23 Pro Tips From Pokémon GO Masters

23 Pro Tips From Pokémon GO Masters

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Pokémon GO is a pretty time consuming game and most of the population does not have time to spend hours playing to find out all the tips and tricks of the trade.  People who are fortunate enough to spend almost every hour of the day playing have compiled an awesome list of tips that could be extremely useful.

Caitlin Dewey of the Washington Post compiled some of the best tips that are out there in order to boost newbies that need a hand in getting ahead.  These tips are an excellent way for novices and even advanced players to get further in the game.

Finding Pokémon

  • The floating leaves that appear as you walk around mean that Pokémon are in that vicinity and that you may encounter some if you head over there. — Shelly Tan
  • The tracker in the bottom right corner tells you how close nearby Pokémon are — each footprint is approximately 100 meters. Keep an eye on this as you walk to see if the footprints increase or decrease. If they decrease, you’re going in the right direction. — Shelly Tan
  • You see that little box in the lower right corner? If you select a specific Pokémon in that tracker it will focus on just that one Pokémon. The box will “pulse” if you’re getting closer! — Tim Wong
  • You can find pretty much every type of Pokémon everywhere, but they do tend to be densely populated in their own “habitats” — e.g. water Pokémon near ponds, lakes, rivers, etc. Supposedly, fire Pokémon congregate near gas stations. — Shelly Tan
  • Incense and lures both attract Pokémon to you: The difference is that a Lure is attached to a pokéstop and can be used by players near you, while an Incense follows your location and can’t be shared. Both can be purchased in the shop or gained through level-ups. — Shelly Tan
  • Take the bus to hit a ton of pokéstops. — Tauhid Chappell

Catching Pokémon

  • Turn the AR slider off when trying to catch Pokémon. It makes it easier since you don’t have to move your phone around to “find” the Pokémon: A generic screen will show up instead, and you only have to focus on throwing the ball. — Gene Park
  • Pokémon are easier to catch if you wait until the colored circle is smallest. — Daniel Hoerauf
  • The colored circles have different meanings, too: Yellow and red indicate that Pokémon are harder to catch; green indicates they’re easier. — Kiki Simpson
  • You can put spin on a pokéball before you toss it by dragging it in circles. — Victor Weiss
  • Once you catch a Pokémon don’t move your camera, because it freezes the game and you have to restart. Noob mistake on my end. — Tauhid Chappell
  • Running low on pokéballs? Don’t forget to quickly tap on stray pokéballs from when your toss misses during a catch attempt — the pokéball will be returned to your inventory! — Tim Wong

Training and evolving your Pokémon

  • Be aware of your Pokémon CP, or combat power — it expresses how likely that Pokémon is to win in a fight. You can arrange your Pokémon display by CP so you can see who’s the strongest at any given time. — Gene Park
  • You need candy and stardust to train Pokémon. Stardust can upgrade any Pokémon; candies are specific to individual types. You can trade in Pokémon for candy of that type, so capture them all, even if you have duplicates. — Chris Nguyen
  • When you have extra Pokemans, you have the choice to keep them (which doesn’t really do anything) or you “transfer” them to hot Professor Willow. Willow will then give you one “candy” for that type of Pokémon, which you need (along with stardust) to feed to the Pokémon to upgrade them, or evolve them. It doesn’t matter how strong that Pokémon is, you just get a single candy. So when you get new candy, feed it to the highest CP Pokémon — there’s no point spreading it around. — Gene Park
  • You should power-up your Pokémon *after you’ve fully evolved them. You don’t want to get stuck investing stardust and Pokémon candies in a Pokémon that evolves and ends up with a bad moveset. — Tim Wong [This originally said before instead of after. My bad! That was a poor Slack transliteration, and had nothing to do with Tim’s Pokémon prowess.)
  • You might also want to wait until Level 9 to evolve your Pokémon. Once you hit Level 9, you’ll get something called a Lucky Egg, which gives you double experience points and evolves all your Pokémon like crazy. — Oleg Gogovykh

Hacking ‘Lures’

  • If you enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, start a Lure module at a pokéstop! — Darpan Shah
  • If you pop a Lure at a pokéstop, Pokémon will just show up there as opposed to you having to walk around. So yeah, Lures are basically people here at work wanting to catch Pokémon while they’re stuck here. — Gene Park
  • Work in an office where there are enough nerds to coordinate a Lure placement schedule. — Abby Ohlheiser

Preventing battery and data drain

  • You can enable Battery Saver mode in the settings. Once it’s on, hold your phone facing down while you’re walking. It turns off your screen and slows down GPS refresh, but it still vibrates when a Pokémon appears. — Chris Nguyen
  • Turning off AR can also save battery a bit. But it’ll be less fun. — Oleg Gogovykh
  • Stay on WiFi as much as possible. — Jason Wong

There you have it folks.  23 Tips that will keep you competing with some of the most talented trainers on the game.  If we have missed any tips please go ahead and let us know in the comments below and we will surely make an update or a brand new post for them.

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