Are you just starting out in the beautiful new world that is Pokémon Go? There are trainers popping up all over the place. Some people can’t even wait for the official release of the application in their country, and have resorted to installing the APK setup file on their android devices. The Pokémon craze is very real this time around.
If you are a total newbie to the game and have only just finished setting up your account, you are probably lost. There is so much to see and do that it can confuse you. Well, there are many things that you can do when starting out that will help you to become a far better Pokémon trainer in the long run. Here are some of the best tips for newbies to the app. Happy hunting, trainers!
Park Yourself at a Parking Lot
Pokémon seem to have an addiction to parking lots. All over the country and the world, parking lots have become a hugely common spawn point for all kinds of Pokémon. While you probably have a very small chance of getting a rare Pokémon, you can get as much as five or even six common types at a single lot.
If your map shows that there is a Pokestop nearby with a parking lot, make sure you go there and check it out. While it might not assist you in the capture of the legendary Pokémon, you can definitely build up your level, restock on Pokeballs and become a better trainer with a lot more stardust and candy!
Augmented Reality Could be Your Downfall
One of the biggest selling points of the Pokémon Go game is that it is based on an augmented reality platform. A lot of beginners are enthralled by how the Pokémon simply appear on top of their kitchen sink or in their beds. Because of this, you might be tempted to keep the AR feature on at all times.
The truth is that it is going to make it a lot harder to catch your Pokémon when you do see them. In addition to this, it swallows up a huge chunk of your battery over time. If you want to be a prepared Pokémon trainer, turn off the AR feature and focus on catching the Pokémon!
Bonuses Can Level You Up Super Fast!
Catching a Pokémon is as simple as throwing a Pokeball at it and hoping for a hit, right? Well, this is where you may be wrong. There are actually large XP bonuses to be found if you do the right thing when you are catching a common Pokémon. The Nice bonus is worth 10XP, and you can get it if you throw the Pokeball and catch the creature when the ring is at the widest point. To get this, throw the ball when the ring is at its smallest point. As the ball hits the Pokémon the ring would have widened, giving you the bonus.
The Great bonus is worth 50XP. You catch this when the circle is half its usual size. Timing is key here, so it is going to take a lot of practice to get this down. Excellent, worth 100XP, is even harder. It works on smaller Pokémon better than bigger ones. You need to catch the Pokémon in the dead center of the circle when it is at its smallest size.
Bonuses are by far the best way to level up. Remember that when you hit level 5, you get to pick a team and start conquering gyms in your area! Also, if you really want that Pikachu, simply ignore your initial starter Pokémon and walk away 4 times without making a choice. Pikachu will appear as a new starter choice on the 4th try!