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Don't you dare power up those Pokemon

It's the single hardest thing to explain to people playing Pokemon Go: you can't get attached to any of those cute pocket monsters if you want to succeed in this world.
Three reasons:
1) The vast majority of Pokemon you find aren't worth powering up -- because if you continue to play the game and increase your Trainer Level, you'll automatically start to find stronger ones.
2) The fastest way to increase your Trainer Level is to harvest and evolve loads of weak Pokemon, then grind them up into candy. We're only slightly kidding.
3) The coolest, rarest Pokemon you find are usually worthless for battling, because you won't find enough of them to harvest for candy.
Let's assume that's OK. You're happy to become a cold, soulless monster for the purposes of this game. What's the best way to reap those poor delicious Pokemon?
  • The single fastest way to level up is to crack a Lucky Egg (which doubles all experience points earned for 30 minutes), then evolve as many Pokemon as you can in a row for 1,000 XP a pop. You get a free Lucky Egg when you hit levels 9 and 14, and you can buy more with real money if you want.
  • Typically, a Lucky Egg will last long enough to evolve 60 Pokemon at once for a total of 60,000 XP, enough to earn you between 3 and 6 trainer levels in one fell swoop.
  • Pidgeys, Weedles and Caterpies are the easiest to evolve, requiring only 12 candy each. (This trick is sometimes called a "Pidgey party.") You get 3 candy each time you catch one, so it takes just four Pokemon to get one evolve. 100 XP per catch + 500 XP per evolve = 900 XP each time you catch four of these Pokemon, not counting the Lucky Egg bonus.
  • If you don't have enough 12-candy evolutions to maximize a Lucky Egg, you can fill in with common 25-candy evolutions like Rattatas and Geodudes, or Zubats if you really must.
  • You can use the site in order to calculate if you have enough Pokemon and candy to make good use of your Lucky Egg, or if you should catch more first.
  • Have more than 60 Pokemon to evolve? Here's a nifty trick: you can use two different phones logged into the same Pokemon Go account to evolve them more quickly. Start a new evolve with one phone while you wait for the other phone's evolve animation to finish.
  • Don't bother powering up your Pokemon until you reach Trainer Level 20 at the very least. That's the point when it starts getting much harder to level up your trainer. (You need 25,000 XP to go from level 19 to 20, but 50,000 XP to get to level 21 and 75,000 XP for level 22.)
A curveball in Pokemon Go. Before you throw, spin the ball around so it sparkles.

Catching Pokemon gets harder

But you might run out of Pokeballs before you ever manage to catch that many Pidgeys. Here are a few tips that kept us from wasting our balls.
  • Flicking the ball the same way every time won't work. Different Pokemon are different distances away, and you need to throw accordingly. Pidgeys are very close, while Zubats are far.
  • The first time a Pokemon jumps out of a Pokeball, they'll be even further away. You'll have to throw further.
  • If you're not good at catching Zubats, maybe stop trying. They take 50 candy to evolve, and they're just not worth all those Pokeballs.
  • Don't waste Pokeballs on the evolved forms of common Pokemon, particularly starting out. The first time you discover a new Pokemon, you get a 500 XP bonus -- which you'll probably want to double with a Lucky Egg. Plus, you don't get any more Stardust or candy for a Pidgeotto or Pidgeot than you do for a common Pidgey.
  • Does your Pokeball typically bounce off the top of a Pokemon's head before you catch it? That might work at the start, but as your trainer level increases, Pokemon (even weak ones) will escape those near-miss throws more often.
  • To land a "Nice," "Great!" or "Excellent!" throw instead, imagine an underhanded throw, or a basketball 3-pointer, that drops to hit the Pokemon square in the chest, inside the colored circle. You're not pitching fastballs here.
  • It's better to land a Pokeball inside the colored circle than to throw when the colored circle is small.
  • Razz Berries will increase your chances of catching a Pokemon, but they can make your balls tend to curve. Combat this by intentionally throwing curveballs -- an intentional curveball won't be affected.
  • As you level up, your balls will start to randomly curve regardless. Best learn the curveball technique while you can.
  • Another reason to focus on leveling up your trainer ASAP: you get Great Balls starting at Level 10, and Ultra Balls starting at Level 20. They'll help you catch more difficult Pokemon.
  • You can't pick up Pokeballs after you've thrown them. That's a myth.

