10 best Pokemon Go tips and tricks you should know

10 best Pokemon Go tips and tricks you should know

10 best Pokemon Go tips and tricks:The basics of Pokemon Go are simple and fun. You walk, you catch Pokemon, you collect as many as you can and you visit Poke Stops to load your backpack up with goodies to help your Trainer along the way.

But when it comes to mastering the game, there's a lot more you need to consider. Here are some top tips to help you become a Pokemon pro:

10. Build your XP first, then power-up Pokemon
The skill of your Trainer is dictated by the XP you have. You move through the levels of XP, needing more XP each time to level up. But as you do so, the rewards get higher and you'll evolve and hatch Pokemon at a higher level, as well as being able to power-up to higher levels.

Powering-up your Pokemon when your XP is low means it costs you more candies to do so. So, it's better to save your power-ups of Pokemon until you've reached a higher XP level - like over level 20.

To help build XP quickly, try some of these things:
  • Use a Lucky Egg when you're actively playing
  • Evolve base Pokemon with excess candies - like Pidgey or Rattata
  • Catch everything
  • Battle with friends to get XP from taking over Gyms
9. Use your Lucky Eggs wisely
Sometimes you'll collect a Lucky Egg or get one when you update. This will double your XP earned for 30 minutes. Don't just randomly drop it, however, try to use it for maximum gain to help level up your Trainer. That might be when you arrive in a new, busy, place and you know you're going to be catching or hatching Pokemon, or where there's lots of Gyms for you to battle - and win.

So, save those Lucky Eggs for those epic town centre Pokemon Go sessions to get the most XP in return.

8. Master the Poke Stop
When you visit a Poke Stop and spin the sign, you don't have to tap all the things released. Just hit the X at the bottom to close the Stop and you'll automatically claim your rewards.
Remember that if you're near a PokeStop having lunch or coffee, you can visit that Stop again and again - it just takes a few minutes to become available again. 

7. Get in Gyms
Gyms are where the real glory lies, as they are the route to Coins. Gyms are really what Pokemon Go is about. You battle, win and take over a Gym for your team. You'll want to leave behind a powerful Pokemon to defend that Gym, as the longer they sit in place and defend it, the more Coins you earn. The more Coins you earn, the more stuff you can buy.

You'll take over Gym for your team and other team members can defend that Gym with you. Some Pokemon like Blissey are hard to knock out. If you want to keep it, Blissey it, but remember that in high turnover Gyms (like in town centres) your Pokemon will soon be knocked out, so there's little point in using your most powerful.

Also consider that Pokemon that sit in Gyms but don't defend it, don't earn many coins - so that remote Gym isn't the money earning you might think.

6. Only fight Raid Battles you can win
This might sound like a cowardly approach, but there's little point in pitching your 86CP Squirtle against a 50000CP Kyroge. If you don't have enough powerful Pokemon of your own or a team of friends to battle with, then you'll lose and just have to revive your Pokemon and treat them with Potions. 

So, check the power of the Pokemon in the Raid Battle before you start.
When battling Gyms you can wear down your opponents gradually, so you can take on opponents that are more powerful - you'll still lose, but you might make some progress.

5. Choose a rare type buddy Some Pokemon don't appear very often, like some of the first to appear - Bulbasaur and Charmander. Because you won't see these very often, making them your buddy means you can earn those types of candies gradually as you walk. With time, you'll find you have enough to evolve that Pokemon. 

Probably best not to do that with Magikarp, because you need 400 candies to evolve it and you'll get bored before anything happens. It's worth noting, however that different Pokemon will need you to walk different distances.

4. Use your Golden Razz Berry with purpose The Golden Razz Berry is basically the ultimate berry. It's really good for helping catch important Pokemon that just don't want to be caught. So, if you've been after sometime for ages and nothing is working, the Golden Razz Berry will probably make it happen.

However, you can also feed the Golden Razz Berry to Pokemon you have in a Gym. When your Pokemon is feeling miserable and needs some attention - basically to keep it in top fighting form - then the Golden Razz Berry takes it right back to the top. If you want to hang onto that Gym, this really helps.

3. Restart the app
Pokemon Go has never been the most stable app, all the way from early server problems through to general unresponsiveness. You'll often get a spinning icon in the top left to show that it's talking to the server - and sometimes it will just get stuck there. Or, commonly, you'll see no Poke Stops and no nearby Pokemon.

If there's nothing happening, try tapping the Pokeball to open the menu. If it's not responding, stop, restart, open the app and keep going. Otherwise you're wasting battery and time waiting for it to start working again. 

2. Travel far and wide, go crazy for special events
This might not be possible for some, but going to as many places as possible will help you gather more types of Pokemon. Your home town is likely to be dominated by a certain variety, so make sure you go to new places to find more.

That might mean getting off the bus early and walking, or taking the weekend to head to a different area. Perhaps visit the family or distant friends, then say you want to see all the local sights so you can gather Pokemon, find Gyms to take over and so on.

Special events are now fairly frequent and introduce some less common Pokemon or previously unseen Pokemon - including some of the region specific characters you might not have seen. Make sure you look at the news section of the Pokemon Go app to see what's happening.

1. Master battery saving mode
Pokemon Go is a battery killer on all phones. Battery saving mode in Pokemon Go will let the screen shut off when the phone is upside down, meaning you're not spending all that battery life on illuminating the screen when you don't need to. You'll need a phone with an accelerometer in it to work - which may exclude some entry-level Android phones. 

Once it's on, you can often put the phone in your pocket upside down, the screen will turn off, but it will still be live, tracking your distance to hatch eggs and vibrating to alert you to Pokemon.


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10 best Pokemon Go tips and tricks you should know
10 best Pokemon Go tips and tricks:The basics of Pokemon Go are simple and fun. You walk, you catch Pokemon, you collect as many as you can and you visit Poke Stops to load your backpack up
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