Top 10 Pokemon Go Tips and Tricks

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Pokemon Go has caught the world by storm, sent Nintendo on new financial milestones and Australians into police stations to catch’em all but it can be confusing and a lot of legwork, literally, to get you started the right way so here are a few Pokemon Go tips and tricks to have just that!

10- Capture everything

It might seem obvious with “catch ‘em all” as the strap line for the game, but catching duplicates of Pokémon is good. Each time you catch a duplicate you still get the associated evolution candy, and you can transfer unwanted Pokémon to the professor for more candy. The more candy and star dust you have the more you can evolve the Pokémon you do want to keep.

9- What Pokemon are near you?

The meter in the bottom right side shows how close particular Pokémon are to your current location. Tapping on it will bring up a list. Any silhouettes are those Pokémon you haven’t encountered yet, while the footprints show relative distance to you. Tapping on a Pokémon in the list puts them in the corner so you can try and see if you can get closer to them.

8- Turn off AR

Using the camera on your smartphone to place Pokémon in the real world using augmented reality is fun, but it makes capturing Pokémon much harder. Turn it off to stop them moving around when you move your phone. It can be hard enough to hit them with Pokeballs when out on the street.

7- Hold your finger on the Pokeball

When trying to capture a Pokémon, hold your finger on your Pokeball before you throw it to see a small reticule appear on the Pokémon.

Its colour and size indicates how easy or hard capturing it will be.

Green is the easiest, orange medium and red hard. The smaller the circle the better the chance you will have to capture that beauty, so wait until it’s at its smallest before releasing and land it inside the circle.

6- Don’t evolve your Pokemon too early

It’s tempting to use your Stardust and Candy immediately, but as your trainer levels up and you travel further afield, you’ll find higher starting level Pokémon. The higher the starting combat power (CP) of your Pidgey the stronger your evolved Pidgeotto will be, for instance.

5- Rare Pokemon are close to their real life habitats

You’re more likely to find rare Pokémon close to the environments in which they might live. Water Pokémon are more common near bodies of water, Ghastlys in grave yards, grass-types in parks, etc.

4- Don’t put your pokemon into gyms too early

Putting weak Pokémon into gyms does no one any favours. You might hold it for your team initially, but only until it’s beaten by the opposition. You can’t train it up or swap it out, so you’re more likely to simply have it beaten and taken over, booting everyone out of the gym.

3- Visit every pokestop & hit them faster with x

Even if your bag is full, you still get 50XP from each visit to a PokeStop, which is quite a small amount, but can be very useful for levelling up when you first start. You need to reach level 5 before you are allowed to visit a gym.

When you’ve hit a PokeStop and spun the sign you can just hit the X at the bottom to collect the items, you don’t have to burst each bubble to grab them.

2- Battery saving mode

An hour’s usage can take up to 40% in my testing, enabling battery-saving mode in the app helps a little, as does turning down your screen brightness.

Accentuating the problem, you’ll need the app to be open and active for any walking to count, so go into your display settings and set the screen auto-off to 10 minutes or more.

An external battery case or USB battery pack is definitely recommended.

1- You need both strong data and GPS for Pokémon Go to work. If data or GPS drops out mid-encounter you will lose your progress. The app also has issues coming back from standby occasionally, requiring you to quit and relaunch it to keep playing, even if it is showing you moving on a map.