5 Things You Should Know
Before Starting Pokemon Go


Pokemon Go is a fairly straightforward game; however, there are definitely a few tidbits of info you should know before starting your campaign that will help get you started off on the right foot. Check out our 5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Pokemon Go to learn 5 of the best tips & tricks for beginners! Now, if only I could go back in time, I wouldn't have wasted all of my incense and stardust on weak Pokemon.

1) You Can Pick Pikachu As Your Starter

At the beginning of the game you are given the obvious choices of Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle. You can decide to choose none of them and walk away from them. The game will wait till the fourth time you walk away. At that point, it gets the message that you don’t want any of them, and then BAM! Pikachu will pop up and be available to be captured!

2) Almost Nothing Tracks When the App Is Closed

This has become one of the biggest complaints about the game. You will not be alerted when a Pokemon or PokeStop is near you unless the app is open. Also, it won’t count your steps which means your eggs will never hatch. Hopefully this gets fixed soon!

3) Holding Gyms Gives You Free Items

“What’s the benefit of holding gyms” is a question you’ve probably asked yourself. Are they for bragging rights? Absolutely! But, that’s not the only thing they do. For every gym you own as the top CP player you will start gaining free items. Also you can add your Pokemon to a friendly gym as “backup.” You’ll start to get daily packages with some pretty valuable items. You also get an item the first time you take over a gym each day, but otherwise, you have to control a gym for a full 24 hours. This is the most competitive aspect of the game.

4) You Can’t Cheat Egg-Walking Easily

The main point of Pokemon Go is to actually walk around. Walking while you have an egg in an incubator will eventually lead to the hatching of that egg and you automatically get the awesome Pokemon that was inside! The game tracks you using GPS, not a pedometer, so walking on a treadmill won’t help you. Cars, trains, and busses won’t help either. You have to be going under 15 mph for it to count towards hatching an egg. Biking has proven to work the best!

5) There Is Actually A Strategy To Catching Higher Level Pokemon

At first, catching Pokemon seems easy. Just throw your pokeball and you’ll automatically catch it. But, once you start seeing 100+ CP Pokemon in the wild, they will start breaking out. And ones that are 300+? They will prove mighty difficult to catch unless you understand that there are a few finer points to the system. First, there’s an entire aspect to capturing that most people will miss. If you press and hold the Pokeball, a ring around the Pokemon will start shrinking. When it reaches its smallest circumference, that’s when you should throw, as they are the easiest to capture at that point. Also, the color of the circle matters. Green shouldn’t be a problem, yellow will be tougher, red will be very hard. You eventually get treats you can lob at Pokemon to reduce this level, and make capturing easier. Combine these two tactics, and you should have a better shot at capturing higher level Pokemon, and later you will unlock more secure types of Pokeballs as well.

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