Now that you’ve gone all the way up to level 20 (or probably more), wasted a number of poké balls and missed a lot of high CP awesome and rare Pokémons, perhaps it’s time to go back to day 1 and start anew with your stock full of poké wisdom—or so you wish.
Here’s a list of things you regret you never knew when you played Pokémon Go.
You can catch Pikachu as a starter Pokémon. For those who were denied the opportunity to play Pokémon Go when it was released earlier in July (or the beta versions earlier this year), you probably heard this from those who’ve gone before you first. However, for those who were into Pokémon Go the first time it was available, you probably didn’t know that you can have Pikachu as a starter Pokémon after refusing to choose from the three starter Pokémons for four times.
At the start of the game (as all of you may already know), you are given the chance to catch one among the three starter pokémons: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. All you need to do is to run away from these three. If you go far enough, the process resets and you will hear a rustling (or your phone will vibrate) to notify you of the [re]appearance of these Pokémons. You will have to get away from them four to five times to meet Pikachu.
You need an actual strategy to increase the odds of catching high CP Pokémons. Pokémon Go is a game, and all games are bound by internal rules. Fortunately, the odds of catching a Pokémon is governed by those rules as well.
Most players throw poké balls to high CP Pokémons thinking that catch rate is random. Well, it is not. There are many things that you must do to improve your catch rate.
If you throw a pokéball, you will notice a circle in the Pokémon that shrinks as you hold the poké ball longer. If you wait until the circle becomes small enough and throw the ball inside the circle, you will have much-improved chances of catching that Pokémon.
Hatching Pokémon eggs cannot be cheated. Perhaps you are one of those who’ve ridden a bus or train to reach the distance requirement to hatch an egg—and found that it did nothing. Or you’re one of the dumb ones who even tried to get to a treadmill to trick the game into thinking that you are walking. Shame on you.
The game tracks your movement through GPS which means that it knows exactly where you were, where you are going and how fast you are getting there. If you are moving at a speed beyond normal walking, the game will know that and will disregard the distance you have covered.
Biking is a better option than walking provided that you do not bike fast enough.
There are subtle ways to cheat egg hatching, however, but those ways will not be outlined here because they are so filthy bad that you will get yourself banned from the game forever.
You can level up faster by evolving your Pokémons. There are a lot of online resources that discourages evolution until you reach a significantly higher level (say level 20) because they result in high CP pokémons.
You do not want to wait for that much to evolve a Rattata into a Raticate. With a wealth of more awesome pokémons at your disposal, you might not even consider using even your strongest Raticate for gym battles.
Rattata and a lot of other obnoxiously common pokémons (we call them non-primary pokémons) can be evolved for a hefty 500XP. What better way is there to use the spare candies than for evolution?
Another more clever way is to save up those candies and evolve some non-primary pokémons with a lucky egg for 1000XP per evolution. A Pidgey, for example, can give you 1000XP for just 12 candies with a lucky egg.
Bet you do not know this yet.
Saving up the required number of candies is the only way to max evolve a primary Pokémon. Say for example it takes two evolutions to max evolve your Pokémon (second evolution and third evolution); the second evolution requires 25 candies, and the third requires 100 candies, save up 125 before doing both evolutions to max evolve your Pokémon.
The idea is simple, as you catch Pokémon (and do other stuff), you gain experience, and you level up. By the time you saved up the required candies to max evolve a Pokémon, you could have had caught a higher-CP Pokémon than if you have done the evolution earlier.
Say you caught a 1CP Pokémon that requires 15 candies to evolve and another 100 candies to max evolve, if you evolve it to its second evolution early on you will have a low-CP Pokémon to evolve to its third evolution. By the time you have saved up 100 candies, you could have probably met a 100CP Pokémon already.
Holding a gym gives you more of the free stuff. You have probably been used to getting free stuff from poké stops. Here’s what: holding a gym gives you much pokémon currency every day. Provided that you hold the gym for at least a day, that is.
More than giving you the right to brag, holding a gym or supporting one by stationing your pokémon, gives you currency that you can spend on other stuff every day.
Taking over a gym does not end with defeating the leader. This is probably the most common misconception with newbies. A lot of new Pokémon players level up (probably play the game to level up all their waking hours) with the hope of taking on a gym and taking over it after they have had a Pokémon that’s strong enough.
Most probably, however, they have found that it does not work that way. You have to reduce the gym reputation to zero to do that and that requires many battles. That is, if your Pokémon survives the ordeal. The thing is, you must have the means to restore the health of your Pokémons after every battle to do just that.