Pokémon GO has been online for a whole year. To celebrate there are special events, including real-world gatherings. Here’s all you need to know about them, plus the recent gym changes.
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
Real-world events: Chester, UK
On the weekend of 22-23 July events will be staged across Chester, one of the world’s most historic cities. It will include Chester Castle, which will be open to the public for the first time in 20 years. According to Niantic, there will be in-game and real-world surprises for Pokémon GO players.
Real-world events: Chicago, USA
In Chicago’s Grant Park on 22 July you’ll be able to play Pokémon GO with others in the first real-world event in the city. Tickets are now SOLD OUT, but there are still rewards in store for players who can’t attend.
There will be three Challenge Window activities on the day, during which time Trainers must work together to catch certain types of Pokémon and thereby unlock a variety of perks for players around the world. Trainers outside of Chicago can also join in with helping to catch these Pokémon, and if enough are caught the duration of bonuses unlocked will be extended.
Provided enough are caught, a mystery challenge will also be revealed in Chicago, giving players the potential to unlock another special bonus across the globe.
Real-world events: Europe
European Trainers will also be able to attend Pokémon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June to September. These are known as Pokémon GO Safari Zone events, and Trainers will be able to catch rare Pokémon, obtain special rewards and take on powerful Raid Bosses.
The Safari Zone events will also feature special Pokémon GO lounges where Trainers can recharge their devices and meet various Pokémon GO YouTube creators in attendance.
Safari Zone events take place in Fisketorvet (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Cerny Most (Prague, Czech Republic) on 5 August, the Mall of Scandinavia (Stockholm, Sweden) and Amstelveen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on 12 August, and CentrO (Oberhausen, Germany), Les Quatre Temps (Paris, France) and La Maquinista (Barcelona, Spain) on 16 September.
Real-world events: Japan
The Pokémon Company is organising “Pikachu Outbreak” in Yokohama, Japan, from 9 – 14 August, which will include “a unique Pokémon GO experience”.
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.
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.
You now earn new gym badges, which you can level up for “more rewards”. The level system goes Vanilla > Bronze > Silver > Gold.
It also gives a reason to visit lots of gyms: you’ll be able to see where you’ve travelled – the badges acting as little mementoes.
A raid battle is the collaborative new gameplay Niantic teased (it’s not player vs player as many had hoped…). Up to 20 players will battle together at a gym to defeat the Raid Boss and will have 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 sits on top of the gym with a countdown to the battle.
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.
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.
Niantic has been cagey about whether Legendary Pokémon will appear as Raid Bosses. We can only hope…
Gen 2 Pokémon
If you haven’t played for a long while, you’ll be happy to know that 80 Pokémon from Generation 2 are now in the game. They include Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile and more. Plus, there are a few new features in the update to the game:
- New Evolutions: Some of the original Pokémon can evolve into Gen 2 Pokémon. You need to collect items from PokéStops (guaranteed on your 7-day streak) to evolve some Pokémon.
- Gameplay: Monsters might react in new ways as you’re trying to catch them.
- Item carousels: These appear on the main screen and allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls without going into your bag all the time.
- New Berries: Two new Berries are available at PokéStops: Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries. The first slows a monster, while the latter doubles the amount of Candy you get.
- New Avatars: Finally, there are more options in your wardrobe to customise your avatar (most are paid-for).
In an interview with Wired Germany, Niantic CEO John Hanke confirmed that the legendary Pokémon (Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres, Mew and MewTwo) will come to the game by the end of the year.
He reiterated what he’d previously said to Vice in another interview, that two things need to happen before these rare Pokémon are introduced to the game. One is PvP (player-versus-player) battles, and the other is gym battles. Hanke also told Vice that trading would soon be coming to Pokémon GO.
And those legendary Pokémon could arrive as early as summer 2017: upon accepting the Webby Award for Best Mobile Game of 2017, Archit Bhargava, Global Marketing lead for Niantic, said: “This summer will be legendary.”
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. A recent update allows you to customise this, which is handy if you want your clothes to match the colour of your team.
• 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.
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 them via eggs.
• Crowdsourced maps were available that could help you to find certain Pokémon. These Pokémon Go maps included Pokémon Go Nests Curated Map and PokéRadar and PokéVision, while the PokeDetector app for Android was able to run in the background and tell you when a Pokémon was in the vicinity. Unfortunately, many of these have recently been pulled offline.
