Game: Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go is presented by Niantic.
About the game
Pokemon go uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location. The game is free-to-play; it uses a premium business model and supports in-app purchases for additional in-game items. The game launched with around 150 species of Pokémon, which had increased to around 600 by 2020.
Pokemon Go is available for android and iOS only.
Tips and tricks:
The following are tips and tricks for the smooth gameplay.
- Turn off AR mode
Sure, the AR mode is fun because it brings it to real life, but it uses a battery and it makes the game more difficult – it also doesn’t work on some lower-power phones. Switch it off and play in the game world and you’ll find it’s easier to catch Pokémon because the environment is always the same. It will save you battery life too.
- Master the Poke Stop
When you visit a Poke Stop and spin the sign, you don’t have to tap all the things released. Just hit the X at the bottom to close the Stop and you’ll automatically claim your rewards. Remember that if you’re near a Poke Stop having lunch or coffee, you can visit that Stop again and again – it just takes a few minutes to become available again.
- Transfer Pokemon for candies
There’s an option to Transfer Pokemon to the professor, in return for Candy for that Pokemon variety. Having captured a Pokemon and got the Stardust and Candy they bring, you can then transfer out Pokemon you don’t need. If, for example, you already have 20 Rattata, you can probably swap some for candies to power up those who will actually battle for you as Raticate. As we said above, you can only carry a finite number of Pokemon and you want them all to be powerful, so get rid of those weaker specimens.
- Build your XP first, then power-up Pokemon
The skill of your Trainer is dictated by the XP you have. You move through the levels of XP, needing more XP each time to level up. But as you do so, the rewards get higher and you’ll evolve and hatch Pokemon at a higher level, as well as being able to power-up to higher levels. Powering-up your Pokemon when your XP is low means it costs you more candies to do so. So it’s better to save your power-ups of Pokemon until you’ve reached a higher XP level – like over level 20.
To help build XP quickly, try some of these things:
- Use a Lucky Egg when you’re actively playing
- Evolve base Pokemon with excess candies – like Pidgey or Rattata
- Catch everything
- Battle with friends to get XP from taking over Gyms