Pokémon Go Trainer Advanced Tactics Guide
You planted a few PokéBalls, caught a few Caterpies, and made your way to a few items in PokéStop, but it’s time to level up. These tips and tricks will help you progress from aspiring trainer to consummate gym leader faster than you can spit outPokéRap .
Swipe the PokéBall button for quick access to the menu
The PokéBall icon at the bottom of the screen is used to access most of the in-game menus, such as your Pokédex, items, captured Pokémon, and the store. You can click on the PokéBall icon and go to those menus, or you can look like a pro and reach them in one swipe. Swipe the PokéBall to the left to instantly access the Pokémon menu, swipe right to go straight to your items, and swipe up to access the store.
Find out at a glance why Wild Pokemon appeared
When a Wild Pokemon pops out of the bushes, look at the tiny rings surrounding it. If the rings are white, the Pokemon was there naturally. If the rings are purplish pink, this is due to a nearby bait module. If the rings are replaced with a pink cloud surrounding the Pokémon, it means that it has been attracted to your incense and only you can see it .
Noticing the different rings will help you find more Pokémon in your area, which is enjoyable when playing with your friends. You will know not to shout “Squirtle!” when you see the incense ring andstart unnecessary crush .
Increase your chances of catching Pokémon and earn more experience
It may seem easy at first, but as you level up, it becomes more difficult to catch Pokémon. You start to run into more powerful Pokémon, and your once-huge supply of PokéBalls will begin to deplete if you don’t learn the ins and outs of the perfect throw. When you see a Pokemon appear, tap it on the screen, and then go to a safe place where you will not be able to go . Once you’ve started a meeting, the Pokémon will stay on your screen until you catch it or run away from too many failed attempts.
When the scrum begins, you will notice a white circle around it. This is the target you need to hit in order for your PokéBall to work at all. However, inside the white circle is an ever-narrowing colored circle (more on that later) that tells you how difficult it will be to catch the Pokémon. Your goal is to toss your PokéBall and get inside the shrinking colored circle. This will give you more experience points (XP) depending on the size of the specified circle:
- Nice! “The roll happens when you place it in the colored circle while it is quite large and will give you an extra 10 XP if you catch.
- Great! ”Roll occurs when the colored circle is about half the size of the white circle and gives you an extra 50 XP.
- Great! “The roll occurs when the colored circle is very small and gives you an extra 100 XP.
Not only do good throws give you extra experience, some resourceful editors who have researched the Pokémon Go app suggest that good throws can also increase your chances of catching a Pokémon . They also suggest that your chances be increased, in addition to the 10 XP bonus it gives. To throw a ball, you simply hold your finger on the PokéBall, spin it, and then toss it. If you find it difficult to hit a Pokémon, turn off AR so that it stays in one place . It will also save you a ton of battery .
These XP bonuses may not sound like a lot, but they make a huge difference over time, especially if you have an item such as Lucky Egg activated, which doubles your experience gain over 30 minutes. A good throw and a Lucky Egg can turn an encounter with a regular Pokémon like Pidgey, which will usually only net you 100 XP, into a much more lucrative catch. Not only will you get 200 XP per haul, you will also receive an Excellent! the throw and ball bonus will add another 220 XP, bringing this little Pidgey to 420 XP. This is almost the same as the bonus for the first catch.
However, as mentioned earlier, some Pokémon are much more difficult to catch, depending on the color of their narrowing circle. Red means very hard, orange means hard, yellow means moderate, and green means light. For red, orange, and yellow Pokémon, several items will help you catch your prey. Razzberrys will reduce the difficulty of catching Pokémon by one color, but they are only good for one try . If the Pokémon breaks loose, you’ll need another one. Using GreatBalls or UltraBalls will also increase your chances, but you have a much more limited supply, so save them for some really cool Pokémon.
