My blog isn’t called Blogger & The Geek for no reason. My boyfriend is a massive, massive geek and when things like Pokemon Go come out, it’s a total god send. I’m not the type of gal to sit around and research it, however, The Geek is. So, every day since we downloaded it he’s come home with a nugget of information whilst we battle it out to see who is the real Pokemon master.
So, to all us Pokemon newbs out there and not really sure what’s going on. Grab yourself a brew and whack your phone on charge so you can go straight back outside after reading this Here’s a mini Pokemon Go guide to get you started and what means what:
The best way to describe a Pokestop is as a Pokestore in the old Gameboy. Instead of buying things, you need to head to them and spin the circle. It’ll give you an array of items which are; all the Pokeballs depending on your level, potions depending on your level, revives, eggs and razzberries. Once you’ve used them they take a minute or two to recharge and you can spin them again to get more things. Pokestops tend to be landmarks across your town and city.
What are lures and incense?
Incense and Lures are items that you can buy with Pokecoins or gained when you level up. To use them, click on ‘Items’ and select the one you want to use. Incense attracts Pokemon to you for 30 minutes. It’s pretty good if you are going to be in one area for 30 minutes and not going to be moving anywhere. When using it, a purple puff will appear around you and a small clock will appear in the corner.
Lures are used the same of incense but instead of attracting Pokemon to just you; everyone can come and join in. Lures only work at Pokestops though. Again, these last 30 minutes.
You can battle a Gym until you are level 5 and you’ve picked that team you are on. FYI if anyone is interested I’m on Team Mystic (blue) which is totes the best team. A white gym (which is super rare) is an empty gym which you can claim, or the gyms can be yellow, red or blue which represent the teams you can join.
If the gym colour is the same colour as your team, you can still battle it. The battle will raise the gyms prestige if you beat someone elses Pokemon. When you raise the prestige level, it means more Pokemon can be placed in the gym and make it harder for other team to take. If your Pokemon are defeated, they do not faint but are lowered down to 1HP.
If it’s an enemy team you can battle it the same as previously mentioned. If you defeat the Pokemon, you will lower the gyms prestige level. As the prestige level lowers, it removes the enemy Pokemon from the Gym, which makes the fights easier. It’ll eventually get the prestige level down to zero creating a white gym.
When battling in the gym you gain experience points. If you claim a gym and place a Pokemon in it or create a space to put in one of your Pokemon and then go to the shop and tap the shield in the top right of your screen, you will receive 10 Pokecoins and 500 stardust per every Pokemon you have in a gym.
How do I evolve Pokemon?
You’ll learn quickly that there isn’t a lot of battling in Pokemon Go, not like the old games. You need Pokemon specific candy to evolve them. Every time you catch a Pokemon you get 100 Stardust and 3 Candy. To get your candy to evolve a Pokemon you need to transfer your Pokemon to Professor Willow. It’s pretty easy to do – select the Pokemon you want to transfer and scroll right the way to the bottom. It’ll ask you if you are sure, make sure you are and click yes. Each Pokemon is worth a certain number of candies to evolve. For example, to get a Pigeot from a Pidgeotto you would need 50 pidgey candys.
Which Pokemon do I pick to transfer?
This one is tough one. As you increase levels, harder Pokemon will spawn and will have better stats. Being honest, I’d transfer your Pokemon as soon as you can to resist temptation. You want to keep the higher CP and ones with the high attack powers. If it’s a level playing field, follow your gut.
How do I increase the CP?
CP is increased as you evolve your Pokemon. More Pokemon will appear with higher CP as you increase levels. If you want to grow a fully evolved Pokemon, you need to use Power Up. This costs an amount of stardust and a candy. The higher the Pokemon, the more expensive it is to Power Up. Personally, I’d recommend not using your Power Ups until the Pokemon is fully evolved and you want to invest in it – remember, you need the Candy to evolve them.
How do I make the most of walking round catching them?
Pick a route where you have Pokestops. Theres a route by me that has 3 Pokestops in a mile radius and a gym. You can get the most of your walk by stocking up on whatever comes out the Pokestop.
How do I get Stardust?
Stardust is what is needed to raise the CP of a Pokemon. You get Stardust everytime you catch a Pokemon, everytime an egg hatches.
What are Eggs?
You get Eggs from Pokestops once you reach level 5. You need an egg incubator to hatch them. They require you walking certain distance before they hatch. The longer amount of time you have to walk, the better the Pokemon will be is the rule of thumb generally. I have noticed that once an egg has hatched, the Pokemon will come with more candy. The Geek hatched a Mr Mime that came with 25 candy! There’s different types of Egg Incubators, some where you can only use them 3 times. The Geek’s top tip is to use the unlimited use incubator for your smaller KM eggs and the 3 times use ones for the bigger ones.
That’s pretty much the basics of Pokemon Go. It’s enough to build up a team and I’ll add to this post as and when we discover new things! I’m pretty sure that next week’s weekend vlog is mostly going to focus around Pokemon Go so tune in for that!
Also a quick note, be careful as you play. Please don’t get run over whilst trying to catch a Jigglypuff or something.
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