Bring lots and lots of water. Keep yourself hydrated, especially in this summer heat.
Charge your device before you leave the house.
Invest in a small portable charger. Walmart sells little juice battery packs for $7-10.
Don’t go hunting at night by yourself. Bring friends.
Dress appropriately for the weather. Seriously. You can thank me later.
ALWAYS look both ways before crossing the street. It sounds elementary, but the game even warns you to be aware of your surroundings on startup.
You can control the evolution of your Eevee. To do this, figure out which evolution you want and rename the Eevee (before evolving!) to the corresponding name. If you want a Flareon, name your Eevee “Pyro.” For Jolteon, name your Eevee “Sparky.” For Vaporeon, name it “Rainer.”
You can level up a hell of a lot more quickly if you catch every Weedle, Pidgey, Rattata, etc. you can find.
To maximize your XP received by catching Pokemon, use a Lucky Egg to double your XP gains for catching them, evolving them, and also for visiting PokeStops.
Pokemon respawn faster in urban and highly populated areas, but even moreso around Gyms and PokeStops.
The higher level your Trainer is, the more likely you are to catch higher CP (or rarer) Pokemon.
Evolve a Pokemon before raising its CP because raising it doesn’t affect the evolution at all.
Gyms will NOT raise a Pokemon’s CP.
The CP and rarity of a Pokemon tells you how hard it will be to catch, so for higher CP and rarity, I suggest using Great or Ultra Balls.
Catch every Pokemon you encounter, and I mean EVERY ONE.
Evolve as many Pokemon as possible, even if you already have its evolution.
You can also use your Lucky Egg to Power Evolve, which is to evolve all your Pokemon at once. You’ll get 1,000 XP for each Pokemon you evolve with the Lucky Egg.
When leaving a Pokemon at a Gym, don’t leave your strongest Pokemon there - leave your second strongest so you can continue using your strongest to battle at other Gyms.
The farther you are from the place you started the game, the more likely you are to receive a 10KM egg.
If you play on an iPhone, give yourself an extra hour of gameplay by putting your phone on Low Power Mode when it reaches 90% battery.
You don’t have to stand right next to a Pokemon to try to capture it. You should always be able to try to capture it if you see it on your screen.
You CAN zoom in and zoom out!
Here are your XP Activities -
Capturing a Pokemon - 100 XP
“Nice” capture - 10 XP
“Great” capture - 50 XP
“Excellent” capture - 100 XP
Curveball capture - 10 XP
2KM egg hatch - 200 XP
5KM egg hatch - 500 XP
10KM egg hatch - 1,000 XP
Evolving a Pokemon - 500 XP
Discovering a new Pokemon - 500 XP
Visiting a Pokestop - 50 XP or 100 XP, depending on how many supplies you receive
When you first start playing Pokémon and open the app for the very first time, you can choose one of the three starter Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. To get a Pikachu, you will have to ignore the first Pokémon offered to you by Prof. Willow. The three Pokémon will follow you around for a while and then disappear. After doing this four times, a Pikachu will appear.
When you look at the bottom-right corner of your screen, you will see Pokémon that are nearby. The footprints underneath them indicate how far they are from you. Fewer footprints mean it is closer. The one top-lefted is the closest to you.
When you attempt to capture a Pokemon, press down on a PokeBall. A colored ring will appear over the Pokemon. Green rings mean it’s relatively easy to capture. Red rings mean it is more difficult to catch. Usually (not all the time), green rings take 1-2 tries. Yellow rings take 3-5 tries and Red rings can take 5-8.
Great and Ultra balls become available after you pass Level 11.
You’ll find more interesting supplies at PokeStops the more you level up. At Level 5, you’ll begin finding Potions, Revives, and Incenses. At Level 8, you’ll see Razz Berries and Lure Models. Level 9 will show Lucky Eggs. Level 12 is Great Balls and Level 20 is Ultra Balls.
When capturing Pokemon, try using your index finger rather than your thumb.
Pokemon will disappear. It happens to all of us.
Water Pokemon will stay by water, obviously. I catch some when I’m in the car and someone is driving in a tunnel.
