First, Pokemon trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pocket Monster to be their buddy and earn Candies by walking a certain distance. Improved game performance and fixed some bugs with text and interface.
In addition, the game is now available for Apple Watch of new generation, which recently been shown in the US presentation of Apple.
Updates occur automatically. All devices with game download files through the shops at the next login to the Niantic servers.
Pokemon GO: Buddy update first look
Game Pokemon GO is available for free download in Google Play Market and Apple Store. App of Corporation Niantic this summer has made a revolution in the world of games with adjustable reality and can be one of the most popular online games for smartphones this year.
This article will help you to find out about Pokemon GO’s tricks and secrets, the knowledge of which is essential for anyone hunting pocket monsters.
If you think that Pokemon GO is just a pointless quest with monsters and special effects, you are quite wrong. In fact the game has a quite elaborate and well thought-out gameplay seasoned with Easter eggs, tricks and unexpected surprises. Here’s what we’ve learned for the time being.
Finding and capturing pokemon
Rustling green leaves mean that pokemon are hiding somewhere nearby.
The bottom right-hand corner of the screen displays the pokemon that are hiding nearby. You can calculate the approximate distance between you and a pokemon judging by the number of footprints next to the pokemon’s icon. Experience has shown that one footprint equals approximately 40 metres.
The colour and size of the circle around the monster on the capture screen matters. The smaller it is, the better your throw will be. Green colour means easy game, yellow means you have some work to do and red colour marks the pokemon that are almost impossible to catch.
If you’ve missed but your Pokeball hasn’t disappeared from the screen, tap on it fast. This way you can have a second try and save the discs.
You can throw curveballs. In order to do it press on the Pokeball and move your finger around a couple of times before actually throwing the ball. A curveball will bring you extra points.
The higher your level is, the rarer and stronger pokemon will come your way.
Pokemon act differently depending on the time of day. If you take a walk in the evening, you might happen to catch rare night monsters.
Even if you’ve caught a lot of monsters of the same kind, don’t stop doing it. You get Experience, Candy and Stardust for that. Spare pokemon can always be given to the Professor for a reward.
Gyms and Pokestops
In order to join a faction and get into a gym you need to reach at least level 5.
Your choice of faction doesn’t really matter. Anyhow, no functional differences have been revealed between factions for the time being.
Empty gyms are marked with grey colour. You can take any of them and leave one of your pokemon there. But only one pokemon!
Battles in your faction’s gym boost your pokemon and raise the prestige level of the gym. Battles in other faction’s gyms lowers the prestige level. When it is close to zero, the faction will lose control of the gym and you’ll be able to take over.
You get bonuses from every gym where you’ve left your pokemon. The bonuses are 500 Stardust points and 10 coins per day.
Pokestops recharge every 5 minutes.
You don’t have to tap on each prize to pick it up from a Pokestop. Just close this screen and the bonuses will be automatically stored in your inventory.
You can use several different techniques in battles. A quick tap on the enemy causes a quick attack. A long tap allows you to strike a super blow. A swipe to the left or to the right is a way of avoiding attacks.
Your pokemon can’t be destroyed in a battle that takes place in your faction’s gym. And if you win, you get Experience points.
A defeat in another faction’s gym destroys your monsters. You can revive them and restore their powers only with the help of special tools from your backpack – Potion and Revive.
Eggs sometimes fall out of Pokestops. The monsters from a hatched egg are usually the rarest and strongest.
To hatch a pokemon you need to put an egg in the Egg Incubator (there is always one in your inventory). Then you have to walk the distance indicated near each egg.
Only walking on foot counts, so no bicycle or car. While walking you must keep the Pokemon GO app activated.
Tips for saving your traffic and battery
Pokemon GO uses Google Maps API to track your location and this gives us an opportunity to greatly reduce the use of mobile traffic. Just open the Google Maps app on your phone and save the map of your city to use it offline. Now Pokemon GO can load maps from cash, which will not only reduce the data transmission but also speed up the game.
Some users complain of the game’s draining the battery too fast. However, there’s nothing to be surprised about: Pokemon GO constantly keeps the screen on, tracks your location, transmits and receives data, uses camera and the phone’s sensors. In order to reduce energy consumption, activate Battery Saver in the game’s settings. Then your phone’s screen will be automatically switched off when you turn the phone over. You can also switch off the music right there in the settings as it also plays a role in draining the battery.
