Catch ‘Em All: 7 Pokémon Go Tips & Tricks to Become a Master Trainer

Published: July 19, 2016

 1. Catch as many Pokémon as possible

This may sound obvious, but it’s important that you catch as many Pokémon that appear on your map as you can. You’ll be rewarded with more candies if you catch a lot of the same kind of Pokémon, and the more candies you have, the quicker you’ll be able to evolve your Pokémon. You’ll also get more XP every time you catch a Pokémon, which will help you level up faster.

 2. Don’t waste your Pokécoins on Pokéballs

While you’ll need plenty of Pokéballs to catch all the precious Pokémon you’ll be finding, don’t waste your PokéCoins stocking up on them in the store. Instead, save your coins for even more valuable items like lures or incense. You can find incense at PokéStops, which will help attract Pokémon to you for 30 minutes. Lure modules work similarly, but cannot be found at PokéStops (though they can be purchased in the store). One lure module will set you back 100 PokéCoins (or you can buy 8 for 680 PokéCoins) and it’ll help lure Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes. Bonus: many business are offering free coffees, sodas and more if you drop a lure there.

 3. Use Moovit to catch more Pokémon even faster

While all of your friends are wandering around your city catching Pokémon by foot, use Moovit to hop on a bus and travel between PokéStops and Gyms faster, giving you an advantage over other players in the area. You can use Moovit to find a list of PokéStops and Gyms near you, and even get transit directions directly to your desired Stop. You can even use your bus journey to the nearest PokéStop as an opportunity to recharge your phone with a portable battery pack so you can keep playing for longer. Using Moovit also ensures that you won’t miss your stop when you’re on your way to a PokéStop or Gym; when using Live Directions, the app sends Get Off Notifications so you know exactly when it’s time to get off the bus or train, making sure you don’t miss a moment of Pokémon Go action. 

 4. Make Pikachu your starter Pokémon

Just like the original game, in Pokémon Go you’re given the choice of three starter Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur. But there’s a hack in the game if you’d rather have Pikachu by your side. Rather than clicking on one of the three starter Pokémon that appear, just walk away and keep walking away even when they respawn. If you do this a few times, Pikachu will then appear alongside the three others, allowing you to choose him to do battle with instead.

 5. Stock up on Master Balls

It’s an exhilarating moment when you finally level up high enough to unlock Master Ball at PokéStops, but don’t let the excitement go to your head: save your Master Balls for truly rare Pokémon. If you start using Master Balls on common Pokémon you come across all the time, you’ll have none left when you finally encounter a Mewtwo or Ditto. Thinking ahead and stockpiling your Master Balls will pay off big time in the long run.

 6. Use Bikeshare to help hatch eggs

When you’re trying to hatch eggs, you can use your city’s bikeshare program to enjoy a leisurely ride while still staying under the 10mph speed limit. You can’t hatch eggs while traveling by car, but biking will help you get around faster than wandering around on foot. You’ll find your nearest bikeshare pick-up and drop-off locations in Moovit.

 7. Most importantly, play safe

There have been plenty of stories by now about people injuring themselves or otherwise finding themselves in unsafe situations while playing Pokémon Go, so it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings while playing. Always watch where you’re walking while you’re playing so you don’t trip, or accidentally walk into a construction zone. It’s also best to avoid more remote PokéStops at night, or at least travel in pairs. And, of course, don’t Pokémon Go and drive.


Now, go catch ‘em all!

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