A Simple Guide to Pokemon GO
Edited by Natasha Hayes and Matthew “Retrograder” VanDeZande
Pokémon GO is the biggest game in the world right now, but if you’re new to the franchise or just the app itself, things can become confusing fast. With brand-new mechanics such as Combat Power (CP), Pokémon Candy and Stardust, even seasoned Pokémon trainers have plenty to adjust to. The game has been out for a little while now, but some of us are still making simple, yet costly, mistakes. So, without further ado, here are five tips and tricks to make your life with Pokémon GO a little smoother!
While you may think those Weedles and Caterpies are annoying as hell, more experienced players absolutely love them. Why? It all comes down to Experience Points (XP). It’s the lifeblood of the game and allows players to level up as a trainer, thus making it easier to catch more powerful Pokémon. Evolving these weak creatures nets you five hundred XP every single time and, because they are so readily available, you will have no trouble generating the candy you need to make the magic happen.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and build yourself a Weedle farm!
Incense Works Better If You Walk
Incense is a wonderful item because it brings wild Pokémon to your location. That means you can just lay in your armchair and wait for the goods to come, right? WRONG. Despite its misleading description, incense works markedly better when you are on the move. Pokémon will still spawn if you’re plonked down on your bottom — but only every five minutes. Contrastingly, if you manage to walk over two hundred meters, you will come across a new creature around every sixty seconds.
Save Up Your Items
It can be tempting to use up all of your items in one big go. Nevertheless, if you are in the game for the long haul, you will be much better served saving up items like Incense, Lucky Eggs, and Lures. As your level increases, you will encounter much stronger Pokémon. What’s the use in using up your incense at level five to attract a boat-load of fifty-CP Pidgeys, when you could use it at level fifteen and find some three hundred-CP Pidgeottos?
Walk Straight to Hatch Your Eggs
Pokémon GO’s GPS system is not always reliable. This can be particularly frustrating when hatching eggs, as the app will sometimes inaccurately track your walking distance. A good way to counteract this is to walk in a straight line. Because of the way the game’s tracking system works — probably some kind of ancient magic — you are much more likely to have an accurate distance reading if you stick to long, straight paths.
Choose Your Eeveelution
This is probably the most well-known technique in the game, but, just in case, I will explain it. Way back when Pokémon was a fledgling animé series, it featured an episode named “The Battling Eevee Brothers.” In the episode, three brothers — Sparky, Rainer and Pyro — each owned one of the three Eevee-lutions: Jolteon (Electric), Vaporeon (Water), and Flareon (Fire) respectively. To get the Eevee-lution you want, you simply have to nickname your Eevee after the corresponding brother!