Spin can be put on the ball, and if you can hit the Pokemon with the ball inside the inner circle, you’ll get a “great” or “nice” which is worth more XP post-catch.
There is no permanence in Pokemon location. They move.
Public places have more Pokemon than, say, neighborhoods.
The rustling grass or leaves that you sometimes see on your map indicates a Pokemon spawn point! This is an area where Pokemon will continue to pop up at before they possibly relocate themselves. If there’s a Pokestop near one of these points, you should set up shop there for a bit with a lure to see what you get!
Incense only affects YOU - not your friends. Lure models affect everyone at PokeStops.
Looking for ways help improve the way you play, save some battery, and perhaps some hints? Well look no further:
Click the Pokeball on the middle of the screen, settings, and make sure “Battery Saver” is on, it will darken your screen when you put it down, but it will vibrate if a pokemon shows up (you have to turn this on every time you start the game
“Transfer” is a method where you remove an extra Pokemon and recieve a candy for it
If you do not choose a starter you can get Pikachu as your starter
Go ahead and copy your e-mail/username to help quicken the process for when the servers go down
Joining a team: at level 5, head to the nearest gym and you will be prompted to join a team. Be warned your decision is permanent, so choose wisely!
Though it may be cool, turning off AR for battles helps tremendously as 1. It saves battery and 2. The pokemon becomes easier to catch as it doesn’t move around
When catching a Pokemon: Green = easy catch, Yellow = moderately hard catch, Orange = hard catch
If an orange catch shows up, i would highly recommend (if you have them and want to assure capture) to use a Razz Berry as they work wonders for catching Pokemon
Even worse, some high level Pokemon seem to alter your Pokeball throws by curving or wacking them away on top of having a hard catch rate. By holding and spinning your pokeball to charge a curveball shot, and then throwing the Pokeball into the smallest sized circle you will get an “excellent” message, netting you max XP from the catch!
Nearby Pokemon: The feet below the Pokemon indicate how far they are. Click on the nearby Pokemon page, if the Pokemon you are searching for goes to the front of the list, you are headed in the right direction; if not head another direction. Also if the footprints reduce by one, that is a good sign. If not, try a different direction (fair warning the system is pretty wonky spent 30 minutes trying to find a kingler and it never took me in the right direction)
Gyms: There are no such things as unbeatable gyms, if a Pokemon gets stuck with 1 hp, go ahead and restart your game. If you enter the battle and after the words GO appear it takes you back to the menu, restart the game. Remember to hold down to use your second stronger move.
If a Pokemon needs 50 candy to evolve you should need to catch 13 of that Pokemon (each catch gives 3 and you get 1 when you remove it) 3 x 13 + 12 (you’ll keep one to evolve) = 51, You will need 16 if the Pokemon has two evolutions (one for 12 and one for 50) 3 x 16 + 15 = 63
Pokestops can be visited again after 5 minutes, however it will sometimes tell you to come again later if you visit too often
If you own any gyms, make sure to click shop and on the top right corner there will be a shield icon. Click that for a few shop coins and stardust every 21 hours as your Defender Bonus!
If you have friends, if 1 of them uses a Lure Module at a Pokestop, everyone near by will be able to benefit for the entire time! You will know if a Lure Module is used as the Pokestop will have cherry blossoms around it!
Eggs: To hatch an egg an incubator must be equipped on it and then you must travel a distance of either 2, 5, or 10 km depending on the egg (it’ll tell you how far you’ve got left) Eggs can be found at pokestops-each trainer has an infinute-use incubator that may be used as many times as you wish, but you can also gain temporary incubators such as the 3 time incubator through leveling, which will disappear after the designated number of hatches
Eeveelutions: Jolteon comes from Eevee with Body Slam, Vaporeon from Eevee with Swift, and Flareon from Eevee with Dig! (This is a theory that has been proven false, it appear the evolutions are random!)
Unlocks: Unlock Razz Berry at level 8, Super Potion at Level 10, Great Balls at Level 12, Hyper Potions at Level 15, Ultras Balls at Level 20
You will reach a point where you can no longer catch all Pokemon or else you’ll run out of Pokeballs, make sure to run from Pokemon you do not wish to catch (you’ll reach that point quickly with Rattata). However, you will get 1,000 XP every time you evolve a new Pokemon and 500 xp for one you already evolved so it can be a great way to level up!
