Here’s some hints and tips from the depths of t’Internet to help you along your way:
1. Download the Poke Radar app to discover the location of rare Pokémon
This is GENIUS. Users work together by dropping a pin wherever they find a rare Pokémon; the more pins there are in one place, the more likelihood you are of finding your own catch. Team work makes the dream work, etc etc.
2. Hatch eggs without walking anywhere
With the rarer Pokémon being hidden in the 10k eggs, that’s a lot of walking you’re expected to do while in game-play mode. But Youtuber Rusty Cage has come up with a great idea to hatch your eggs without lifting a finger (well, a foot, you will have to lift a finger sadly). If you own a record player, place your phone on top of it and let it spin around. You’ll have Poke-eggs hatching left, right and centre.
3. Get Pikachu first
This one only works if you haven’t started playing Pokémon Go, so pass it on to your high and mighty friends who haven’t signed up yet (but definitely will soon, even if they insist they won’t). The first Pokémon you’ll get offered is either Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle, but if you ignore these and continue walking way from them enough times without lobbing a Pokéball to catch them, then Pikachu should appear. What a little cutie.
4. Evolve Eevee into whatever you want
While most Pokémon just evolve into one bigger, bolder version of themselves, little Eevee is different. As cartoon watchers or card collectors will remember, she can actually evolve into one of three Pokémon: Vapereon (a water-type), Jolteon (an electric-type) or Flareon (a fire-type).
Normally, it’s just random which one you’ll get, but if you want to pick which Pokémon you want Eevee to evolve into, just change her nickname by finding her in your list of Pokémon and clicking on the pen icon next to her name.
5. Aim for the Pokémon when the green circle is smallest
Unless you’re shite at flinging Pokéballs, that is, because Pokémon are easier to catch when the green circle is at its largest. So the smaller the circle is, the harder it is to hit your target, and therefore the more XP points you’re rewarded to help you progress to the next level. You’ll know if you’ve done a good shot because words like ‘nice’, ‘great’ and ‘excellent’ will pop up on the screen.
6. Go to they gym in the middle of the night
Between 2 and 3am, preferably, according to Adobe Digital Insights. Apparently this is the best time to go because people (even the avid gamers) are usually doing a little old thing called sleeping around that time, and therefore aren’t there to defend their territory. GRAB ‘EM WHILE YOU CAN.
7. Find out which Pokémon are most valuable
How do you know which Pokémon are ‘drop everything, must catch this’ rare, and which are a bit meh and likely to pop up again some time soon? A group of avid Poké-gamers who initially congregated on Reddit will tell you via their website, Research.
They list all the hidden attack, defense and stamina attributes which will help you choose your battlers more wisely. Having said that, some people prefer to learn as the game goes on by trial and error, so you might not actually want to know all this inside info.
8. Don’t waste your Pokéballs
If you swipe to fling a Pokéball at a Pokémon but miss, all is not lost. Because it turns out if you’re quick enough, you can pick up the ball and try again. All you have to do is tap on the ball and drag it back in the firing line. Waste not, want not, and all that.
9. Try to catch every Pokémon you see
Yeah, you might have 45 Rattatas which seem to serve little purpose aside from cluttering up your Pokédex. But the more Pokémon you capture, the more candy you get, plus you can trade all your multiple monsters in for even more candy from the Professor, which means all the more to evolve with. Smart thinking.
10. Always move in the direction of the green leaves
They’re not just there for atmosphere purposes, you know (though they do look very nice). The swirling green leaves actually mean a Pokémon is nearby, so if you head towards them, making sure they fall within your own pink circle, the Pokémon should hopefully appear before you.
11. Head to the Pokéstops with pink leaves
This means some kind stranger has put a ‘lure’ on the area, attracting Pokémon there for half an hour for anybody to catch. Sharing’s caring.
12. Don’t expect to catch every Pokémon there is
As we learnt from this master trainer, who completed the game to the full extent he could by capturing all the available Pokémon in the United States, six Pokémon don’t seem to ever have been available in the game (Ditto, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and Mew, if you’re interested), while three are region-locked and therefore only catchable when you’re in certain countries (Farfetch’d – Asia, Kangaskhan – Australia and New Zealand, and Mr. Mime – Europe).
13. Trade your Pokémon in
If you want to evolve your Pokémon into bigger and more powerful monsters for all those gym battles you’ll partake in, you need to save up enough candies. You get a few for every Pokémon you catch, but you can squeeze an extra one out of them by clicking ‘transfer’ on the Pokémon’s information page, trading it in with Professor Oak for an extra candy.
14. If you have enough candies, ‘power up’ Pokémon before you evolve them
This gives the Pokémon a higher CP, which means the evolved version will also be bigger and stronger. On that note, make sure you power up and evolve the version of the Pokémon with the highest CP rating if you want more powerful ones post-evolution.