By now, everyone and their neighbour has written a think piece on Pokémon Go. Ranging from its danger to society, influence of Western civilisation and “kids these days”. This game has been overanalysed, widely played and taken over most of our lives.
However, Niantic, the creators of the game, have been extremely tight-lipped about strategy and explaining the elements it contains. Super fans have cracked the code after hundreds of hours of playing, experimenting and collaborating with other fans across the world.
After hours of frequenting such portals and videos, here’s a list of the top Pokémon Go secrets/tips you probably didn’t know:
10 Pokestops in a Row
Normally, visiting a Pokestop earns you 50 XP and 3-4 items. However, whether as a neat easter egg or as a bug, should you visit 10 different Pokestops in a row, you could earn upto 100 XP and 6-12 items.
Keep in mind that you cannot re-visit a Pokestop even if it refreshes. There seems to be no time limit for you to visit 10 Pokestops, nor does catching Pokémon in between seem to break the chain. Sometimes, the chain could end at the 9th/11th Pokestop as well.
Wait by Those Green Fluttering Leaves
From what fans have been able to determine, those leaves indicate a Pokémon spawn point. Hang out in that area, and you should see some Pokémon appear. Note that they may not be the ones as seen in your “Sightings”.
Turn off the AR
AR (augmented reality) is terrific if you wish to take photos of Pokémon in funny real life settings (here’s my favourite). However, it can make it more difficult to catch the creatures as non-uniform backgrounds often distract players. It also drains your battery more, and every player knows what a valuable resource that is. While catching/in a Pokémon Gym, flip the AR off — you can always turn it back on if needed.
Get Bonuses with Curveball Throws
When you come across a Pokémon and get hold of the ball, you’ll see circles around the creature. Red means hard to get, yellow implies medium difficulty and green makes it almost certain that they will not attempt to escape.
Players must attempt to throw the Pokéball right in the centre of the circle to get extra XP per catch, but another way to stack up those points is to execute a curve ball. Watch a tutorial here, and read more about catch bonuses here.
Walk around if you use an Incense
An Incense is gained when you level up in the game, or can be purchased from the Shop. Using it attracts Pokémon for 30 min. An incense is far more effective if you walk around, with Pokémon appearing once every 200 meters or so. In comparison, sitting in one place will get you a Pokémon every 5 min or so.
Evolve your Pokémon while using a Lucky Egg
Lucky Eggs are also obtained as level rewards or Shop purchases. For 30 min, all XP gained will get doubled. These enable you to level up faster, so use them wisely! Do all your evolutions while using these Eggs, preferably while being near a Lure Module. This will give you 1000 XP instead of 500 per evolution, and a minimum of 200 XP per Pokémon caught.
Power your Pokémon up before evolution
With certain amount of stardust and candy, each Pokémon can be powered up. This leads to a gain in CP normally ranging from 10-50, depending on the Pokémon type. As the evolution multiplies the Pokémon CP by 1.5-2.5 times (check here before evolution), it’s advisable to power them up before you evolve. Make sure you have enough candies for both though!
Catching a lot of low-level common Pokémon such as Pidgeys, Rattatas, Zubats and Ekans can also be a blessing for such Lucky Egg sprees.
Walk in a Straight Line to Hatch Eggs Efficiently
As certain Reddit users have pointed out, the game does not take into account contours or curves in a road while calculating distance walked to hatch eggs. Running seems to be detrimental too, as the game does not update fast enough to take the entire distance into account. As for driving, you must remain at a speed of 10 km/h for the distance to count. Your best bet is to walk, in straight lines.
For more detail on which Pokémon can be gained from which eggs, view this helpful infographic.
Be near Water Bodies to get Water Pokémon
Don’t live in a coastal area? No problem! Head down to any large reservoir of water – lakes, rivers, or even sewages, put a Lure Module and you’re good to go!
Similarly, wooded/forest areas can give you several bug/plant type Pokémon.
Rename your Eevee
An Eevee can evolve into any of its 3 final forms – Jolteon, Vaporeon and Flareon. While all three are awesome, should you have a particular preference (Vaporeon, for instance, is the strongest), there’s a way to achieve it. Simply rename your Eevee (Sparky for Jolteon, Pyro for Flareon and Rainer for Vaporeon) before evolution. This method may not always work, but it has a considerable success rate.
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