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Pokemon GO Beginner Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Pikawho?, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Pikawho?

    Pikawho? Member

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    1: catch all Pokemon you find. You gain "candies" used to level up and evolve Pokemon of the SAME type (i.e. Ratata and raticate use ratata candies). You can also "transfer" (release) the lower level Pokemon and you will gain a candy of that type.

    2: Pokestops will reset if you walk far enough away or wait a specific amount of time. (Seems to be 5-10 minutes). Swipe the circle left or right to gain poke balls and items. This is randomly generated.

    3: gyms can be accessed at level five. You will be prompted to choose your team. Yellow is for breeders, blue is for evolution, and red is for powering up. They haven't given any information about perks this may give us later.

    4: empty gyms will appear grey. You can place one Pokemon in a gym.

    5: you can battle friendly team members in your gym to raise the level of your Pokemon.

    6: gym battles versus other teams to secure the gym seem to be glitchy. You can swipe left and right to dodge attacks and tap their Pokemon to attack. You choose 6 Pokemon to fight their gym. There also seems to be a meter that must be filled up underneath your pokemons name.

    7: you will gain poke balls and items as you level up each time.

    8: Catching Pokemon can be difficult. There is a ring that will shrink and grow in size as you hold the pokeball down. The larger the easier it is to get a nice hit for bonus exp. If you hit it with a smaller circle inside the smaller circle your catch rate should increase.

    9: walking and biking are a good way to travel to catch Pokemon. Driving at slow speeds works as well, but if you drive over 10mph you won't gain any walking distance on eggs you have in the incubator.

    If you have any tips or tricks you've discovered please post them here!
     
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  2. Pokememon

    Pokememon New Member

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    Got this from the super thread in Reddit:

    Tapping the Map--Zoom: Tap the map once to display a blue circle, from the circle quickly drag a line top top to bottom to zoom in, and left to right to zoom out the screen. You can also zoom in and out with a two finger gesture of pinching (like most cell phones)

    Grass Shaking: A Pokemon may or may not reside there. Higher chances of encountering a wild Pokemon

    Swiveling White PokeBall Icon (Top Left Corner): It means content is loading.

    Battery Saver Option: When the app is open and the phone unlocked, the screen will turn black if the phone is idle or laying down. You can still receive alerts.

    Pokemon Tab: Shows you wild Pokemon in your vicinity. Select the Pokemon you wish to encounter, and it makes it easier for you to hunt for it.

    Footprint Next to Pokemon Tab: Let’s you know the proximity of a wild Pokemon. The closer you get the less footprints there are.

    Color of the Ring When Catching a Pokemon: Refers to the difficulty of catching the Pokemon. Green = Easy, Yellow = Moderate, Red = Difficult.

    CP = Combat Power: "Each individual Pokémon is assigned CP at capture, which indicates how well that particular Pokémon will perform in battle. As you gain XP and become a higher level Trainer, the CP of the Pokémon you capture will generally be higher."

    Stardust: Used to level up your Pokemon. Is acquired through capturing any Pokemon. You can also obtain it daily by being in control of a gym.

    Candy: Used to evolve and level up your Pokemon. Is acquired through capturing the same Pokemon. Candy is also obtained through hatching eggs.

    Where can I get…

    Eggs: Pokestops. Use an incubator to hatch it.

    Lucky Eggs Can be purchased in the shop.

    Coins: Purchase at the shop, having a Pokemon defend a gym for a certain amount of time (Defender bonus in shop, top right icon, 21 hour refresh)

    IN-GAME Questions How to Join a Team: Reach level 5 then visit a gym.

    Leveling/Evolving a Pokemon: Capture the same type Pokemon to earn Stardust and Candy. Each Pokemon require different amounts of Stardust and Candy to either level up or evolve. Transferring Pokemon to the Professor will earn you one candy. You can view how much Stardust or Candy required by viewing your caught Pokemon.

    Transferring Pokemon You can transfer your caught Pokemon to Professor by selecting the Pokemon, scrolling down in its bio and selecting TRANSFER. You will gain one candy for transferring. You cannot get your Pokemon back once it is transferred. Transferring multiples of the same Pokemon will not delete the stardust or candies collected for that specific Pokemon.

