It seems that we’re back to 1996, because the Pokémon madness is unleashed after the release of the mobile game Pokémon Go, developed by Niantic and Nintendo. Since then people have been throwing their PokéBalls in the most unusual places to catch Pokémon.
If you’re already playing Pokémon Go or it is in your plans, you will find at this article all the relevant information about the game, its origin, strategies, recommendations, tips for throwing your Pokeball… Everything you need know to catch them all!
¿What is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon GO is a free-to-play adventure game with augmented reality for iOS and Android devices. It also contains in-app purchases, but the gameplay is completely free. The game allows the user to search, capture and fight hidden Pokémon in the real world.
¿How Pokémon Go started?
The idea of Pokémon Go was conceived in 2013 by the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata (who died on June 11, 2015), and the president of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, as a collaboration with Google for April Fools’ Day called Pokémon Challenge, along with software engineer of Google Maps, Tatsuo Nomura, who is currently the Senior Product Manager in Niantic (game developer) and Director of Pokémon Go.
On September 10, 2015, Tsunekazu Ishihara announced the game Pokemon Go to be release in 2016, two months after the death of Satoru Iwata, who had been heavily involved in the concept behind the game.
¿Where to download Pokémon Go?
Initially the game was officially launched for the United States, Australia, New Zealand and recently in Germany. Gradually, the app promotion it will be available for other countries.
Your options to download Pokémon Go are the following:
If Pokémon Go is not yet officially launched in your country, then your only choice is to search internet for unofficial sources of the game APK (option not recommended, but it is at your own risk)
¿How to play Pokémon Go?
The paradigm of the game is simple and fun, let me explained in detail below:
Explore the world around you
The main objective of the game is to go outside to find Pokémon using your GPS and catching them with augmented reality (you can disable this feature). Legendary Pokémon are found apparently in places of difficult access.
Don’t miss the PokeStops
The PokeStops are featured places on the map where you can find many items like eggs, Razz Berries, Poké Balls, Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls. You can get the items from a PokeStop every 10 minutes.
¡Catch them all!
The obvious goal of the game from the start is to catch as many Pokémon as possible. To make this easier, you can use a “incense” in the game to attract them.
Increase your level
You’ll gain experience while you catch Pokémon. However, it is also important to increase the level of your Pokémon and for this you will need to get some candy and other special materials for them.
Once you reach to level 5 you can star conquering gyms. You have to find them exploring around and fighting the leader to conquer the gym. The idea is to use your strongest Pokémon in every battle.
9 Tips to throw your Poké Ball
Here are 9 tips to throw your Pokeball as a master:
1. Spin your Poké Ball
Make a circle with your finger over the Poké ball and you’ll see as it begins to spin. Throwin your Poke Ball is harder this way, but if you hit well the Pokémon you’ll gain more experience.
2. Attention to the colors of the circles
The colors of the circles of each Pokémon will indicate their difficulty. The greens are easy, orange are moderate, and red are difficult.
3. The circle size matters
The size of the circles will change constantly. The smaller the circle the biggest experience points reward you will get if you hit it with your Poké Ball.
4. Collect Poké Balls in PokeStops
Remember to visit the PokeStops so you get more Poké Balls and other items.
5. Pick up your failed Poké Balls
If you miss one shot you have the opportunity to collect your failed Poké Ball. If you are fast enough to touch the Poké Ball before it goes away, the ball will return to your inventory.
6. Use wisely your Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls
Once you reach level 12 you get 12 Great Balls and later at level 20 you will unlock the Ultra Balls and at higher level (still unknown) you’ll unlock the Master Balls. Each of these improved Poké Balls will serve to increase your chances capture the most difficult Pokémon.
You can get more Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls in PokeStops. You can also get them as reward for leveling up and Pokémon Go special events organized by Nintendo and Niantic.
The best way to catch a Pokémon is to wait and throw your Poké Ball just after its attack or jump. This way you have better chances to catch them. So, be patient.
8. Make them love you
Get into the heart of any Pokémon throwing them a Razz Berry. They will love you and will not attack you or run away. This will make it easier to catch them.
You can get more Razz Berries at PokeStops.
9. Turn Off the augmented reality to throw your Poké Ball
Play with the augmented reality is fun, but if you turn off this feature the Pokémon is fixed at the center of your screen, making it easier for you to calculate the throw of your Poké Ball.
Best places to play Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go uses data from Google Maps to distribute to Pokémons randomly on location attractions like parks, museums, etc. In the most emblematic places it is where you will usually find PokeStops and gyms.
The best idea is to farm items on big parks or places of great interest to have several PokeStops and be able to walk while them regenerate every 10 minutes.
Is not recommended to play Pokémon Go in dangerous places, much less at night. Also remember not entering playing at places that prohibit it, like some police stations or museums, to name a few locations.
Tips to find more Pokémon while you explore
- Do not forget to use “incense” to attract Pokémon while you’re exploring.
- Visit the most emblematic places of yor location.
- You can use skates or skateboard to explore. Even if you have a handle adapter for your phone you can explore comfortably with your bike.
Recommendations to play Pokémon Go
- Capture as many Pokémon as you can to increase your coach level and also remember to raise the level of your Pokémon.
- Farm PokeStops.
- Use your strongest Pokémon to conquer a gym. The higher the level of your Pokémon, the better chances of conquer the gym are.
- Be wise and use your Poké Balls, Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls as needed.
- Capture all Pokémon, although you already have it in your collection, you’ll receive the experience and the objects. You can always keep the most powerful Pokémon and let go the weakest of them.
- Do not play Pokémon Go in dangerous places or where it is prohibited.
- Avoid accidents, keep an eye around while playing Pokémon Go.
If you enjoy this Pokémon Go guide then liked it and share it with your friends! We also invite you to leave us in the comments below what have been your best strategies to catch Pokémon and conquer gyms. Catch them all!
Historical Pokémon games note:
The history of Pokémon video games began with the launch of Pocket Monsters Aka and Midori (Red and Green) in Japan in 1996 for the Game Boy. Due to the popularity of these 2 games, they launch Pokémon Blue. The original versions of Aka and Midori have never gone on sale outside Japan. Pokémon Red and Blue were the internationally launched video games, with the features of the original Aka and Midori.