As a child my brother and I were Pokémon obsessed. We had every game and played it constantly!
So when I heard of the release of Pokémon Go, I had to have it before it was released in the UK and I've spent the last 2 weeks playing it daily.

There are a few tips and tricks to Pokémon Go that most people aren't yet aware of, and some ways to 'Level Up' quicker, find nearby Pokémon and most importantly; choose Pikachu as your starter Pokémon.

TIP 1:
Which starter Pokémon should you choose?
If you don't already have a favourite to pick instantly, the game gives you a tough decision before you've even started - 'Which starter Pokémon do I pick?'.
Well, it has been said that you should choose a Squirtle or a Bulbasaur based on the fact there are more of them in the wild that you can find, which enables you to meet more, get more Pokémon Candy and level them up. Aparently, Charmander's aren't as common in the wild which doesn't give you as much option to level up your starter Pokémon because they are more rare.

TIP 2:
Start with Pikachu!
Possibly everyones favourite Pokémon or the one you dream of starting with, there is a way to avoid choosing Squirtle, Bulbasaur or Charmander and be the first of your friends to start with a Pikachu.
When the 3 starter Pokémon appear in front of you and you're asked to pick between them, simply walk away from them, and keep walking! The 3 Pokémon will jump to catch up with you 3 or 4 times before magically a Pikachu will join them, giving you the option to choose a Pikachu as your starter Pokémon.
How cool is that?

TIP 3:
How to find actually find those Nearby Pokémon
It's torture staring at those nearby Pokémon and having no idea where they are.
However, there is a way to find them that you've probably not even noticed yet.
If you click on one of the nearby Pokémon in the window on the bottom right and move your phone around in different directions, the window with put out a expanding rectangle once you're facing in the direction of where that Pokémon is! So by walking in that direction, you should stumble across that Pokémon you're after.

TIP 4:
What are Incense & Lurre's?
Ever see confetti coming from a PokéStop and then it disappears? Or maybe you're wondering what the hell those 'Incense' items are? Well, they're the little helpers in the game than make Pokémon come to you.
Incense's are uses for you only which you can get from levelling up or buy from the shop that are used for 30 minutes to guide Pokémon to your location that only you can see.
Where as, Lurre's are linked to a PokéStop for 30 minutes by the person who owns the Lurre that means anyone in that location can benefit from luring Pokémon to that specific location for 30 minutes only.
On my experience, I find Lurre's more successful in guiding more unique Pokémon to that location that Incense do.

TIP 5:
Keep the Pokémon Go App Open
Many people have been getting irritated by walking miles and there Eggs (which you can occasionally get my stopping by a PokéStop, pop in one of your incubators and walk to hatch it) aren't getting any closer to hatching.
The trick is, you have to keep the App open so that the GPS can monitor your movements in game play to insure the distance is measured and added towards your egg hatching!
This can be very draining on your battery and might be an extra tip with invest in a portable charger if you're keen on taking Pokémon totally seriously.
Anyway, walking the distance ensures you'll come across more rare Pokémon if you keep strolling and visiting new locations.

TIP 6:
Catching Pokémon & Levelling Up
When you click on a Pokémon to attempt to catch the ring around them gives you an insight into if you're likely to catch it or not based on the colour; Green = More Likely, Red = Less Likely.
So you then know if it's going cost your more Pokéballs or not.
Also, The circle that gets small and larger when you're trying to catch a Pokémon relates to how much XP you receive when you catch them.
The smaller the circle when you catch a Pokémon with a Pokéball the more XP you receive when you successfully catch it.
Another way to gain more XP when catching Pokémon is to use a Curveball.
You can use a Curveball by holding down the Pokéball, it does mean Pokémon are more difficult to catch however if you've got a lot of Pokéball it's worth doing so you can gain more XP towards levelling up.
If you're worried about looking a little crazy waving your phone around in public trying to catch Pokémon with AR turned on, if you want to catch Pokémon a little easier just turn AR off on the right hand side and the Pokémon you're attempting to catch will stay directing in the centre of the screen.
It makes then easier to catch, and you don't look a little strange to passers by when you're poking your phone at their face trying to catch a Jigglypuff.

TIP 7:
What are Lucky Eggs?
You can get Lucky Eggs from PokéStops or by buying them from the Shop.
Using a Lucky Egg gives you 30 minutes of increased XP.
So it's the time to put out your Incense or visit a Lurre, start catching Pokémon and gain lots more XP towards levelling up.
It's a great time to also use the tips and tricks in 'TIP 6' as well, which will give you ways of getting more XP than usual and will get you levelling up quickly.

TIP 8:
Evolving & Powering Up
The best way to get Stardust and Pokémon Candy towards Powering Up and Evolving your Pokémon is by catching as many as possible. Even if you're fed up of constantly catching Pidgey's and Rattata's it's worth using your Pokéballs (then visiting PokéStops more often to top them up) and catching them because not only does it gain you XP but, gets you Stardust toward Powering up your Pokémon.
It also increases their Combat Power and therefore gets you closer to beating gym trainers.
You need Stardust to Power Up your Pokémon, but you also need Pokémon Candy too.
You can only get these by catching or transferring Pokémon.
My best tip is to catch as many Pokémon as possible even if you already have them.
It goes towards your XP, gets you levelling higher and most importantly for Evolving your Pokémon.
You need large amounts of Pokémon Candy to Evolve your Pokémon, so if you see it, catch it!
Once you've caught it, if you already have it make sure you keep the highest CP Pokémon of that kind, and you can transfer the lower CP Pokémon that you already have to the Professor by clicking on the Pokémon, swiping to the bottom of their profile and transferring them. Doing this also gives you specific Pokémon Candy which you can use towards Evolving them.

So, they are my Top Tips for the new world sensation that is Pokémon Go, and if you're wondering - Yes! It really is worth the hype!
You can Download Pokémon Go App here and try it out for yourself.
Let me know how you get on in the comments with my tips, and if you have any others that I've not listen that might help my game playing.
Have fun!

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo

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  1. I love it so far! Found some things here I didn't know yet- once I can get back on, ill put them to good use :) I also wrote a first impressions on it :)


    1. Me too! I'm hooked. I just with it was more smooth and less glitchy.
      But I totally agree with your points in your posts about things that need to happen, and I can't wait for the App Updates and see how/what they do with it, because for a first run - it's pretty awesome.
      I feel they need add the option of playing with other trainers, as competing in the gym is hard if you a new player and you kind feel like you're getting nowhere.
      I'd also love to be able to bring back the fun of teaching Pokemon new moves and being able to interact more with the Pokémon.
      But we'll what happens!! It's exciting!

      Thanks for reading.

      Love, Charlie xo

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