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Pokemon GO: How to play

Pokemon GO - Выходи и Лови!

Popular in the late 90's the Pokémon are back! The company Nintendo on July 6 presented a new game Pokemon GO . Hunting for Pokemon swept the whole world. Pokemon GO - travel, tame Pokemon, compete with other teams.

How to play Pokemon GO

The main task of the player is to catch the Pokémon, and the most interesting thing is that you can do it while walking down the street. All events in the application are connected with the real world. To play it, you need to turn on the GPS and start moving.

Pokemon GO - Выходи и Лови!
Photo: Pokémon can hide even in this place

At the first start, the application will prompt you to log in using Google or a profile on, there are no significant differences between these options.

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Photo: in Europe the connection can be unstable

If you run into technical problems, do not hurry to cuss Niantic, Pokemon Company and Nintendo, do not forget that existing servers are not designed for you to connect to them at all. Most often it's enough just to restart the application (one or more times), but sometimes you have to put up and wait. Always check the performance of the game before leaving the house.

How to find a Pokémon

Finding a Pokemon in Pokemon GO is not so easy. In total there are more than a hundred Pokémon in the game, which do not give obvious signs of their presence. Animated monsters hide in various locations: some live only in parks or in water, and some can be caught only in the evening.

Some Pokémon are less common than others. So, I have not yet met a single Pikachu, but my friend who works in an office near a large power plant told me that he saw two on his way to work, but he could only catch one.

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Photo: Types of Pokemon and their difficulty level in Pokemon GO
Pokemon GO - Выходи и Лови!
Photo: Types of Pokemon and their difficulty level in Pokemon GO

There are no precise notation for Pokémon habitats on the map. But there are indirect signs of their presence. First of all, pay attention to those places on the map, where grass and leaves move .

You can search for Pokemon in two ways: just walk around the area until someone appears nearby, or track down specific creatures in the footsteps. Traces work on the principle of "hot-cold", the more traces are displayed, the further the desired Pokemon.

Do not lose sight of the zoning indicator in the lower right corner, although it almost always does not work, and sometimes in the middle of the street you can meet the fish from where it's taken (Pokemon Seaking). But let's just assume that she jumped out of an open sewer or especially a deep puddle;) But, again, there is no guarantee that you will meet on the path of the Pokemon. And this uncertainty makes the game even more interesting.

How to catch a Pokémon

The uplifted leaves indicate that somewhere in this place are hidden Pokémon. After you find a wild Pokémon, you have to tame it. Unlike the main series games for 3DS, in Pokemon Go you do not have to fight with the Pokémon, just poke him with pokeballs. In order to catch the Pokemon in the Pokemon GO, tap on it, and you will be transferred to the capture screen. At the bottom of the screen is the pokéball (red-white disk), and right before you - the pokemon. Take the pokeyball and throw it towards the monster, while choosing the moment when the pokemon will be in the green circle. Only a few attempts will be enough to understand the mechanics of this simple action.

Wild monsters are divided into three categories on the complexity of the capture, which can be determined by the color circle in which the Pokémon is displayed. If the frame is green, the creature is rather weak and only one pokeball will be enough. With the yellow will have to sweat, these powerful monsters will repeatedly break out, and it's almost impossible for the Reds to overcome without additional means. The probability of catching is affected by the way you throw pokeball - if you guess the time, and throw it at the moment when the narrowing target is the least or get into the moving Pokémon, the chances of success will be higher. You can also run "Twisted" throws - for this you need to unleash pike-ball with circular motions on the screen, and then start. If you catch a monster in this way, you will gain additional experience.

Even within the same species, all Pokémon are different. They differ according to what attacks can be used, and the number of CPs that determines the strength of their attack. CP varies in a very wide range, and the higher the level of your character, the more powerful instances you will come across.

If you want to spend time more productively, you can use Lure's intrusive bait or bait modules for Lure Modules . They will sometimes be given to you when the level is raised, but mostly they will have to be bought for gold coins. Coins can either be received for protection of the Gim, or buy for real money there, in the store in the app. The items available only for real money, the game does not.

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Photo: Pokemon Go - how to play and catch monsters

If you missed and your pokeyball has not yet rolled off the screen, then quickly make a tap on it. This will allow you to make a second roll and save discs.

The higher your level, the more rare and powerful Pokémon you will come across. The time of day affects the behavior of Pokémon. If you walk in the evening, you can catch rare night monsters.

How to play after a Pokemon is caught

Let's say you managed to catch a Pokémon in the Pokémon GO . What to do next? A collection of captured Pokémon is collected in the pokedex and one should strive to fill it completely.

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For each wild monster you capture, you will gain experience ( 100x per capture, 500xp for new species ), dust ( Stardust ) and pokey candies of the kind you caught ( 3 pieces ). Dust and sweets are used to pour the captured monsters: spending both, you can increase from the CP, and for a large number of sweets ( 12-400 depending on the type ), you can evolve your wards, which not only greatly enhances their combat potential, but and gives you a lot of experience.

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Photo: personal information about your Pokémon and their abilities

Even if you caught a large number of identical monsters, then still do not stop doing it. For this you get experience, candy ( Candy ) and stardust ( Stardust ). Extra Pokemon can always be transferred to the professor for a reward.

Each character has unique characteristics ( life points, attacks, combat glasses ) that can be trained by training a monster. In addition, each Pokémon can evolve.