    How do eggs works?: You can collect eggs at Pokestops. They are stored under your “caught Pokemon” screen (swipe to the right). Eggs can be placed in an incubator by selecting the one you would like to hatch. The distance needed to travel to hatch an egg is under each egg (e.g. 0km/5km or 0km/10km). Once in an incubator, walk around, and it will hatch once you meet the distance quota. Candy is also obtained by hatching eggs.

    Eevee Evolution: Eevee evolution is selected at random.

    Friends List--Chat: Is not currently a feature.

    Does the app have to be open?: Yes, the app must be open to remain active and notify you of events.

    TIP I went past my local zoo earlier and it was chock-full of Pokestops and Pokemon. Generally speaking, travel to locations where there are community parks, art, or buildings (i.e. places of interest)
     
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  3. Tyizor

    Tyizor New Member

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    More on this:
    PokeStops are generated based on Pintrest. Places that are more popular tend to have more pokemon, PokeStops, and Gyms.

    Other info:
    Deleted due to inconsistencies w/ other info. Thanks @Indigo
     
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  4. Heartlessindigo

    Heartlessindigo New Member

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    I'm pretty sure that's not true. It just depends on how close to being max the pokemon is from what I've seen.
     
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  5. Pokememon

    Pokememon New Member

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    Create goes to Musiq Lindquist

    1. Once you load the game, if you click on the icon in the bottom right, it should open up a tab that says nearby pokemon. The amount of footprints underneath each sillouhette shows how far away each pokemon is.
    3 footprints: About 5 minutes walking...but maybe you are not walking in the right direction.
    2 footprints: Now that you are getting closer, you know the general direction. It should be about 100 meters away from you now.
    1 footprint: Walk straightforward, if you don't find it, walk around.
    No footprints: It'll pop up on the map in a few seconds, just keep walking.

    2. If you have trouble connecting, it's because the servers are crowded. Many new downloads have caused the servers to overload, especially when it rolls out in a new area. I usually just wait 5 minutes and try again, or repeatedly try to log in every 10 seconds.

    3. PokeStops and Gyms can be found at almost any monument, statue, restaurant, religious place like a church, mosque, temple, etc., or even a post office. There are more PokeStops than there are Gyms, so it's time to explain them.
    PokeStops: PokeStops are blue cubes on your map. They transform into Pokeball medallions when you are close enough to activate it. You click on the PokeStop, spin the coin in the center of the screen, and, the faster you spin, the rarer items you will get. Pokeballs are the most common, but you can also get potions, revives, incubators, ultraballs, and eggs. You have to put an egg in an incubator and walk a certain distance to hatch it. After activating a PokeStop, you have to wait a few minutes before being able to reactivate it.
    Gyms: Once you reach level 5, you will be able to claim, train, and conquer gyms. Once you reach your first gym, you will choose a team. Team Instinct is inspired by Zapdos, and wants to find out the intuition of pokemon. Team Mystic, is inspired by Articuno, and wants to find the wisdom of pokemon. Team Valor is inspired by Moltres, and wants to find a way to strengthen the natural power of pokemon. After choosing a team, you can claim gyms by placing a pokemon there, and, once you claim a gym or your team holds a gym, you can train there to strengthen the gym and place another pokemon there to help someone else who claimed it. If you find an enemy gym, you have to fight it a certain amount of times to bring down it's prestige until you are able to claim it. You fight by tapping the screen, swiping left and right to dodge, switching out pokemon, and filling up your meter to do a stronger attack.
     
  6. Pikawho?

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    Came across this guide on iDigitalTimes:

    BASICS

    When you boot up Pokémon Go for the first time, you’ll have to customize your trainer, name him/her and then choose your starter Pokémon. You choose from either Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle, the classic Gen 1 starters.

    Once you’ve caught your first Pokémon the real adventure begins with the interface showing your trainer walking on a Google Maps-esque layout. The GPS on your smartphone will pinpoint your location. On the map you can see landmarks that represent PokeStops and Gyms. You won’t be able to access them until you get closer to their destination, or in the case of Gyms at a certain level (more on Gyms and PokeStops below).

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    You’ll also see rustling grass. If you walk towards it a Pokémon will appear and you will attempt to catch it. If you look on the bottom right corner of your screen, you can pull up the menu that tells you what Pokemon are near you.