Optimize your Pokémon training and development
The value of an individual Pokémon depends on several things: your trainer level, its Combat Power (CP) when you found it, and its set of moves. Typically, you only want to keep the Pokémon with the highest CP and give the rest to Professor Willow in exchange for candies that you can use to develop your best Pokémon ( here’s a breakdown of how many candies each type of Pokémon needs to progress) . As they evolve, you may worry about charging them with stardust. Here’s an example:
You will find two Charmanders, one with CP 230 and the other with CP 450. You leave a Charmander with 450 CP (maybe tag him with your favorite star so you know he is the best), then move another Charmander to the Professor to get candy Charmander. You do not activate the Charmander you saved, but wait until you have enough candy to turn him into a Charmeleon. Again, you don’t turn it on, but wait until you have enough candy to transform it into its final form, Charizard. Only then will you start using the accumulated stardust to power up your Charizard.
If you want to find Pokémon with higher CPs, you need to level up your trainer. Niantic, the developers of Pokémon Go , is very quiet about how CP works, so here are a few more things you might want to know about it:
- All Pokémon of a given type have the same maximum CP, no matter what their CP was when you caught them. Basically, a 100 CP Charmander and a 450 CP Charmander have the same maximum potential and it depends on your trainer level. However, it is best to keep the higher CP because you will save resources by including it in the long run.
- Certain types of Pokémon have a higher maximum CP than others.
- As your trainer level increases, the maximum CP of all your Pokémon increases. This means that all Pokémon that belong to a trainer at level 20 have a higher CP cap than those that belong to a trainer at level 10.
- Developing Pokémon will increase their current and maximum CP, but the percentage of Pokémon trained will remain the same. For example, 20 CP Pidgey with a maximum of 100 can develop into 40 CP Pidgeotto with a maximum of 200 – this remains at 20%.
A good rule of thumb: don’t create a Pokemon that didn’t have a red ring when you caught it. But let’s say you have two Charmanders, each with high CPs. What are you developing? If you’re planning on fighting one of them, take a look at their movement sets . It is best to have a Pokémon with two different types of attacks. In Charmander’s case, the Scratch (normal type) and Flamethrower (fire type) version is more ideal than the Charmander, which has two Fire type moves. However, if you are looking to train some really strong Pokémon, the best thing you can do is level up your trainer as quickly as possible. It is better if you do not spend your resources on strengthening the Pokémon that you find at the beginning of the game. This is especially important for stardust, as the longer you play, the less frequent it gets. Skimp on resources and focus primarily on leveling up your coach.
Level up your trainer quickly with the Lucky Egg trick
You can level up much faster by saving a ton of weak Pokémon to develop when you have the Lucky Egg activated, and doubling your experience gain. So, catch a bunch of Pidgeys, Rattatas, etc. and create a candy stash. Now activate the Lucky Egg and start developing them all. You will receive 1000 XP for each evolution instead of the standard 500 XP.
Pro tip: Don’t turn Pigiotto into Piggots while you do! Transforming four Pigits into Pigiotto will cost you 48 candies and give you 4000 experience with an activated Lucky Egg, but just one Pigit will cost you 50 candies and will only give you 1000 experience with a Lucky Egg. Do the math before you negate all your hard work. Additionally, Goliath’s Nick Steinberg points out that you can fight Pokémon and wear them down before evolving . Fight in the enemy gym with multiple Pokémon and they will return to full health as soon as they grow up.
Track Pokémon and use tools to find those you don’t have
Tracking Pokémon is not an exact science , so there is no way to ensure that anything is detected and captured. However, the above video fromYouTube channel GameXplain recommends a few tips to make it a little easier:
- Three paw prints means the Pokemon is within a kilometer of you. Two paw prints means the Pokémon is 100 meters away, and one pawprint means the Pokemon is only 10 meters away (these distances are yet to be confirmed, but very likely). If you don’t see paw prints, you are practically at the top of this Pokémon’s location.