Alternatively, save up your evolution’s and use a Lucky Egg to earn 2x the experience for evolving, catching Pokemon, taking over gyms, and visiting Pokestops!
● Even if you’ve read it before, it is still not possible to get back your failed pokeballs by tapping them. You fail, you lose them.
● If your bag is full go fight in a gym, you can earn experience and use potions without getting rid of them, and if there are pokemon around, use razz berries. After that you can come back to a stop and get more items.
● Assigning a pokemon to a gym gives you stardust and coins. Once you do it just head to the store and click the shield icon. Don’t worry if your pokemon loses right away!
● If you’re trying to catch a new pokémon that’s strong, don’t hesitate in using berries and other pokeballs. If you use normal pokeballs you’ll most likely lose much more.
● Using an incense can be very difficult. Make sure you use it in an area where you know there are good pokemon (a big city would be the best) and if you’re walking you’ll be able to attract more pokémon.
● If you’re going out, make sure you’re hatching an egg or two.
● Eggs give more candy than catching a pokémon (3 candies per pokemon caught)
● When you’re fighting in a gym, swipe your pokemon to dodge and tap it to attack.
● A good level to start powering your pokemon is at around level 13 or 15.
● You can only change your nickname once. Be wise.
● Pokémon in 2 km eggs: Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Magikarp, Pidgey, Caterpie, Weedle, Spearrow, Clefairy, Zubat, Rattata, Geodude.
● Pokémon in 5 km eggs: Ekans, Abra, Growlithe, Paras, Staryu, Venonat, Goldeen, Cubone, Bellsprout, Ponyta, Odish, Psyduck, Drowzee, Porygon, Nidoran (both female and male), Machop, Krabby, Sandshrew, Meowth, Horsea, Poliwag, Exeggcute, Tangela, Mankey, Magnemite, Slowpoke, Doduo, Vulpix, Diglett, Tentacool, Shellder, Seel, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Grimer, Koffing, Farfetch’d, Voltorb, Lickitung, Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime
● Pokémon in 10 km eggs: Snorlax, Jynx, Lapras, Dratini, Eevee, Scyther, Magmar, Pinsir, Onyx, Chansey, Kabuto, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Electabuzz, Omanyte, Aerodactyl.
● If you want to gain lots of xp, use a lucky egg. But be careful! I suggest you use it in a place where there are many pokemon and pokestops so you have pokeballs guaranteed (bonus if they have a lure) and when you’re ready to evolve several pokemon (evolving a pokémon grants you 500 xp, having a new pokémon in your pokedex grants you another 500 xp, giving you 1000 xp. If you do it with a lucky egg you’ll gain 2000 xp).
● Keep catching all the possible pokémon you can, you’ll get more xp and candies (and even more if you transfer them)!
● Eeveelution trick: Name your Eevee “Rainer” to evolve into Vaporeon, “Pyro” to evolve into Flareon, and “Sparky” to evolve into Jolteon; note that this can only work once with each name. Once you name your eevee close the game and open it again so you can be 100% sure that it was renamed and saved. After your first eeveelution of each one you need to be more sure of renaming it but there’s still the chance of not evolving to the desired pokemon so take your chances.
● Favorite the pokemon you want to assign in gyms/don’t want to transfer.
● (Personal experience) There’s higher chances of new and rarer pokemon to appear at later hours. I managed to catch a pikachu, a meowth and an arbok around my house!
● (Personal experience) It’s possible that there’s a higher chance of catching a pokémon if you have plenty of it caught already. I have about 20 eevees and I can manage to catch a 200-300 cp eevee with a normal pokeball at first throw and without using any berries. On the other hand, I have few clefairies and even a 94 cp clefairy can escape from me. Unbelievable!
● Last but not least: Gotta catch ‘em all!
I’ve seen a few posts like these but some have incorrect info and some are missing a few things I’ve picked up so here we go:
Defender icon in the shop: This doesn’t give you free items every day, it gives you coins and items ONLY IF you have at least one pokemon in a gym. The more pokemon you have defending gyms, the more coins you get. There’s a cool-down of 21 hours.
