By Scott Mills
Ever since its creation in 1996, Pokemon has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the biggest media franchises of all time, grossing $30billion worldwide from video games, Japanese anime and trading cards.
Having sold over 279 million video games, Pokemon is the second best-selling game franchise, currently placed behind Nintendo’s very own Mario franchise.
Seven generations of games later, Pokemon has since released Pokemon Go, a free-to-play, location based, mobile reality game which brings the monsters to the real world.
Now players all around the world are trying to ‘catch them all’ to become like the anime’s very own Ash Ketchum.
However, in order to become a Pokemon master, there are some things you should know before you set out on your adventure.
- Pikachu, I choose you!
If you haven’t started yet you can choose Pikachu as your starter. You need to walk away from the classic starting trio of Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle that pop up when you first reach the world map.
They’ll spawn around you a few more times as you wander off but eventually Pikachu will pop up right alongside you.
2 Pokemon hide in the leaves
If you are having trouble tracking Pokemon down, you could use incense items to draw them nearer or visit active lures at Pokestops, which are usually surrounded by pink flower petals
Also if you pay attention to the map, you will notice some rustling leaves. Most commonly in parks and forests, head into that area as there are usually Pokemon there.
3 Use the tracker to find specific Pokemon
Whether you are looking to expand your roster or collect enough duplicates to evolve your Pokemon, the tracker in the bottom right of your screen lets you know what Pokemon are in range.
When you bring up the menu, it will show the monsters in your vicinity judged by the distance. The more footsteps shown underneath the Pokemon, the further away they are. Start walking in a direction and the marker changes, letting you know if you are getting closer to the Pokemon.
4. Rings and curves
If you don’t know how to properly catch the pocket monsters, flinging Pokeballs can literally be quite a hit and miss. When you hold down the Pokeball before throwing it, you’ll see a little green circle appear on your target. Throw the ball when the ring is at its smallest to have the best chance of capturing it.
The capturing circles are also colour coded, based on how hard it is to catch that Pokemon. If the circle is green the capture should be easy, yellow is intermediate and red means it is likely to put up a fight. If you can’t seem to catch a Pokemon with red rings then consider using a Great or Master ball which are available when you level up.
5. Don’t use the AR mode
Whilst seeing a Pokemon in the real world is one of the app’s best features, it also makes it increasingly hard to catch the creatures.
Once the AR mode is off, you may lose this feature, but the Pokemon you are trying to catch wont move when your phone does. Plus you are able to switch between the two modes whenever you want.
6. Hatch the eggs you collect along your journey
When you visit Pokestops, occasionally you will pick up some eggs of which you can find on the menu when you tap on the Pokemon menu.
Then you just need to walk a certain distance when you have the application open to hatch it.
7. Being a gym leader has benefits
If you have managed to take over a gym, you are able to buy stuff that you can use in the game, which you can do via the shop icon on the menu.
By running one or more gyms earns you coins and stardust that you can spend in the Pokeshop, as well being able to receive multiple rewards.
8. Transfer your Pokemon
If you spend most of your time playing Pokemon Go in the same area then you are more likely to see the same Pokemon over and over again.
You may think that catching duplicates is a waste of time, it can in fact be very crucial.
This is because you will be able to trade them to Professor Willow, who in exchange will give you creature-specific candy.
Once you have enough candy for a certain Pokemon, you will be able to evolve it which can help you to fill up your Pokedex.
9. Saving your battery
Between the constant use of GPS, the use of your screen and the camera for the AR system, Pokemon Go can kill your battery.
Whilst the game producers are working on a way to fix this, bringing a portable charger with you, but you should also consider switching your phone on battery saving mode.
Essentially, it turns off the screen when your device is held down, but your phone will still vibrate when a Pokémon is nearby and distance is still tracked.
10. Make your commute fun
With the aim of Pokemon Go trying to get people out and about, playing on your commute to work is ideal.
When you’re travelling on a bus or a train, you can find new Pokemon and access different Pokestops, making your commute more exciting.