Always be hustlin'

Even if you're catching Pokemon that help you level up fast, it's going to take a while. You may need to catch 180 Pidgeys before you can evolve 60 of them at a time! That's an awful lot of play. Some tips:
  • Keep the app open and your phone screen on whenever you're walking around. If Pokemon Go isn't on the screen, your phone won't vibrate when you encounter a Pokemon and the game won't track your steps toward hatching an egg.
  • Walk to work? Plan your route so you pass the most Pokestops and the most lures. Pinch to zoom the screen (or tap and drag on the screen) to see where they are.
  • Catch every Pokemon you can, as long as you don't waste Pokeballs. Even if you don't need another Zubat, that's 100 XP and 100 Stardust you can save toward future upgrades.
  • You always have one incubator. Always keep an egg inside so you don't waste any steps.
  • If the game's loading sign is spinning for more than 30 seconds, don't wait. Force-close the game ASAP.
  • Don't try to catch a Pokemon while the loading sign is spinning. The game might crash.
  • As long as you can see a Pokemon, you can catch it -- even if it seems out of range. Tap on it anyway. You don't need to stick around, either. You can keep walking while you try to catch it.
  • Walking down the street and spot a Pokemon and a Pokestop at the same time? Activate the Pokestop first -- by the time you catch the Pokemon, the Pokestop might be far behind you.
  • Did you pass a Pokemon? Spin your screen around to look behind you.
  • If it's socially acceptable (and why wouldn't it be?) keep the game open even when you're just sitting around. Pokemon will often appear -- particularly inside buildings that confuse the GPS signal.
  • Speaking of socially acceptable, why not pick restaurants and stores that happen to be near Pokestops? (Yelp can help.)
  • Walk around with a group of friends and find a concentration of Pokestops. Set Lures there.
  • If you're running out of space for items, liberally throw away your Revives and Potions. Pokeballs are more valuable, and you'll want room.
  • Invest in an external battery. Pokemon Go is a huge battery hog, and you probably don't want to be stranded without a phone.
  • Don't play Pokemon Go while driving. You'll look like an asshat, and you'll be one, too.

Don't do this.

Finding rare Pokemon

So you're tired of catching Pidgeys. How do you find rare Pokemon?
  • Not with the game's Nearby feature. As of July 2016, it simply doesn't work reliably.
  • Sites like can show you where Pokemon are in real time -- as long as they (and the game's servers) aren't being overloaded by players.
  • Certain rare Pokemon will spawn in specific locations (known as "nests"). Search /r/pokemongo for "nests" in order to find ones near you. Also try parks.
  • You might want to travel to find different types of Pokemon. In the San Francisco Bay Area where CNET is based, we rarely see Geodudes or Sandshrews, even though they're common in LA.
  • Don't expect to find more Pokemon in the wilderness. They're most concentrated in heavily populated areas.
  • Pokemon spawn locations don't always make geographical sense. We found an awful lot of electric-type Pokemon like Voltorb and Magnemite in a beach town, and very few water-type Pokemon there.


You've achieved Trainer Level 20. Is it time to upgrade your Pokemon and smack down some gyms?
Not so fast: You'll want to make sure you have the right Pokemon so you don't waste your precious Stardust. The only way to obtain Stardust -- and in tiny quantities -- is catching Pokemon.
  • Hackers have discovered that each Pokemon has unique, hidden "Individual Values" (IV) that determine their maximum potential, and you can calculate them based on the Pokemon's CP, HP and the cost to power it up using an online spreadsheet. Or, try a more user-friendly version here. You might also try this one.
  • The more "perfect" a Pokemon's IVs (out of 100), the more useful it'll likely be for battling at gyms.
  • You may want to transfer Pokemon that don't have high IV, because they'll never be as strong.
  • You'll also want to evolve Pokemon before you power them up, to make sure they've got attacks that do the most damage. Once a Pokemon evolves, they'll get a new randomly generated set of moves.
  • Some moves are faster, and others do more damage. You can find way, way too much data about Pokemon movesets in this crowdsourced spreadsheet, or a simplified (perhaps oversimplified?) list of the best moves right here.
  • You'll probably want a slow super move that does a lot of damage, because otherwise your Pokemon's quick attack is much more efficient.
  • You can force an Eevee to turn into a Vaporeon, Jolteon or Flareon just by changing its name before you evolve, but you can only do it once. Make sure it's a good Eevee 

