Pokmon Go tips, tricks and cheats
You can ‘cheat’ and see what Pokmon are in your neighbourhood online (…though not right now)
Want to catch elusive more starters rather than the same old Zubats and Drowzees? There is a far easier way of finding elusive creatures thanks to fan-built website PokVision, which shows what Pokmon have spawned near any location – from major tourist attractions in far-away cities to your own backyard – and how long they’ll be there for.
It’s a surprisingly accurate tool thanks to it tapping into the game’s API, and is perfect to keep tabs on in the event a rare Pokmon has just spawned down the road. (We recently used it at the Eurogamer offices to get a Dragonite, one of the best Pokmon in Pokmon Go.)
Of course, that’s probably why this, as well as other third-party tracking websites and apps, have recently been forced offline by developer Niantic.
After all, some have argued that using a website like PokVision is cheating and against the spirit of the game. While it has been currently blocked, there are hopes by many in the community that alternatives will emerge – or that Pokevision will return – so hopefully we won’t be without these useful trackers before too long.
If you want to play properly, then be prepared to travel around
There is a science to tracking specific creatures in Pokmon Go thanks to an in-game radar in the bottom right corner of the screen, which allows you to hone in on what creatures are nearby. You can also track creatures by their Type in real-life locations – such as water Pokmon being near rivers, canals and lakes – as well demanding players travel to entirely different continents to get region-exclusive creatures.
Pokmon Go – How to find Pokmon without the radar tracker or Pokevision
Learn the science to locating creatures and how to best catch them.
Increase your egg hatching productivity by playing smart
For hatching eggs, you start the game with an incubator that you can use as many times as you like, and also find or purchase additional one-time-use incubators so you can have multiple eggs brewing at once.
When you have more than one available, it pays to be smart about where you put your eggs; placing longer-lasting 10km eggs in the finite supply will make them last longer, since they’re based on the number of uses, not distance used.
Increase your egg hatching productivity by not moving at all
Another trick that players have discovered that if you leave the game open when you’re not moving – such as on your desk at work – your Trainer can sometimes step slightly from side-to-side as the phone continues to narrow down your GPS position. These little movements count as walking towards hatching, so it might be worth keeping the app open to slowly chip away when you can – assuming you can trust co-workers not to mess with your phone away from your desk, of course!
Pokmon Go – Egg chart, Incubators, and hatching 2km, 5km and 10km eggs
What to expect to hatch after putting in those miles.
But you can’t hatch eggs faster by using public transport
Since the game uses the amount of distance you have travelled to hatch eggs and unlock certain medals, you might think that catching a bus or train is a quick way of travelling large distances. However, the game will know that you are travelling too fast, and won’t register the movement at all. As if things were that easy!
That said, if you’re not needing to track specific Pokmon, then using public transport is a great way to increase your chances of encountering them out in the wild, especially in busier urban areas.Remember you can complete a capture without having to stay in a fixed position, so don’t worry if the bus or train speeds away.
While public transport also isn’t a great way to interact with Gyms, since they require you to be in their radius for the duration of their use, can ‘queue up’ a PokStop interaction up ahead before you pass through it, and then spin the screen at the right time.
There’s a way to see which Pokmon you caught recently
When browsing your Pokmon, you might have noticed some have a blue glow to them – this means they have been caught in the past 24 hours.
While you can already filter your roster by Recent, it allows you to differentiate at a glance if you are browsing by Pokdex number, CP and name, too.
Pokmon Go is just as complex as the main games, thanks to a hidden layer of stats
CP is one of the most important values for a Pokmon, but it hides a number of hidden stats that determine how effective a Pokmon can actually be. Just like the main games, fans have discovered there are a series of Individual Stats – or IVs – that act as an individual Pokmon’s genes, dictating whether and how much a particular Pokmon’s stats deviate from the norm of their Base values.
A combination of a Pokmon’s hidden Base Stats, IVs, and Level (the white bar above the Pokmon) are what dictate its CP. While the higher the better, remember that your initially brilliant Vaporeon might only be strong because it’s a high Level, and could get swept aside by more naturally strong, high-IV alternatives later on.
Our dedicated page explains more on how this works in more detail, and how to find and exploit these hidden values:
Pokmon Go CP meaning explained: How to get the highest CP values and create the most powerful team
How to expose hidden stats to make Pokmon as powerful as they can be.
Pokmon Go – How to get Stardust easily to strengthen your Pokmon
The best ways to gather Stardust, from Eggs to Gyms.
Pokmon Go – How to get Candy effectively
How to get Candy as easily as possible, and how much you’ll need to spend.
