Pokemon hysteria has hit the streets! Every trainer’s dream has finally come to life with Pokemon GO’s augmented reality mobile game play. Raise your trainer level quickly with Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Guide to Pokemon GO, which contains tips and tricks for becoming the very best. Featuring dozens of full-color screenshots, Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Guide to Pokemon GO features a comprehensive list of Pokemon evolutions and what you’ll need to evolve them. From real world strategies to catch all of your favorites to techniques for defeating gyms and collecting coins, you’ll always be steps ahead. GO catch ‘em all!
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Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Guide to Pokemon GO
How to Catch 'em All!
By Bill Gill
Triumph Books LLCCopyright © 2016 Triumph Books LLC
All rights reserved.
First and foremost — always be aware of your surroundings! You probably have already heard many stories about people being injured while playing Pokémon GO because they weren't paying attention, from people falling, to people walking into traffic, to kids falling off skateboards. It's one of the first screens you see while loading the Pokémon GO app, so heed the warning!
There are a lot of things safety can mean though, besides not falling off a bridge:
If you're going on a long hunt in the sun, wear sunscreen!
Make sure you have drinks and snacks with you in case you start feeling hungry or thirsty. You can sometimes be out for hours, so you need something in case you start to feel weak.
If you're crossing the street, make sure you pay attention to the cars — do not assume they will automatically see you and stop. You might have the right of way, but if they aren't paying attention you might be in danger.
Be careful about going to dark places alone, like alleys. You may be hunting Pokémon, but someone there might be hunting your wallet, so make sure your surroundings are safe.
Always wear bright colors at night. If other people can't see you, they can't avoid you.
Have backup battery power. The last thing you want is to walk a very, very long way expecting to use a map to get back, and your phone dies.
And last but not least — NEVER play while driving a car or riding a bike. No Pokémon is worth it!
How to Get Pikachu as Your Starting Pokémon!
At the very beginning of the game, you get the option of starting with one of three different Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur. This is exactly how you would have started playing Pokémon Red or Blue way back in 1998. But what if you want to be like Ash Ketchum in the anime? Did he start with one of those three? No! He had a Pikachu, and if you use this little tip, you can too!
When you first start playing Pokémon GO, you are presented with the three Pokémon options mentioned above. But instead of picking one at this point, just walk away. That's right — pick a direction, any direction, and start walking in a straight line until you get past them.
Eventually, they will respawn in front of you. Just keep on walking. When they spawn the third time, you guessed it — keep walking. But this is Pokémon GO, after all — get used to a lot of walking!
Once the starting Pokémon spawn the fourth time, if you look around, they will now give you a fourth option: Pikachu! Who wants to start with Fire, Water, or Grass when you can start with Electric! Of course, if you would rather start with one of the other three that's okay too — over time you should have a chance to capture all of them, so it's not like you can't get the other ones later. But if you want to be just like Ash, don't wait until later — get your Pikachu first!
The Main Screen is where you will spend most of your time, so make sure you are well acquainted with it. The person, known as your Avatar, walking in the middle is you! The game map always tries to keep you centered and moving in the same direction you are actually moving in the real world. However, the GPS can be a little off sometimes when you first start the game. Once you start walking a straight line outside, the GPS should be very close to your actual location.
The map you see is the augmented world around you. If it looks like water in the game, you're probably near water. If it looks like you're near a path in the map, you probably are near a path. Now, one thing we have found is that not every path is a road. Sometimes it might be a hiking trail, or a bike path, or something else you can't drive on.
The compass is in the upper right corner. The red arrow always points north, so it's easy to always know which way you are going. You can always tap on the north arrow to change your perspective. You can also slide your finger across the map to change your perspective as well. And you can pinch in or out to zoom in or out.
In the bottom right corner is your Nearby Screen, showing you the three closest Pokémon to you. Touching it brings up the full Nearby Screen, which we will discuss elsewhere in this book. The bottom left is your name, avatar, level, and how close you are to the next level. Tapping this will take you to the Name Frame screen. Last is the Pokéball in the bottom center, which takes you to your main menu.
Name Frame Screen
The Name Frame Screen is a great place to keep up with how you are progressing in the game.
You first see your name at the top and your full avatar below, which you can swipe left and right to rotate so you can see your sweet backpack. Under that is your level, plus how much XP (experience) you have, and how much XP you need to reach the next level.
The button below that is your Journal, which shows the last 50 things you have done and what time they happened. This is either collecting from a PokéStop, catching a Pokémon, or letting a Pokémon get away.
Below that you see how many Pokécoins you have, the day you started, and which team you are on.
Underneath all of that are your Awards. You'll get them for how far you've walked, how many Pokémon you get in the Pokédex, how many total you have caught, and how many you have evolved. You can see how many Eggs you've hatched, how many PokéStops you've visited, plus how many Gym battles you have won and how many times you have trained at your own Gym. The next 14 Awards are all for catching certain kinds of Pokémon, and the last two are specifically for catching CP 10 Ratatas for Youngster and how many total Pikachus you have.
Everything you could ever want to know (or brag to your friends) about your exciting journey can be found here on this screen!