Taking down gyms

Once you've got your dream Pokemon team, it's time to start winning some battles.
  • Yes, we said teamYou can take six Pokemon into battle against a rival gym-- even though you're limited to one Pokemon when training at a gym your team already controls. Swap out which Pokemon you want to use by tapping on them on the gym screen, then tapping on the one you want in that slot.
  • You can take down rival gyms much faster and easier by teaming up with friends. You'll both do damage to the defending Pokemon simultaneously as long as you're in sync.
  • The type of your Pokemon's attack really does matter: you can take down a defending Pokemon with 500 CP higher than yours as long as they're weak to that type. (Fire beats Grass, Water beats Fire and so on -- here's a full chart.)
  • The attack type, not the Pokemon type, matters when attacking. Even if you have a Fire-type Pokemon, its attacks might do Dark or Ground or Normal-type damage.
  • You take down rival gyms and upgrade friendly gyms much faster by using Pokemon with lower CP than the defender. (Pokemon Go rewards the underdog.)
  • If you take down a gym with a friend and nobody else is around, you can upgrade that gym faster by intentionally defending it with Pokemon your friend can easily defeat.
  • After you knock down an enemy gym, you don't automatically take control!You need to place a Pokemon on top immediately, or risk someone else doing it first.
  • You can snipe gyms, too. Look for gyms that are under attack (they'll have sparks and scuffle animations) and wait for them to turn grey. Then drop your Pokemon on it immediately.
  • For a better chance at sniping, tap the gym, then back to the map, then gym, then map repeatedly. You refresh the gym's status quicker that way.
  • Always check your own team's gyms to see if they have a vacant slot for your own Pokemon.
  • Don't forget to get your gym rewards: You can claim them once every 21 hours for every gym that stays in your control. If you rarely manage to beat a gym, you'll want to do it immediately. (The button is the shield at the top right of the Shop screen, for some odd reason.)
  • If one of your gyms is taken over, don't immediately fight back, because the attackers are probably still there. Wait a while until they leave before you attempt to regain it.
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If you want to be the best, you have to know how to play with the best.
Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, with Canada as the latest country to join the fray. People everywhere are seemingly running around at random, looking at their phones for one express purpose: to catch 'em all.
I've been playing non-stop since Pokémon Go's debut in the U.S., and I've collected a pretty good list of tips and tricks to help you excel in Pokémon Go.
  • Finding and catching Pokémon

1. Visit parks with multiple PokéStops

While you can find Pokémon just about anywhere, if you want to find lots of Pokémon, you want to go to a populated area. Cities are a pretty good starting point, but we prefer parks — especially parks with a good body of water, or saltwater beach parks — for the ultimate Pokémon catching experience. Different terrain will help you find different types of Pokémon, while parks with multiple PokéStops ensure that you won't run out of Poké Balls while hunting. (In our testing, PokéStops also encourage the spawning of more Pokémon — especially if you attach a lure.

2. Hunt in pairs

When Pokémon appear, they appear for everyone and can be caught by every person in your area. As such, hunting in pairs (or even groups) is encouraged: Not only is it fun to banter with friends while wandering your neighborhood for Pokémon, but you can also cover more ground as you try to figure out just where that three-footstep Kadabra might be hiding.

3. Hunt (safely) at night

First of all: Don't get stabbed or robbed. It's clearly not safe to go by yourself to a Lure-enabled PokéStop in the middle of a city at night. That said, you can smartly hunt in pairs or small groups at night to find Pokémon you wouldn't ordinarily find during the daytime — just stick to well-lit areas and have a car nearby. (I've been able to find quite a number of awesome Fairy-type Pokémon either by sitting in my house or wandering close by on nighttime walks with my dogs.)