You don’t have to tap every item at a PokStop
A surprisingly helpful time saver is knowing that you don’t need to tap every single item that floats up the screen when you spin a PokStop. If you tap the cross at the bottom of the screen, you’ll be given every item automatically, which is particularly useful if you need to get back to the map to turn your attention to another PokStop or Pokmon out in the world.
The sneaky ‘quick throwing’ technique doesn’t appear to work anymore
Before the July 31st update for Pokmon Go, there was a method knowing as ‘quick throwing’ that allowed users to easily catch creatures at the very start of the battle. However, with the way encounters have changed – the camera now pulls out fully before you can throw a ball – his method seems to have been removed from the game.
Here’s how it worked; when you encountered a Pokmon in the wild, the camera zoomed in nice and close. As it pulled back, and the Pokball appeared, it was possible to throw straight away while the Pokmon was taking up most of the screen, making it much easier to land. Not only was it quicker to get a throw out straight away, but it was also more likely to land in the centre circle, increasing your chances of success and giving you a little extra XP in the process.
Pokmon Go – Catch Pokmon with Nice, Great, Excellent and Curveball throws
How to trap Pokmon effectively inside those valuable Pokballs.
There are more Easter Eggs and secrets to find in Pokmon Go
Players have already discovered a few neat secrets hidden away in Pokmon Go – from the chance to shrug off classic starters Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle in favour of a Pikachu starter, as well as getting your preferred Eevee evolution using hints from the TV show.
But there’s apparently more – at Pokmon Go’s San Diego Comic Con panel, developer Niantic revealed that there are several Easter Eggs in the game that fans had not revealed yet, so expect more secrets to emerge in the coming weeks and months as players pick the game apart.
How to get Pikachu as your starter in Pokmon Go
Discover this clever nod for Pokmon Yellow fans.
Pokmon Go Eevee evolution: How to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon
A hidden reference to the TV show allows you choose the way Eevee evolves.
You can stop yourself from accidentally transferring Pokmon
Niantic have added a function which prevents you from accidentally transferring those valuable Pokmon to the professor, thanks to a post-release reworking of the game’s Favouriting system.
In brief, Pokmon favourited by the player – which can be done by tapping the star in the top-right of the Pokmon’s screen – are now unable to be transferred at all, until you unfavourite them again. As part of the July 31 update, the Transfer button has now also been moved to a sub-menu on the Pokmon’s screen, under a button with three horizontal bars in the bottom-right, rather than simply being left on its own down the bottom of the page.
It’s a quick, simple means of stopping yourself from doing something incredibly frustrating by accident, whilst also making the instant transferring of a Pokmon far easier. You can now mulch down those pesky Zubats into Candy as fast as your heart desires, without the risk of chucking an accidental Dragonite into the mix. Not that we’ve ever done that, of course…
There’s a battery saver mode which can help keep you playing for longer
Pokmon Go has proven to drain phone batteries surprisingly quickly, but thankfully there’s an in-game option to help combat this problem (though note that on iOS this has been temporarily removed as part of the July 31 update, but should hopefully be back soon).
To access the Battery Saver, tap the Pokball at the bottom of the screen during map view to bring up a menu of options, then tap the cog in the upper right corner. Once you enable it, the phone’s screen will automatically dim when it’s down by your side in a horizontal position, but still continues operating, notifying you of any nearby Pokmon, PokStops and counting steps towards hatching eggs.
There’s a few other ways to save battery that the game doesn’t tell you about:
Pokmon Go – Battery saver down on iOS? Here’s other ways to reduce battery drain
There’s various ways to help your Pok adventure last longer on your phone – with or without Battery Saver mode.
Access the game’s many sub-menus faster
Instead of tapping the Pokball at the bottom of the screen to bring up each menu item, you can swipe it in different directions to take you to corresponding sub-menus instead:
- Swipe Left for Pokmon and Eggs
- Swipe Right for Items
- Swipe Up briefly for Shop
- Swipe Up more for Pokdex
The greater the contest, the more you’ll help defend your Gym
If you arrive to a Gym in Pokemon Go with the same allegiance as yours, you can raise its Prestige by performing practice battles with one of your Pokmon.
If you want fast Prestige gains for your Gym, then the lower the CP the better. So instead of rolling out your most powerful creatures, hold them back and play smart with Type advantages using weaker Pokmon instead.
Pokmon Go – Type Chart, Advantages and Weaknesses
Calculate the damage for any matchup with our Type Chart.