For the Pokémon collector who loves the thrill of the hunt, the Nearby Screen is your best friend. Clicking on the banner in the bottom right of the Main Screen will bring up the full Nearby Screen. This is where you can see the nine closest Pokémon to you. If you've never seen a particular Pokémon before, you will only see a shadow image of it. Each one has a number of footsteps, and this marks how far away you are from the Pokémon.
No footsteps means a Pokémon is 0m to 40m away. This is what is called the "Action Radius" — the radius from which you can trigger Gyms and PokéStops. If a Pokémon has zero footprints, it will likely appear on the screen any second.
One footstep means the Pokémon is 40m to 75m away.
Two footsteps means the Pokémon is 75m to 150m away.
Three footsteps means the Pokémon is 150m to 225m away.
Once you have this information, you can start to track your next Pokémon!
Pokémon proximity first goes from left to right — left is closest. Then the proximity goes from top to bottom — top is closest. If you see a Pokémon getting closer to the top left, then you're getting closer to that particular Pokémon. If a Pokémon moves to the bottom right, you are getting farther from that particular Pokémon. Chasing Pokémon down this way is like being on a football field and playing the classic children's game "Hot and Cold." If a Pokémon's footprints go from 3 to 2, "you're getting warmer!"
Always track in a straight line for the best results. With some practice, you can track down any Pokémon you want!
The Pokédex is where you can learn all about the Pokémon you have caught. Each Pokémon corresponds to an individual number. This goes back to the old Pokémon Red and Blue video game days. There were 151 Pokémon in Red and Blue, matching the number in Pokémon GO. We have all the Pokémon numbers in the Pokédex in the back of the book to help you!
You can also see the numbers of Pokémon you haven't seen yet. If you encounter a Pokémon at least once, there will be a shadow in the Pokédex where it belongs. The Pokédex won't tell you much except the number and name, and how many times you've seen it.
If you have caught that Pokémon, you get to see a lot more information. The Pokédex will show you how many you have seen and caught, as well an average weight and height for the Pokémon. It will also show you what type of Pokémon it is, such as Fire, or Psychic, or Ground. It will also teach you a little more about that Pokémon.
In addition, if the Pokémon has an Evolution, you can see it there. If you have not seen the Evolutions, though, it won't tell you anything about them. For example, if you have seen Charmander, but not Charmelion or Charizard, then you will see question marks and shadows for those two.
If you want to see exactly how many Pidgeys or Ratatas you have seen, this is where you can find out! Plus, that knowledge will tell you how close you are to "catching 'em all."
The Pokémon Screen is one of the most useful screens in the game! There you can sort your Pokémon in many different ways.
The first thing to note is that when you click on any Pokémon you have, you can touch the star in the upper right corner and it will mark it as one of your favorites, which is great for being able to sort them later.
You have six options when sorting Pokémon:
First is by most recent, so you can tell what you have caught lately. Also, if you opened an Egg and didn't realize it, the recent screen can help you figure that out!
Next is by favorite, so all those Pokémon you marked previously can now all be sorted together so you can see them all at the same time.
Sorting by number will show you the Pokémon in the order they are in the Pokédex.
If you want to know who your biggest Pokémon are, you can sort by HP — Hit Points
If you just want to sort them alphabetically, you can do that by name, which makes it easier to "clean up" your Pokémon Bags and trade Pokémon you no longer need for Candy.
Finally, if you want to you can sort by CP, which will show the overall combined "Combat Power" of that Pokémon. That way you'll know who will be the strongest competitor in a Gym.
The Egg Screen displays information about all the Pokémon you have in Egg form that you haven't been able to hatch yet. You can hold up to nine eggs at a time.
For each Egg, you will have three different distances marked: 2km, 5km, and 10km. Each distance refers to how far you have to walk each of those Eggs to hatch them. To hatch an Egg, however, you first have to put it into an Incubator, which you will find on your Items page. An Incubator can only hold one Egg at a time. To incubate and hatch multiple Eggs at the same time, you can purchase additional Incubators in the Shop.
Once you have walked the entire distance required to hatch an Egg, the Hatching Screen will show up and hatch the Egg. The longer the distance, the better chance you have of getting a rare and powerful Pokémon, but nothing is guaranteed. You can sometimes get good stuff from a 2km Egg and sometimes bad stuff from a 10km — you never know until they hatch.
Once an Egg hatches, you will eventually get a replacement from a PokéStop. Unfortunately, you can't get rid of Eggs you don't want — you have to hatch them. So, if you have a bunch of 2km and 5km Eggs and you want a 10km Egg, your only choice is to hatch the low ones and hope to get a 10K Egg from the next stop. Eggs also come with a lot of Candy, so it's a great way to power up a Pokémon fast!
Tip: Make sure you have the Pokémon GO app open while you walk. Kilometers walked when the Pokémon GO app is closed won't count toward hatching your Eggs.
The Shop will let you buy supplies you need using Pokécoins. You can earn Pokécoins by defending Gyms, or by spending real money. (We discuss defending Gyms later in our guide.) So what can you buy with Pokécoins?
