POKEMON Terms & Tricks!!

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A quick rundown of some of the names and phrases you'll come across when playing the game:

Pokéstops – All the items you need to play the game are stored in these blue supply stores. Majorly most visited/historic/landmarks, malls, parks, gardens, train/bus/tram station.

Pokéballs – Used to catch Pokémon and build your team.

Incense and Lure Modules – You can use these items to attract more Pokémon to your location. At the start, this is vital to build a large team that you can then use to battle or trade for goodies further into the game.

Gyms – Available from level five and above, controlling gyms is what the game is all about. Located at points of interest and landmarks, these are where the battles between players and their Pokémon take place.[Capturing Pokémon is easy, but mastering battle in gyms in Pokémon Go can be quite challenging for those just starting out]

Factions – These are the teams you're asked to join after reaching level five. They will determine which colour a gym turns when you claim it. Simply pick your favourite colour.

Potions, Super Potions and Revives – After a hard battle, you’ll need these to help your Pokémon recover before the next challenge.You have two main options: Potions or Revives. Both of these are items you can find by tapping the Poké Ball at the bottom of the screen and then selecting “Items.” The game doesn’t start you off with any potions or revives, but you may have some in your inventory if you’ve visited Poké Stops.

Candy and Stardust – Think of these as supplements to make your Pokémon stronger and more evolved — absolutely vital for taking over more gyms.

Eggs – Go is big on XP, and you’ll need Lucky Eggs if you want to earn double XP. Regular eggs allow you to hatch more Pokémon to add to your team.

Razzberries – Harder to catch Pokémon can be tamed by feeding them these and winning their trust.

Footprints – Use the footprint guides in the 'Nearby' menu to navigate to rarer Pokémon. Three footprints means the creature is further away. No footprints means you're very close.(in updated version)

Here are our tips on how to get ahead in Pokémon Go...

1) Turn OFF AR mode

One of the game's more intriguing features is how it uses your phone's camera to overlay images of Pokémon onto real-world environments.

But what you may not be aware of is that using AR mode actually makes it harder to catch Pokémon. Simply turning off AR allows you to centre the Pokémon on your screen, making it much easier to chuck Pokéballs and claim your prize.


To turn AR mode off, wait until a wild Pokémon appears and tap the AR slider on the top-right of the battle screen. Whichever creature you're trying to enslave into your Poké-army will immediately move to the centre of the display.

2) Do Catch 'em all

While it's often tempting to overlook the frequently appearing Pokémon that crop up all the time you should try to catch all the creatures you can.

That's because you can immediately trade them in to the Professor to get Pokémon-specific candy. Why is that important? Because candy and Stardust are how you evolve your Pokémon.

Pokemon Go Candy

For example, if you've got an abundance of Pidgeys, you should immediately figure out which one of them is the most powerful by seeing which has the highest CP score and the highest-rated attacks. Once you know which one you're going to keep, select the first Pidgey you want to transfer, scroll down to the bottom of the menu that pops up, and tap 'Transfer'.

You'll be asked to confirm, after which the Professor will provide you with Pidgey candy. Once you've got 12 of these, you'll be able to upgrade your remaining Pidgey to a Pidgeotto, provided you've also managed to collect enough Stardust on your travels. Transfer enough Pidgeys or Pidgeottos and you'll get enough candy to evolve the Pidgeotto to a Pidgeot.

Each Pokémon requires a different amount of candy to evolve to its next state, so keep an eye on how many of each kind you're collecting and make sure to transfer the less powerful ones to start stacking up the candy for future evolutions.

3) Feeling Lucky? Use Lucky eggs carefully

If the game is feeling generous, you may just find yourself in possession of a Lucky Egg. What the hell is that, you ask? Well, ever since we wasted our first Lucky Egg by using it at the worst possible time, we've made sure we know the answer to that very question.

Basically, a Lucky Egg doubles all the XP you get for 30 minutes. You should start to pick up a few once you reach level 8 or so, and they can also be bought from the shop – if you're a dirty cheat, that is.

Pokemon Go Lucky Egg

As the egg's effect only lasts for half an hour, you're going to want to spend that time as productively as you can to maximise the XP you get. Before you start the timer, then, make sure you've got a load of Pokémon to evolve, tons of Stardust, a Lure Module or Incense, and plenty of Pokéballs. Also make sure you're near a Pokéstop and gym.

Once you've started the Lucky Egg's timer, drop the Lure Module on the Pokéstop and immediately begin evolving your Pokémon. Pidgeys and Rattatas are good for this, as they seem to crop up all the time and only need 12 candies to evolve, but any Pokémon you have ready to evolve will net you XP once you start upgrading them – and thanks to the Egg, you'll get double the amount.

You'll also want to catch all the unsuspecting Pokémon that come your way as a result of the Lure Module, gaining double XP for all the creatures you manage to capture.

Once the Lure Module starts to wear off and you've evolved all your Pokémon, head to the nearest gym and start racking up the XP by stealing the gym from those wretched Reds, or whichever team happen to be your sworn enemies.

If the gym belongs to your team, try raising its prestige with some repeat attacks, and make sure you use any extra Stardust you get to raise the level of your best Pokémon. It all adds XP and should result in a nice and productive half-hour of Lucky Egg levelling.

4) Figure out 'NEARBY' GUIDE

There's been a lot of confusion over how the 'Nearby' menu in Pokémon Go works. You may have noticed the little meter in the bottom-right of the screen, which, when tapped, shows you a list of nearby Pokémon. When you first start playing the game, that list will consist mainly of silhouettes, as you won't have encountered many creatures. But as you start catching more, the list will show exactly which Pokémon are in your immediate vicinity.

Each creature's distance from your location is represented by the number of footprints below their image, allowing you to track specific Pokémon by keeping an eye on the footprints as you walk around.


Pokemon Go Nearby

In order to track a specific creature, you can tap on their outline or image, which will highlight them in the menu itself. Now, instead of closing the menu and walking around to try and hunt them down, keep the menu open. This will let you keep track of the Pokémon's position in the grid. If it's in the top-left it's very close, and if it's in the bottom-right, it's the furthest away.


If you want to move up the ranks quickly, it's advisable to round up a few fellow trainers and travel in a pack. Pokémon Go lets you choose between joining either the Red, Blue or Yellow team once you reach level 5, which forms the basis for gym battles. Whenever you capture a gym, which are dotted around the landscape, you will claim it for your team.

Pokemon Go Gym


 Please avoid dangerous place and do not drive and play. Catch 'em all



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