How Do I Catch My First Pokémon? – The Guide for Newbies

This article is dedicated to my son’s Super Golden 9th birthday! Happy Birthday Micah!

Back in the old days of Pokémon Fire Red, Emerald, and Yellow, catching a Pokémon was different. You had to battle wild Pokémon that appeared until they weakened. You would then have to throw a Pokeball and hope to goodness that you could catch them. A lot of strategy was involved, and you had to pick the right type of Pokémon.

Pokémon Go is very different to this. You have to have incredibly good aim if you want to capture Pokémon. Battles in this game are determined by your swiping skill as well as your hand-eye coordination. However, all hope is not lost just because you have horrendous aiming skills. There are lots of tips that you can make use of in order to catch all the Pokémon you want to add to your collection.

Find Them Before You Catch Them

Finding a Pokémon is all about going on walks. The best part about this game is that it forces you out of the house and into the streets. You get to go on a proper adventure. Finding Pokémon requires a lot of patience. Populated areas like cities have a lot of them around. This is because there are a lot more Pokestops in the cities than out in the country. The more isolated the area, the harder it is to find Pokémon there. Try to gravitate towards Pokestops and towards the more populated areas.

When you open up the app, take a look at the bottom right corner of the screen. It has a little meter on it that notifies you if a critter is in the vicinity. You can see the outline of the Pokémon, as well as a number of paw prints under the icon. These will tell you how close the Pokémon is (3 means you will have to walk quite a distance). It can be fun to try and guess what the Pokémon is from the outline alone, although this might be a little harder for people who haven’t followed Pokémon for decades.

Catching One isn’t a Breeze

To a lot of people, catching the Pokémon might seem like the easiest part. All you need to do is swipe a ball at it, right? It isn’t that hard. There are some tricks to figuring out when and where to swipe. First off, look for the colored circle around the Pokémon. The color tells you the difficulty of the task. A green circle indicates an easy catch and a red circle means it will be a lot harder.

When you place your finger on the Pokeball, the circle starts to move in and out. For your typical green battle, the size of the ring doesn’t really matter. However, keep in mind that the smaller the circle, the easier it is for the Pokémon to be hit by the ball. It also feels like they resist more when the circle is at its smallest. This means that you need to find the halfway point between ease and resistance for the best chance at a catch.

Mastering the art of catching Pokémon is a task that takes a lot of practice. Make sure you keep at it, and remember not to be too hasty with throwing those Pokeballs!

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