    Each Pokemon will have zero to three footprints underneath them. Zero means they are really close and three means they are the furthest away.

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    Trainers will also gain experience and gain levels as they travel and catch Pokémon.

    CATCHING POKEMON

    Catching a Pokémon in Pokémon Go is very different from the main games. You don’t use your party Pokémon to weaken a wild one, instead your catch rate is determined by a few factors.

    The Pokémon’s CP level, the type of Poké Ball you used, your throwing technique, and other factors come into play when determining whether the Pokémon can be successfully caught.

    Other Pokémon will simply run away so be sure to be quick.

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    Your throwing technique is probably the one thing you’ll want to master. Your angle and force behind your throwing (which is a simple flick on the touchscreen) is a big factor. And, of course, you’ll want to hit the Pokémon with the Poke Ball.

    If you have the AR turned on, you'll want to center the Pokemon on the screen. Keep your phone steady as you throw but if you want an easier experience, turn the AR off and the Pokemon will remain centered.

    You'll also notice a ring inside a circle where the Pokemon is. When that ring (normally green) is at its smallest is when you'll want to throw your Poke Ball.

    Various habitats will determine what Pokémon is found. For example, water Pokémon will be found near bodies of water and beaches. Use the Nearby feature on the bottom of the screen to see which Pokémon are around.

    The item Incense will draw Pokémon toward your for 30 minutes, so be sure to use them when you are having trouble finding Pokémon in the wild.

    POKEMON TRAITS

    Now that you’ve caught a Pokémon, you can take a look at what it can do. A Pokémon’s Command Points (CP) determines how well they fight in battle. The higher the CP the better they fare.

    You’ll also notice that some Pokémon of the same species will have varying CP when they are captured. Keep that in mind when you are training them up as you’ll want to keep the highest CP Pokémon.

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    The higher your Trainer’s level, the higher CP Pokémon will appear.

    LEVELING UP/EVOLUTION

    If you want to level up your Pokémon, then you’ll have to use the Stardust gained from capturing Pokémon to do so.

    Evolving Pokémon takes an extra step that involves the Transfer function, the Professor, along with Pokémon-specific candies.

    We go more in-depth on leveling and evolving on our guide, here.

    POKESTOPS

    We mentioned PokeStops before and they are different areas around you that will give items and even Eggs.

    The markers on the map will show blue squares, once you are close enough you just spin the medal and items will drop. There is a cooldown for each PokeStop so be sure to check back to certain landmarks to see when you can get more items from the same area.

    EGGS

    When gathering items at PokéStops, you may find Eggs that will eventually hatch into Pokémon. To hatch these Eggs, you'll need to walk around a certain distance.

    The farther you have to walk, the rarer the Pokémon you'll find inside when it finally hatches.

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    You’ll need Incubators to hatch Eggs. There is one provided for you so only one Egg can be hatched at a time unless you purchase another one.

    ITEMS

    Like the Incubator and the Incense, there are plenty of different items in Pokémon Go. PokeStops are a great way to get more Poke Balls and other items. Serebii has a great listing of the differing items you can find, so check that out.

    But like many mobile games, there are microtransactions that players can choose to purchase with real money. You can purchase Poke Dollars to get more items.

    You’ll gain Poke Dollars by leveling up and performing other tasks in-game but if you want to shorten the process than you can purchase using money. Check out the chart for microtransactions below.

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    BATTLING/GYMS

    After your trainer reaches Level 5 you can join a team (either Red, Blue or Yellow) and start to battle Gyms.

    Once you join a team, you can assign Pokémon you've caught to an open Gym or to a Gym where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokémon. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world.

    Only one Pokémon per player will be set at a particular Gym.

    [​IMG]How battles look in Pokemon Go Niantic

    If you want to tackle another team’s Gym, you’ll want to check out its stats. Prestige determines how difficult a Gym will be to take it over. Training Pokémon at your Gym will increase its Prestige, while losing battles to other teams' Pokémon will lower it.

    Training your Pokémon is simple, just visit a Gym that's already controlled by your team. Once there, you can train by battling against your own team's Pokémon. Defeat all of them and your Gym's Prestige will go up, making it more difficult to be defeated by another team.

