Pokémon GO News: Gameplay, New Features & Pokémon Go Events


There’s always something new in Pokémon GO. Here we keep you up to date with all you need to know about the game including app updates, events and new Pokémon to catch.

Top tip: If you are going to be playing Pokémon GO you are probably going to need a power bank. We highly recommend the Anker PowerCore 10,000 or Zendure A2 – pocketable, high-capacity batteries that charge your phone fast and are also pretty tough. If you’re taking out young kids who have tablets but not phones, it’s also worth considering Mi-Fi (mobile Wi-Fi routers).

Pokémon GO news

New Pokémon from the Hoenn region appeared in the game from 20 October but the rest of the Gen II will gradually arrive starting in December.

Ho-Oh is now in Pokémon GO

As a surprise bonus for catching 3 billion Pokémon, Ho-Oh is now appearing in Legendary Raids until 12 December. Like other legendaries, you’ll need to raid with a group of around seven or eight other players (more if they’re not high level) in order to catch the bird.

And until 1 December, the rewards from the Global Catch Challenge will remain: double XP, double stardust and lures will last six hours instead of 30 minutes.

What’s going on with EX Raid Battles?

As explained in a blog post, the field tests for EX Raid Battles is over after a very long wait. There’s no word on when the first invites proper will be sent out, but here’s what you can expect:

  • EX Raids will take place at Gyms in parks and sponsored locations, for the most part.
  • You’re more likely to get an invite if you have a high-level Gym Badge at those Gyms (not just any Gym).
  • You need to have done a lot of Raid Battles to be invited to EX Raid Battles.
  • The start times now take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym.
  • You’ll get an in-game notification if the EX Raid Battle is cancelled.
  • You’ll get Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is cancelled.

Also, the blog post explains that regular raids will now give fewer (but higher-quality) potions, guaranteed Golden Razz berries, and more chance of getting a Technical Machine for tier 3 – or higher – raids. You’ll also get stardust whether you win or lose the Raid Battle.

Trading & PvP battles

In an interview with Bloomberg, Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed that both trading and PvP (player versus player) battles would be coming to Pokémon GO.

He said, “We’ve only accomplished 10 percent of what Pokémon and Niantic are trying to do, so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokémon experiences such as Pokémon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”

Legendary dogs – Johto

Pokémon GO news - Johto legendaries

For a few more day, Legendary dogs from the Johto region will appear in raids:

Until 30 November:

  • Entei will appear in Asia
  • Raikou will appear in Europe and Africa 
  • Suicune will appear in North and South America

Better augmented reality

In the Bloomberg interview, Ishihara also spoke about improving AR.

“With current AR, even if you say Pikachu is there, no one really thinks that. But that reality is just one step away. For example, you’ll be able to find Pikachu, and it can sense this table and jump on it, and you can see its shadow on the table, and then it faces you and starts talking to you. We will see the birth of this reality that is another step up from the current Pokémon Go. And I’ve only mentioned the visual aspect, but you can add haptic and rumble technology to that.”

How do I catch legendary Pokémon?

If you didn’t manage to catch Lugia, Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos, then bad luck: they’ve now disappeared from the game. No-one is sure when they’ll be back.

Legendaries aren’t out in the wild. So to catch one, you need to arrange to attend a Raid with at least 5-6 other players (more if players are below level 30).

It’s best to find a Battle at a Gym held by your own team since you’ll get more balls after defeating the Raid Boss at a gym you own.

You won’t be able to leave your legendary Pokémon in a gym to defend it, though.

If you don’t know enough people who play the game, download the Discord app. There are lots of ‘servers’ (groups) already set up for specific regions and areas for arranging Raids. 

You can also search for local Facebook groups.

New-style Gyms

Pokemon GO new gyms 2017

Gyms have been completely revamped (not the battling mechanism, though). Here’s what’s happened. 

First, gyms now act like Poké Stops and you’ll get items by spinning their photo disc.

Pokemon GO new gyms 2017

Next, gyms have six permanent slots. Each can be filled with a Pokémon (belonging to a member of the controlling team) but they must be unique, putting an end to multiple Blissey, Dragonite, Tyrannitar and Snorlax.

