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Pokémon Go: Advanced tips to catch ’em all!

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Pokémon Go has so many layers, and we’re here to help you understand them all!

First, if you’re new to the game, it’s best to check out our getting started guide. It’s got all you need to know about Pokémon, Gyms, Lures and more.

If you’re already at intermediate or even advanced levels of play, this post is for you.

Finding rare Pokémon

You’re probably swimming in Pidgeys and Zubats, but occasionally, you’ll notice that a rare Pokémon pops up on your radar. All that’s left is to track it down.

Here’s the best way to find those tricky creatures, thanks to DJToaster and TheColorlessPill:

pokemon go how to track

Generally, each footprint in the Nearby screen corresponds to about 100 metres.

Incense may or may not make the experience a bit easier. I’ve personally found that incense attracts Pokémon that aren’t already on your nearby list.

Do something useful with Pidgeys, Zubats and other plentiful Pokémon

Yeah yeah, we know — there are Zubats everywhere. If you’re swimming in Pokéballs, that might actually play out to your advantage.

Plentiful Pokémon like Zubat, Pidgey, Caterpie don’t require that much Candy to evolve, and evolving Pokémon provides XP. Rather than sending all those useless Pokémon straight to Professor Willow, make sure to evolve as many as you can.

As examples, grabbing a Zubat nets you 100XP for catching it and you can evolve it to Gobat for another 500XP. That’s a higher-priced exchange, requiring 50 Candy. Pidgey gives the same XP, but only needs 12 Candies to evolve. Simple, right?

Know which eggs hatch which Pokémon

It’s a safe bet that you’re not going to hatch a Snorlax from a 2km egg, but it has happened. The image below shows what’s more likely to hatch:

pokemon go eggs

Serebii has a full list right here.

It’s generally accepted that you can hatch an egg whilst driving a car, provided you’re going less than 20km an hour. For the love of everything holy, don’t do anything stupid on the roads though. It’s better (for you, especially!) to walk it out. Also, Pokémon Go uses your phone’s in-built pedometer to help gauge distance alongside GPS data. If you’re all about hatching and not about catching, you can turn Battery Saver on (via Settings in the top-right of your main screen) and then turn your phone around to turn off its screen.

Level up and make sure of those rewards

There’s an excellent post on Reddit, here, which details what trainers will receive when they level up.

Here’s what’s been uncovered at the time of writing:

Level XP required Total XP Unlocked items Rewards
1 0 0
2 1000 1000 Poke Ball x10
3 2000 3000 Poke Ball x15
4 3000 6000 Poke Ball x15
5 4000 10000 Gyms, Potions, Revives Poke Ball x20, Potion x10, Revive x10, Incense
6 5000 15000 Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Incubator
7 6000 21000 Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Incense
8 7000 28000 Razz Berry Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x10, Lure Module
9 8000 36000 Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x3, Lucky Egg
10 9000 45000 Super Potions Poke Ball x20, Super Potion x20, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10, Incense, Lucky Egg, Egg Incubator, Lure Module
11 10000 55000 Poke Ball x15, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3
12 10000 65000 Great Balls Great Ball x20, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3
13 10000 75000 Great Ball x10, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3
14 10000 85000 Great Ball x10, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3
15 15000 100000 Hyper Potions Great Ball x15, Hyper Potion x20, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10, Incense, Lucky Egg, Egg Incubator, Lure Module
16 20000 120000 Great Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5
17 20000 140000 Great Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5
18 20000 160000 Great Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5
19 25000 185000 Great Ball x15, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5
20 25000 210000 Ultra Balls Ultra Ball x20, Hyper Potion x20, Revive x20, Razz Berry x20, Incense x2, Lucky Egg x2, Egg Incubator x2, Lure Module x2
21 50000 260000 Ultra Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10
22 75000 335000 Ultra Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10
23 100000 435000 Ultra Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10
24 125000 560000 Ultra Ball x15, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10
25 150000 710000 Max Potions Ultra Ball x25, Max Potion x20, Revive x15, Razz Berry x15, Incense, Lucky Egg, Egg Incubator, Lure Module

What other tips do you have for fellow trainers?


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