Get The Game
In order to download the game you will need an Android phone with 2gb of RAM or higher that operates on Android 4.4 and above. Users of iPhone’s will need an iPhone 5 or higher.
The game is around 50mb to download as of launch so be sure to have enough space. I would recommend clearing much more space if your phone is nearly full, after around one week of game play, the app was taking up over 150mb of space on my phone.
Pokémon Go is available on the App Store for Android users and iPhone users. Originally UK players had to alter their settings or download and manually install the file prior to launch, but the game is now fully launched in the UK and available on all of the App Stores.
Once you have the game installed, you can start! The first thing to do will be to create your trainer. There are a number of features you can chose to customise your trainer and make him or her unique – eye colour, backpack, jacket and more! Once you have done this, you can name your trainer.
By clicking on the Pokéball in the bottom centre of the screen, you access the main menu which has a variety of options from which to choose:
Pokédex – This displays the Pokémon that you have caught and leaves numbered gaps for those you have yet to capture. If you encounter a Pokémon but do not manage to capture it, this will also appear but will not count towards your caught total. The Pokédex displays total caught and seen Pokémon. Clicking on a Pokémon will bring up more information about it including how many times you have seen and caught that particular creature as well as weight and height information.
Shop – The shop gives you the chance to purchase additional items using Pokécoins. You can also buy additional Pokécoins using real money. At the moment you can buy Pokéballs, Incense, Lucky Eggs, Lure Modules, Egg Incubators, Bag Upgrades and Storage Upgrades using Pokécoins.
Pokémon – This option will show you each and individual Pokémon you currently have caught. You can display them in order of most recent, favourite, number, HP, name or combat power.
Items – Here you can see all the items that are currently in your backpack.
There are also two additional icons on the top right that display your game settings – you can change sound options and notifications etc. here. The other option shows you tips on how to play the game and gives you a basic understanding of the most important dynamics.
On the bottom left of the main screen you will see a picture of your trainer and its current level. Click this for more information on how much XP you require to level up, your team (available at Level 5), Pokécoin total and achievements.
The main screen shows your trainer in your current location within the real world. In order to explore the world, catch Pokémon, visit Pokéstops and Gyms, you must travel to those locations. How many of all of these things show up in the world is directly linked to the area in which you are – if you are in a secluded area, chances are nothing much will be available and you will have to do some real exploring! But if in a densley populated area, the amount of Pokéstops, Gyms and Pokémon that show up on your screen will be more.
If you see a Pokémon pop up on the screen next to your trainer, you can simply click on this in order to start a one on one battle to capture the Pokémon. If there are no Pokémon visible near your trainer, there are plenty of places nearby that they could pop up! On the bottom right of the screen you will see a picture which represents Pokémon that are nearby.
Pokéstops are good locations to find Pokémon – many will pop up ready for capture near these locations. If you are near water, this is a great location to catch water type Pokémon – you will find grass types hanging around the grassy fields and parks.
How to Capture
Capturing a Pokémon is easy. It will appear on your screen with a Pokéball icon on the bottom middle – swipe the ball towards the creature in order to capture it.
After a bit of practise you will find that this gets easier. As the game goes on and you level up more, the Pokémon you encounter will grow in power and will become harder to capture. At this stage Great and Ultra balls will unlock and you will also gain access to berries to make Pokémon easier to capture.
The coloured ring around the Pokémon represents how easy it is to capture and can help you make a decision on whether to use a berry first or even a better Pokéball.
Once a Pokémon is caught, it will register to your Pokédex and you will receive XP and Candy.
CP stands for Combat Power and determines how powerful a Pokémon is overall. The higher this number, the harder it will hit in Gym combat and the HP of that creature will be higher as well.
Once a Pokémon is captured, you can increase its CP (and in turn their HP will increase as well) using Candy.
Each type of Pokémon will have its own Candy. For example, capturing a Weedle will give you Weedle Candy. You need to collect 12 Weedle Candy in order to evolve a Weedle into a Kakuna. Once 50 more Weedle Candy have been collected, you can evolve Kakuna into Beedrill.
To gain Candy, keep capturing the same Pokémon over and over, this will increase your total. If you have 15 Weedles, for example, you can send 12 of the lowest CP ones to the professor in order to generate an additional Candy per Pokémon sent. Be careful with this as you want to possibly keep duplicates of some Pokémon so that when you evolve them you still have the original Weedle as well!
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