Pokémons in gyms have a ‘motivation meter‘ represented by a heart icon and its CP will decrease along with its motivation as it has more battles. Trainers can give any Pokémon in one of their team’s gyms more berries to restore motivation, but if it loses all motivation it will return to its trainer.

Also, when you fight at a gym, you’ll take on the Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the gym, not in CP order.

Pokemon GO new gyms 2017

You now earn new gym badges, which you can level up from the basic badge. The system goes Bronze > Silver > Gold. 

You need the following points for each level:

  • Basic: 0
  • Bronze: 500
  • Silver: 4,000
  • Gold: 30,000

Bronze level gives you +1 bonus item when you spin the photo disc, and you’ll get +2 or +3 for Silver and Gold levels.

Raid Battles

Pokemon GO new gyms 2017

A raid battle is where to 20 players will battle together at a gym to defeat the Raid Boss. You get 5 minutes to defeat it. 

You’ll need a Raid Pass in order to be able to take part, and you can get one free one per day by visiting a gym. Those that want to battle more will have a buy a Premium Raid Pass from the in-game shop.

Before a Raid Battle, the Pokémon in the gym are all kicked out and a big egg timer sits on top of the gym with a 2-hour countdown to the battle.

Pokemon GO new gyms 2017

If you win you’ll get some Premier Poké Balls and Golden Razz Berries to try and catch the uber-powerful Pokémon. The special items you’ll get from a battle include:

  • Rare Candies – turns into a Pokémon’s candy type when used on that Pokémon
  • Golden Razz Berries – Much better chance of capturing a Pokémon (or can be used to fully restore motivation meter if the Pokémon is in a gym)
  • Technical Machines – Fast and Charged. These can ‘train’ a Pokémon a new attack type (which it keeps permanently).
  • Premier Poké Balls – use these to try to catch the Raid Boss after the battle.

Unfortunately, in a recent game update, you’ll now also receive revives and potions, with fewer TMs and Rare candies awarded.

As you can see in the screen above left, it’s possible to use a group code so you can battle with only your mates.

You can keep any leftover Golden Raz Berries, but not Premier balls. Also, here’s how to use Technical Machines you’re awarded. 

How to play Pokémon GO

How to use Nearby feature

You’ll see a photograph of the PokéStop where nearby Pokémon are hiding. To use it, tap the three paw prints icon which will reveal on the map where that PokéStop is. It will also highlight it in pink so you can more easily navigate to it. You’ll get a notification if the Pokémon flees before you get there. 

• When you first launch Pokémon GO you need to select the clothing for your avatar. 

• You are then offered three Pokémon, of which you get to choose one to try to catch. Tap on the Pokémon and your camera app will open showing the Pokémon somewhere near you. Find it, then try to catch it. This is achieved using a PokéBall, which you flick at the Pokémon aiming at the circle that appears over its head. The smaller the circle the easier the Pokémon will be to catch, but the better your aim will need to be. A green circle means the Pokémon is relatively easy to catch, orange is medium difficulty and red is hard.

• The ultimate aim of the game is to catch all the Pokémon. You can hold 250 Pokémon in your inventory without upgrading it; likewise, you can hold only 350 things (such as PokéBalls) in your items without upgrading your bag. Each upgrade costs 50 coins and you can keep upgrading.

How to get Pikachu

You can get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon if you are the patient type. To do so, ignore the starter Pokémon you are offered and walk away. Do this four times and you should eventually be offered Pikachu.

How to find Pokémon

• Now it’s time to go out and about to find Pokémon in the wild. Pokémon GO displays a map of your surroundings, and nearby Pokémon are shown in the bar at the bottom right with a photograph of the PokéStop closest to them. If the Pokémon is greyed out then it is one you haven’t seen before and is not yet in your PokéDex.

• You’ll find different Pokémon in different areas. For example, near a lake or river you might find water Pokémon, and in towns and rural areas you’ll likely find a lot of normal Pokémon. In our experience some of the most common are Pidgeys and Rattatas, but both can become quite powerful when powered up fully and then evolved. Don’t worry if certain Pokémon are never in your area – you can still hatch some of them via eggs.

