Master List of Pokemon Go Hacks & Tips
- 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.
- Below are some helpful charts.
^Rarity of Pokemon.
^Level rewards up to Level 20
^Lucky Egg hatches
^Catching Pokemon using the Nearby locator.