Tips and Tricks Complete How To Play Pokemon GO

Pokemon go tips and tricks

Currently, anyone would agree if I call Pokémon GO as one of the most phenomenal AR game lively discussion among mobile gamers in different corners of the globe. Indonesia itself did not want to miss to participate enliven fever this one game.


Pokemon go tips and tricks

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Although not yet officially circulated in Indonesia, but thousands of gamers in the country as not to lose any sense to be able to continue to play Pokémon GO.

As already was mentioned in the preview article Pokémon GO games, games made by Niantic Labs does have shortcomings in terms of game mechanics so that sufficient explanation left many questions for the new players.

With the aim of helping many Pokémon GO players out there, through the following article we present a comprehensive guide for Pokémon trainer, the following pokemon go tips and tricks so that you all could be one of the greatest trainers in a short time. So are you ready to complete your Pokedex and become the Gym ruler in your town?

How to catch Pokémon in Pokémon GO

Once you finish creating your avatar, the game will immediately invites players to capture their first monster through a mini game throwing Pokeball a ball that reminds me Can Knockdown game. Although initially impressed easily, but Niantic does not provide detailed information about the indicator circle that appears when you’re throwing pokeball.

The circle indicator is basically a determinant of your success in addition to the direction of the sweep of a finger when throwing pokeball. If you hold your finger on the screen long enough, the indicator will shrink and swell back up the pokeball you throw it toward the monster. The smaller the indicators are, the greater your chance to catch it (as long as it throws right about it).

If you miss a throw, you can try to collect back Pokeball fallen by tapping on the pokeball before finally missing.

One more thing, when you throw a Pokeball you can also do the trick throws curve (Curve Ball) by slightly twisting the ball until the special animation appear on the screen. The trick to getting additional experience is how to throw a Pokeball pretty hard to do, so make sure you have a lot of Pokeball stock in order to further hunting Pokémon after showing off this trick in front of your friends.

Tips: AR features are just a gimmick you need to turn off

For your battery efficiency when playing Pokémon GO, I recommend you to turn off the AR camera because the function itself more just gimmick impressed and sometimes troublesome players.

Using the AR itself requires you to set the location of the smartphone is good and right in order you throw on the Pokémon. Bottom line if you want the experience of playing a longer, turn off the AR function in the menu settings or at the top right of the screen when starting the process of catching Pokémon.

Capturing Pokémon at a higher level

Capturing Pokemon

Pokeball throwing action itself over the game will become more challenging. This you can see from the level of the player character and the high value of CP (Combat Points) shown at the top Pokémon. If the trial toss too long and too often missed, the Pokémon will leave and you will lose the chance to get the monster.

In addition to throwing duration, at a higher level, you are also required to use a certain type of Pokeball and special items (such as berry) to tame the monster with CP models also scale better.

This game throws indicator system was also slightly overhauled with a color pattern that shows the level of difficulty of the process of capturing Pokémon. The green indicator means you face a monster that is relatively easy to catch. Yellow means the monster is strong and able to escape the pokeball you, and the last red which means you should be prepared to risk losing your best pokeball.

Trick: catch Pikachu at the beginning of the game

Pikachu SecretWant to have a Pikachu as your first monster? Do not worry because Niantic Labs secretly bring this yellow creature as an easter egg that you can open yourself early in the game.

Suppose you do not like the three Starter Pokémon you meet at the beginning of Pokémon GO, you can see a Pikachu figure by moving with approximately 100 to 200 meters from their original locations you start the game.

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Pikachu itself is a monster that is attractive because Pokémon electric type is something you rarely encounter in the early part of Pokémon GO. Unfortunately, to be able to get another Pikachu is a rare effort for some people, so it matters whether you will be faithful to use Pikachu for duel purposes or not, it all depends on the collection of the strongest monsters you later.

Tips: do not hesitate to “sell” Pokémon that you do not use

The purpose of playing Pokémon is a complete list of your Pokédex with all sorts of monsters that exist around the world. Because the number of bags to accommodate your Pokemon limited, then I suggest you not hesitate to “sell” monster with the lowest CP figures.

You can do this by clicking the transfer button at the bottom of the profile of the monster. By this you can get the Candy item which serves to increase the level of monster similar in the future.

You need to know about the Pokémon GO environment

Pokémon GO technology combines GPS Geo-Tagging as a medium to randomize the location of the monsters that players are motivated to get out and explore the surrounding area.

pokemon go environtment

During the tour, you’ll get a notification on your mobile phone vibrate indicating that wild Pokémon around them. After that, you can press the screen to begin the process of capturing Pokémon monsters as described earlier.

Pokemon Go Plus braceletUnfortunately this game does not provide notification off screen function so you have to always be active turning on smartphone screen to monitor the progress of monsters around.

It became one of the shortcomings of Pokémon GO you need to be solved with the use of power bank or other mobile device charger. If you had more money, you can use Pokémon GO Plus bracelet  that until now only available in some countries.

Trick: download Google Maps to save battery!

One trick to reduce the power consumption of the battery for this game is to utilize the facility offline Google Maps. Just like Ingress, Niantic utilizing the Google Maps API support as a map in the Pokémon GO game, so you can help this game system that does not continuously process your location map by:

  • Download and open the Google Maps
  • Go to the settings menu
  • Select features Offline Maps and locate the map you wish to download
  • Done! And now your battery devices can be more efficient

Building types in Pokémon GO

In this game the environment around the arena transformed into a monster hunt very spacious and well equipped with two types of buildings such as Pokémon Gym fighting arena as well as the location of the checkpoint player named PokéStop. PokéStop located in important places such as museums, monuments, or places of worship around your town so you have to go outside the house to find it.