• Crowdsourced maps were available that could help you to find certain Pokémon. One is The Silph Road’s Nest Atlas, but download the Discord app and join a local Pokémon group to find out which tools they use.

• Nests are where Pokémon of a certain type cluster and are regularly found in close proximity. There are nests scattered across the world, and they change every two weeks.

• For every Pokémon you catch you’ll get 100 stardust and 100 XP points. If it’s a Pokémon you haven’t seen before you will get an extra 500 XP when it is added to the PokéDex. You can also earn extra XP by completing a Nice, Great or Excellent throw with further points for a Curve ball. You also get a number of candies which are required when you power up or evolve a Pokémon; the exact number depends on the Pokémon you catch.

• Soon enough you will run out of PokéBalls. You can collect more from PokéStops, which are usually found in towns and cities or places of interest. Alternatively, PokéBalls are among the items you can buy with coins in the Shop; you will receive some coins for levelling up, or you can make an in-app purchase.

• You can see which Pokémon you have at any time by clicking the PokéBall at the bottom of the screen and choosing Pokémon. The aim of the game is to power up your Pokémon so they are sufficiently powerful to win gym battles, which become accessible from level 5.

• Our best tip is not to evolve Pokémon until you have enough candies for all stages of evolution. It’s tempting to evolve that Dratini to a Dragonair when you have 25 candies, but hold off and wait until you have 125. You’re far more likely to have caught an excellent Dratini by then than when you have only 25 candies.

Although Pokémon GO doesn’t tell you the individual values (IVs) you can find these using the Poke Genie app. Here’s the iOS version, and here’s the Android version.

Also, be selective about which Pokémon you power up as Stardust is like gold. If you have a Pokémon with a low combat power that has already been evolved it’s probably not worth keeping. You can power up, evolve or tranfser a Pokémon by selecting the PokéBall icon, tapping Pokémon and then choosing the Pokémon in question and scrolling down to choose one of those options. If you transfer a Pokémon you cannot get it back later, though you will get one candy in return.

• Until you hit level 11 the number of XP you need to progress through each level goes up in increments of 1000XP. After level 10 you need 10,000 XP to progress to each new level, and this gradually increases. For example, to progress to level 20 from 19 you’ll need 25,000 XP, 50,000XP to hit level 21 and 75,000XP to hit level 22.

How to evolve Eevee

Eevee is able to evolve into a Vaporeon, a Flareon or a Jolteon. It can also evolve into Umbreon and Espeon, which are both Gen 2 ‘mon.

There’s a special trick that allows you to select which evolution you get, but it works only once for each evolution.

If you want to give it a go, simply rename Eevee and then restart the app before you evolve it. For a Vaporeon rename Eevee as Rainer, for a Flareon rename Eevee as Pyro, and for a Jolteon rename Eevee as Sparky. 

For Umbreon, rename an Evee to Sakura, and for Espeon, use Tamao.

Just bear in mind that this works only once for each of the five evolutions, so you may want to wait until you have an Eevee with high Combat Power.

Also read our Pokemon Sun and Moon review

How to battle

• Once you hit level 5 you get to choose your team: Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Valor (red). You will be prompted to do so when you first visit a gym. Choose carefully: you can’t change your mind later. Leaders are as follows: Team Valor is Candela, Team Mystic is Blanche, and Team Instinct is Spark.

Pokemon Go team leaders

• You’ll see four types of gyms on the map: grey, yellow, blue and red. Grey gyms are unclaimed, but you can’t walk straight up to these and add a Pokémon because the person who just took down the gym has a while to put their own Pokémon in the gym. 

• If a gym matches the colour of your team you can enter one of your Pokémon, as long as there isn’t already one of that type in the gym.

Training (description below) was removed from the game when the gym system was revamped. It’s no longer possible to train.

