Hello, Pokemon GO

How much a Poké Ball actually costs and other tips, tricks, and cheats for the hottest new game in town, Pokemon GO!

  • The first thing to know is that each city has its own set of Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Legendary Pokémon. The image above shows what you’ll find in Anchorage, Alaska. Lots of Drowzee, the occasional Shellder, and the rare Seel. Travel to Washington, DC and you’ll find more Doduos than you can handle. In the mood for flock of Pidgeys? Check out Atlanta, GA.
  • NEVER evolve a Pokemon UNLESS you’re under the influence of a Lucky Egg. A normal evolve gives you 500xp which is doubled when you use a Lucky Egg.
  • When you’re capturing a Pokémon, remember to tap and hold the Poké Ball before you toss it towards the beast. The color of the circle denotes how difficult it is to capture the Pokémon ranging from Green to Orange to Red. The size of the circle is also related to how much bonus xp you’ll earn if you toss the Poké Ball WITHIN the circle. The left photo is a NICE toss, worth 10 extra xp. Middle photo is GREAT, worth 50xp. The right photo is EXCELLENT, and worth a whopping 100xp. Remember, everything is doubled if you’ve used a Lucky Egg recently.
  • You have the greatest chance of capturing the Pokémon while the colored ring is at its smallest diameter. At the opportune moment, fling the Poké Ball toward the Pokémon.
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Ultra Balls unlock at L20
  • As you level you’ll unlock new gear like Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and Razz Berries. They all increase the likelihood of catching a Pokemon. Whenever you come across a super rare Pokémon, I strongly recommend using both a Razz Berry and a Great Ball to ensure your successful capture.
  • When viewing the Nearby Pokemon list, did you know you can tap on a Pokémon you’re interested in tracking? It’s a great way to quickly find a Pokémon you’re interested in adding to your Pokédex.
  • When a Lure is used at a Pokétop, a new Pokemon is spawned once every 2-3 minutes. The Pokémon is semi-random in the sense that it is drawn from the Common, Uncommon, Rare Pokémon normally found in the area. Lures are best used when in proximity of 2-3 Pokéstops at once.
  • When capturing a Pokémon, you can tap your Poké Ball and rapidly spin it in a small circle to start a Curve Ball throw. You’ll know it’s working when you see the Poké Ball start to spin. It’s a little more challenging, but you’ll earn more xp if it lands.
  • Every Poké Ball you throw costs $0.03 cents in USD. Keep that in mind the next time you spend 20 Poké Balls trying to catch that Rattata.
  • Currently, the highest CP (combat power) Pokémon I’ve seen in the wild is a 2004cp Snorlax. Any Pokémon over 1000cp is worth keeping. Anything under? Take it or leave it.
  • The last piece of advice I can give you is to NOT level up and collect as many Pidgeys as possible. Why? Because it only costs 12 Pidgey candies to evolve one and you earn 4 candies per capture (3 for the actual capture, plus 1 for sending him to the Professor). That means 3 Pidgeys are worth 1,600xp which is quite a lot! (500xp for the evolve plus 300xp just for capturing them, times 2 if you have a Lucky Egg). This is the one single cheat I wish someone had told me before I started the game! Follow my advice and you’ll get to level 25 in no time at all…

Good luck, Trainer. See you on the GO!

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