High HP Pokmon make for better Gym defenders
When it comes to deciding which Pokmon to leave at a Gym for battling in Pokmon Go, while you might automatically think offense is the best defence, Pokmon who are defending a Gym get a double HP bonus. It means that creatures with the highest HP (or Stamina) in the game – such as Lapras and Snorlax – are then much tougher to take down, and make for the perfect defenders.
Players have figured out which these Pokmon are – as well as those with the highest Attack, Defence and overall stats:
Pokmon Go: Best Pokmon with the strongest Attack, Defence and HP stats revealed
Where does Charizard stack up against Dragonite, Lapras and the Legendaries?
Pokmon Go – How to evolve Pokmon, when to evolve or Power Up your Pokmon
Pokmon Go ‘s Evolution and Power Up mechanics explained.
The higher your Trainer level, the better (and rarer) Pokmon will be
Trainer level is possibly the single most important stat in the game; the better it is, the stronger CP the Pokmon you encounter will have, and the higher your chances will be for discovering rare Pokmon. Each new level also gives you items, including more powerful Pokballs and Potions, so it’s worth looking to gain XP whenever you can.
Pokmon Go – Level up items and rewards, how to reach the level cap, unlock Great Balls and more
Here’s what you items and rewards you unlock as you collect XP, and when.
Find out whether you actually caught that Pokmon before the game crashed
Due to its immense popularity and a rollout that has seen new regions introduce waves of players every few days, Pokmon Go has had an unsteady launch, with regular bouts of downtime and connection issues. One of the more frustrating incidents is when the game stops responding as you catch a Pokmon.
If this happens, give it a moment to respond, then close and re-open the app and check your Journal (you can do this by tapping the lower right menu bottom on your Trainer screen) to display a list of recent activities. Fingers crossed your prize catch made it to the servers after all!
There’s other server-related issues to be aware of too, which we explain in this page:
Pokmon Go server status – how to check Pokmon Go servers are down in UK, US, Europe and more
Pokmon Go isn’t the most reliable game right now, so here’s now to navigate its various errors.
There’s a simple method to get a whopping 60,000 XP in 30 minutes
Players have worked out a method to get huge XP gains in a short space of time, and interestingly, it involves using the game’s weakest and most Pokmon – Pidgey, Weedle and Caterpie – with lots and lots of Candy, netting you tens of thousands of experience in a single sitting:
Pokmon Go – how to get XP fast and level up quickly
A simple way to earn a whopping 60,000 XP in 30 minutes.
Pokmon Go – How to evolve Pokmon, when to evolve or Power Up your Pokmon
Pokmon Go ‘s Evolution and Power Up mechanics explained.
You only have one shot at choosing a Gym team, so pick wisely
Once you hit level 5, you are invited to join one of three teams – Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor. The point of teams is to divide the users into competing camps that control gyms, with the idea for players to seek out gyms owned by rival groups, take control of them, and continue to defend them over time, with the game rewarding players for doing so.
While the differences between them are minimal, since you can’t change your team once they’ve been chosen, it’s a decision that really matters, especially since there are so many rivalries emerging between players around the globe. Make sure you take your time and choose wisely!
Pokmon Go Teams – Valor Mystic and Instinct, which is the best and which to join?
Is there a benefit to choosing one team over the others?
What’s next for Pokmon Go?
Pokmon Go has only just released, but we already know what’s on the horizon:
- The game will receive an official peripheral named Pokmon Go Plus in the coming months, that allows you to catch creatures without taking your phone out of your pocket.
Pokmon Go Plus – release date, price, UK pre order and everything we know
So, what is the Pokmon Go Plus and how can I get one?
- Developer Niantic has confirmed that Pokmon Go trading will be available at some point, alongside tweaks and changes to PokStops, Gyms and AR functionality.
- There have been teases of where we might find the game’s most elusive Pokmon, from Legendaries such as Mewtwo and Mew to Articuno, Moltres and Zaptos – as well as Ditto – in Pokemon Go.
- If Go wasn’t enough of a Pokmon fix, then there’s a whole new generation of games on the way to 3DS later this year too. You can read everything we know about Pokemon Sun and Moon, including Starters, Legendaries and other new Pokmon, ahead of release later this year.
Alternatively, given the game’s enormous success, you can look forward to a robust number of Pokmon Go alternatives cropping up in the months and years ahead. The first ones will inevitably be completely dreadful, firstly because that’s how hastily-cloned mobile games always are and secondly because pulling together this much GPS data and having a working knowledge of AR is quite a rare combination even beyond gaming.
But there’s clearly enough of an audience to make it worthwhile, and pairing the same approach with a similarly beloved brand – say, Harry Potter – is a tempting enough prospect for big companies to start spending big money. We’d place a small bet on the topic being much discussed at next year’s games conventions.