• A new phenomenon termed ‘nests’ is another way to find Pokémon in the wild. Nests are where Pokémon of a certain type cluster and are regularly found in close proximity. There are nests scattered across the UK and beyond, and you’ll find a full list of nest locations on Reddit and a curated Pokémon GO nest locations map here.
• 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 throw. 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 to power up Pokémon in their first stage as far as you can before you evolve them, and you will get a much higher combat rating in return – however, 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 not worth keeping. You can power-up, evolve or trade 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 trade a Pokémon you cannot get it back later, though you will get one candy in return. (Note that the Trade option has now been moved to a separate menu – view the Pokémon you want to trade and tap the three lines icon at the bottom of the screen and choose Trade.)
• 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 three evolutions, so you may want to wait until you have an Eevee with high Combat Power.
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How to battle and train
• 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. The team leaders have now been announced for each team: Team Valor is Candela, Team Mystic is Blanche, and Team Instinct is Spark.
• 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 and train your Pokémon in order to increase the Prestige of the gym (which makes it more difficult for rival teams to win). If you level up the gym through training you will also be able to leave behind one of your Pokémon to help protect that gym from rival teams.
• 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.
At the end of the battle, whether you win or lose, the gym’s prestige will increase and you will earn XP. However, your Pokémon will also lose HP. You can increase its health with a Potion, Super Potion, Hyper Potion, Max Potion or Revive, which can be picked up from PokéStops or when you level up and are found in your Items (click the PokéBall and choose Items). If you manage to level up the gym, click the icon with the plus to add a Pokémon of your choice.
• If a gym is not friendly and you want to battle in an attempt to take it over, visit the gym and scroll left and right through the defending Pokémon to 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 its prestige. Again, your Pokémon will lose health, so you may need to revive them in between battles. When the gym’s prestige hits level one a win will turn the gym grey, or neutral. At this point it is free to anyone, so get in there quick to add your Pokémon before the rival team beats you to it.
• When you win your first gym go immediately to the Shop and click the shield at the top of the screen where it says Collect now. You’ll get 500 stardust and 10 coins, and your 21-hour countdown will begin. At the end of this time you’ll receive rewards for however many gyms you are holding, regardless of whether you have held them for the full 21 hours.
• If you can hold on to a gym for 21 hours you will receive stardust and XP in return. If you don’t regularly visit an area where there are lots of Pokémon to catch, for instance a city centre, this is probably the second easiest way to gain stardust (the easiest is through hatching eggs).
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.
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.
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.
The tricky part is interpreting the Team leader’s predefined responses. @PokemonGoNews has published this handy guide (via Games Press). Click/tap to view at full size.
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. In friendly gyms you can train up your Pokémon to increase the gym’s prestige and to earn XP; if you level up the gym you can leave behind a Pokémon to help defend it. In rival gyms you can battle Pokémon in an attempt to lower the gym’s prestige and eventually take over that gym.
Why can’t I add my Pokémon to a friendly gym?
You need to level it up through training first. A level one gym needs to be level two before it can accept a second Pokémon; a level two gym needs to be a level three gym before it can accept a third Pokémon and so on.
Why can’t I win a gym?
If you have all but defeated your opponent but it refuses to die, this is a server issue. If it won’t let you walk away, restart the game and try again. Try tapping slower on your opponent to prevent it glitching.
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 by levelling up and by leaving your Pokémon in a gym for a full day. It takes 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 training as well as 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.
We had hoped the new Pokémon coming on 12 December would be the full set of 2nd generation. However it Niantic released them slowly, starting with the babies. To get some, you’ll need to collect eggs from PokéStops and walk to hatch them.
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)
- Cleffa (evolves to Clefairy) – 2km egg
- Igglybuff (evolves to Jigglypuff) – 2km egg
- Togepi (this can then be evolved to Togetic) – 5km egg
- Pichu (evolves to Pikachu) – 5km egg
- Magby (evolves to Magmar) – 10km egg
- Smoochum (evolves to Jynx) – 10km egg
- Elekid (evolves to Electabuzz) – 10km egg
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?”
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
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).
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
When you first sign into Pokémon GO you need to pick your avatar, and at the moment this cannot be altered later.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
029. Nidoran F
032. Nidoran M
122. Mr. Mime
Here’s the list for Gen 2:
Pokémon GO accessories
Pokémon GO Plus UK release date: 16 September 2016
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. The Aimer is available in black, pink, blue, red or white and costs $9.99 direct from PokemonAimer.com.
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