Since it was released in 2016 by Niantic, Pokémon Go has been one of the most popular games in the world, especially as smartphones have advanced to make augmented reality more accessible to people. The game has seen tremendous growth over the years, adding hundreds of Pokémon and introducing new features along the way.
While you may have a handle on Pokémon Go and how to level up your Pokémon, there are still some essential things you must do to truly be the very best (like no one ever was). Whether you’re new to Pokémon Go or a seasoned veteran, here are five essential tips to make sure that you’re playing to the best of your ability.
Eggs in Pokémon Go can be stumbled upon at PokéStops, gifted, or from Rocket Leaders. The eggs vary in color and you must hatch them by placing them in an incubator and walking the distance required until they’re ready. The green spotted eggs require 2km, orange-spotted. 5km, yellow with pink spots 7km, purple spotted 10km, and red spotted 12km.
Walking outside, or even within your home will work just fine. Hatching the eggs as soon as possible will give you access to Pokémon, extra XP, and boost candies. The further the distance, the sweeter the rewards will be. With that said, make sure you invest in some comfortable walking or running shoes if you want to maximize your Pokémon Go time.
Transfer Weak Pokémon
You can only carry so many Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Sometimes you’ll be faced with the decision to rid yourself of some Pokémon. You can transfer Pokémon to Professor Willow in return for candies that you can use to level up your Pokémon.
Different Pokémon require certain amounts of those sweet treats to level up and evolve. Once you’ve collected an array of Pokémon, rummage through your collection and transfer the weaker ones so you can use the candies you get from doing so to make your other Pokémon stronger.
Get to Know Your Pokémon
The world of Pokémon can sometimes be confusing if you’re not a frequent Pokémon player. Learning the tricks of the trade can start with getting to know your Pokémon. There’s a lot of information to be learned about the 905 different Pokémon within the game.
Learn their stats, which Pokémon they’re weak against, the Pokémon they are stronger than, and which move sets are most productive and effective for each of your Pokémon. Knowledge is power and it rings true in Pokémon Go. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the interesting creatures, you can use them more efficiently in battle.
Travel to Find More Pokémon
Oftentimes your local spot can be flooded with the same kind of Pokémon. Traveling can help you to obtain the different varieties of Pokémon you so desperately seek. Try traveling to different areas within your city, going to visit friends and family outside of the city/state, or seeking out Pokémon whilst going abroad.
You don’t have to travel just to find new Pokémon, but rather use traveling as a welcome excuse to play the game and see what you find in the new areas you’re exploring.
Play At Different Times
Along with changing where you search for Pokémon, mixing up when you seek out Pokémon can be a helpful tool when looking to expand your collection. Of course be safe while doing so and don’t visit places that are off limits at certain times, or go out on your own somewhere sketchy.
With that being said, try going Pokémon hunting in the morning, or later in the evening. Bring a group of friends to make it more fun and keep yourself safe. You’re more likely to find a unique selection of Pokémon when you switch up your routine.