I’ve been playing Pokémon GO pretty hardcore now for the past 48 hours or so, at least whenever the servers have decided to work. I have a bunch of 500+ CP Pokemon and have won and lost three gyms at this point. I’ve tried to do some research to improve my game, and what I’ve found are things that I wish I’d known from the start.
Some of these are things you should know right at the start, like before you even start playing, other items will hopefully just shorten the learning curve a bit, because so much about Pokémon GO is frustratingly vague and almost nothing is clearly explained.
So, here are ten things I wish I knew when I started Pokémon GO:
Evolve Your Pokémon For XP
Once you have the maximum evolved version of a Pokémon you can pick up extra, lower-level duplicates as a bonus source of XP.
You Have To Beat Rival Teams Several Times To Keep A Gym
You have to get a gym rep all the way down to zero to be able to replace it with your own Pokémon.
Tracking Is Unreliable, But There Are Some Tips
One foot print is the closest, two is medium close and three is the farthest away. Among those listed with three footprints, they will appear in the list in order of closeness.
Pikachu Can Be Your Very First Pokémon
At the beginning of the game you get to choose between Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander. If instead of picking one of them you run away from them four times, Pikachu will appear.
You Do Have To Actually Walk Your Eggs
You have to walk while the game is active to hatch your eggs that are incubating. Trains, cars and buses do not work.
Battling Is Hard
In addition to hitting your opponent, you can also swipe to avoid attacks. Your Pokémon will have a special meter that increases while you attack so you can do an even more powerful attack at some point.
The App Doesn’t Work In The Background
It won’t even track your steps unless you have it open.
It’s Hard To Know When To Invest In Pokémon
You may be tempted to pump up your Pokémon with stardust only to find a higher-level Pokémon while walking down the street.
Holding Gyms Give You Free Stuff
If you lead or support a holding gym you will get significant currency daily.
Catching High-Level Pokémon Requires Strategy
Pokémon are easiest to catch when the ring around them is the smallest. Hold down the Pokéball before you throw and the ring will shrink. Turning off AR also makes it way easier to catch Pokémon.