Pokémon Go Tips and Tricks

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Pokemon Go has been in the market for quite a while. And if you have been playing this game, for sure you are looking for some tips and tricks that would help you to become the best Pokemon Trainer of all. Well, here are some of those strategies that you would need in your Pokejourney.

Poketip #1 Before you power up your favorite pokemon, aside from the basic details you can see from its data – CP, HP, skills, etc.; there are still some important qualities that you need to consider before giving it the boost it needs to become more powerful. You need to know its individual values (also known as IV) Each pokemon has its own IV regardless of its level, type, or breed. For example, even if a two Pidgey have an exact similar combat power or CP, the IV of each of the Pidgeys could be different.

What is individual values or IV? IV determines the strength pf a pokemon. In the Pokemon game series, IV is represented by the following: hitpoints, attack, defense, sp attack, sp defense, and speed. In Pokemon Go, there are only three – attack, defense and stamina. Unfortunately, you cannot see this IV in the game. But worry not because you can still determine the IV of your favorite pokemon using third-party applications which you can find online – like thesilphroad and pokeassistant. The pokemon you may want to power up should have good stats, so it’s important to have a knowledge of its individual values before boosting its power. Good IV is better than good CP.

Poketip #2 How to get more stardust? Anyone playing Pokemon Go knows stardust is one of the most important item in the game. You cannot purchase it nor get it in any way exchanged with cash. There are only two legit ways how you can get it and much of it in the game. The first way is to catch any pokemon you encounter in the wild. Each pokemon you capture gives you 100 stardust. Catching as many pokemon as you want can give you lots of stardust.

Another way to get stardust is through defender bonus which you can get by leaving one of your pokemons in a gym. One pokemon in a gym is equivalent to 500 stardust and 10 pokecoins. Therefore, the more gyms you can conquer, the more stardust you can obtain.

Poketip #3 How to get a pokemon with high CP? CP or combat power in Pokemon Go is really a big deal because aside from HP, it is the only stat shown to trainers once a pokemon is caught. CP determines the power of your pokemon in battling other pokemons (although it’s not a guarantee that if you got a higher CP, you’ll always win against a lower one). There is only one way how you can get a pokemon with high CP – it is through leveling up yourself as a trainer, the higher the level you are, the higher the chance that you’ll get a pokemon with high CP. This is also true to hatching eggs. It’s the reason why you must reserve those 10km eggs and make them hatch when you reach level 20 and above. Who doesn’t want a rare pokemon with 2000+ CP?


Poketip #4 How to level up fast? The main reason why you wanted to level up fast is to get pokemons with high CP. But how are you going to do it? Basically in order for you to level up fast in Pokemon Go, you need to be active. You need to login to your account daily, catch as many pokemon as you can, battle with other gym leaders, hatch eggs, and power up and evolve your pokemon.

But if you are really serious with this quest, you can do some extra mile. In catching a pokemon, you can earn some additional XP by doing exhibitions in throwing the ball – curve ball is 10XP, nice throw is 10XP, great throw is 50XP, and excellent throw is 100XP. And all of those efforts for gaining experience can be doubled using a lucky egg.

A lucky egg is an item which you can use to make the experience you earn doubled. It has only 30 minutes duration so be wise in using it. Make sure that when you use a lucky egg, it would be the time when you would be catching a lot of pokemons, and battle to as many gyms as you could.

Poketip #5 How to win in a gym battle easily? Winning a gym battle in Pokemon Go is not just defeating the pokemons assigned in a gym but also making its prestige (the gym’s HP) go down to zero. But the question is: how are you going to do it easily? Well, yes, it could be done easily if you will just consider the weakness of each pokemon type. The reason – if you will hit a pokemon with a move that is known to be its weakness, the damage that the pokemon could take will be doubled or more than the normal damage. In doing this, of course you can quickly win the match and conquer that gym as if you’re just eating an apple. Here is the chart of the pokemon types with their strengths and weaknesses: (source: Pokemondb)

Type Strong Against Weak Against Resistant To Vulnerable To
Normal None Rock, Ghost, Steel Ghost Fighting
Fighting Normal Flying, Poison, Psychic, Bug, Ghost, Fairy Rock, Bug, Dark Flying, Psychic, Fairy
Flying Fighting, Bug, Grass Rock, Steel, Electric Fighting, Ground, Grass Rock, Electric, Ice
Poison Grass, Fairy Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost, Steel Poison, Grass, Fairy Ground, Psychic
Ground Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, Electric Flying, Bug, Grass Poison, Rock, Electric Water, Grass, Ice
Rock Flying, Bug, Fire, Ice Fighting, Ground, Steel Normal, Flying, Poison, Fire Fighting, Ground, Steel, Water, Grass
Bug Grass, Psychic, Dark Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire, Fairy Fighting, Ground, Grass Flying, Rock, Fire
Ghost Ghost, Psychic Normal, Dark Normal, Fighting, Poison, Bug Ghost, Dark
Steel Rock, Ice, Fairy Steel, Fire, Water, Electric Normal, Flying, Poison, Rock, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, Fairy Fighting, Ground, Fire
Fire Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice Rock, Fire, Water, Dragon Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice Ground, Rock, Water
Water Ground, Rock, Fire Water, Grass, Dragon Steel, Fire, Water, Ice Grass, Electric
Grass Ground, Rock, Water Flying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Dragon Ground, Water, Grass, Electric Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice
Electric Flying, Water Ground, Grass, Electric, Dragon Flying, Steel, Electric Ground
Psychic Fighting, Poison Steel, Psychic, Dark Fighting, Psychic Bug, Ghost, Dark
Ice Flying, Ground, Grass, Dragon Steel, Fire, Water, Ice Ice Fighting, Rock, Steel, Fire
Dragon Dragon Steel, Fairy Fire, Water, Grass, Electric Ice, Dragon, Fairy
Fairy Fighting, Dragon, Dark Poison, Steel, Fire Fighting, Bug, Dragon, Dark Poison, Steel
Dark Ghost, Psychic Fighting, Dark, Fairy Ghost, Psychic, Dark Fighting, Bug, Fairy

Poketip #6 Are you hunting for Dratinis or collecting Magikarps? If you do, then the following spawn chart might help you (source: thebitbag). This spawn chart is fan-made which was based on PokeRadar. It has a greater chance that it could be appropriate because this chart was made after collecting data from 100 million data points. However, there is also a chance that it might not work since Niantic has not shared any information about the spawn details of each pokemon. Nonetheless, because this strategy would not harm your account, it is actually worth trying. Who knows, your dream pokemon is only a step away.

These are just some of the tips and tricks you can use in your Pokemon Go adventures. Stay tuned for more Poketips and comment below if you got your own strategies and you want to share it to other Pokemaniacs out there.

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