Pokémon Go is a superb augmented reality geo-tagging game that has created a massive buzz around the world. With the superb concept, the game has bowled over gaming crusaders, hasn’t it?

There may be a lot of guys who wouldn’t have much knowledge about how to play this game perfectly. There are certain tricks you must know to master this fantastic augmented-reality game.

Let’s dive ahead to check out a complete guide to getting the best out of Pokémon Go on your Android device.

How to Play Pokémon Go Like a Pro on Android

You Must Understand These Poké-terms

While playing the game, you will come across these names and phrases. Let’s check them out!

Pokéstops: They store all the items required to play the game.

All the items you need to play the game are stored in these blue supply stores, dotted around the map.

Pokéballs: They are used to catch Pokémon as well as build your team.

Incense and Lure Modules: With the use of these items, you can easily attract more Pokémon to your location.

Gyms: They are available from level five. You will need to be at your very best to control gyms.

They are located at points of interest and landmark. These are the place where players and their Pokémon indulge into mouth-watering battle.

Factions: Once you have reached the level five, you will have to join these teams. They will decide which color a gym turns when you grab it. You need to select your favorite color.

Potions, Super Potions and Revives: They help your Pokémon recover from gym fight and get ready to take on the next challenge.

Candy and Stardust: They help your Pokémon become stronger.

Eggs: To earn double XP, you require Lucky Eggs. Using regular eggs, you can hatch more Pokémon to add to your team.

Razzberries: Feed Razzberries to Pokemons to not only tame them but also win over their trust.

Footprints: You can use the footprint guides in the ‘Nearby’ menu in order to find Pokémon. While three footprints indicate the creature is far away. No footprints hint that the creature is quite close to you.

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Get Started

If you have played core series game before, you would find Pokémon Go quite familiar.

Starting off, you will meet Pokémon Professor-“Willow”, who will guide about the world of Pokemon.

You will have to name and customize your character. You need to choose male or female avatars. You can also choose the skin tone along with some other basic aesthetic features of your avatar. Besides, you need to pick out an outfit as well.

Catch Your First Pokémon

Just like all Pokémon games, you will be given a choice of which Pokémon to start with. Three Pokémon will appear. You have the option to choose from Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. Once you have captured one, the other two will disappear.

In case, you ignore the original three four times, you will get the fourth starter Pokémon option called Pikachu.

How to Catch and Find More Pokémon

Initially, you will be leveled up as a Pokémon Trainer and have to catch Pokémon that appears in the ‘real-world’.

When you reach the area a Pokémon is hiding out, you will need to tap on the creature on the map. Then, you have to catch the Pokémon by taking aim and throwing a Pokéball at it. Some creatures are more difficult to capture than others.

Walk around in your area to find Pokemon. ( Make sure you don’t go to unknown places or be very careful while walking just for safety purpose.)

Mostly, Pokémon appears near PokéStops. Hence, if you see more PokéStops nearby, a lot of creatures should appear. Visit locations with plenty of public art; tourist spots or even malls.

When you walk around, your avatar will also move along the map using GPS. As soon as a Pokémon is close enough to capture, it will pop up on the screen.

The moment you get close to a Pokémon, your phone will vibrate to alert you. Then, you need to tap on the visible Pokémon to capture.

If you don’t like AR as it drains your device battery, you can turn the feature off in the upper right corner.

How to use items in Pokémon Go

Items are very significant in Pokemon Go. Poké Balls lets you capture Pokémon, Incense enables you to attract them, potions and revives allow you to heal them after Gym battles.

Moreover, you will also find incense that lures Pokémon to you. Lucky Eggs provides you double experience for 30 minutes; Lure Patches draw Pokémon to a PokéStop. Razz Berries help you catch more of the same species of Pokémon. Poké Eggs can hatch into new Pokémon.

You can buy many of these items with real-world currency as transformed into PokéCoins. You can also collect these items by visiting PokéStops.

Level Up and Evolve Your Pokémon

Pokémon neither evolves nor level up after battles with other Pokémon trainers. You will need to catch duplicates of the same Pokémon.

The game lets you send unwanted Pokémon to the Professor for a single candy. However, after you have sent a Pokémon to the Professor, you won’t get the same version.

After you have captured a lot of a single type of Pokémon, use the Candies to evolve it. Candy is Pokémon-specific which you can use to level up any Pokémon in that evolutionary chain.

Evolving raises Pokémon’s CP and HP. Whereas CP denotes how strong a Pokémon’s attacks are, HP indicates how much damage a Pokémon can take. You can increase stats by combining Candy and Stardust.

How to join a Gym team and battle other players

After you have reached level five and visit a Gym, you will have to join one of three color-coded teams such as Instinct (Yellow), Mystic (Blue), or Valor (Red).

Once you have picked a team, you will join players from all over the world. Every team will battle against each other to be the best in the world.

If you possess a gym, you will get Pokécoins and Stardust, which can help you level up as well as evolve your Pokémon.

If a Gym has been possessed by an opposing team, you will have to fight with the Pokémon standing guard to take it over.

If you occupy a gym, you will be able to not just help your team but also earn PokéCoins. You can visit the Shop and redeem your coins every 20 hours

How to Level Up As a Trainer

You can level yourself up as a trainer. While playing the game, you have the option to gain levels as a trainer by catching Pokémon, exploring PokéStops, and battling at Gyms.

When you get to higher levels, you will have to fight at gyms, get access to higher-quality PokéBalls and other items, and most significantly help strengthen your Pokémon.

In case, you have got a higher trainer level than the players at an opposition Gym, you will have more chance of taking it over.

That’s all!

Go ahead and use these tips and tricks to play Pokémon Go like a champion. And, do let us know your accomplishments.

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