    If the Gym's Prestige is reduced to zero, the defending team loses control of the Gym, and you or another player can then take control of it by assigning a Pokémon to protect it.

    Gyms are a collaborative effort in Pokémon Go so be sure to check back to your team’s Gyms once in awhile and be sure to train your own Pokémon.

    If you want more in-depth details about Gyms and how they work, come over to our Gym Guide.

    HEALING/REVIVING

    When your Pokémon

    battle they will inevitably take damage and maybe even faint. Even if you win a battle, the damage your Pokémon

    take will not heal automatically and there are no Pokémon

    Centers. Instead you'll have to use speical items
     
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    Does 1 power up result in 1 CP increase or random or?
     
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    depends, but it's definitely not one. Usually around 10-30 afaik? Haven't been paying too much attention though
     
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    Thanks just trying to figure out how long do i need to wait for better cp pre-evos before evo and level up vs evo and level up now.

    Evo-ed my pidgey and found pidey with higher cp than the pidgeotto.
     
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    plus " PLAY SAFE" this is a must. especially if you don't have a buddy when traveling to catch them all
     
  11. Tyizor

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    personally, I wait until I find something that's at least CP 175. For that, you need to be rank 6-7ish. The higher you rank, the higher the chances you'll encounter higher CP mobs.

    Also, I noted that evolving base evolution pokemon that were at a higher cp gave greater gains. Can anyone confirm this?
    ex. I evolved a CP 199 Evee>>CP554 Vaporeon. Sister evolved a CP 125 Evee>>395 Jolteon.

    Also, Tip:
    Click on the pokeball, and click on Settings in the right hand corner.
    Battery Save mode isn't explained well, but turning your phone upside-down activates it.
     
  12. SmokeySmoke

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    Found this on pokemongodb:

    GETTING STARTED
    You have downloaded the game, familiarized yourself with the common terms and learned the basic controls. Congratulations! You are now ready to begin your Pokémon Go journey.

    [​IMG]4.1 Trainer Creation & Customization
    At the very beginning of the game, you have the opportunity to create your own Pokémon Go Trainer. He or she will serve as your unique avatar as you travel the world.

    You will be given the option to name and customize your Trainer with a variety of different cosmetic options. You may customize your Trainer’s Gender, Face, Hair, Eye Color, Hat, Shirt, Pants, Shoes and Backpack.


    4.2 Choosing a Team
    [​IMG]Once you have finalized your Trainer’s appearance and username, you will be able to start exploring. Eventually you will come across a Gym. Upon visiting your first Gym you will be asked to join one of three Teams (Blue, Red or Yellow).

    If you plan to play with friends, choosing a Team is very important. Players of the same Team will need to work together to defeat/take control of opposing Team’s Gyms and defend friendly Gyms (More about Gyms later in this guide).

    If you wish to play alongside friends, make sure to discuss with them first before choosing a Team.



    4.3 Main Menu
    Before you explore further, here is a little information on the Main Menu. At the bottom of the screen you will see four icons. From left to right, these include Trainer Profile Picture, Pokedex, Items and Pokemon.

    Trainer Profile: Here you can see your current Trainer level, XP required to reach the next level, Badges/Achievementsand more. You will get achievements for walking certain distances, catching a required number of new Pokémon, visiting a set number of Pokestops, winning a certain number of Gym battles, etc.

    Pokedex: This is a digital encyclopedia of every Pokemon that can be captured in Pokemon Go. When you first start out, each Pokémon Profile will be hidden.
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    When you capture a Pokémon, the Pokedex will populate with an image and reveal detailed information about that particular Pokemon.

    Items: As you travel and progress in Pokémon Go you will be able to obtain items. These Items may include Pokeballs, Potions, Eggs, etc. that will automatically be added to your inventory. Pressing the Items icon will provide you with quick access to your inventory.

    Pokemon: Pulling up the Pokémon menu will allow you to see all of the Pokémon you have captured so far. Each Pokemon will show as a small image with its corresponding CP value. Selecting a Pokemon will show further details including Type, height, weight, Moves, etc. (more about these later).


    5. EXPLORING THE WORLD
    You have created your Avatar, chosen a Team and familiarized yourself with the main menu. It is now time to take your first real steps in the world as a Pokémon Go Trainer!

