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.
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:
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|
|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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