• To begin training in a friendly gym you enter and press the glove icon. Battle will commence, and you will use six Pokémon to beat as many of the Pokémon defending that gym as possible, so it makes sense to choose your strongest Pokémon against the defending Pokémon (for help as to what Pokémon to choose see Pokémon Matchups). However, you will add more prestige points to the gym if you can defeat the defending Pokémon with one that has a lower CP than it. Tap your opponent to fight (but be careful not to tap too fast or the game may glitch), and long-tap to perform a special move. If you know your Pokémon you’ll know some types are better at fighting certain types than others – you can pick which Pokémon you take into battle by tapping on it and selecting a new one before the contest begins.

• If a gym is not friendly, you can battle in an attempt to take it over. Visit the gym and see whether your Pokémon are powerful enough to take it on. If you think you can do it, press the star icon to begin. You get to choose six Pokémon to take into battle with you, and if you manage to take out any of the Pokémon defending the gym you will lower their motivation.

Again, your Pokémon will lose health, so you may need to revive them in between battles. When a defending ‘mon’s motivation hits zero, it will return to its trainer. Once you’ve beaten all Pokémon and reduced their meters to zero, the gym is yours and you have a few minutes to place one of your Pokémon before another team can start battling.

• Unlike the old system, you can’t go to the shop and immediately collect coins. Instead you get one coin per hour per Pokémon in gyms. There’s a limit of 50 coins per day with a 21-hour cooldown period, so if any defenders return 20 hours after you received 50 coins, you won’t get any extra.

See also: How to remove a location, business or venue as a Pokémon Go gym or PokéStop.

Daily bonuses

Pokémon GO gives you a daily bonus for catching a Pokémon and visiting a PokéStop. If you get this bonus for seven days in a row, you will get bigger bonuses. You’re eligible for the next day’s bonus from midnight onwards.

Pokemon GO daily bonuses & streaks

Bonus for catching a Pokémon each day:

Bonus for catching a Pokémon every day for 7 days:

Bonus for visiting a PokéStop each day:

  • 500 XP
  • A number of additional items

Bonus for visiting a PokéStop every day for 7 days:

  • 2,000 XP
  • A greater number of additional items (up to 60 in some cases) plus a guaranteed evolution item.

How to appraise Pokémon

A new update to Pokémon GO allows Team leaders Candela, Spark and Blanche to appraise your Pokémon. This can be handy in terms of choosing which Pokémon to keep when you have multiples of the same type, and also which to enter into battle.

Appraising your Pokémon is easy: you simply open the Pokémon menu and select a Pokémon, then tap on the circular three lines icon at the bottom of the screen and choose Appraise. Tap the screen to move through the appraisal dialogue.

Pokemon Go appraisal

The tricky part is interpreting the Team leader’s predefined responses. Here’s a quick overview:

Pokemon Go appraisal chart


Pokémon GO FAQ

What is a PokéBall?

A PokéBall is the ball you use to catch wild Pokémon. You can collect more PokéBalls from PokéStops, when you level up or from the Shop.

What is a PokéStop?

A PokéStop is a place from which you can win rewards simply by visiting. You might get PokéBalls, potions and revives, for example. You need to be near the PokéStop in order to access it – a blue circle will appear around it when you are close enough. When you have visited that PokéStop it will turn purple, and you need to wait a few minutes before you can visit it again.

What is the PokéDex?

The PokéDex is a catalogue of all the Pokémon you have caught, plus any that you have seen but not managed to catch. The aim of the game is to catch them all.

What is a gym?

There are neutral, friendly and rival gyms. You can claim a neutral gym by adding your Pokémon. For more see the explanation at the top of this article.

Why can’t I add my Pokémon to a friendly gym?

You need to be over Level 5 and you can’t add a duplicate of a Pokémon already in that gym. If there are already six defenders, the gym is full.

How do I get more PokéBalls?

You can get more PokéBalls at PokéStops, by levelling up or in the Shop.

How do I get more stardust?

Stardust is earned by catching a Pokémon- you’ll get 100 stardust for each Pokémon you catch. A faster way to earn stardust is to leave Pokémon in as many gyms as you can. For each Pokémon you manage to keep in a gym for a day you will earn 500 stardust. Note that the time limit is an overall limit – when it gets down to the last few minutes you need to adding Pokémon to gyms everywhere in order to get the most benefit. You can also earn stardust hatching eggs.