4. Use your radar ring to discover Pokémon

As you wander the world, your avatar has a small pulsing ring that glows around them. This ring is your personal radar in the game: It's what determines whether you're close enough to a PokéStop or Gym to use it, and it's also what pulls zero-footprint Pokémon out of hiding.
Once you've tracked a Pokémon to zero steps, that means it's in your immediate vicinity: If you stand still for a few moments, your radar field should bring it out of hiding. So no, you don't have to try and jump your neighbor's fence or run through graveyards to find wandering Pokémon — your radar should reveal them without any extra work on your part.
Note: There's currently a bug in the game that's preventing Pokémon from showing at anything other than three footprints; as such, your radar field may pull out Pokémon that still display three footprints.

5. For random Pokémon spawns, look for moving leaves

Those green fluttering leaves have frustrated Pokémon Go players from the beginning: Does it mean a Pokémon's there? Nearby? Is it a red herring? From what we've been able to tell, those leaves indicate a Pokémon spawn point: If you hang out in that vicinity for long enough, you have a chance of seeing creatures not on your radar map appear. Note that I said "chance" — it's far from a guarantee of a rare Pokémon appearing. Those leaves also don't indicate the location of the current Pokémon you're tracking on the Nearby list; don't go chasing foliage in the hopes of catching that Drowzee.

6. Want to catch a lot of Pokémon quickly? Try parking lots

For whatever reason, Pokémon seem to love spawning in parking lots — especially if they're near PokéStops. I've had luck seeing four, five, and even six common Pokémon show up in the lot by our local Trader Joe's, as well as several gas stations.

7. When catching Pokémon, turn off AR

It's pretty awesome to see that Pikachu spawn on your coffee machine, but AR (augmented reality) can often make it more difficult to catch your creatures — and drain your battery, too. To keep your device steady and ready for anything, flip AR off — you can always turn it back on if you find a Pokémon in a particularly hilarious location.

8. How to get bonuses when throwing Poké Balls

When you try to catch a Pokémon, the goal is to toss your ball inside the shrinking ring around them and have it land on the Pokémon's head or nose. But there are special catch bonuses that can help improve (though not guarantee) your chances of keeping that Pokémon locked inside that Poké Ball rather than breaking free.
Whatever bonus you're going for, remember to tap and hold on the Poké Ball to start the ring cycle so that you can wait to toss your ball until the ring is at the correct point. (Even if the Pokémon attempts to rear back or do some sort of movement to break the circle, keep holding your Poké Ball — they'll eventually return, and you won't lose your ball if you keep holding onto it.)

9. Use Razz Berries and better Poké Balls to capture Pokémon

If you've found a rare Pokémon (or one with an incredibly-high CP) in the wild, your standard-issue Poké Balls may not work to contain them — or worse, send them running. Instead, once you hit level 6, you can use Razz Berries (and later on, Great and Ultra Balls) to improve your chances of containing wild creatures.
Razz Berries, after being administered, lull the Pokémon somewhat — even if you miss a throw, you'll have an increased chance of catching the Pokémon until you hit them. If you do catch them with an off-throw and they escape, however, you'll need to feed them another Razz Berry.

10. If your game crashes when catching a Pokémon, don't fret

Game developer Niantic's servers are frequently overloaded, and as such, sometimes your game can crash or severely hang after you catch a Pokémon, leaving it motionless in its Poké Ball. Don't panic:Force quit the game and re-open it. In the crash, you'll either have automatically caught the Pokémon (check your Pokédex), or it will still be spawned and waiting for you.

PokéStops and the world

11. Play during off-hours

As much fun as it is to play at lunchtime, the afternoon hours are often some of the busiest times for the game. If you can play later in the evening or early in the morning, you'll have a much more enjoyable time exploring the world.

12. Use Ingress to find PokéStops

Niantic used many of the maps within its previous game, Ingress, to populate PokéStops and Gyms in the Pokémon Go world. As such, you can use Ingress's map system to figure out where, exactly, you should target your hunting efforts. (If you see Portals on Ingress's map, those translate to PokéStops.)

13. Drop lures at bars or shops if you don't want to hunt

If it's lazy Pokémon-catching tips you seek, you can find quite a few Pokémon by attaching Lures to your local coffee shop or bar and just sitting back and waiting. You'll usually get a new Pokémon spawning inside the Lure every 3-5 minutes, with a chance of a rare Pokémon appearing. You can stack this with Incense, as well, but Incense will spawn many more Pokémon if you're actually walking through the world (up to 1 a minute) as opposed to staying stationary (more like one every 5 minutes).