Besides, you might want to turn off the Augmented Reality (AR) to save the battery. You can do it while catching pokemon – there’ll be an indicator in the top right-hand corner. Well, it does make the playing process a little less fascinating but significantly reduces energy consumption.
And what interesting discoveries have you made while playing Pokemon GO? Share your experience in the comments!
Now we’ll talk about a strategy that will help you raise your level in Pokemon GO as soon as possible and get the rarest pokemon.
In Pokemon GO you play as a Pokemon Trainer who raises his level as he gets more experience (XP). The higher the Trainer’s level is, the rarer pokemon become visible on the map and the rarer bonuses fall out of Pokestops.
Turns out that in order to progress fast you need to get as much experience in a unit of time as possible. What’s the way to do it? What actions are awarded a lot of XP? You’ll find the answers in this list:
500 XP – a capture of a new pokemon
500 XP – evolution of a pokemon
200 XP – hatching a pokemon
150 XP – a pokemon’s victory in gym
100 XP – a capture of a pokemon
100 XP – an excellent throw
100 XP – a battle with a Pokemon Trainer in gym
50 XP – a pokemon’s defeat in gym
50 XP – checking a Pokestop
50 XP – a great throw
10 XP – a nice throw
10 XP – a curveball
If you look through this information briefly, you might think that the chances are very slim. Simple actions cost few points, more difficult ones that require a lot of time cost more. However, if you think about it again, there turns out to be one pretty good chance.
Yeah, if your pokemon evolves, you receive a lot of experience, and the whole thing only takes a couple of seconds. However, a monster’s evolution is impossible without enough Candy. Don’t worry, Candy’s not too challenging to get, if you follow this strategy:
Find a place with a few Pokestops located close to each other on the map.
Set up a Lure Module for pokemon. It will attract monsters for half an hour.
Use Incense. It will make pokemon go straight towards you.
Move between these Pokestops and catch all the pokemon you see. You should catch them all without exception because weak monsters are even better for our plan.
This way you can create a little private field that will produce a fantastic number of pokemon for you to catch for half an hour. Some players say that the number of attracted pokemon is so large that you hardly have time pick them all up.
As I have already mentioned above, in order to boost the Trainer with the help of Pokemon Evolution you’ll need the weakest and the most common monsters. Their evolution costs the same number of XP but far less Candy is needed.
Found any inaccuracies in the article? Is there anything you can add? Or maybe you have invented your own way of winning in Pokemon GO? Welcome to the comments!
If you’ve already started playing and you find yourself thinking that you don’t understand anything that’s happening on the screen, don’t worry. Everything is explained here.
Who are pokemon?
Our explanation won’t be quite as full without a short history of the pokemon world. It will be especially useful for those born not so long ago or, on the other hand, for those who have long forgotten about pokemon.
The word «pokemon» comes from the English «Pocket Monster». A whole super popular series of games, films, comic strips, toys and other things dedicated to these creatures was launched in Japan in 1996. During their existence pokemon have been both at the top and at the bottom. And now we witness a sudden revival of the glorious idea.
And here’s the most important thing you need to understand before playing Pokemon GO. During the 20 years of its existence the pokemon world has progressed so much, has developed so many written and unwritten rules, traditions and conventions that there’s no way a profane person is able to figure them out immediately.
So here’s the conclusion:
If you’ve come across something unusual and weird in Pokemon GO, don’t try to find a logical explanation. It just happens to be normal in this universe. Relax and accept everything as it is. Period.
So we’ve learned that the main characters in this universe are pocket monsters – pokemon. They can be different: there are 721 kinds all in all but only 174 of them are currently included in the game. However, that’s pretty much enough for the start. After all, every pokemon has its own set of unique characteristics, its own history and its own path of evolution.
The player’s first task is to catch pokemon. But you can only do it outdoors as the game is part and parcel of our real world. In order to play you need to enable GPS and mobile data, launch the game and go for a walk. All your movements will be displayed on the app’s map.
The map doesn’t give you any exact locations of pokemon. However, there are indirect signs of their presence. First of all, pay attention to those places where grass and leaves are moving on the map.