How do I get more candy?

Candies are earned when you catch a Pokémon, though the number you receive depends on which Pokémon you catch. You can also earn one candy when you trade a Pokémon, and candies when you hatch an egg. New is the ability to also earn candy by selecting one Pokémon as a buddy to walk with you. Candies are specific to a Pokémon type, so you can’t use Rattata candy with a Pidgey, for example.

How do I get more coins?

Coins are earned leaving your Pokémon to defend gyms. It can take a while to earn them, so you can also buy them in the shop if you’re prepared to spend real money.

How do I level up? How do I earn XP?

XP is earned for basically everything you do. You’ll earn 500XP for evolving a Pokémon, 50XP for visiting a PokéStop, and a minimum of 100XP for catching a Pokémon (you’ll get 500 bonus XP if it’s a Pokémon not currently in your PokéDex). When you earn enough XP you will progress a level, and get various goodies in return.

What is Potion? What is Super Potion? What is Hyper Potion? What is Max Potion? What is Revive?

When your Pokémon either train or battle in a gym they lose health. This can be restored using a potion, super potion, hyper potion, max potion or revive. A potion restores the Pokémon’s HP by 20 points, a super potion does so by 50 points, a hyper potion by 200 points, and a max potion by whatever is the Pokémon’s max HP. A revive restores a fainted Pokémon, and now works when a Pokémon faints in a gym battle.

What is incense?

Incense, available in the Shop or when you level up, draws nearby Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes. Only you benefit from it.

What is a lure module?

A lure works like incense, drawing out nearby Pokémon. However, it must be used at a PokéStop, and all players can benefit you’ll spot one by the pink and purple petals coming out of it. Be warned that the lure will be visible on the map to all players, so for your own safety it’s probably not a good idea to use one in a dodgy area when you are alone if you want to keep your phone. 

What is a lucky egg?

A lucky egg earns double XP for 30 minutes. For a quick way to level up, collect as many rattatas and pidgeys as you can, then activate the lucky egg and evolve those Pokémon. You’ll get 1000 XP for each one you evolve. You can get lucky eggs by levelling up or in the shop.

How do I get more eggs?

You’ll get Pokémon eggs at PokéStops, but you can hold only nine at once and, at the moment, it is not possible to delete eggs you don’t want (for example 2k eggs to make room for 5- and 10k eggs).

How do I hatch an egg?

To hatch an egg you will need an incubator, which you can sometimes find at PokéStops or you can get them when you level up or buy them in the Shop. Bought incubators are three-uses only. To hatch an egg, click the Pokémon icon, choose Pokémon and slide across to the Eggs tab. Pick an egg. To hatch it you will need to walk a certain distance, which is shown below the egg. Longer distances are likely to return more powerful Pokémon. Add it to an incubator, then get moving to hatch that egg. Distance is tracked via GPS, and if you move too fast it won’t be counted, so no cheating by getting in the car.

What is a Great Ball?

A Great Ball is like a PokéBall but better, and has a more successful catch rate than a standard PokéBall. If there’s a Pokémon you really want to catch, use a Great Ball instead of a PokéBall. This is achieved by tapping the bag icon mid-capture attempt. Later in the game you also get Ultra Balls, which are bigger still.

What are Razz Berries?

Razz Berries can be fed to tough Pokémon in order to make them easier to catch on your next throw. You can pick them up when you level up and at PokéStops.

Generation 2 Pokémon

If you can’t catch all the gen 2 Pokémon that’s because some can only be hatched from eggs. Here is the full list of new Pokémon which must be hatched: (you can see their outlines in the Pokédex if you have their evolved forms)

  • Pichu (evolves to Pikachu) – 2km egg
  • Cleffa (evolves to Clefairy) – 2km egg
  • Igglybuff (evolves to Jigglypuff) – 2km egg
  • Togepi (evolves to Togetic) – 2km egg
  • Tyrogue (evolves to Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan & Hitmontop) – 5km egg
  • Magby (evolves to Magmar) – 5km egg
  • Smoochum (evolves to Jynx) – 5km egg
  • Elekid (evolves to Electabuzz) – 5km egg

No cheating in Pokémon GO

Niantic has written a blog post confirming that those who cheat WILL have their accounts terminated.