14. Be picky with your Stardust and Candy

When you first start Pokémon Go, it's tempting to want to boost and evolve your first Pokémon, but I'd encourage waiting: As you level up, you'll find lots of higher-level creatures — which will often become much more powerful when evolved.

15. When evolving creatures, choose the higher-level creatures

When power boosting your Pokémon, you'll see a level ring around their portrait: The amount filled in the ring indicates their level in comparison to your own max level (the far right side of the ring). If they're close to your level to begin with, the result will be a much-higher evolved creature.

16. Use Lucky Eggs before an XP spree or evolving Pokémon

Lucky Eggs, which you can get as level rewards and buy from the Shop, will double your personal Trainer XP you collect for 30 minutes. You can use these pretty effectively to grind up your level while catching multiple Pokémon, but the best time to use these eggs is when you're evolving Pokémon.
Normally, you get 500XP for evolving Pokémon; with a Lucky Egg enabled, that jumps to 1000XP every time. If you have a ton of Pidgeys, for example, you can evolve them into Pigeottos with just 12 Pidgey Candy — and net a ton of experience, in the meantime.

17. Trying to get your egg to hatch? Move it around your room

If you don't have time to take a walk to get your 9.8km/10km egg to hatch, try moving your phone back and forth on your desk or around your office — if your trainer moves, you're in a place where the GPS signal is unsteady enough that you can trick the game into thinking you're walking. Keep moving your phone back and forth, and eventually your egg will hatch!
(Sure, you could also put your phone on a dog, ceiling fan, or even record player, but this is highly ill-advised unless you really want a broken phone.)

Gym battles and teams

18. Match up Pokémon with their opposing types before a battle

You might be woefully undermatched against an opposing Gym, but you can still do well and damage their Gym's Prestige if you know one simple trick: How to match up an opposing Pokémon's type and element. Each creature has a primary type, which usually matches up to some sort of element. And, as in the real world, some elements are more successful than others.
Here's a quick list of each element type, and what opposing types of Pokémon are best-suited to take them down:
  • Normal: Fighting
  • Fire: Water, Ground, Rock
  • Water: Electric, Grass
  • Electric: Ground
  • Grass: Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug
  • Ice: Fire, Fighting, Rock, Steel
  • Fighting: Flying, Psychic, Fairy
  • Poison: Ground, Psychic
  • Ground: Water, Grass, Ice
  • Flying: Electric, Ice, Rock
  • Psychic: Bug, Ghost
  • Bug: Fire, Flying, Rock
  • Rock: Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel
  • Ghost: Ghost
  • Dragon: Ice, Dragon, Fairy
  • Steel: Fire, Fighting, Ground
  • Fairy: Poison, Steel
GamePress's Pokémon Go page also has a roster of the most powerful Pokémon you can currently evolve for each type.

19. Dodge at the start of each battle

I picked up this tip from our Android Central pal Russell Holly, and it's a good one: If you swipe left or right to dodge at the beginning of a battle, you'll often give yourself an extra attack or two before your opponent can catch up. This is especially true for smaller, quicker types like Eevees, whose quick burst attacks and dodges can take down a big creature before they can react.

20. Snipe a neutral gym

If you can't personally fight a gym battle, or you're traveling with a friend who's exhausting all their powerful Pokémon to beat an opposing gym, you can wait until the gym gets taken over; once it's a neutral white, anyone can drop their Pokémon in.
If you're fast enough, you can re-capture a gym of yours that an opponent has been trying to take down, or you can add your most powerful Pokémon to the neutral gym after your buddy has fatigued all their high-level creatures in defeating the gym. And once you've taken it for your team, your buddy has time to heal their high-level Pokémon and can put in one of their own.

21. Add Pokémon of different types to a friendly gym

Adding a Pokémon to an already-friendly gym? Make sure you vary up which type of Pokémon you're adding — an all-Fire gym of Flareons and Vulpixes might look cool, but it's incredibly vulnerable to a trainer with Water and Ground-type Pokémon.
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