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10 Things To Know To Be The Best At Pokemon Go

Updated on October 15, 2016

Pokemon Go - Introduction

If you have ever played Pokemon, or watched the anime or cartoon on TV then you probably have heard of Pokemon Go. You may have wanted to check it out, but have wondered what is the best way to get started. If that's you, then you are going to want to check out these top 10 tips to help you get started and be successful with Pokemon Go!

How To Know When Pokemon Are Near You

Once you get into the game's console, and as you walk around with your Pokemon Go app open, look in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This area will tell you what Pokemon are presently near you. You will notice little arrow heads called "feet" on the screen. The fewer the feet, the closer you are to the Pokemon (ex: two feet would mean you are close by, while no feet means you are right on top of the Pokemon).

As long as you are close by the Pokemon, you can click on it to try and capture it, BUT KEEP IN MIND - the closer you are, the better your chances of capturing the Pokemon.

Preparing To Capture A Pokemon

Once you are nearby a Pokemon, clicking on the Pokemon will help you set up your Poke Ball to capture it. You can press the Poke Ball down on your screen to get your green targeting circle ready. The smaller the targeting circle, the more likely you can capture the Pokemon so you will want to move closer to the Pokemon, if needed, in order to get your targeting circle as small as possible.

When you are ready, launch your Poke Ball. If you capture the Pokemon, it will show up on your screen. If the Pokemon breaks free from the Poke Ball, you can throw another Poke Ball to try and capture it again. After you are successful, you will gain XP and some Poke Candy for your efforts.

How To View Your Captured Pokemon

Once you have successfully captured a Pokemon, it will show up on your menu screen. You will notice that each Pokemon has a different CP score. The CP score tells you how strong your Pokemon is at the present time. The higher the score, the stronger the Pokemon.

SECRET TIP - One thing that many people do not know about is that once you capture more than one of the same Pokemon, you can actually trade that extra Pokemon in to the Professor in exchange for Poke Candy which can be used to power up and / or evolve your current Pokemon.

When you have captured more than one of the same Pokemon, scroll down and click on the "Transfer" button at the very bottom of the screen. The Professor will be more than happy to trade your extra Pokemon for Poke Candy. (Check out the video below on more information about how to evolve and power up your Pokemon).

Keep Track Of What Is In Your Backpack

Your Poke Balls, potions, revives, and eggs are listed in an inventory section called your "backpack". It is important to keep track of what items you have in your backpack. As you play Pokemon Go you will sometimes do battle with other gyms. Potions and revives are only used during gym battles, and it is essential that you have plenty of both of these types of items before going into a gym battle.

SECRET TIP - You can get more Poke Balls, potions, and eggs by visiting a Poke Stop which is represented by a blue circle on your screen. Once you reach a Poke Stop, swipe the screen to spin it around, and various bonus items will appear.

Hatch Eggs To Gain More Pokemon

To access your Poke Eggs click on the egg tab on your screen. There you will see a list of the different eggs you have available. Each egg will tell you the distance you have to walk in order to get that particular egg to hatch. Once you find an egg that you would like to hatch, tap on that egg to start the egg's incubation period. After doing so, start walking around to get the egg to hatch.

How To Take Over Gyms

You can take over other gyms in your area by doing gym battles. At the present time, the gym types are the Red Gym, Blue Gym, and Yellow Gym. You decide which gym type you wish to join when you have reached level 5 within Pokemon Go.

IMPORTANT POINT - When making your decision as to which type of gym to join, it is best to join a gym where there are very few of that type in your area. HERE'S WHY - when you battle, you can only take over a gym of a different type than yours. So, for example, if one yellow gym battles another yellow gym, they will both gain experience, but neither gym can take over the other. This is something very important to keep in mind before choosing which gym type you wish to join.

Gym Owners Get More

Once you are gym owner, you can use your gym to buy incubators and other cool stuff. Plus you can use your gym to lure Pokemon towards you. This will make it much easier to increase the number of Pokemon in your inventory.

Pokemon Go Gym Battles Are NOT Like Regular Pokemon Battles

When doing a gym battle in Pokemon Go, you will quickly learn that it is not like Pokemon battles in any of the other Pokemon games - the battles are not turned based, they are in real time.

Once a Pokemon battle starts, immediately start tapping your screen rapidly to battle the other Pokemon. You can swipe left and right to dodge your opponent's attacks. Also, on the screen is your special attack meter. Once the meter is full, activate your special attack. If you win the various Pokemon battles, and if the gym is of a different type than yours, then you can take over the gym which will be shown on your screen, and will also be shown to anyone else who visits the gym.

Recharge Your Pokemon After A Tough Battle

If the Pokemon battle you were in was hard on your Pokemon, you will need to recharge your Pokemon before going into battle again.You can use potions, and an element called a "revive" to help strengthen and recharge your Pokemon. This is why it is important to keep track of how many potions and revives you have in your inventory so that you will have plenty to recharge your Pokemon once the battle has come to an end.

Know Your Map - Know Your Pokemon

Be sure to check out the map of the area, because different maps will have different types of Pokemon to capture. For example, if you are looking to capture more water type Pokemon, you would not want to hang out in an area of the map where mostly fire type are known to appear, and vice versa. Taking the time to study a map before venturing into an area can greatly help your chances of capturing the type of Pokemon that you wish to add to your inventory.

Most Importantly - HAVE FUN!!!

Pokemon Go can be a great game to play, but some people take it too seriously. The most important thing to keep in mind in order to be successful with this game is to have fun! There will be a lot of walking needed in to order to hatch your eggs, and this can become a chore if you don't keep the right mind set. By following the tips in this article, you will be able to better plan ahead so that you are in the right areas of the map to get the type of Pokemon that you wish to capture, and also you will be able to get various bonus items to keep your Pokemon healthy and strong.

Play Often - Play Safe - HAVE FUN!!!

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