    [​IMG]5.1 Locations
    After taking your first steps, you will notice different points of interest on your map. These locations include Pokémon, Pokéstops and Gyms. Each serves a different purpose and can be interacted with in a different way.

    Pokémon will generally reside in locations similar to that of their Type. For example, Water Type Pokemon will be more heavily populated near Lakes, Oceans, etc. while Grass and Bug Type Pokemon will be found more often near Woods, Parks, etc.

    5.2 Pokemon
    If a wild Pokémon is nearby it will show up on your screen. Simply continue walking towards it and then interact with it to begin the encounter. The game will automatically shift from the bird’s eye map view into a one on one encounter mode between you and the wild Pokémon.

    5.2.1 How to Capture Pokemon
    To capture the Pokémon, throw a Pokéball at the Pokémon by swiping your finger towards it. If done correctly, you will see the Pokéball fly towards the target.

    [​IMG]Each wild Pokémon will have a colored ring around it, which represents how difficult of a capture it is.

    Green = Easy Capture
    Orange = Medium Capture
    Red = Difficult Capture

    You will want to use more powerful Pokeballs such as Great Balls and Ultra Balls to capture stronger Pokémon.

    Berries can also be used (once per encounter) to make a Pokémon easier to capture. A Berry will actually change the color of the capture ring when used.

    A wild Pokémon with ??? CP over its head means that it is too powerful to capture based on your current Trainer Level. It is possible to capture these Pokémon, but very difficult. Leveling Up your Trainer will make powerful Pokémon easier to catch.
    5.2.2 Pokemon CP & HP
    [​IMG]When you first encounter a wild Pokémon it will have a CP value hovering over its head. CP stands for Combat Points and is a major factor in determining how powerful that Pokemon is. The higher a Pokémon’s CP, the more difficult it will be to capture and the more damage it will do in battle.

    HP stands for Hit Points/Health Points, and represents how much damage a Pokémon can take in battle before it is defeated. You will want to keep one or two Pokémon of the same species with the highest CP and HP values (Especially those that have Evolution capabilities).

    5.2.3 Pokemon Types
    Each Pokémon will have either one or two Types, depending on the species of Pokémon. Certain Types of Pokémon are vulnerable to certain Move Types, while other Types may be resistant to the very same Move Types.

    For example, a Fire Type Pokemon will take more damage from a Water Type Move, while a Grass Type Pokemon will take less damage from a Water Type Move.

    5.2.4 Pokemon Moves
    Moves in Pokémon Go are attacks that your Pokémon can use in battle. Each Pokémon will have two Moves. One Charge Move and one Fast Move.

    [​IMG]Charge Move: A powerful attack that can be performed during battle, but requires Stamina (Energy) to use. Charge Moves can be performed by pressing and holding.

    Fast Move: A quick attack that can be performed without using Stamina (Energy). When used it will replenish some of your depleted Stamina (Energy). Fast Moves can be performed by tapping.

    Move Types: In addition to Pokemon Types, each Move will actually have an individual Type as well. For example, a Normal Type Pokemon may have a Normal Type Fast Move and a Dark Type Charge Move.

    5.3 Pokestops
    Pokestops are real world locations that can be visited to obtain items. A Pokestop is shown on the map as a marker that looks like a floating Pokeball.
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    As you get closer the Pokestop marker will change shape. Tap the Pokestop to interact with it.

    Next, spin the core of the Pokestop and it will dispense items. Tap or swipe the items on the screen to collect them.

    Visiting Pokestops is the best way to obtain free items in Pokemon Go.

    You may find Pokeballs, Potions, Eggs, Max Revives, etc. You will also receive a small amount of XP. Visit as many Pokestops as you can.

    5.4 Items
    Collected items will automatically be stored in your inventory and can be used throughout your journey. Each item has a different purpose.

    Pokeballs: Acquired from Pokestops and used to capture and store wild Pokemon.

    [​IMG]Potions: Acquired from Pokestops and used to heal a % of a single Pokemon’s depleted HP.

    Max Revive: Acquired from Pokestops and used to revive fainted (0 HP) Pokemon.

    Berries: Can be used on wild Pokemon to make them easier to capture.