Pokémon GO creator Niantic Labs has issued a statement claiming that if you cheat, you’re out! After a raft of users publicly (and others not so publicly) demonstrated how they could just sit indoors and trick the game into thinking they were outside roaming the world, Niantic is attempting to crack down on the players supposedly gaining an unfair advantage.

The list, here, says reasons for players being banned “includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.”

So, if you’re doing any of the above, don’t be suprised if one day your Poké pals take a hike. You can submit a ban appeal, but if you want to be safe, just get outside, we say.

Pokémon GO is a hit with Siri… well, sort of

Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, has a load of new responses to the question: ‘Do you like Pokémon GO?’ Most are positive, for example “I like playing peekaboo with Pikachu” and “Of course. That’s what it’s all about. Oh, wait, that’s the Hoké Pokémon.” But we also like: “Snorlax. Zzzz. Sorry, what was the question?”

How to change Pokémon GO username

It is now possible to change your Pokémon GO username, but you can do so only once. Tap on the PokéBall on the main screen and select Settings. Scroll down to and select Change Nickname. You’ll receive the message: ‘Do you want to change your nickname? You can change your nickname only once. It will be displayed to other Trainers, so please choose carefully!’ Select Yes or No to continue.

How much does Pokémon GO cost?

Pokémon GO is free to download and play, but it is possible to buy PokéCoins that will unlock special items within the game. PokéCoins are the in-game currency, and they are available without handing over real cash, but you’ll pick them up at a slower rate than you might like during the early stages of Pokémon GO.

You can buy PokéCoins at the following prices:

100 PokéCoins: £0.79
550 PokéCoins: £3.99
1,200 PokéCoins: £7.99
2,500 PokéCoins: £14.99
5,200 PokéCoins: £29.99
14,500 PokéCoins: £79.99

Pokémon GO Plus costs $34.99 and is now available to pre-order, although it has been delayed in the UK until September. Click here for more details on Pokémon GO Plus. You might also like: 8 best mystery subscription boxes for nerds

Also see: Nintendo Classic Mini NES release date, specs, games and features.

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is a mobile game for Android and iPhone developed by The Pokémon Company and Niantic, a former Google startup that has since branched out on its own and is known for its earlier augmented-reality mobile game Ingress. Nintendo is also contributing with the development and manufacture of the companion Pokémon GO Plus (see below for more details on that).

Pokémon GO is a mobile app that you download to your Android smartphone or iPhone, but play in the real world through augmented reality.

John Hanke, founder of Niantic, said: “For the first time, Pokémon will roam free in the real world. Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabit parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world. Imagine discovering a Squirtle hiding along the waterfront in San Francisco, a Bulbasaur at Shinjuku Station or a Pikachu beneath the Eiffel Tower.”

In Pokémon GO the aim is to locate, catch, battle and trade Pokémon, and you are encouraged to connect with other nearby Pokémon GO players as you do so.

“Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items,” writes The Pokémon Company on its official blog.

Pokémon GO Screenshots

Pokemon Go screenshots

When you first sign into Pokémon GO you need to pick your avatar, and at the moment this cannot be altered later.

Pokemon Go screenshots

You’ll then get a choice of three Pokémon to catch to get you started. And that’s pretty much as far as the tutorial goes.

Pokemon Go screenshots

PokéStops are places you can get new items, such as PokéBalls. You need to be within close range of a PokéStop to benefit – when a blue circle appears around it you are close enough. Tap on the PokéStop and spin the wheel to get your goodies. The PokéStop will turn purple for a few minutes afterward, and you need to wait for it to revert to blue to hit it again. A PokéStop with pink and purple petals flying out on it has a Lure Module attached to it – these draw nearby Pokémon to the stop for 30 minutes, so hang around for a bit if you can.

Pokemon Go screenshots

At any time you can tap the menu at the bottom left to see which Pokémon are nearby, and how close they are (shown by one, two or three footsteps). When you spot a Pokémon on the map, tap on it.

