Pokémon Go has already become one of the most massive gaming phenomenons of the decade. A week after its launch, millions of players are flooding their cities and towns hoping to catch them all and be the very best. But for all its positive qualities, the game sure doesn’t make everything clear to newcomers.
If you’re trying to get some more Poké Balls or just generally play the game without walking around, there are ways to bypass the system. But doing so is extremely tricky, and it puts you at serious risk being banned by Niantic, so it really is not recommended.
If you’re on an Android device, you’ll first want to root your phone, and then use an app like Hide My Root to prevent the game from being able to tell you’ve done so. You can then download a GPS spoofer app like this one, and theoretically you should be able to use that app or others like it to make your phone think you’re somewhere else on the map.
With an iPhone, it’s a similar process, except you’ll want to jailbreak it instead of rooting, and download Location Faker. But Niantic is constantly staying on top of all the cheats people are using, and they have been quite vigilant about handing out bans, so there’s a solid chance by the time you implement one of these strategies they will have figured out a way to prevent it from working.
When you first start up the game, you’re given the starter options of Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. But if you aren’t happy with those choices, there’s actually a way of getting Pikachu instead.
When those three starter Pokémon spawn in the beginning of the game, don’t select any of them. Instead, physically walk away from the area. When you return, the same three starters will spawn like before, but if you do this walking away and returning trick five times, Pikachu will appear as a fourth option.
It takes a while to actually get right, and it requires you to walk around in circles like an idiot, but Pikachu is worth it.
New players will find themselves running out of coins fairly quickly, and that’s why being in control of gyms is so important.
Once you reach level five, you’ll want to either take over a gym or join an existing one that has been claimed for your Pokemon Go team. Then, choose one of your Pokémon to place in the gym and defend it.
That’s all you need to do. Check back in about once every 24 hours, and as long as you still have a Pokémon defending the gym, you will get 10 new PokeCoins. Be sure not to place your best Pokémon at the gym, though.
Or, if you don’t mind dropping some actual cash, you can purchase additional coins at the shop (using real-life money).
The way that you throw your PokeBalls carries much more significance than players might at first think. In terms of ensuring the best likelihood of a proper capture and the most XP possible, timing is everything.
When you’re ready to catch a Pokémon, hold down on the PokeBall, and a circle will begin to envelop the Pokémon in front of you. The color of the circle indicates how difficult of a capture it is, with green meaning easy, orange meaning medium, and red meaning hard.
You’ll notice that the circle will be continuously shrinking, and the smaller it is, the more likely you are to catch the Pokémon, so you’ll want to throw it when the ring is as tiny as possible. Also, don’t be afraid to vary up the way you throw the ball; if you are able to throw a curveball, as demonstrated above, you’ll get more XP.
When you see a species of Pokémon in the wild that you have already captured, don’t just ignore it. When you capture duplicate Pokémon, you can bring these to Professor Willow and trade them for candy.
Make sure you are only transferring your low CP Pokémon, though, not the ones you actually need to hang on to. Once you’ve given Willow your Pokémon, you can’t get them back.
This candy, of course, can be used to evolve your Pokemon, so it’s quite a valuable resource to have.
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