    5.4.1 Eggs
    While more rare than Pokeballs, Eggs can also be acquired from Pokestops. Eggs can be carried around and after walking a certain distance your Egg(s) will hatch into a Pokemon! The species of Pokemon that hatches from the Egg will be randomized.
    Note: TheEgg Incubator is anItem that can be purchased from the Shop by spending Pokécoins. It can be used to hatch Eggs.
    5.5 Gyms
    Gyms are real world locations that Teams battle for control over. A Gym is shown on the map as a floating marker with platforms (the number of platforms represents the Gym Level, which also represents the number of potential defending Pokemon at that Gym).

    [​IMG]Pokemon can be trained at a friendly Gym to increase the Gym’s Prestige and Level. Defeating Pokemon at an opposing Team’s Gym will lower the Gym’s Prestige and Level. When battling at Gyms, you can either Dodge or choose to use one of your Pokemon’s Moves.


    5.5.1 Gym Battle Mechanics
    When you visit a Gym you will have the option of either Training (Battling friendly Pokemon) or Challenging (Battling Pokemon from an opposing Team). The battle mechanics are similar in both game modes.

    After choosing your Pokemon Team, the battle will start and you will face off against a defending Pokemon (controlled by AI, rather than by an actual player).

    How to Win a Battle: To win a battle, you must use your Pokemon’s moves to reduce the HP of your opponent’s Pokemon down to 0.

    HP & Stamina: Both Pokemon will have their HP bar visible during battle. The attacking Pokemon will have its blue Stamina (Energy) bar shown right below its HP.

    CP (Combat Points): The greater the CP value of your Pokemon, the greater amount of damage it will deal during battle.

    Moves: Using a mix of Fast and Charge Moves will result in greater success during battle. Build up your Stamina bar with Fast moves and then unleash powerful Charge Moves to take out large chunks of your opponent’s HP. You will get the hang of this after only a few battles.

    [​IMG]Dodging: Swiping either left or right on the screen will allow you to Dodge opposing attacks. Dodged attacks will result in 0 damage taken.
    5.5.2 Gym Rewards
    Winning Training battles will award you with Trainer XP and increased Prestige for your friendly Gym. Winning Gym battles will award you with Trainer XP and decrease the Prestige of the opposing Gym.

    5.5.3 Prestige & Gym Levels
    Training successfully at a friendly Gym will result in increased Gym Prestige at that Gym. When a Gym gains enough Prestige it will Level Up.

    The higher a Gym’s level, the more Defensive Pokemon slots it will have. The more Defending Pokemon a Gym has the less likely it is to be defeated by enemy teams.

    When a Gym is defeated enough times its control will become Neutral. Neutral Gyms can be taken control of by any Team. Once captured, it is then the controlling team’s job to defend that Gym against the other two teams.


    6. EVOLUTION
    Many Pokemon have the capability of Evolving in Pokemon Go. When a Pokemon Evolves it advances to a much stronger form. Evolving a Pokemon requires a certain amount of Candy.
    [​IMG]6.1 Candy
    Candy is collected by capturing Pokemon. When a required number of Candy is collected, you will have the option of evolving a single Pokemon. Candy is specific to the species of Pokemon captured (Eg. Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander).

    6.2 CP Increase
    Evolved Pokemon will show a significant increases in CP. You can capture evolved forms of Pokemon in the wild, but Evolved Pokemon of the same species will generally have more CP. In addition, when choosing to Evolve a Pokemon, make sure to pick the one with the highest CP to maximize CP potential. Stardust and Candy can be used toPower Up a Pokemon, increasing its CP and HP.


    7. TRAINER PROGRESSION
    While individual Pokemon cannot Level Up in Pokemon Go, your Trainer can. By gaining Experience Points (XP) your Trainer will Level Up and become more powerful.
    7.1 Gaining XP
    There are many opportunities to gain XP in Pokemon Go. The main ways include Capturing Pokemon, Evolving Pokemon, Winning Gym Battles, Visiting Pokestops, etc.

    Note: Capturing a new Pokemon will grant bonus XP.

    [​IMG]7.2 Leveling Up
    After gaining enough XP you will advance to the next Trainer Level. Each Level will require more XP, thus Leveling Up becomes more difficult later on in the game.

