Pokémon GO Guide: Newbie Tutorial, Tips & Tricks

Pokémon GO Guide: Newbie Tutorial, Tips & Tricks

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The hit augmented reality smartphone app "Pokemon GO" shows a Pokemon encounter overlain on a real world trail in the forest.

Pokémon GO Guide

If you haven’t been able to resist the game of the moment but you’re a bit lost, take note of the tips in the Pokémon Go play guide.

If you still don’t have it and want to start catching creatures in the streets, get ready to start because we tell you how to take your first steps with Pokémon GO, with some tips and tricks to make you the best player.

If you already have the video game and want to know all the details, learn how to move and discover the possibilities offered by the virtual universe of Niantic, here is a guide to play Pokémon GO. 

Configure your options

Once you install the game and create your avatar, you’re ready to start hunting. However, since in the game you have to move through the streets, before you go out to catch creatures, we recommend that you configure options such as enabling or disabling music and sound effects.

To do this, click on the PokéBall on the map screen and then select Options in the upper right corner. In addition to music or vibration, you also have a battery-saving mode to use less energy during play.

Saver mode will cause the screen to turn off when the phone is lowered. In this way the battery consumption will be much lower. This feature allows to improve the consumption of notable form, something that your mobile will thank.

But remember that the app must be open in the foreground. If you press the Home button and leave it in the background, or if you block the mobile, you won’t be able to capture any Pokémon. The best thing is that in your phone settings, set the screen to remain active for as long as possible.

To catch Pokémon without using your mobile, you can use the Pokémon GO Plus wristband

The hit augmented reality smartphone app "Pokemon GO" shows a Pokemon encounter overlain on the real world

Choose Pikachu and forget about Charmander, Bulbasur or Squirtle

When you talk to the teacher and he offers you one of the initial three starters, all you have to do is walk away from them for several meters and ignore the constant reappearances.

After several times rejecting the three initials that are offered to you, Pikachu will appear next to them. It’s time to capture the most precious and original of all. As with the other three initial Pokémon, all you have to do is throw a Poke Ball at him to capture him.

The problem is that it doesn’t always come up with the same ease. He might do it after five minutes of walking, after a quarter of an hour or after two hours. If you want to choose Pikachu in Pokémon GO, get ready for a good walk after him.

Catch a Pokémon

To catch a Pokémon you have to move through the streets and find them. You’ll see your avatar on the map, which will move in the same direction as you walk. Please note that the game takes location data from your smartphone’s GPS, so you may encounter problems playing indoors. It’s just going to be a lot more difficult to get copies.

You can change the view by zooming in or out. The gesture is the same as for enlarging a photo on any mobile device. With the minimum zoom, you will be more aware of your surroundings on the map, although for practical purposes the gameplay will be the same.

As you move, creatures close to you will appear. If you click on the box in the lower right corner of the map screen, you can see the silhouettes of those that are located a short distance away.

pokemon go game with world map background

The strongest Pokémon

In addition to the goal of capturing the largest number of Pokémon, users seek to find the rarest and strongest “bugs”, those with the most combat points. The ones with the most PCs are hard to catch. Many of them you can achieve it by opening 10 km eggs, almost impossible to achieve and very hard to open.

Regardless of the level at which you capture a Pokémon, you can make it earn combat points by giving it Star Powder. However, if you’ve caught him with very few, it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve won levels to catch more powerful creatures.

These are the most combat points you can have:

  • Dragonite: Maximum CP 3,500
  • Snorlax: Maximum CP 3.112
  • Exeggutor: CP maximum 2.995
  • Arcaine: CP maximum 2,983
  • Lapras: CP maximum 2.980
  • Vaporeon: CP max 2.816
  • Gyarados: Maximum CP 2,688
  • Flareon: Maximum CP 2,643
  • Charizard: CP max 2.602
  • Muk: Maximum CP 2,602

Calculate combat points after evolution

When it comes to evolving a Pokémon, there is always the question of whether it will be profitable or not. Spending candy on a member of your team may not be worth it, as you do not know how powerful it will be. Now you can calculate it with a calculator that tells you how many combat points your Pokémon will have after evolving.

The way to use it is simple. Just enter the name of the Pokémon, its combat points and calculate. The software will tell you how strong it will be once it has reached the next step of its power. You can access it here.

It’s still in development, so it’s possible that some specimens won’t appear, especially the most difficult ones. They’ve also made a table with the maximum combat points each can reach. It’s a little Pokémon GO trick to help you make decisions.

Of course, if you have two identical members of your team, it’s more worth evolving to the one with the most PC. 

Most of the time, it’s a good idea not to evolve and wait to catch a rarer, more powerful Pokémon. 

woman holding smartphone with pokemon go game opened on screen

These are the easiest to evolve

There are several creatures that only require a few candies to move on to their next transformation. They’re the ones that will really help you climb the Pokémon trainer rankings. There are people who despise the most common specimens, and this is a mistake that can give them bills.

  • Pokémon who need 12 candies
  • Caterpie
  • Weedle
  • Pidgey
  • Pokémon who need 25 candies
  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Rattata
  • Nidoran
  • Oddish
  • Poliwag
  • Open
  • Machop
  • Bellsprout
  • Geodude
  • Gastly
  • Elevator
  • Dratini

In the menu that appears when clicking on the central PokéBall you will find the Objects section. Here’s an inventory of things you can use to catch Pokémon, such as incense, which attracts creatures to your position, balls, a camera to photograph wild Pokémon, or an incubator to use when you find eggs.

Another essential point in the guide to play Pokémon GO are the Poképaradas, which is where you can get the items. These are real-world places that you’ll see marked on the map with a blue symbol.

To explore them, you’ll need to be physically in these places: it will change shape when you’re around and you can touch it to interact with it. Then turn the photo disc around so that the objects come out and you can get them.

The Poképaradas are recharged every five minutes. If you have one close enough to home, you’ve succeeded. In addition, each time you spin one you will get 50 XP which will be very valuable.

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