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Pokemon Go guide

Pokémon Go, the location-based free-to-play game that has taken the iOS and Android app stores by storm, allows players to use the original 151 Pokémon in real-world locations, as Google Maps data turns parks, shops and churches into places where you can capture, train and battle creatures.

Pokemon Go Tips

Pokemon Go Tips

  • When tracking Pokemon, each paw print is roughly 100 meters.
  • Turn the brightness down on your phone and toggle augmented reality (AR) off to conserve battery life.
  • You must walk to hatch an egg. Riding in a car will not add to the distance required.
  • If you’re traveling faster than 12 mph you will not be able to hatch and egg.
  • Weather has an impact on which Pokemon appear in your area. For example, dark and ghost Pokemon will appear more at night.
  • Use Lucky Eggs to double your experience for 30 minutes.
  • You can collect gym rewards every 21 hours and PokeStops replenish every 5 minutes.

    How to pick the best starter Pokémon

    Like in the classic handheld video game series, you begin your adventure by picking a starter. At first, you will be surrounded with the three classic starter Pokémon. Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. Choosing a starter isn’t too important as you’ll likely find a higher level Pokémon sooner or later in the game. It is not uncommon to find Bulbasaurs and Squirtles wandering around, but Charmanders don’t seem as prevalent. However, there is a hidden fourth starter: Pikachu. You have to follow some simple, specific, steps in order to get the electric mouse to appear — thankfully, we’ve got a detailed guide on how to do so.

    Pokemon Go Tips

    But you can't hatch eggs faster by using public transport

    Since the game uses the amount of distance you have travelled to hatch eggs and unlock certain medals, you might think that catching a bus or train is a quick way of travelling large distances. However, the game will know that you are travelling too fast, and won't register the movement at all - and even gives you a warning when it happens. As if things were that easy!

    That said, if you're not needing to track specific Pokémon, then using public transport is a great way to increase your chances of encountering them out in the wild, especially in busier urban areas.Remember you can complete a capture without having to stay in a fixed position, so don't worry if the bus or train speeds away.

    While public transport also isn't a great way to interact with Gyms, since they require you to be in their radius for the duration of their use, can 'queue up' a PokéStop interaction up ahead before you pass through it, and then spin the screen at the right time.

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