    Although it may take a while to reach the max Trainer Level, Leveling Up your trainer is the best way to build up a stronger Team and progress further in the game.
    7.3 Capturing Stronger Pokemon
    As you continue to gain XP and Level Up you will notice that the CP of nearby wild Pokemon increases along with you. Not only will you begin to see powerful Pokemon in the wild, these Pokemon will become easier to catch.

    For example, a Pokemon that used to be a VeryDifficult Catch a few Levels ago,may now happen to be only a Medium Difficulty Catch.
    7.4 Progression Rewards
    In addition, to being able to capture higher CP Pokemon, you will be given item rewards as you Level Up. For example, you may receive a few Great Balls for reaching a certain Level. A few Levels later you may be rewarded with a few Ultra Balls or even a rare Master Ball. Keep progressing to earn those rewards!

    Here are five quick tips on How to Gain XP Fast.


    8. ADVANCED MECHANICS & STRATEGY
    Pokemon Go may look like a simple mobile App at first glance, but the unique combat system really helps turn Pokemon Go into a fun and in-depth strategy game.

    8.1 Type Effectiveness
    In battle, choosing the correct Pokemon Type(s) and Move Type(s) is critical to your success. As mentioned above inSection5.2.3, a particular Move Type may deal significant damage to a particular Pokemon if that Pokemon is at a Type disadvantage.

    If the Pokemon has a Type advantage it will take less damage from Moves of that Type.
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    There are 18 different Types in total, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the strengths and weaknesses of each.

    Do you know that Bug Type Moves are Super Effective against Grass & PsychicType Pokemon? Or that Bug Type Pokemon are vulnerable to Rock, Fire &Flying Type Moves?

    Be sure to check out the Full List of Pokemon Types and Move Types to learn how to gain that significant advantage in battle.

    8.2 Team Optimization
    Being that every Type of Pokemon has a weakness, it is impossible to build a Pokemon Team with zero weaknesses. However, what you can do is choose to use Pokemon with Types that will complement each other.

    For example, instead of using only Bug, Grass and Ice Type Pokemon (all weak against Fire) add a Water Type Pokemon to your Team. Fire Moves are Not Very Effective against Water Pokemon andWater Type Moves are Super Effective against Fire Types. Choosing Pokemon with this strategy in mind will help to minimize your Team's weaknesses, ultimately making your team more powerful.
     
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    #1. Prepare Yourself!
    Before even trying to download Pokemon Go, make sure to prepare yourself by doing some research on the game requirements. One thing you don’t want to do is get hyped for Pokemon Go, only to later find out that your device is not compatible or you don’t have enough data. Make sure to follow the three steps below before trying to download the Pokemon Go App.

    Step 1. Make sure your device meets the Mobile Requirements and Specifications. This is step is critical for all Pokemon Go newcomers. If you can’t play the game, all other Tips are useless!

    Step 2. Beginners should look into purchasing an extra Battery. Pokemon Go will drain a fully charged Phone after only a few hours of gameplay.

    Step 3. Get a Mobile Data Plan. If you already have a Data Plan make sure to check out the Top Ways to Reduce Data Usage.

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    #2. Understand the Different Types of Pokemon
    If you have played any other Pokemon games it is likely that you are familiar with at least some if not all of the differentPokemon Types. If you are completely new to the Pokemon franchise, there are a total of 18 different Types of Pokemon. Each Type has strengths and weaknesses against certain other Types in battle. For example, Fire is strong against Grass, Grass is strong against Water and Water is strong against Fire.

    Pokemon Beginner’s should familiarize themselves with all Pokemon Types to help provide that extra advantage in battle.

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    #3. Capture all Nearby Pokemon
    Some new players may choose not to capture a nearby Pokemon for a variety of reasons. Some of reasons for avoiding Pokemon may include:

    - Personal preference. Not all players love Magikarp...

    - That particular species of Pokemon has already been captured.

    - Player may be running low on Pokeballs. (May be a very legitimate reason, but standard Pokeballs are easy to obtain).

    - Player may have too many of that Pokemon already.

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    However, before you decide to disregard a nearby Pokemon, take the following into consideration:

    - Capturing Pokemon will reward you with XP. If it is your first time capturing a certain Pokemon you will get an added XP bonus.