PokeStop Screenshot

Every time you stop at PokéStop, you can get a variety of interesting items such as potions, pokeball, berry, and others by turning PokéStop indicators  every five minutes.

PokéStop itself could be transformed into a monster hunting location by utilizing Module Lure item sold in Pokémon GO store. By activating the item, you and other players around the PokéStop site will be visited by a variety  Pokémon for half an hour and you can catch these monsters without touring around the city.

Beside PokéStop, you will also find Pokémon Gym. This place is a sort of outpost for the players to pit their Pokémon monsters and take over the Gym to get Pokécoins money.

The gym could be improved by frequent battles between the teams (Train) in order to gain experience or beat the other team is trying to take over your gym.

The gym had the option of maintaining run automatically and you can not do anything but leave your strongest Pokémon to be defeated by the opposing team. The more powerful Pokémon of teammates who guarded it, the more difficult the efforts of the opposing team to take over the Gym.

Pokémon Go Nearby Features

Pokemon GO Nearby

Nearby Pokémon is one of Pokémon GO features that works less elaborated in detail by Niantic. Until this moment there are a lot of theories that explain the workings of the Nearby Pokémon feature but for me there is no single explanation that truly functions as my expectations in the field.

Pokemon Theory Screenshot

I personally think Nearby Pokémon as an indicator of “random” to see what the monster is currently located close to the player.

If you see any shadows or images of Pokémon by drawing footprints only one that means the Pokémon is close enough, we just do not know in which direction they were before.

Hopefully someday when the game is released globally, Niantic provide a more detailed explanation about the Nearby Pokémon features.

Guide #3 Battle

Pokemon GO battle Screenshot

Through Pokémon GO, Niantic left turn-based combat action like RPG style from Pokémon classis game series, and replace them with one-on-one duel action that runs in real time for the attackers. Unfortunately at this time you need to visit the location nearest Pokémon Gym in order to perform duel and you also need to make sure your internet network is strong enough to avoid unwanted bugs.

Pokemon GO Skill ScreenshotThroughout the duel you can launch two types of your Pokemon attacks in two ways: with regular tap to perform the first attack and hold your finger on the screen in order to carry out the second attack.

The second attack is a special ability that requires the duration of holding the screen up one row at the bottom of your life bar is full. You do not have to fill hold your finger on the screen until all the rows of the bar was full, only one is enough.

In Pokémon GO battle you can also move the monster by way of swiping your finger to the left and to the right. With this you can find loopholes to attack or evade enemy special attacks are characterized by a special animation on the screen.

Pokemon GO Fighting Screenshot

Know Combat Points closer

CP or Combat Points are accumulated from Pokémon monsters attributes you have. This figure represents the overall statistics your monsters and generally used as a benchmark player about how strong the Pokémon level that they have or that they face.

CP itself needs Stardust and Candy that specific from only one type of monsters to improve scores. How high is the monster CP figure could rise determined by the trainer players level.

Although your  CP monster numbers is big, but do not make it as a guarantee you’ll win a fight because the type of Pokémon (as well as internet connection hehehe …) also influence the outcome of the fight.

Tips: Know the elements before it starts attacking the enemy Pokémon

Pokemon GO Element Screenshot

Certainly not the Pokémon game name if you are not faced with the complexities of arranging elements of the monsters that you fight, because each has strengths and weaknesses against certain types of Pokémon. For example in a gym there are Pinsir monsters  which is a kind of Pokémon Bug. This kind monsters are weak against fire and also stone, so to beat him you need to use a monster from that type.

For a complete list about the strengths and weaknesses of monsters in Pokémon GO, you can see below.

Pokemon go Weakness ChartClick on the image to enlarge

Tricks: one-two step and then attack!

As an attacker, you have the opportunity big enough to dominate the fight duel monsters in Pokémon GO. Since the opponent is controlled automatically by a computer, you are more free to your strategy in fighting one of them with evasion techniques one or two steps and then attack.

Keep in mind also that this trick can not always make you win the battle. Sometimes the mobile internet speed factor is also a small obstacle that makes it hard to avoid enemy attacks in the early part of the fight. The point is do not give up. If you’ve been itching to win, doing a tap on the screen blindly could be your last option to win the fight.

Pokemon GO footprint

Other common questions

Question (Q): Can I swap Pokémon monsters with other players?
Answer (A): Can! But not for now because Niantic own plans to implement this feature into the next gameplay update.

Q: I am an Android user, is there a way to download Pokémon GO APK provider other than through the site?
A: There namely through the VPN. But this does not guarantee success and grooves aren’t efficient. For more details you can see here.

Q: What are the specifications suitable smartphone running Pokémon GO?
A: Make sure your Android phone is equipped with a minimum of OS 4.4 (Android KitKat), 2 GB RAM and GPU that qualified for  3D graphics games.

Q: My Android smartphone use with an Intel chipset, I’ve already downloaded the Pokémon GO APK but I can not run
A: You may download APK version 1.0, try downloading the latest version of the APK. Some smartphones with Intel chipster can already play Pokémon GO now. Remember! There are only a few (not support all models).

Q: Will I be able to play more than one account?
A: Yes, to start a new account, you need to log-out in advance of Pokémon GO account and sign in again put on a new Google account that you have prepared beforehand. With this you can join another team or support team that you have been before (this can be a trick to keep a gym with a smartphone).

Q: In my home area no Pokéstop and Gym, what can I do?
A: Maybe your areas have not explored by Ingress game player made by Niantic before. If this happened to your city, you can ask Niantic to be made a PokéStop or Gym by filling out this form.



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