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Top 10 Tips for Playing Pokémon Go

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Script written by Nick Spake Pokemon Go, perhaps you’ve heard of it? Join as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Tips for Playing Pokémon Go. For this list, we’re taking a look at the most useful pointers that’ll help “Pokemon Go” players be the very best and catch ’em all.

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Script written by Nick Spake

Top 10 Tips for Playing Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go, perhaps you’ve heard of it? Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Tips for Playing Pokémon Go.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the most useful pointers that’ll help “Pokemon Go” players be the very best and catch ’em all.

#10: Stay Aware of the Real World

As quite possibly the most addictive gaming app of all time, it’s easy to lose oneself in the world of “Pokémon Go.” However, the game’s augmented reality mustn’t distract players from actual reality. Otherwise, you could walk off a cliff or crash your car into a tree. In fact while we’re at it, don’t play while driving at all, we don’t care if Pikachu is in the middle of a highway, Causing a pileup isn’t worth it. Remember to be especially cautious of your surroundings while hunting Pokémon at night. One minute you could be catching a Rattata, the next you could be getting robbed, fall into a pond or nailed by a cyclist, seriously don’t stop to catch a Pokemon while you on a bike path.

#9: Search for Landmark PokéStops

While “Pokémon Go” has caused some people too loose touch with reality, the game has also miraculously influenced people to * gasp * go outside! In addition to hunting Pokémon, players must uncover PokéStops in order to gain potions, Poké Balls,and eggs. These blue icons can be found all over the place, although parks in particular are known for having multiple hot spots. PokéStops are often linked to local landmarks, which typically supply better in-game items. If a special event or promotion is happening at any of these locations, rare Pokémon could potentially be lured out to play. These areas can get especially crowded too, so be sure to play nice.

#8: Avoid Unnecessary Data Usage

Despite being free-to-play, this game can cost you a bundle and not only through in-app purchases. If your phone bill recently went through the roof, it’s possibly because “Pokémon Go” is consuming a lot more than just your free time. If you don’t have unlimited data and need to watch that limit there are things you can do. For example, always switch back to your personal wifi network as soon as you get home, or stick to areas that provide free Wi-Fi, like restaurants. If you go to school and get wifi on campus, that’s a great way to stay mobile and cover a large area without using your own data. Setting a mobile data limit certainly doesn’t hurt either. Above all else, though, try to play the game in moderation.

#7: Keep the App Open to Hatch Eggs

As mentioned before, eggs are among the several items available at PokéStops. Once the player puts an egg in an incubator, they’ll need to walk 2km, 5km, or 10km to hatch it. Keep in mind, however, that there is a speed limit. The game won’t register your distance if you travel over 20 mph. In other words, you can’t just get in a car and drive around. To speed up the hatching process, it’s best to keep the app open when you’re walking anywhere. Even if you’re getting up to go to the bathroom, every step makes a difference.

#6: Poach a Neutral Gym

Now that you’ve reached level 5 and have joined Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct, you’re probably eager to take down a rival gym. Assuming you’re Pokémon aren’t ready for the big league, there is a way to claim a gym without even battling. When a gym’s prestige points drop to absolute zero, it will become a neutral white arena. If you’re quick enough, you can poach the gym for your team and add your strongest Pokémon. While this might be easier than leveling up and battling, some trainers have argued that sniping neutral gyms isn’t fair. At San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Niantic CEO John Hanke promised to work towards ending gym poaching. So don’t get used to it.

#5: Transfer Your Pokémon

Even if you already have one Pidgey, you’ll still want to capture several more. Why? Because you can transfer extra Pokémon to Professor Willow in exchange for candy!Each Pokémon has it’s own specific candy, which goes towards levelingup and evolution. So in a nutshell, the more Pokémon you catch, the more you can transfer. The more Pokémon you transfer, the more candy you’ll get. The more candy you get, the closer your Pokémon comes to evolving. Catching Zubat after Zubat might sound like tedious work, but it’ll all pay of once you get that Golbat. Just don’t think about what happens to transferred Pokémon… or what that candy is made out of… well this took a dark turn.

#4: Look Out for Size and Color of Target Circles

The catching system in “Pokémon Go” may seem elementary compared to the other games in this franchise, but there’s actually a fair deal of strategy involved. When you touch a Poké Ball, a color-coded circle will appear around a Pokémon. Green means it’s easy to catch, yellow means it’s harder to catch, and red means it’s time to break out a Master Ball. To increase your odds of capturing a Pokémon, you’ll want to wait for the circle to shrink down. The smaller the ring is, the more likely the Pokémon will remain in the Poké Ball. And trust us, nothing is more frustrating than wasting precious Poké Balls, speaking of which…

#3: Throwing Poké Balls

Even if you encounter a low level Pokémon, there’s still an art to capturing it. Perhaps the most challenging part of the game is learning how to throw a Poké Ball the right way. For starters, we’d suggest flicking the Poké Ball towards the middle of the screen to help ensue it hits your target. With that said, Pokémon don’t always stand still. They can dodge throws, making timing a crucial factor. So wait for a Pokémon to perform a dodge move and then swiftly toss your Poké Ball. Learning how to throw a spin ball can additionally earn a trainer more experience points. You see? There’s a lot more to this game than simply swiping your finger.

#2: Turn Off AR While Catching Pokémon

Utilizing your mobile device’s camera and GPS, this augmented reality game makes it seem as if Pokémon have really taken over our world. This has made leeway for countless awesome photos. When it comes to capturing Pokémon, though, it’s best to turn off the game’s AR feature. This will position the Pokémon right in the center of your screen, making it much easier to catch. Plus, AR drains your battery much faster. Speaking of which, pick yourself up a portable phone charger if you’re going on a long hunt. After all, getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone is a recipe for trouble.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Look for Moving Leaves

Hunt in Pairs

Don’t Waste Money on Poké Balls

Look for Pokémon in Natural Habitats

#1: You Can Get Pikachu as Your Starter Pokémon

If you grew up playing “Pokémon Red and Blue,” you’re probably accustomed to starting off with Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Ash Ketchum, however, your heart is likely set on starting with good old Pikachu. In that case, run away from the three starters at the beginning of the game. Although these Pokémon will follow you for a while, a certain electric mouse is bound to eventually pop up. It’s too bad this trick wasn’t public knowledge when “Pokémon Go” initially launched. Nevertheless, at least future trainers can begin their Pokémon journey by saying, “Pikachu, I choose you!”

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