10 Tips to Become a Pokémon Master

Pokemon Go is officially the biggest mobile
game of all time — at this point, you’re either playing it or you’re sick of hearing
about it. If you’re in that first camp, keep watching: we’ve got some tips to help you
become a Pokémon Master in no time. Tip #1: Tracking… et’s start first with
hunting down and catching stuff. Don’t just walk aimlessly! When you tap on the bottom
right, you’ll pull up the “Nearby” drawer. The footprints beneath Pokemon are a rough
indication of how far away they are. The drawer is sorted by distance, and it’ll update as
you walk around. Tip #2: Improving your odds…When catching
Pokemon, look at the colored circle that appears when you’re throwing. Green means easy; red
means hard. See how the circle shrinks over and over? The smaller it is, the better your
odds are of making a catch but you only get that odds bonus if the ball lands INSIDE the
colored circle. Tip #3: Get better at battling…When entering
a gym battle, swipe from right to left to see what you’re up against — then pick your
Pokemon based on what you’re about to fight. The game offers up what it thinks might work,
but it’s often wrong. Click the suggested Pokemon to swap them out, and order them based
on what you’re about to fight. Fighting a Fire Pokemon first? Throw your strongest Water
Pokemon at it right off the bat. Speaking of gym battles: watch for yellow
flashes around the edge of the screen during a battle.. When these occur, your opponent
is about to deal damage — this is when you want to dodge by swiping the screen. Practice
on the weakest gym you can find to get the timing down. Tip #4: Catching the good stuff…Ultimately,
you want a bunch of Pokemon of varying types with high “CP”, or combat power. The higher
your own level, the more high powered Pokémon you’ll encounter. Even if you and your friend
click the same Pokémon, each of you might see a Pokémon with a different CP count.
You’ll still find plenty of weak ones even at higher levels, but the potential cap gets
better as you do. Tip #5: Power leveling…Want to level faster?
Use those Lucky Eggs you pick up in the most efficient way by batching your evolutions.
You get 500 XP everytime you evolve a Pokemon, even if you’ve evolved that Pokemon before.
You get even more if it’s a new addition to your Pokedex. Pidgies and weedles are the
easiest to evolve — so don’t pass them up! Gather a ton of them, fire off a lucky egg,
evolve them all rapid fire, and drown in that sweet sweet XP. Tip #6: Hatches matter! You’ll collect hatchable
eggs at Poke Stops. Make sure to always have one or more in an incubator — as you walk,
they get closer to hatching. Use your one “Infinite” incubator to hatch 2km eggs, since
you’ll inherently hatch more of those. You might want to wait to hatch 10km eggs until
you’re at least level 18; those eggs have the potential to hatch rare Pokemon and you
want your rare stuff to start out strong so you don’t waste candy powering them up. Tip #7: Reset the game…This game has a ton
of bugs. Even if it hasn’t crashed recently, you want to restart it every once in awhile
. Pokemon can get stuck on the “Nearby” radar when they’re not actually there anymore so
if you’ve been chasing one for ages and you’re not getting any closer, try rebooting. Tip #8: Turn AR off…Once you’re over the
whole AR thing, you can turn AR off with the switch in the upper right. This makes it easier
to aim. Tip #9: Grab and go…Closing Poke Stops grabs
you all the items — you don’t have to tap each one. Tip #10: Play in wildly different places…Different
cities, even. Stuff that’s rare in Oakland might be common in San Francisco, and vice
versa. And as a bonus tip…If you’re getting really
intense, research how to use Niantic’s other game, Ingress, to plan ahead before you leave
the house. Done properly, you can use Ingress to find Pokestops that are close together
and where spawns are likely to occur. That’s it! Happy hunting!

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