This site is dedicated to the game of Pokémon Go. It was created in the Summer of 2016, coinciding with the game’s release. Hopefully visitors will find the following Pokémon Go Tutorial useful in their quest to be the very best.
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Pokémon Go Game Overview
Pokémon Go is played by creating an avatar which is moved by the player (or trainer) physically moving around themselves. The game accesses the trainer’s mobile phone GPS location services and moves the avatar around a real-world map, according to the player’s own movements. Much like in the animated series, the object of the game is to catch as many Pokémon as possible. As in other classic role-playing games (RPG), the player’s avatar levels-up by ‘collecting’ experience points (XP). Various tasks within the game, including the catching of Pokémon, award the player with XP and contribute towards the leveling up process. Real-world locations have been chosen as PokéStops and gyms where more of the games actions and items can be completed.
Pokémon Go Tutorial: How To Play Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go is a simple enough concept to grasp. You choose an avatar and then wander around your local area using your smartphone to collect creatures.
The Pokémon Go app stands alone as the most popular augmented reality game (AR) ever made. It blends real world locations and movements with on-screen characters and tasks, providing a novel, modern take on the classic RPG video game.
Whereas the gameplay itself is quite straight forward, there are a number of nuances that new players or fans of the classic Game Boy titles will be unfamiliar with. This Pokémon Go tutorial seeks to dispel some of the myths, provide accurate information and help with some advanced strategy concepts.
So, if you’re brand new to the Pokémon franchise, or a seasoned veteran of the ’90s classic titles, we’ve got everything you need to become a Pokémon master.
Getting Started: Installing Pokémon Go
To start your Pokémon journey, you first have to download a free app on either Android or iOS platform, set up an account, and customize your avatar.
Players can download the app in much the same way as they would any other application from their chosen store. Once you have Pokémon Go on your device, it’s time to register an account. This should be pretty straight forward but those who are struggling can check our handy tips on registration and logging in.
Once you have successfully installed the Pokémon Go app on your phone and logged in, you will receive a pop-up instruction from a Professor Willow advising you to select your first Pokémon. You will be presented with the three classic starter Pokémon (Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur) from the original series and games and are encouraged to catch one of them yourself.
If you’d rather keep the experience authentic to the animated series, you can use the advice below to get a Pikachu as your starting Pokémon.
How To Get A Pikachu As Your First Pokémon
When Professor Willow prompts you to select your first Pokémon, the three available will spawn on the game’s map in front of you. By clicking on any of them, you will initiate a battle in which you are given the opportunity to catch the selected Pokémon. If you fail to choose a Pokémon and instead choose to walk away, the trio will disappear and respawn in front of you. This time, however, they will be joined by a Pikachu.
Like with the original trio you encountered, tapping the Pikchua will engage it in battle. This will give you the opportunity to catch it and start your team the classic Ash Ketchum way.
Catching Your First Pokémon
Once you have successfully selected which starter to take with you on your quest, the next step is learning how to capture it. This is where the game’s ‘augmented reality’ comes into play. When engaging in battle with Pokémon, the app automatically launches your device’s camera. The creatures are then overlaid on the camera’s view. This gives the illusion that the Pokémon is actually in the real world. However, if you are concerned with preserving your battery-life, then it is possible to turn off the augmented reality feature by clicking the button labelled ‘AR’, on the top right side of the battle screen.
When engaged in battle you will notice a PokéBall at the bottom of the screen. To catch the creature in front of you, simply throw the PokéBall at it. To throw PokéBalls swipe up on the screen in a kind of flicking motion.
When touching the PokéBall, a circle will appear around the Pokémon. Throwing your ball at the largest point will make the Pokémon easier to catch. However, once you get more skilled, you can wait until the circle is small and go for an XP accuracy bonus.
What you need to know to get started with Pokémon Go
- Pokémon Go was released with the original 151 first-generation Pokémon. Although most Pokémon have already been sighted by trainers, a few rare ones are yet to be seen and caught.
- Combat Power (CP) is the measure of a Pokémon’s strength. The higher a Pokémon’s CP rating, the stronger it will perform in battle.
- Different locations often spawn different Pokémon. For example, water Pokémon are usually found near lakes and rivers.
- Like in the rest of the franchise, you can evolve your Pokémon. To trigger an evolution, you will need a specific number of respective candies for every evolution performed.
- At level 5, you will be required to choose a team from Instinct (yellow), Valor (red), and Mystic (blue).
- Many actions award trainers experience points (XP). These include Catching Pokémon, evolving Pokémon and activating PokéStops.
- Pokémon Go rewards movement. The more ground a trainer covers, the more likely they are to run into different creatures in the wild.
- Trainers can collect even more Pokémon by hatching Pokémon Eggs. These are awarded to trainers at PokéStops and hatch when the trainer covers a certain distance on the map
How do you find Pokémon?
Players will spend most of their game-time looking at the map. The map is very similar to that used by Google Map services and your device’s location is represented by your avatar’s position on it.
