Pokemon Go: Explore a Whole New World of Adventure
Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality mobile game app developed by Niantic. The app is available for download in both iOS and Android platforms and was initially launched in New Zealand, Australia and United States which will be followed by Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and other Asian / European countries. Since I am currently based in New Zealand, I was lucky enough to try it on the first day of release. However, since this game is relatively new, I decided to list down the basic steps so that you can get a virtual picture of what to expect before you begin your adventure in the Pokémon Go world!
Learning the ABC’s of Pokémon Go
Your Starting Pokémon
When choosing your starting Pokémon character, you can pick any three Pokemon listed below. At this stage, you won’t be able to use your character to battle wild Pokémon.
Charmander which will evolve into Charizard
Squirtle which will evolve into Blastoise
Bulbasaur which will evolve into Venusaur
Reaching Level 5
You need to reach level 5 in order to join a team and participate in the gym battle. There are three teams to choose from such as Team Valor Moltress (Red), Team Mystic Articuno (Blue) and Team Instinct Zapdos (Yellow).
Image credit to Meritt Thomas
Naming your Pokémon
You can customize and set the nickname of your Pokémon. You can even use your partner and friends names.
Pokémon’s Combat Power
The combat power or CP determines the level and strength of your Pokémon.
Battling your Pokémon
Unfortunately, you cannot fight wild Pokémon and other Pokemon trainers. The battling gym is the only thing that can satisfy your hunger.
The Pokémon journal keeps track of your daily activities. It displays the Pokémon that you encounter, catch and let escape during the day. The journal also tracks the Pokestops where you check-in as well as the free items you receive.
Catching, Collecting and Evolving Pokémon
Walk, Walk and Walk
You need to walk a lot and explore different places in order to catch a Pokémon. There are no excuses! Based from my own experience, I packed a bottle of water, snacks, umbrella, smartphone battery and an extra t-shirt to keep me going through the day. You can opt to ride a bike, car or use public transportation as long as you don’t speed up too fast.
Using the Pokemon nearby
You can search for nearby Pokemon by tapping the button on the bottom right hand side of the screen. The footprints measure your distance to a Pokemon. The less footprints you see, the closer you are to that Pokemon.
Pokémon Stardust and Candy
Stardust and Candy allows your Pokémon to increase its Combat Power. At the same time, Candy will help evolve your Pokémon. This means you need to catch the same Pokémon to do this.
Using Pokedex you can check all Pokemon you have seen and caught. Pokemon in silhouette means you didn’t able to catch it.
Throwing Poke balls
To catch Pokemon using the poke ball, tap the poke ball at the bottom of the screen and flick it upward. To throw the poke ball farther, tap it and hold before flicking.
Some Pokémon are only available in specific locations. For example, if you go to the beach or anywhere near the water, you will automatically get a water type Pokémon like Magikarp.
Leveling Up Your Character
You gain experience every time you catch, hatch and evolve a Pokémon. Activating a Lucky Egg will earn you double experience for a duration of 30 minutes. You can also earn EXP points from battling enemy team at the gym.
- 500 XP – Capture a New Pokémon
- 500 XP – Evolve a Pokémon
- 200 XP – Hatch a Pokémon
- 150 XP – Defeating a Pokémon Trainer at Gym
- 100 XP – Capture a Pokémon
- 100 XP – Excellent Throw
- 100 XP – Battling a Pokémon Trainer at Gym
- 50 XP – Beat a Pokémon in Training at a Gym
- 50 XP – Checking in at a Pokéstop
- 50 XP – Great Throw
- 10 XP – Nice Throw
- 10 XP – Curve Ball
+XP Bonus Value Source: Pokemon Go How to online
Evolve your Pokémon
Speed up your experience by evolving your crappy Pokémon like Pidgeys and Zubats!
Pokestops are landmarks or places where you can collect items. By tapping the pole and swiping the picture in the circle left/right, you automatically gain +50 experience and get free items like Poke Eggs, Pokeballs, Potions , Razz berry and Revive. Make sure you access them all.
Dominating Gyms Battles
You are only allowed to battle in the gym after you choose your team and reach level 5.
Battling with your Pokémon
The battle system is different from how you select your attacks in Gameboy and Nintendo 3DS. In Pokemon Go, you need to swipe left/right to dodge, tap to attack and hold tap then release to use special attack.
Bonus Pokemon Coins and Stardust
Once you earn your place in the gym, you will receive Pokémon Coins and Stardust.
The Pokémon Shop
Pokémon Coins are used to buy items in the Pokémon shop. You can purchase these Coins by spending real money.
Buying Pokemon Items in the shop
You can buy items to help you with your journey. See list below:
Poke balls: To catch Pokemon
Incense: To lure wild Pokemon to your location
Lucky Eggs: Earns double Character Experience for 30 minutes
Lure Modules: Attracts wild Pokemon to a Pokestop for 30mins. The effect benefits other people nearby.
Egg Incubator: A device that incubates a Pokemon Egg as you walk until it is ready to hatch.
Bag Upgrade: Increases the max number of items you can carry by 50. You can purchase this item more than one time.
Pokemon Storage Upgrade: Increases the max number of Pokemon you can carry by 50. You can purchase this item more than one time.
Managing your Pokémon and Poke Items
Storing your Pokémon
Your storage can hold up to 250 Pokémons by default.
Pokémon Eggs and Incubators
In order to hatch a Pokémon Egg, you need to incubate it and walk a total distance of 2km, 5km or 10km depending on the requirements.
Reference: Pokemon Eggs fullscreen view
Frequent App Crash
Expect the Pokémon Go to crash frequently due to user overload. Don’t feel grumpy when you miss a Pokémon along the street.
You are required to use a Gmail account and a Visa or credit card in order to play the Pokémon Go mobile game app.
Access to All Information
Once you sign up, Niantic will gain full access to your Gmail account. This includes photos, videos, emails, documents and contacts. Create a new Gmail account for this purpose.
Playing the Pokémon Go app may affect your daily activities, so don’t let yourself get too hooked to the game. However, the most important thing is to enjoy meeting new people and keep on catching Pokémon!
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