But this is not all, for which we need Pokémon. They also know how to fight each other, and do it in accordance with very intricate rules. Here we only mention that each monster has its own unique characteristics, which can be pumped through training. These include Hit Points (HP) , Combat Points (CP ) and Attacks ( Moves ).

Add to this the Pokémon's ability to evolve . This is important for capturing a Pokémon, which is difficult to find in nature. For example, if there are many polyvagi in your area, but it is difficult to find polyvirls, catch as many polyvags as possible, so that eventually one of them evolved into polyvillas. All clear?


In the game there are also Poke Stops - these are special caches where you can find many useful pieces (pokeballs, eggs of Pokémon and many more interesting ones). The postcards on the map are marked with a blue marker.

They meet quite often and note any interesting places like subway stations, monuments, playgrounds and even graffiti on the walls and public art installations. So, playing in Pokemon GO, you can at the same time get acquainted with interesting objects nearby, which previously did not even have any idea. The database migrated to Pokemon Go from Ingress, there is no shortage in Pokeponopah in our latitudes.

The post-games are recharged every 5 minutes.

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Photos: poketstopy will tell you a lot of interesting things

Going to Pokestop, it will increase in size and your smartphone will vibrate. You can activate it and you will see a photo of this place in the form of a disk. Tapping on the ponchestop on the card, you will receive supplies like pokeballs to catch the Pokémon, health potions for your wards and eggs, from which someone can hatch. To collect the prizes dropped from the rotating disk of the pokestopa, it is not necessary to tap on each of them. Just close this screen, and all the bonuses will automatically be in your inventory.

Eggs and Incubators

During your travels, you will be able to purchase eggs of Pokémon, which will become available after you have overcome more than one kilometer. They can also be found in poketstop. If you want to get them faster, then you need to move more. For this purpose, cycling is great, but know that you can not cheat the system if you wind up circles on your car. If you will go very quickly, this factor will not take into account this factor.

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Photo: eggs help to grow super strong monsters

Having received the egg, it will have to be "incubated". To start the incubation, the egg should be placed in a special container (incubator), which is stored in your inventory (one by default), after which the distance will be counted. When you pass the required two, five or ten kilometers, the Pokemon hatch from the egg, and the longer the distance, the more rare and strong it will be .

Team game

Pokemon GO is also a team game. Upon reaching the fifth level, each coach must choose one of three teams (red, yellow or blue), for the superiority of which he will fight over others. They are in the towers - Gyms ( Gima ). The choice of the faction does not matter and you can not change sides. In any case, large functional differences between the fractions have not yet been revealed.

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Photo: three kinds of teams in Pokemon GO

The winner is the team, the Pokémon of which have the greatest combat power. The more often a team wins, the more likely it is to grab new training halls at Pokemon GO .

Direct interaction between the players yet - PvP Battle and the exchange of monsters Niantic has already promised to add in the first big update.


In Pokemon Go, every Gim can be controlled by one team whose members put their monsters there to protect the valuable point from attacks by competitors. Defending the honor of their team and pursuing their own advantage, players are constantly fighting for control over the Stadiums ( English Gyms ) that are scattered across the map. Battles occur one on one against the opposing team.

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Photo: Stadiums (Guima) in Pokemon GO

Empty gima are indicated in gray. You can take any of them and leave one of your Pokémon there. One!

The battle in the hym of your faction pumps your pokemon and raises the prestige of this hymn. The battle in the hym of someone else's faction reduces prestige. When it becomes equal to zero, the faction will lose control of this place and you will be able to occupy it.

With every hyma in which your Pokemon is present, you get a profit: 500 units of stardust and 10 coins per day.

The hosts of the Pokémon Stadium defending players receive gold coins for each day they hold control. On coins you can buy various useful items like baits and incubators for eggs. Another way to get coins is to buy them for real money.

Leaving the Pokémon in the stadium, you can not take it back until the enemy team captures it, driving out all defeated defenders.

To win the Stadium, the player of the other team must assemble a team (a maximum of six Pokémon) and fight with all the Pokémon defenders in turn without interruption. For each victory, control of the opponent over the Stadium (here it is called Prestige) will weaken. When it reaches zero, you can take the liberated point and invite friends from your team to help defend it.


And now the most difficult begins, be prepared: Pokémon are of 18 different types, some of them having a double type.

In Pokemon Go, the battles are pretty primitive: each Pokemon has a basic and additional, more powerful attack. During the battle, a short press on the screen uses a standard attack, and a svayp on the screen allows you to dodge enemy attacks. To use a powerful attack, it must be charged (blue cells under the band of health), then free up with a long press.

Each type has superiority and weakness relative to others, and each attack also has a type and receives a bonus if it is used by a monster of the same type. To determine the relationship between types, there is a special efficiency table (below).

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Photo: Pokemon GO effectiveness table

In the battle, you can use several techniques. Quick tap on the enemy causes a quick attack. A long tap allows you to apply a super hit. Swipe left or right allows you to evade attacks.

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Photo: Battle of Pokemon at Pokemon GO

The battle in the hym of your faction can not disable your Pokémon. If you win, you gain experience points.

Defeat in the hym of someone else's faction will disable your monsters. To revive them and restore strength can only be through special items from your backpack - Potion and Revive.

Something else?

If you like walks and adventures, then explore all the interesting corners in your district in search of Pokemon and Pokestopov.

If you love card games and evolution simulators, then collect a complete collection of Pokémon and watch their development.

If you prefer team multiplayer games and battles, then fight for control of the giants and make your team the coolest in the city.

Pokemon GO is a game that gives you exactly what you want. And so it is already impossible to break away from it.

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