At the bottom right of the screen, there is a window containing images of Pokémon. This is supposedly a tracking tool to help you locate Pokémon. However, since the app was launched, users are completely baffled by it and cannot fathom how or even if it works. Various theories about the footprints, order of the list and ‘vibrations’ on the panel itself abound but it remains unclear if the feature is working correctly. Hopefully, Niantic will update this in the future to make it easier for trainers to locate Pokémon.
So, for now trainers are encouraged to hunt via trial and error and exploration of the map. This is still good fun and it will never be long before you encounter a new beast to capture. There are, however, some places more likely to yield certain types of Pokémon. For instance, if you are close to a water body, you are likely to find are water-type Pokémon.
Another way of getting Pokémon is by collecting eggs. Eggs are gathered randomly at PokéStops and hatched using an incubator. Once you place your eggs in an incubator, you will have to walk for a set distance for them to hatch.
Make your Pokémon Stronger
There are two ways to improve your Pokémon’s ability to perform in battle. These are using the ‘Power Up’ and the ‘Evolve’ options. When you ‘Power Up’ Pokémon, their statistics improve whilst retaining their original form. If you ‘Power Up’ a Spearow, for example, it will remain a Spearow but it’s fighting ability (represented by CP) will increase. Stardust is the primary commodity used to ‘Power Up’ Pokémon.
‘Evolve’ works slightly differently to ‘Power Up’. When a Pokémon evolves it transforms into a similar but more powerful beast. For example, when a trainer collects enough Spearow candy, they can evolve Spearow into Fearow. Fearow retains some visual similarity with Spearow but definitely looks much more formidable. The newly evolved Pokémon’s statistics will also reflect its powerful new look. The main resource required for evolutions is ‘Candy’. Unlike Stardust, candies are specific to each Pokémon family. For example, ‘Abra Candy’ may be used on Abra and Kadabra for evolution but not on a Rhyhorn.
The currency used in Pokémon Go is called PokéCoins. These are used in the game to buy commodities such as Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs and PokéBalls. PokéCoins can be obtained in two ways.
PokéCoins: The Quick Option
The first way to get your hands on PokéCoins is to purchase them using real money from the store. This works in the same way as any other in-app purchases and is very simple to do, particularly if you are using your Google account and already have payment methods associated with it.
PokéCoins: The Free Option
The second (and free) way to obtain PokéCoins is by successfully conquering gyms and defending them for a given period of time. Gyms, like PokéStops, are assigned to real-world locations and are visible on the map. Gyms that are occupied by trainers will appear as one of the team colors on the map. Once you reach level 5 and have picked a team, you can engage in battles at these locations. If you approach a particular gym and it is occupied by an opposing team, you will be able to attack it. Presuming you are successful in battle, the gym will become unoccupied, allowing you the chance to station a Pokémon in it for yourself.
If the gym is a friendly one (same team as yourself) you can strengthen it by training your Pokémon at it. This will make it harder for other teams to conquer the gym and increase the likelihood that you will occupy it for enough time to be awarded PokéCoins. For every twenty-one hours that your Pokémon is able to remain in the gym, you will be awarded with ten PokéCoins.
Luckily, every item that is available to buy using PokéCoins is also available for free in the game. Usually, these items are rewarded for visiting PokéStops or by reaching certain levels during the game. So, if you are short on money, there is no need to feel left out. None of the game’s content is reserved for those wishing to pay but those who do buy items will, of course, enjoy an advantageous position thanks to their purchase.
How to Fight at Gyms
Gym fights are an important part of Pokémon Go. Not only do they reward the player with additional XP and PokéCoins for successful gym defenses but there’s also some serious bragging rights to be had for tackling the local gym leader.
The actual gym-fight dynamics are a little clunky, unfortunately. Fans of the original games and other RPGs might be disappointed to learn that the turn based battling of the past has been replaced with ‘free-for-all’ button-bashing of sorts.
When engaging in battle, players have two attacks from which to choose. The first is a quick attack and is the most commonly used move. Players can deploy their quick attack by tapping the screen when the battle is raging, causing their Pokémon to perform attacks when the screen is touched.
The second attack is known as the ‘charge attack’. This can only be performed when the meter in the top-left corner of the battle screen is full. The charge attack is much more powerful than the quick one and the damage it causes can be considerable.
Another move players must be aware of during the fighting phase of the game is the ‘dodge’. Players can avoid the attacks of their foe by swiping left and right on the screen in time with their opponent’s attacks. This is particularly useful when used against the charge attack as successful dodges of charges will help you to avoid the large HP damage associated with these moves.
Get Out There and ‘Catch ’em All!’
Well, I think that’s all you need to know. For now.
Hopefully, the above information will have given you all the grounding you need to get started at the game and begin your own Poké journey.
The rest of the site has lots of information regarding more advanced topics in the game. The pages also include some great articles on higher-level strategy. Feel free to take a look around. Hopefully we can guide you on your quest to be the very best.
Read more Pokemon Go Tips and Tricks for Beginners and Advanced Users here.