Pokemon has taken the world by storm with Niantic’s new augmented reality game “Pokemon Go”. Not just the world of carefree pre-teens either… the whole world! I knew 13 year old me was right, Pokemon is awesome!
With Outlook Creative having it’s finger on the pulse (and a lot of kids trapped in adult’s bodies) it has swept through parts of our office, along with the rest of the country!
Pokemon Go has fostered a community that helps each other learn the game. The “figure it out” approach is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons for Pokemon Go’s viral success. In the spirit of that, we thought we’d impart our knowledge on the subject for anyone who needs it!
There is one over-arching rule when playing Pokemon Go… It’s all about your characters level!
The higher level you are the more powerful (and rare) the Pokemon you encounter. Higher level players also have access to better equipment (Pokeballs) so job one is “get to level 20 as quickly as you can” and the following tips have that goal in mind.
XP is what your in game character uses to level up. You need as much as you can get. The most effective methods are:
a. Evolving Pokemon
b. Catching Pokemon (good technique earns you extra xp)
c. Spinning Pokestops (You’re going to need to do this a lot anyway)
d. Hatching eggs (covered in tip 5)
Lucky Eggs are probably the most valuable item in the game. They give you a 30 minute window where your XP gained by any activity is doubled. So! How to make this count…
a. Save up your evolving.
Until your Egg is active. Common Pokemon like Pidgey, Rattata and Weedle are great for this. Save them up and knock ‘em down.
b. Find a cluster of Pokestops.
Once your Lucky Egg is active give em’ a spin every time you have to go back to the map! That’s an easy 100xp each time as well as a few useful items!
c. Catch Catch Catch!
Find you’ve evolved all your Pokemon but there’s time to spare? Get catching! That XP still gets doubled.
Stardust (combined with Candy) is the way you make your Pokemon more powerful. Using this on Pokemon you catch before level 20 is a waste (you’ll just catch more powerful Pokemon later).
Save it all up, once you hit level 20 you should have lots of powerful Pokemon and enough Stardust to make them near invincible!
Until you’ve got some heavy hitters in your line-up, Gyms are a cruel shop window that dangles power and glory in front of you.
If you spot a Gym that’s weak (Pokemon in the Gym have low CP) then it might be worth quickly taking for the 500 Stardust reward you get. Just don’t expect to hold on to it for long.
When you level up (and occasionally when you spin a Pokestop) you will get Eggs or Incubators. You put the Eggs in to Incubators and walk to hatch them.
The Eggs vary in distance (2km, 5km and 10km) and you can get various Pokemon from each kind of egg.
Hatching Eggs gets you a (potentially rare) Pokemon, a healthy dose of XP and Stardust (along with plenty of candies for your new Pokemon). Lots of wins there.
Don’t assume the 2km eggs are rubbish. I won’t lie, you’ll get plenty of Pidgeys from them but they contain a few rare names! (including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander and Pikachu!)
For a full list of what you can hope for out of each Egg distance, check out this chart.
And there it is! A guide to hitting the ground running in Pokemon Go. When that Dragonite breaks out of the Pokeball and runs away, remember, it’s just a game!
HAPPY HUNTING!… Gotta’ Catch ’em all!… etc etc.