While we don’t encourage players of Pokémon Go to cheat their way to the top, there are some tips and tricks we’ve learned to increase a Pokémon’s strength and progress your way up in Pokémon Go sooner. How do you do that, you may ask?
GPS Pokémon Trackers
An app called Poke Radar can help you find and locate rare and special Pokémon like Pikachu. Players that locate a particular Pokémon can register it to the location where they’ve spotted the little critter in the Poke Radar app, and you can then follow directions, taking you to the site to catch one yourself. It’s currently available in the Apple App Store and coming to Google Play soon.
Another way a player discovered to locate and track Pokémon in Pokémon Go is to download the Ingress app, which is also made by Niantic. This can be helpful when, say, your Pokémon tracker becomes unresponsive.
Why is it helpful? Because Niantic, the maker of the Ingress app which uses location-based data and services, uses the same mapping system and locations in the Pokémon Go app. Once you’ve downloaded and install Ingress on your mobile device, open it, along with the Pokémon Go app. In Ingress, there are white dots that indicate exotic matter. Where there are large clusters of white dots in Ingress, it’s also noted to reveal the location of Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Once you get to a large cluster of white dots, you can switch back to the Pokémon Go app and should then see Pokémon on your screen.
Throwing the Pokeball Correctly
We’ve heard several different iterations on how and when you should throw your Pokeball to catch Pokémon in the Pokémon Go game. In our experience, as the colored circle goes from large to small around the Pokémon, it should be exactly in between the largest and smallest size on the Pokémon, and land within it to catch those sneaky creatures. Also, if you throw a curve ball or a perfect throw, you’ll also gain more experience points—from a range of ten to fifty.
Hit All the Pokestops
While you’re out and about, hit as many Pokestops as you can. You not only get experience points, you also get a lot of items.
Pay particular attention to Pokestops that have pink leaves falling around them. That means someone has dropped a lure there and, not only will you get Pokestop items, you may also catch some unexpected Pokémon. Maybe you should hang out there for a bit to see what you get. You could get lucky and catch a rare Pokémon.
Evolve and Trade
Are there lots of Rattata, Weedles, or Pidgeys in your area? By us, they are common, and you should try catching the most common ones as much as those rare Pokémon. When you catch a Pokémon, you get three pieces of candy and one hundred stardust, unless it’s the first of its kind you’ve caught. Then, in that case, you get five hundred experience points. Once you’ve grabbed a bunch of similar Pokémon and your stash has grown with candy and stardust, power up and evolve those buggers. Even if you only keep one of the evolved forms of a certain Pokémon, you get hundreds of experience points and can level up quicker by doing this also. Plus, when you power up a Pokémon before evolving it, it has more CP, which will make the evolved form stronger and gain a higher CP. Then, you can trade in the evolved Pokémon you don’t want and get one piece of candy for each trade.
Incubate and Hatch Eggs with a Lucky Egg
We’ve touched on this subject before, but we’ve also learned something new since then: you can only hold up to nine Pokémon eggs at a time. So, if you’ve got eggs and you’ve got incubators, set up a batch to incubate and hatch around the same time.
Then, right before your Poke eggs hatch, use a lucky egg if you’ve got one; because once those eggs hatch, you get mad experience points and stardust. By using a lucky egg with that process, you’ll bank double the experience points. The lucky egg lasts for thirty minutes, so after your eggs hatch make sure your Pokeballs are ready and catch as many Pokémon as possible before your time’s up.
There you have it. We’ve learned these tips and tricks through playing Pokémon Go, as well as receiving input from other avid Pokémon Go players. Most are gained from our own trial and error while playing, and personal theories we’ve actually used and put into practice along the way. Have any other tips and tricks? Let us know!