Keep an eye on the indicator in the bottom right-hand corner. It shows the pokemon wandering somewhere nearby. But, I’ll say it again, there’s no guarantee you’ll find a pokemon on the way. And it’s this vagueness that makes the game even more interesting.
When you’ve come across a pokemon, its icon will appear on the map next to you. Tap on it and the capture screen will emerge. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a Pokeball (a red and white disc) and right in front of you – a pokemon. Take the Pokeball and throw it in the monster’s direction but be careful to do it when the pokemon is in the green circle. A couple of tries is enough to understand how it works.
Caught’em, so what’s next?
One of the most important tasks in Pokemon GO is to catch at least one pokemon from each category available. Your collection is kept in Pokedex and you should aim to complete the collection.
Pokemon GO: Pokedex Collection
However that’s not the only thing pokemon exist for. They can also fight each other and they do it according to a set of some quite elaborate rules that we’ll talk about soon. In brief, every monster has its own unique characteristics that can be boosted in training. These include Hit Points (HP), Combat Points (CP) and Moves.
Besides, there’s the pokemon ability to evolve. It’s useful when you’re trying to catch a pokemon that’s difficult to find outdoors. For example, if there are a lot of Poliwag around you but no Poliwhirl, you should catch as many Poliwag as you can and one of them will evolve into Poliwhirl. Everything clear?
And what are these rotating things on the map?
They are Pokestops – special hiding places that usually contain Pokeballs, Pokemon Eggs and other cool things. They are usually located in some places of interest, for example, public art installations or historical monuments. So while playing Pokemon GO you can get to know some fascinating places you’ve never heard about before.
When you come up close enough to a Pokestop, it’ll grow in size and your phone will vibrate. Tap on it and the photo of the place in a disc will appear in front of you. Swipe and the disc will start to rotate throwing bonuses around. Tap on each to pick it up.
And what about those high towers?
When you reach level 5, you’ll be invited to join a team. And it’s those towers (called «gyms» in the game terminology) where all the teams are located. You can put the pokemon you caught in an open gym or your team’s gym and each player can only put one pokemon in one gym. You can train the pokemon you’ve put in a gym in battles: this way you’ll increase the gym’s prestige level.
The more the prestige level is, the harder it is to win the gym over. If the prestige level is close to zero, the defending team loses control over the gym and then you or another player can take over by putting your or their pokemon there. So basically a team that has the widest range of coolest monsters can capture other gyms bit by bit.
And here let’s put an end to our Pokemon GO lesson, otherwise you’d be just overwhelmed. Note that although this article gives important information it’s far from detailed. A thick encyclopedia wouldn’t be enough to fully explain the world of pokemon, so I suggest that you make further discoveries on your own.
So what is Pokemon GO?
If you enjoy walking and adventures are your cup of tea, explore interesting places around you while looking for pokemon and Pokestops.
If you like card games and evolution simulators, collect all the pokemon in Pokedex and watch them evolve.
If you prefer team-based multiplayer games and battles, fight to take over the gyms and make your team the best in town.
Pokemon GO is a game that gives you exactly what you want. And that’s why it’s impossible to tear yourself away from it.
Surely, you want to know where the most rare pokemon hide in Pokemon GO. All players want to know that. What will help you is a special map that indicates pokemon locations all over the world.
Poke Radar is an online map and a mobile app for iOS that will help you locate pokemons’ hiding places. If you’re tired of coming across the same monsters and if you want to add some rare specimens to your collection, then Poke Radar is exactly what you’re looking for.
The map of pokemon locations is being created by the players themselves and indicates the spots where they managed to find the most rare monsters. You can filter the results in the dropdown menu in the top left-hand corner. It means that Poke Radar allows you to hunt those pokemon that you actually need.
Certainly, the app doesn’t guarantee people won’t use it to deliberately post false information. However, these fakes are very easy to trace. Just click on the spot needed and look at the tooltip that contains additional information. You’ll see the player who has added this spot and its current rating according to other player’s votes. The higher the rating is, the more likely you are to find a rare pokemon on that spot.
The Poke Radar app for iOS functions in the same manner and you can use it outdoors while playing. Developers promise to release the Android version of the app soon.
Note that due to Poke Radar’s enormous popularity (Poke Radar became second in App Store’s top free apps in a few days’ notice) the developers’ servers are overloaded and they have a hard time handling all the requests fast. So be patient and just try again.