Pokemon Go Tip #3: Pokeball Strategy
You already know that when you see the Pokemon you want — or when you see yet another Pidgey running around — you toss a Pokeball at it to capture it. But you can make it easier and faster by changing your target before tossing. When you hold your fingertip on the Pokeball before throwing it, you might notice a colored circle inside a white circle around the Pokemon. The colored circle tells you how difficult that adorable little monster will be to catch. Green is the easiest, then yellow, orange, and finally red for the more difficult.
Hold your fingertip on the Pokeball to see that circle change size. At first glance, you might think that circle is the target area so bigger is better, but actually it’s the opposite. The smaller the circle, the greater your chance of capturing the Pokemon.
You can also bounce or swirl the Pokeball for fancy throws that turn into extra stardust when you catch the Pokemon.
Some players are reporting that turning off the augmented reality option makes it easier to toss the Pokeball. To do this, just toggle the AR switch on the top right the next time you’re about to toss to a Pokeball. That’ll stop using the camera, and put your Pokemon on bright green grass with a cheery blue sky.
For me, the amusement of seeing Rattatas at my local bar or Charmander at the library is the soul of the game, so I’m never shutting off the AR functionality! But some players find tossing easier that way, so hardcore Pokemon trainers may want to give it a shot.
Pokemon Go Tip #4: Use Razz Berries For Tricky Pokemon
Some sneaky or stubborn Pokemon just won’t get in that Pokeball! But apparently every Pokemon just loves raspberries, regardless of Pokemon type. Feed any Pokemon a Razz Berry to increase the chances of catching them.
Collect Razz Berries at Pokestops, just as you do Pokeballs, healing potion and other loot. Then, before you toss a Pokeball at that rare find, tap your backpack on the bottom right, and choose a Razz Berry from your inventory. When the Pokemon eats it, you’ll see a cute little heart, and he’s now easier to catch.
An easier catch still doesn’t mean an automatic catch, though, especially for rare Pokemon, who have a special ability to pop right out of Pokeballs.
Pokemon Go Tip #5: Spend Your Pokecoins On Incubators
Pokemon Go is about catching ‘em all, but you can also, uh, hatch ‘em all. For a low-effort improvement to your Pokemon collection, spend your PokeCoins on incubators to hatch more eggs. You’re going to be walking around with your phone anyway, especially if you’re searching for rare Pokemon or taking the long route home too hit more Pokestops. So why not be hatching a more eggs while you’re at it?
Incubators can be purchased in the store, at a rate of 150 Pokecoins for a three-use incubator. Like every other mobile game with in-app purchases, the exchange rate of dollars to in-app currency varies, and players who invest in a larger quantity of Pokecoins can buy them at a cheaper rate. You can spend 99 cents for 100 Pokecoins, $9.99 for 1,200 or, if you can’t sleep at night knowing someone else has control of your local gym, even spend $99.99 on 14,500 Pokecoins.
You can also earn Pokecoins by controlling gyms, at a rate of 10 Pokecoins per day controlled. If you haven’t battled much yet, you can check out our guide to claiming and keeping Pokemon gyms. Another advantage of taking over many gyms is that you’ll be able to spend some Pokecoins in the shop.
There are loads of other purchases in the shop, but for me, having extra incubators going at all times has been the best use of my hard-earned Pokecoins.
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What about you? Do you turn off AR for an easier catch? Do you throw a mean curveball with your Pokeball? Is there another in-app purchase worth the money? Let us know in the comments!