Follow these Pokemon Go tips and strategy to defeat your enemies and impress your teammates. You’re already catching Pokemon, and you’re probably already venturing out to Pokemon-filled areas specifically to look for Pokemon. These tricks will help you take your game to the next level. Learn how to increase your trainer level and XP, expand your Pokedex, and win gym battles with these top Pokemon Go tips.
Pokemon Go Tip #1: Catch Duplicate Pokemon
Of course, it’s great fun to collect new Pokemon for your collection, and new Pokemon do provide extra Stardust to help power up your fighting Pokemon. But don’t ignore the chance to catch duplicates of your existing Pokemon.
Catching duplicates will bring you extra stardust, and you can trade them in for more Pokemon candy to help evolve your other Pokemon. So catching dozens of Ratatas or Pidgeys is helping your collection, too. Once you’re catching multiple versions of the same Pokemon, you can sort your Pokemon by name to see the duplicates clearly. Then transfer all of your lower CP Pokemon to the professor, and use the resulting Pokemon candies to evolve the ones with highest CP into your fighting Pokemon.
Strategy note: It’s tempting to power up your Pokemon as soon as you receive them, especially after finding a rare Charmander or Pikachu. But for long term strategy, it’s better to hold off a bit and save your your Stardust until you know you’re powering up the strongest versions you’ve collected. A Drowzee with 180 CP or a Drowzee with 18 CP are both transferred into singular Drowzee candies, so hold off on powering up the first one you find.
Pokemon Go Tip #2: Search At Night
You’re probably already looking in different places for new Pokemon for your collection, but are you looking at different times? Go out at night to find new, nocturnal Pokemon, especially ghost-type Pokemon. If you’re looking, you might have less competition at gyms at night, too, although my neighborhood has a lot of bars and nightlife, so the local gym doesn’t really slow down.
Off-peak hours have better server stability, so you’ll spend less time swearing at your phone, and more time collecting Pokemon and taking over unguarded gyms.
Um… you don’t need us to remind you to use caution when wandering around in the dark, do you? Didn’t think so.