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Pokémon GO Quick Tips & Tricks Guide!

Hints, tricks, and more for new Pokémon GO players!

With the popularity of Pokémon GO sweeping the world by storm, millions of new players now find themselves aspiring Pokémon Trainers searching the world for Pokémon, battling Gyms and uncovering Poké Stops along the way.

It seems like a simple game, but with a lot of depth and mystery that is sure to have a lot of players (especially newer ones) asking “where do I go from here?” For all of you out there, this guide’s for you!

The Pokémon GO Quick Tips & Tricks Guide pulls from all kinds of reliable sources in order to provide an easy-access guide for all to see! From basic gameplay hints to even real-world traveling tips, this guide aims to help you start off on the right foot!

This guide will be updated as more information becomes available, so bookmark this page and check back often!

Last Updated: July 19, 2016.

Quick Gameplay Tips

  • Catch as many Pokémon as you can, even the common ones like Pidgey, Rattata, and so on.  You acquire Stardust (which you can use to Power Up any Pokémon) and Candy (which is tied to the species of Pokémon you caught) which make for great investments in the long run.
  • You choose what Team you belong to after you reach Level 5 and touching a Gym icon on the map.  Keep walking and catching Pokémon, and you’ll reach that level in no time!
  • You need to leave the game on and running for anything to function in Pokémon GO.  Closing the app, minimizing the app, or putting your phone to sleep will cause the game to not work properly.
  • Don’t Power Up your Pokémon early on.  You’ll catch stronger Pokémon later on as you level up your Trainer, so focus more on using your Candy to evolve your Pokémon and get more EXP faster!
  • Visit Poké Stops often! You’ll get free goodies like extra Poké Balls or even Pokémon Eggs that can hatch into rarer, more powerful Pokémon.  Best of all, they only take about 5 minutes to recharge after they’ve been looted.
  • Get the most out of your Lucky Egg by saving up as many Candy and Pokémon as you can.  You’ll get way more EXP this way by evolving all your Pokémon at once during the Lucky Egg’s 30 minute time limit.
  • Turn off AR mode for an easier time catching Pokémon.  This puts the Pokémon directly in the middle of the screen, regardless of the position of your phone.

Real Life Traveling Tips

  • Plan on walking for long distances? Wearing a comfy pair of shoes (with socks) will allow you to travel longer and avoid the usual pitfalls that come from other footwear (pebbles under foot, poor padding, heat rash, etc.)
  • Bring a water bottle for longer walks.  Staying hydrated is a number-one priority for a safe journey!
  • Wear sunscreen when walking out for extended periods.  Nothing cuts a fun journey short like getting a terrible sun burn!
  • Going to unfamiliar territory? Go with friends! Having a buddy or two alongside you helps while walking in a different part of town or exploring off the beaten path.  There’s safety in numbers!
  • Dress for the weather.  It’s easier to take clothes off outside when it’s too warm than it is to put more clothes back on when you’re away from home!
  • Respect public and private property!  Avoid trespassing or entering places where you’re prohibited to enter.
  • Don’t stare at your phone and walk at the same time! Stop and take quick glances at your phone to see where you are relative to a Pokémon/Poké Stop/Gym.
  • It’s worth repeating: Remember to always look where you’re walking!

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Pokémon Secrets

Getting Pikachu as your Starter Pokémon

It’s actually possible to start with Pikachu instead of Bulbasaur/Charmander/Squirtle when first beginning the game! Simply do the following:

  1. When starting your game and you’re given the choice between Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, physically walk away from those Pokémon.
  2. When you walk away, they’ll appear before you again.  Keep walking away.
  3. After the fourth or so time of walking away, you should see Pikachu appear alongside these Starter Pokémon.  Tap it on the screen!
  4. Congratulations, you just caught Pikachu as your Starter Pokémon!

Note that all these Pokémon can still be obtained in-game even if you didn’t start with them, so don’t feel like you’ve made a terrible choice with your Starter Pokémon.

How to choose your Eevee Evolution

A rather clever trick has been found that allows you to choose how your Eevee can evolve, and it’s all based on what nicknames you give to Eevee!  Simply give the following nicknames to an Eevee prior to it evolving, and you’ll get the following Eevee-lutions:

  • Sparky = Jolteon
  • Rainer = Vaporeon
  • Pyro = Flareon

This is actually a nod to the Eevee Brothers from the first season of the Pokémon anime!  Shout-outs to TheAztek for posting this information!

Useful Websites

Pokémon GO Support – https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com

This is the official support page for Pokémon GO from the developers at Niantic.  A great source of information for new players!

Serebii.net – http://www.serebii.net/pokemongo

A long-running Pokémon fan site with plenty of resources and information, Serebii.net has compiled its own Pokémon GO section.  Moves, available Pokémon, and tons of quick-reference info is available for all to see.

PidgeyCalc – http://www.pidgeycalc.com

A clever site that helps you get the most out of your Lucky Egg EXP boosts by calculating what to do with your excess common Pokémon such as Pidgey and Rattata.  More info here!

Pokémon GO Database – http://pokemongo.gamepress.gg

A comprehensive wiki with tons of great information.  Allows you to see what the strongest Pokémon per type, as well as max CP values per Pokémon, and other useful tips and strategies.  Very useful for late-game planning and team building!


Much of the information provided here has been supplied from the sites listed above, so definitely give them a look if you want to expand your gameplay from here!