    - You will be credited with Candy for each Pokemon you capture. Even if you release the Pokemon, you still get credited with Candy. Assuming that the Pokemon has an Evolution Line.

    Note: Getting enough Candy is very important in Pokemon Go. Evolved Pokemon are usually much more powerful than Wild Pokemon of the same species. For example, a Charmeleon evolved from a Charmander will be much stronger than a Charmeleon caught in the wild. Evolutions result in a substantial boost in CP.

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    #4. Know the Candy Requirements
    Pokemon will have different Candy requirements in Pokemon Go. For example, Bulbasaur may need 25 Candy to evolve into Ivysaur, and Rattata may need 25 Candy to evolve into Raticate. Magikarp needs 400 Candy to evolve into Gyarados!

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    #5. Look for and Travel to Pokestops
    This may already be common knowledge even among beginners, but visiting Pokestops in Pokemon Go is one of the best ways to obtain Pokeballs, Eggs and other items such as Potions and Revives. As you travel, make sure to pay close attention to your mini-map in order to find nearby Pokestops.

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    #6. Connect with Other Trainers
    The Pokemon Go community is huge. Beginning players should team up with friends and teammates to learn new strategies, trade Pokemon, build up Gym defenses, etc. There are many different online platforms to connect with other Pokemon Go players.

    Popular social media platforms to try include Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and Pokemon Go Forums. You can learn a lot about Pokemon Go and progress by playing solo, but connecting with and learning from others can significantly improve your game.

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    #7. Save Master Balls
    This tip is very important for players just starting out. Using Master Balls on any common Pokemon (especially in the earlier stages of the game) is one of the biggest mistakes newbies can make. Master Balls are the most powerful (and rarest) Pokeballs in Pokemon Go. It can be tempting to use a Master Ball immediately after obtaining one, but the best thing you can do is save it in your inventory!

    The main reason for saving Master Balls is to allow you to capture rare and powerful Pokemon later on. As you progress through the game, you will encounter much more powerful Pokemon that cannot be captured with a standard Pokeball or even Great Ball. If your Pokeballs are not strong enough you will be forced to leave that special Wild Pokemon behind.

    On the other hand, if you end up saving all of your Master Balls you will be prepared once that evasive Mythical or Legendary Pokemon appears on your map!

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    #8. Keep Pokemon with Highest CP
    Beginner’s may not know that Pokemon of the same species can have different CP levels. For example, one wild Rattata may have a CP of 60, while another may have 70 CP. When it comes time for evolution, you will want to evolve the Pokemon with the highest CP. This will ensure maximum CP potential of the final evolution stage.

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    #9. Evolve to Create the Most Powerful Pokemon
    The majority of Evolved Pokemon will have greater CP than their Wild Pokemon Counterparts. For example, a wild Wartortle may have anywhere from 200 - 250 CP. If you were to obtain 25 Squirtle Candy and then evolve a Squirtle into a Wartortle that Wartortle may have 300 - 400 CP. Blastoise may have 1000+ CP when evolved from Wartortle! These numbers are not exact, but the main tip is that evolved Pokemon are stronger than Wild Pokemon.

    My starter was Bulbasaur. Reasoning for the picture below!
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    #10. Optimize Your Pokemon Team
    Create the strongest Pokemon Team possible by improving your team’s strengths and minimizing your team’s weaknesses. This tip can be broken down into three categories.

    Evolve: Evolutions are very important to increasing the CP of individual Pokemon, which ultimately helps to strengthen your overall team.

    Pokemon Type Variety: The Pokemon on your team will have Type weaknesses, but the entire team should not share the same weaknesses. For example, a Pokemon team of a beginner may contain Grass, Ice & Bug Types; all of which are very susceptible to Fire damage. Instead, one or two Water Types should be added as replacements to balance out the Team. Mix and match the different Pokemon Types at your disposal to discover the optimal composition.

    Choose the Best Pokemon Types: Not all Types are created equally. Some Pokemon Types are Super Effective against many Types, while others are very resistant against many Types. Attacks that deal reduced damage will show as Not Very Effective.
     
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    This is a great guide to all pokemon trainers around the globe! Very informative!
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    Thanks for sharing!
     

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