The first thing you can buy is Pokéballs, but we don't recommend buying Pokéballs unless you are really desperate. You can load up on Pokéballs just by going to PokéStops. If you absolutely need them, they come in lots of 20 (100 coins, 5 coins each), 100 (460 coins, 4.6 coins each), or 200 (800 coins, 4 coins each).
You can buy one Incense (80 coins), or a group of eight (500 coins, 62.5 coins each) or 25 (1,250 coins, 50 coins each) at a discount.
You can purchase Lucky Eggs, which are priced the exact same as the Incense.
Lure Modules come in a single (100 coins) or an 8-pack (680 coins, 85 coins each). You can only get Egg Incubators as singles for 150 coins. We have found these to be the thing we spend our coins on the most because they help you progress quickly.
The Shop will also allow you to purchase upgrades for your Items' Space or your Pokémon Storage for 200 coins each. You should be able to manage Items without having to buy extra space, but we have found that you will probably have to upgrade Pokémon Storage as you get deeper into the game, especially on longer hunts.
You can purchase coins with your real money in increments of 100, 550, 1,200, 2,500, 5,200, and 14,500. The values get better the more you buy in bulk, with the highest being about a 30% discount over the smallest.
Whenever you visit a PokéStop or can even touch to click on it, it will bring up the PokéStop screen. You can get some good information from this screen.
The top of the screen shows you the name of the PokéStop. Touching it will open a larger image of the stop, and many have additional information about the stop itself listed there. Since a lot of stops are historical markers or various works of art, this is neat way to learn more about the area you are hunting in. You might actually get a better appreciation for things you pass all the time and take for granted.
Below that is a very small white oval. This is where you would put a Lure Module, or where you will see a Lure Module if it has been added. By touching it, you can install a module if you are close enough, or it will show you the name of the person who installed the module if one is already there. This gives you a chance to thank him or her if you know who it is.
The smaller picture of the PokéStop is below (in the disc) so you can identify it. Interacting with this disc is the way you get supplies. Simply swiping across the screen spins the disc, giving you supplies. You do not have to touch the supplies to get them — they are added automatically.
Finally, if the stop is too far to interact with, a pink oval will appear under that picture saying "This PokéStop is too far away," letting you know you need to get closer in order to use it.
The Gyms Screen provides all the important information about what is happening at a Gym. To enter a Gym and start competing, you must reach Level 5 and then join a team: Valor (red), Mystic (blue), or Instinct (yellow). Try to join a team that your local friends are in.
Each Gym has a level which corresponds with its Prestige. The level tells you how many slots there are for defenders; those slots increase as Prestige increases. A Level 3 Gym, for example, will have three defenders, and all those Pokémon are from different Trainers.
Next, the screen shows the Pokémon that are actually in the Gym. The biggest CP Pokémon will have a crown over their name. They will be the last Pokémon in the Gym as it loses Prestige. If you don't see a crown, you can swipe left and right to see all of the Pokémon in that Gym. It displays the name of the Pokémon and its CP.
To the right is the name and avatar of the person holding the gym, with their level listed behind their name.
At the bottom right is the Battle button, which allows you to select which of your Pokémon to send into battle. If your team controls a Gym, you might see a button on the bottom left with an arrow and a plus sign. This means that your team can put another Pokémon in that Gym, so you can add yours by hitting that and selecting one.
When you have found a Pokémon and are ready to catch it, a new screen pops up.
You will see the Pokémon with its name and CP right above it. In the bottom center of the screen, you will see the Pokéball you are going to toss at it, as well as how many Pokéballs you have. This screen gives you a bunch of other options as well.
At the top left, there is an icon of a man running. This button lets you run away from the Pokémon and you will stop trying to catch it. In the upper right, there is a toggle button for turning the Augmented Reality option either on or off.
At the bottom right you will see two icons. One is the camera, which allows you to take a picture of your Pokémon. The picture will only show the Pokémon itself, not its name or CP, along with your Trainer name. The icon below that will allow you to switch Pokéball types or feed the Pokémon a Razz Berry.
Once you place your finger on the Pokéball, you will be able to flick the Pokéball at the Pokémon in order to catch it. This gets easier with practice. Once you've become more experienced, you can get an additional bonus by spinning the Pokéball and tossing a curveball, but this can be tough. You also get an XP boost and a higher chance to catch the Pokémon when the circle around him is at its smallest point.
Excerpted from Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Guide to Pokemon GO by Bill Gill. Copyright © 2016 Triumph Books LLC. Excerpted by permission of Triumph Books LLC.
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Table of Contents
How to Get Pikachu as Your Starting Pokémon!,
Name Frame Screen,
Potions and Revives,
Incense and Lure Modules,
The Pokémon Camera,
Transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow,
Leveling Up and Powering Up,
Supporting Local Businesses,
Choose your Eevee Evolution,
Taking Fun Pictures,
Pokémon GO in the News,
What's Inside an Egg?,
Pokémon GO Plus,
Fact or Fiction?,
Pokémon Combat Chart,
The Future of Pokémon GO?,
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