- Don’t pick any Pokémon to track. Keep the entire tracking tab open so you can see the order in which the Pokémon change based on their location nearby. The Pokémon in the upper left corner are the ones closest to you, and the ones in the lower right corner are the farthest.
- Select the Pokémon you want to follow from the list, and then select a direction. Watch to see if its position or paw marks have changed. If he moves down the list or gets more paw prints, you are on the wrong track.
Using an exception process to track Pokémon can be frustrating, but for now, this is the best way to do it. Unfortunately, the “three-phase failure” is now making the process more difficult than usual, but a fix is in place. If you want a specific type of Pokemon, tools like Poke Radar allow trainers to show you where they captured what. Different areas are more likely to create certain Pokémon. If you know where these areas are, you can visit them more often and increase your chances of replenishing your Pokédex.
Know your balls and hatch them fast
To hatch eggs, you will need an incubator. In the beginning, you get one endless incubator, and as a reward for the level you get several others, each of which can be used for three. Always use your 2km endless egg incubator and keep other 5km and 10km egg incubators. Why? You will use up bonus incubators after just 6 km of walking if you choose to stick eggs 2 km in them. This is a waste, especially when you can remove 30 km from each if you put only 10 km of eggs in them. Also, most Pokémon in 2KM eggs are fairly common and still easy to find. Pokémon at a distance of 5 km and 10 km are rare and rare (here is a complete list ).
You should also hatch eggs as soon as possible when you have them. The Pokémon’s CP inside depends on your trainer level when you got the egg , not when it hatches. Also, once you reach the limit for the number of eggs you can carry (9), you will no longer be able to pick them up. You can be a level 20 trainer, but if all the eggs you had were collected when you were level 5 they won’t be as good when they hatch. So walk, run, bike or consider using some tools if you need help , because the faster you hatch the eggs, the better.
Conquer PokéGyms with ease
For the hobby trainer, gym battles often turn into a messy tap dance where Pokémon use brute force to defeat other Pokémon. The video above from the Tech Insider YouTube channel demonstrates the best way to fight. It all comes down to a few key steps:
- Always use your six strongest Pokémon when fighting an enemy gym – my friends and I call them bunker destroyers – and make sure they are all healed before you fight.
- When the battle begins, wait until the screen flashes yellow. When this happens, swipe right or left and you will dodge their attack. This flash is present throughout the entire match, so you can follow the same flash, dodge, and attack pattern until the battle is over. Not every ability can be dodged like Earthquake, but most can.
- Defense Pokémon attack every 1.5 seconds, so keep this in mind when planning your dodge and attack pattern. Don’t try to attack too much after each dodge.
When everything is ready, you can leave the Pokémon to defend the gym for your team. It’s tempting to keep your best Pokemon, but choose the second or third best Pokemon instead. Control yourself in the hands of the bunker bunker, and use the rest of the strong Pokémon as seeders to maintain and protect gyms. By holding gyms, you earn PokéCoins to spend in the store (10 per gym) and you can earn a maximum of 100 PokéCoins every 24 hours (or 10 different gyms).
However, if you want to focus on leveling up your trainer rather than earning coins, I would not recommend spending a lot of time trying to build and protect the gyms you work in. You earn five times more experience for winning and visiting the gym than for training in one of your own, to strengthen its defense. Plus, working out in the gym is a lot more time-consuming since you can only train with one of your Pokémon at a time, as opposed to six that you can use when attacking the other team’s gym. Just like with Pokemon Boost, focus on your Trainer Level first and then make sure to keep gyms for your team.
Spend your PokéCoins on the items you want
If you have multiple PokéCoins that you can spend in the shop, do not spend them on items that you can collect in PokéStop. Use them to buy bait modules (or incense if you don’t have a PokéStop near you), lucky eggs, and possibly incubators if you have more eggs than you can handle right now. Also, be aware of the items you will receive each time you level up so that you don’t accidentally buy items that you are going to get for free. This exhaustive list of Reddit TheSilphRoad breaks all known levels of awards.