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5 Best Hidden Tips for Pokemon Go Fanatics

December 08, 2018


POKEMON GO
Pokemon Go is back. The app has gotten several updates since it first launched—check out our review to find out what's new—making it heaps more fun to get out and play. You actually have to get up, leave the couch, and visit real-world locations to replenish important items like Pokeballs, participate in Gym and Raid Battles, and of course, catch wild Pokemon.
The following advanced tips and tricks go one step further to help you truly master Pokemon Go.

5-Turn Off AR to Make Capturing Easier



Turn Off AR to Make Capturing Easier

Capturing Pokemon with AR on is part of the fun, especially when the pocket monsters pop up in inappropriate places, but it's way easier to capture Pokemon without worrying about aiming your phone camera. And strangers, for the most part, don't like having phones pointed at them. Why not turn off AR and relieve them of social anxiety? You can do that by tapping the AR toggle when you're capturing wild Pokemon. Pokemon will then sit perfectly still on a grassy field, though they will occasionally hop or gyrate to make capturing difficult. But at least this way you can focus on just the Pokemon, and not worry about reorienting the camera or suffering the death stares of real-life NPCs.




4-Summon Nearby Pokemon


4-Summon Nearby Pokemon

The Pokemon locator tab has changed considerably since its early days. Now you'll see a series of real-world overlays of the Pokestops (for example, a picture of Madison Square Garden or the Liberty Bell), which you can then tap to view an overhead view, showing you where you should head toward. The Pokemon should be within a block or two of that particular landmark, and if you wander around log enough you should come across it.



3-Pokeball 101


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When capturing wild Pokemon, you can throw a curveball to gain more XP. All you have to do is jiggle the ball! Jiggle it good! Basically, you tap the ball, hold it, and spin it around clock- or counterclockwise until it sparkles. Once it's shining up, toss it and boom! If you capture the critter you'll get a curveball XP bonus.

But wait, there's more: Where you throw the curveball depends on how you throw after the spin. Apparently, it helps to throw the ball in the opposite direction of the initial spin. So, if you're spinning it clockwise, you'll want to toss the ball to the left. How the ball moves after a spin seems pretty random to me, though.


Supposedly, if you botch a toss you can tap the Pokeball when it bounces or rolls away in order to retrieve it. But I've been tapping away and trying this out for a while, with no real indication that it works. But some people online have say it works for them. Huge, if true




2-Check the Moves
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You might catch a few different Staryus that are all around the same CP, but take a look at the two moves each Pokemon has when you catch it, and the power level of each move. If you catch a 98CP Staryu and a 105 CP Staryu, and the slightly weaker one has Water Gun and Psybeam, while the stronger one only knows how to Tackle and Body Slam, go for the better move set.

Next to each move you'll also see how much damage it does, along with a blue power meter for the second (more powerful) move, which indicates when your Pokemon's power move is ready to rock in a battle. Better moves, more power, better Pokemon. You can always make up some CP points later.



1-More Berries Than Ever!


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We explained in our primer that razz berries are items you can feed a Pokemon to slow it down before you capture it. Newer updates have introduced multiple types of berries that each have different effects.
Nanab Berries: Use these berries to slow down a wild Pokemon's movements. Strategic use of these can be key to capturing a particularly elusive 'Mon.

Pinap Berries: These double the amount of Candy you get as a reward if your next attempt to capture a Pokemon succeeds. It's a bit of a risk though, because if you fail to capture your next target the berry goes to waste.

Razz Berries: Mechanics haven't changed here. Razz Berries can still be fed to a wild Pokemon to make it easier to catch.

Golden Razz Berries: Like their less shiny cousins, the Golden Razz Berries have the same function of making it easy to capture wild Pokemon, but are much more powerful.

You can use berries in tandem with a stronger Pokeball (especially once you start leveling up and unlocking Great Balls and Ultra Balls) to catch particularly feisty or extremely rare Pokemon that cross your path. However, don't use multiple berries at a time since their effects don't stack.

One of the aspiring trainers right here in the PCMag Labs caught themselves a Dragonair doing just that. Feed the Pokemon a razz berry, take out a Great Ball, give it some good arc on your throw, and catching just got a whole lot easier.

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