy is to play in a place that has many nearby PokeStops. Salem, MA, for instance, is loaded with historical landmarks. If you tap enough PokeStops, you might find a Pokemon Egg. Those need to incubate before they hatch.

Each incubator holds one egg at a time. You always have one unlimited-use incubator, but you can acquire additional limited-use ones. Pokemon eggs only incubate when you’re walking, so keep up that hustle! A PokeStop raining pink hearts has an active lure module. These attract more Pokemon. So in a popular area, you may find many lure modules running at once — and that means a Pokemon bananza. Once you’ve captured some Pokemon, you’ll want to train them to fight. Tap the PokeBall at the bottom of the main screen, then tap “Pokemon” to see everything you’ve captured. Tapping specific Pokemon shows its stats. CP stands for Combat Points — basically, how strong that Pokemon is. Every Pokemon has a weak attack and a strong attack with differing damage. The bar next to the strong attack shows how much time it takes to charge before it can be used in battle. You want Pokemon that have high CP, and powerful attacks.

The best way to do this is to evolve your Pokemon, and then power them up. Making Pokemon more powerful requires Candy, and each type of Pokemon has a preference. You earn Pokemon-specific Candy whenever you capture a Pokemon of that type. You can also earn Candy by transferring Pokemon to Professor Willow. You can easily cash in your duplicate Pokemon by scrolling through the master list. Always transfer the ones with the lowest CP first. When you have enough candy, the “Evolve” button will become active. Try evolving multiple Pokemon simultaneously, and then checking the stats of each one. They’re not always equal. Five different Pidgeys will not turn into the same five Pigeotto.

One of them might have higher CP and stronger attacks. Keep the best one, and transfer the rest for more candy. Evolving Pokemon generates a lot of experience, which allows you to level up. One item you can earn from leveling up is a Lucky Egg. It doubles your experience points for 30 minutes. A great strategy is to save your evolutions until you have a Lucky Egg, then evolve them all at once for a ton of extra experience points. The Power Up option uses Stardust, which you earn when capturing any kind of Pokemon. It also uses a very small amount of candy. The arc above your Pokemon represents how powerful it can become. Every time you use the Power Up ability, the white dot moves further to the right, and adds CP. It’s best to wait until after you’ve evolved a Pokemon to power it up. This ensures you don’t waste precious Stardust on one that is randomly under-powered. Now you’re ready to fight for you team. Pokemon Gyms are easy to find.

They tower over everything else. They will always be color-coded — yellow, blue, or red — to indicate which team owns it. Once you’re close enough, tap the Gym to see its level, and which Pokemon are guarding it. You’ll have to defeat them all if you want to take control. If the Gym is already controlled by your team (this earns the gym experience, which increases the gym’s level, which means more Pokemon from your team can guard the gym) you can donate a Pokemon to help defend it. You won’t be able to use that Pokemon in battles while it’s on guard duty, but the more battles your teams wins at that Gym, the higher its level rises, and the more Pokemon can guard the Gym. Before you battle, make sure your best Pokemon are healthy. Potions and Revives can heal them, and both are located in your Items Bag.

Potions and Super Potions restore hit points. Select the potion, then tap the Pokemon you want to heal. Revives bring back Pokemon that were defeated in a battle. Once your Pokemon are revived and healed, it’s time to arrange your battle order. A default grid of six Pokemon will show up, but you can tap on any spot to mix things up. When you attack a gym, you’ll be fighting all the Pokemon guarding it, so plan wisely. When you’re ready for battle, tap the Go button. Your first attacker will face the gym’s first defender. Your health and attack meter are in the upper-left. Your opponent’s are down below. When a Pokemon loses all its health, it is removed from battle, and the next one on deck steps in. Fighting in Pokemon Go is fairly simple. Tap the enemy quickly to launch your weak attacks. As you land weak attacks, your strong attack will charge up. The strong attack meter is below your health bar. Depending on the Pokemon, there may be multiple meters. When it’s full, tap and hold the enemy to unleash your strong attack.

You can also dodge left and right to avoid attacks. This is very tricky, and it’s not always effective if the game lags. It’s easiest to dodge when you’re facing a slow-moving, ranged attack that you can anticipate. You can run from a fight by tapping the retreat button. The double-arrow lets you change the order of your fighting Pokemon on the fly. Advanced players can use this to take advantage of weaknesses in their opponent’s lineup. We hope this helps you get started on your Pokemon Go adventures, and if we missed anything, or you’d like to learn more advanced strategies in a future video, let us know in the comments. Thanks for watching, and please catch em all responsibly..

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