Pokemon Go screenshots

To catch the Pokémon you need to throw a PokéBall at it, and hit it within the circle that appears around its face. The higher the CP (combat power) the harder it will be to catch, although your ability to catch better Pokémon increases as you level up, and later in the game you can also use Great Balls (big PokéBalls).

Pokemon Go screenshots

If you don’t want the Pokémon you can transfer it to the Professor in return for a candy, although you can hold up to 250 Pokémon so there’s no need to decide at once.

Pokemon Go screenshots

An alternative to transferring the Pokémon is to Evolve it – provided you have the required amount of candy to do so. We strongly recommend you power up the Pokémon in its primary stage as far as possible in order to get higher combat power when it evolves.

Pokemon Go screenshots

At any time you can click the PokéBall at the bottom of the screen and choose Pokémon to see your current Pokémon. A slide to the right will also show you any eggs you have incubating.

Pokemon Go

Other options here include the Shop, where you can buy incense, potions, more PokéBalls and the like, and the PokéDex, which is a catalogue of all the Pokémon you have seen or caught so far.

Pokemon Go screenshots

When your Pokémon are ready you can take part in battles at gyms. You can train in a friendly gym to increase its prestige – if you level it up you’ll be able to leave your own Pokémon behind to help defend it. Battles take place in rival gyms in an attempt to lower their prestige and hopefully claim that gym for your own team. You can see on the map when a battle is taking place at a gym by the whirlwhind, sparks and smoke coming out its top.

The PokéDex

Below is a list of the Pokémon in the PokéDex for Gen 1, although there have been no confirmed sightings of Farfetch’d (083), Articuno (144), Zapdos (145), Moltres (146), Mewtwo (150) and Mew (151). 

001. Bulbasaur
002. Ivysaur
003. Venusaur
004. Charmander
005. Charmeleon
006. Charizard
007. Squirtle
008. Wartortle
009. Blastoise
010. Caterpie
011. Metapod
012. Butterfree
013. Weedle
014. Kakuna
015. Beedrill
016. Pidgey
017. Pidgeotto
018. Pidgeot
019. Rattata
020. Raticate
021. Spearow
022. Fearow
023. Ekans
024. Arbok
025. Pikachu
026. Raichu
027. Sandshrew
028. Sandslash
029. Nidoran F
030. Nidorina
031. Nidoqueen
032. Nidoran M
033. Nidorino
034. Nidoking
035. Clefairy
036. Clefable
037. Vulpix
038. Ninetales
039. Jigglypuff
040. Wigglytuff
041. Zubat
042. Golbat
043. Oddish
044. Gloom
045. Vileplume
046. Paras
047. Parasect
048. Venonat
049. Venomoth
050. Diglett
051. Dugtrio
052. Meowth
053. Persian
054. Psyduck
055. Golduck
056. Mankey
057. Primeape
058. Growlithe
059. Arcanine
060. Poliwag
061. Poliwhirl
062. Poliwrath
063. Abra
064. Kadabra
065. Alakazam
066. Machop
067. Machoke
068. Machamp
069. Bellsprout
070. Weepinbell
071. Victreebel
072. Tentacool
073. Tentacruel
074. Geodude
075. Graveler
076. Golem
077. Ponyta
078. Rapidash
079. Slowpoke
080. Slowbro
081. Magnemite
082. Magneton
083. Farfetch’d
084. Doduo
085. Dodrio
086. Seel
087. Dewgong
088. Grimer
089. Muk
090. Shellder
091. Cloyster
092. Gastly
093. Haunter
094. Gengar
095. Onix
096. Drowzee
097. Hypno
098. Krabby
099. Kingler
100. Voltorb
101. Electrode
102. Exeggcute
103. Exeggutor
104. Cubone
105. Marowak
106. Hitmonlee
107. Hitmonchan
108. Lickitung
109. Koffing
110. Weezing
111. Rhyhorn
112. Rhydon
113. Chansey
114. Tangela
115. Kangaskhan
116. Horsea
117. Seadra
118. Goldeen
119. Seaking
120. Staryu
121. Starmie
122. Mr. Mime
123. Scyther
124. Jynx
125. Electabuzz
126. Magmar
127. Pinsir
128. Tauros
129. Magikarp
130. Gyarados
131. Lapras
132. Ditto
133. Eevee
134. Vaporeon
135. Jolteon
136. Flareon
137. Porygon
138. Omanyte
139. Omastar
140. Kabuto
141. Kabutops
142. Aerodactyl
143. Snorlax
144. Articuno
145. Zapdos
146. Moltres
147. Dratini
148. Dragonair
149. Dragonite
150. Mewtwo
151. Mew 

