Pokemon Go. It’s everywhere. And it’s estimated that the game has been downloaded over 75 million times! These 75 million users are not just kids either. Moms, dads, retired librarians, and even your boss are all playing Pokemon Go.
But just what is Pokemon GO? And how can you join the fun and get started?
The game has received so much popularity primarily because it is one of the first games that requires people leave their house to play it! Players use their mobile device’s GPS to locate and then their camera to capture virtual creatures called Pokemon. By means of the camera, the Pokemon appear as if in the real-world.
Although some Pokemon are easy to find, others are difficult to track down and capture. But capturing Pokemon with your camera is only part of the game. The virtual creatures that you capture can then be trained and battled.
Before you start running down the streets and through WalMart to capture Pokemon, here’s some of the basic lingo to understand.
Pokestops are real-world locations that provide you with important items such as Pokeballs, eggs, and potions.
Pokeballs are the primary item to capture Pokemon. You use a Pokeball when capturing, so you must replenish them to continue playing.
Gyms are battle locations for team-based play.
Eggs are an item that over time will hatch into a random Pokemon.
CP means “combat power”. It is a power ranking given to each Pokemon.
Candy can be obtained by capturing Pokemon. Different Pokemon require different amounts of candy to evolve them to a more powerful creature. You can use candy to raise a Pokemon’s CP level.
Pokecoins are the in-game currency. Although the game is free to play, you can purchase Pokecoins with real-world money. Pokecoins allow you to buy items such as Pokeballs and more. Yes, these items can be obtained for free at Pokestops, but if you can’t wait then this is a quick solution!
Pokemon Go Tips
If your past experience with mobile games is Candy Crush and Angry Birds then Pokemon GO can seem a bit intimidating. But gameplay basics are not really that difficult. Here are the Top 5 tips to get you going!
Tip #1 – Hang Out At Pokestops
Pokestops provide you with important items like Pokeballs and potions. Unless you want to spend lots of real-world money to purchase these items, then hit up Pokestops whenever you can!
In the game, your character must travel on the game’s map to visit Pokestops. These are displayed as blue cube icons if you have not yet visited it yet. Moving your character in the game, though, requires that you physically move in real life! So get moving!
Many do not realize, though, that Pokestops refresh every 5 minutes. So you can just hang around and continue to collect goodies. If the virtual Pokestop also happens to be a real-life chillin’ spot (such as a restaurant, park, or bar!) then just camp out for few hours and let the Pokeballs roll in!
Tip #2 – Understand Wild Pokeman Levels
Every Pokemon has a colored ring around it. This ring tells you how difficult it is to capture it.
GREEN ring = Easy difficulty ORANGEring = Medium difficulty REDring = Hard difficulty
Tip #3 – Save Great Balls & Ultra Balls
Beginners often waste Great and Ultra Balls on capturing common Pokemon. But common Pokemon can be easily captured with regular Pokeballs, whereas regular Pokeballs CANNOT capture elusive Pokeman.
So save those Great and Ultras Balls for the harder Pokeman later in the game!
Tip #4 – Use Razz Berries With Pokeballs
In the beginning most Pokemon can easily be caught with just Pokeballs. But you may find a particular Pokeman stubbornly resisting your Pokeballs. The nerve! In this case, use a Razz Berry. It will increase your chances of capturing the creature and help you save your Pokeballs.
Tip #5 – Capture All Pokemon For Experience Points
Since capturing Pokeman takes Pokeballs, and Pokeballs can only be obtained for free at Pokestops, and Pokestops require you put clothes on and leave the house… you might decide to ignore Pokemon you have already captured before. But there are many benefits to capturing a Pokemon, even if you already have it.
Each capture provides you with EP, or experience points. EP will level up your in game character, which is necessary to progress through the game.
Capturing a Pokemon gives you Candy. Even if you release the Pokemon later, you still get to keep the Candy, which is necessary for leveling up your Pokemon.
What other tips would you provide for new Pokemon Go players?