Leveling Pokemon: You can’t level pokemon by fighting or training them, the only way is through the “power up” function. It takes star dust and candy. To get more candy, catch the same type pokemon and trade the lower level ones away. That’s 4 candy per catch!
Leveling yourself: Evolving pokemon gets you 500 xp, so it’s a good way to quickly level up if you don’t have access to many pokestops/gyms. That means you need to catch EVERY pokemon you see, even if it’s the 100th rattata or pidgey. Those common pokemon only take 12 candies to evolve, so you can level them up them ship ‘em off to Professor Willow for more candy.
Getting stupid powerful Pokemon to dominate gyms with: Use the power up function to get the pokemon as high CP as you can. The white arc above the pokemon shows how much more you can level it. This takes a while, since it burns through stardust pretty quickly, but it’s worth it. I turned an eevee into a CP 866 vaporeon by maxing out the eevee’s CP before evolving, and I’ve only been playing a few days.
If you have more tips or corrections, feel free to add them!
1. Don’t just look at the CP when you’re deciding which multiple to keep and evolve; also look at the attack strengths. You can jack up the CP, but I don’t think it’s possible to do anything to improve attack strength.
2. You don’t need to tap the items at a Pokestop, you can just X out and you’ll auto-collect them. (Also, stops re-pop every five minutes.)
3. Throwing the ball when the the colored circle is the smallest is the most likely to catch the Pokemon. (Totally opposite of what I would have guessed.)
4. Actually bother to catch the pidgeys and the weedles and the other constantly spawning little things. Do it for the stardust, and then for every few that you catch you’ll be able to evolve one for 500 XP without spending anything but Pokeballs.
5. Lures in more noteworthy landmarks usually bring better stuff; lures in more specific terrain (blue water, actual dark green woods on the map) will usually bring better stuff.
6. When you take a gym, you have the opportunity to take your defender bonus immediately. However, as soon as you take it, it starts the 21 hour countdown before you can get that bonus again. If you’re going to be taking multiple gyms in a short time span and think you can hold them a little while, wait till you’ve got a few before you take the bonus (you get more for each gym).
The best way to grind xp.
Catch every Pidgey, I’m serious, all of them.
It takes only 12 candies to evolve a Pidgey. This will net you, the trainer, a bonus of 500 xp.
Combine this with a lucky egg and you get 1000.
Simply star pokemon you can evolve, (‘favorite’ them) so that they are all easily identifiable. Then drop a lucky egg and evolve. I recommend sitting as you want to make the most of your 30 mins and you’ll want to keep an eye on your pokemon.
This can easily net you enough xp to blast through the lower levels and get you catching bigger and better pokemon.
If you’re a pro time your hatching of a 10k egg with the beginning of your lucky egg as you’ll gain a nifty 2000 XP.
If you don’t have enough pokemon to evolve the whole time make sure you’re next to some pokestops with lures to maximize your xp boost.
I know many of you already knew this one as most figured it out after a few days and for playing. Yet, I know new players are joining all the time so I want to make sure everyone sees this.
How do you level up quickly in Pokemon go? I'm having trouble
Wait to evolve your Pokemon and don’t power them up until you get a lucky egg. You can get a lucky egg from a pokestop by chance, or you can buy them with money. Lucky eggs double the XP you get for 30 minutes, so what I do is use a lucky egg and then evolve as many things as I can.
You normally get 500 XP for evolving, but with the lucky egg activated you get 1000 (and even more if you evolve it into a pokemon you haven’t seen yet!). This can rack up some serious XP and increase your level pretty quickly.
What I do is I make sure I catch lots of three kinds of Pokemon: Pidgey, Weedle, and Caterpie. These Pokemon only require 12 candies to evolve and they’re extremely common in many places (also pretty easy to catch). Farm these pokemon and wait until you have a ton of them and their respective candies. Then, activate your lucky egg, evolve, and watch that level grow :)
It also doesn’t hurt to do this by a pokestop. You get XP for visiting stops too!