Here’s the list for Gen 2:

152. Chikorita
153. Bayleef
154. Maganium.
155. Cyndaquil
156. Quilava
157. Tyhlosion
158. Totodile
159. Croconaw
160. Feraligatr
161. Sentret
162. Furret
163. Hoothoot
164. Noctowl
165. Ledyba
166. Ledian
167. Spinarak
168. Ariados
169. Crobat
170. Chinchou
171. Lanturn
172. Pichu
173. Cleffa
174. Igglybuff
175. Togepi
176. Togetic
177. Natu
178. Xatu
179. Mareep
180. Flaaffy
181. Ampharos
182. Bellossom
183. Marill
184. Azumarill
185. Politoed
186. Sudowoodo
187. Hoppip
188. Skiploom
189. Jumpluff
190. Aipom
191. Sunkern
192. Sunflora
193. Yanma
194. Wooper
195. Quagsire
196. Espeon
197. Umbreon
198. Murkrow
199. Slowking
200. Misdreavus
201. Unown
202. Wobbuffet
203. Girafarig
204. Pineco
205. Forretress
206. Dunsparce
207. Gligar
208. Steelix
209. Snubbull
210. Granbull
211. Quilfish
212. Scizor
213. Shuckle
214. Heracross
215. Sneasel
216. Teddiursa
217. Ursaring
218. Slugma
219. Magcargo
220. Swinub
221. Piloswine
222. Corsola
223. Remoraid
224. Octillery
225. Delibird
226. Mantine
227. Skarmory
228. Houndour
229. Houndoom
230. Kingdra
231. Phanpy
232. Dolphan
233. Porygon2
234. Stantler
235. Smeargle
236. Tyrogue
237. Hitmontop
238. Smoochum
239. Elekid
240. Magby
241. Miltank
242. Blissey
243. Raikou
244. Entei
245. Suicune
246. Larvitar
247. Pupitar
248. Tyranitar
249, Lugia
250. Ho-Oh
251. Celebi

Pokémon GO accessories

Pokémon GO Plus UK release date: 16 September 2016

Buy Pokemon Go Plus here (£34.99)

Pokémon GO Plus

Pokémon GO Plus is a companion device that is either clipped on or strapped to the wrist and worn like a watch. Pokémon GO functions without the Pokémon GO Plus, but the device is expected to enhance enjoyment of the augmented reality game.

Pokémon GO Plus was developed and manufactured by Nintendo, and launched in the UK on 16 September at a price of £34.99/$34.99. It’s available to order now from the Nintendo Store, but the first stocks have already gone and new orders won’t ship until late October.

Pokémon GO Plus lets you play Pokémon GO without looking at your phone by delivering haptic feedback and flashing LEDs in a series of colours. It encourages players to look not only at their phones and Pokémon GO, but to experience what’s going on around them in the real world.

Pokémon GO Plus connects to your phone over Bluetooth and notifies you about events within the game, such as a nearby Pikachu. A button on the front of the Pokémon GO Plus also lets you perform simple actions such as throwing a Poké Ball and catching Pokémon.

Pokémon GO kinetic motion controller

The Pokémon GO Plus isn’t the only Pokémon GO accessory on the horizon. GamerReality LLC has developed a kinetic motion controller for Pokémon Go that you physically throw to catch a Pokémon in the app. It’s on KickStarter.


Pokémon GO Aimer

There’s also the Pokémon Go Aimer, which sits on top of your phone screen and improves your throw accuracy, which should result in fewer lost PokéBalls. You can print one yourself if you have a 3D Printer – grab the model from Thingiverse.

Pokemon Go Aimer

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