This Pokemon Go guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to play Pokemon Go. Unlike the Pokemon games played on a Gameboy, you’ll need to venture out into the real world to play the game. Below, we’ll share some of our best tips and tricks for how to play Pokemon Go — starting with the basics.
How to Play Pokemon Go – Basics
First things first: download the app for iOS or Android. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll need to create an account. You can either use a Google account already in existence (your Gmail, for example) or make a Pokemon Trainer account.
Once you’ve made your account, Professor Willow will introduce himself and give you the chance to choose a starter Pokemon — Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle. If you’re patient and willing to trick the system a little, you can also get Pikachu as your starter.
Don’t worry too much about choosing your first Pokemon. Unlike the original games, you can find the other starters in the wild fairly easily. Now that you have your starter, you should start walking around!
Find & Catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go
To find Pokemon in Pokemon Go, you’ll have to go on an adventure! Pokemon are found out in the world. The more walking you do, the more Pokemon you will find.
The Pokemon you find will depend on the area you live in. Your climate and biosphere greatly affects the offered Pokemon. People living in the city will get very different Pokemon than those in the suburbs.
There is a small tracking section in the bottom right of your screen. See our tracking chart explanation to use it to your best advantage.
You can zoom in and out to see more of the area you’re in. If you see animation that looks like grass is moving, go there. There’s a higher likelihood of encountering Pokemon there.
Once you’ve encountered a Pokemon, tap on it to begin your battle. You’ll capture it by flicking Poke Balls at the wild Pokemon. If you tap and hold on the Poke Ball before releasing it, two circles will pop up around the Pokemon.
Release the Poke Ball when the colored circle is smaller for a better chance of catching the Pokemon as well as additional experience points. Keep catching as many Pokemon as you can in order to increase your trainer level, expand your Pokedex, and evolve and battle your Pokemon.
Pokemon keep popping out of your Poke balls? Read more on how to stop this here. Finding and catching Pokemon are a big part of how to play Pokemon Go, but it does not end there.
How to Use PokeStops
Pokestops are the blue locations on your map. When you are close enough to the stops, you can visit them to receive items such as Poke balls, Potions, Revives and more. Find out what items Pokestops will disperse.
A PokeStop will change shape from square to circle once it is in range. Tap on a Pokestop, then spin the circle that appears to receive the items. There is no limit to how many times you can visit a PokeStop. They will recharge every five minutes. The PokeStop will turn purple when it is recharging, and then blue when it is ready to spin again.
If a Pokestop is pink or has flowers around it, that means someone has dropped a lure module. If your player is close enough that its radiating circles touch the circle of the Pokestop, you will find more Pokemon than in a typical area. Take advantage of these lured PokeStops!