Pokmon Go tips, tricks and cheats guide
New Pokmon are here!
As of the February 2017 update, Pokmon from Gen 2’s Johto region – otherwise known as the Pokmon from Gold, Silver and Crystal – are available.
Alongside new creatures, there are also new features – such as additional Berries – and many minor tweaks and additions to the game’s various systems. This includes:
If you want to play properly, then be prepared to travel around
Instead of exploring at random, there are ways to track specific creatures in Pokmon Go with Nearby and Sighting radars 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 and by PokeStops. 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 – Find Pokmon using new Nearby and Sighting trackers
Learn the best ways to locate creatures nearby.
Pokmon Go nests – Where to find nests in London, the UK and other areas
Find clusters of specific Pokmon fast with these maps and lists, up to date until late August.
Check in regularly to get the most out of your daily bonuses
Daily Bonuses are now available, and give you some decent sized rewards simply for checking in once a day to play the game, and completing a couple of minor tasks. Check out our guide to the daily bonuses below for some more details on how the work:
Pokmon Go Daily Bonus – Rewards for streaks and first catch and Pokestop of each day
Here’s how much XP and Stardust you get for playing Pokmon Go each day.
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.
Pokmon Go – Egg chart and hatching 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs
What to expect to hatch after putting in those miles.
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!
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 – and even gives you a warning when it happens. 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.
Pokmon Go Catch Bonus explained – How to increase your chances of catching elemental Pokmon with Medals
Every Medal listed that will increase your capture rates.
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.
Out of Revives? Then have Candy at the ready…
This is a short but sweet tip; if you’re out of Revives and need to resurrect a creature, then spend Candy through a Power Up or Evolve and it’ll come back to life with HP. Handy if you’re in a pinch!
Pokmon Go – How to get Candy, Candy costs for each Pokmon
How to get Candy as easily as possible, and how much you’ll need to spend.
Pokmon Go Buddy system – Distances for when each Buddy Pokmon drop rewards
Which Buddy Pokmon are quicker to produce Candy than others in Pokmon Go?
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 Moves – movesets, move list, and highest DPS attacks.
How to find out the best, most powerful moveset for your Pokmon.
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.
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.
Use the ‘L Throw’ technique for perfect Curveballs
As well as throwing balls within a shrinking circle to get Nice, Great and Excellent catches – increasing your chances of success – you can also get a little fast XP on top with Curveballs, a sort of trick shot that sees balls curl towards their target.
To throw a Curveball, start by holding the Pokball and rotating it round. When you throw, it’ll then curve in the rotation you spun the ball – if it’s clockwise, then it’ll go to the right, and if anti-clockwise, to the left.
They’re hard to pull off, but thankfully players recently discovered a technique that allows you to easily throw them with great success. After a spin, move the ball up the left-most side of the screen, and release at the same height as the Pokmon. Assuming the Pokemon didn’t move or attack, it should land and start the capture process. You can read more on the technique and see it in action in the following guide:
Pokmon Go Curveballs – Throw perfect curveballs and get Nice, Great, Excellent bonuses
How to trap Pokmon effectively inside those valuable Pokballs.
There are more Easter eggs and secrets to find in Pokmon Go
As well as plenty of shortcuts, tips and tricks that the game doesn’t tell you about, there’s also a few secrets hidden away by the developers for players to find, from finding a fourth starter Pokmon at the start of the game to using hints from the TV show to evolve Eevee the way you want – links to those articles below!
And apparently there’s 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.
Pokmon Go secrets and Easter Eggs
Looks like the developers are big fans of Pikachu…
Pokmon Go Ditto – where to find and how to catch Ditto in the wild and everything else you need to knowThe elusive Pokmon finally shows up – but it’s not so easy to catch.
Pokmon Go Pikachu: How to get Pikachu as your starter and out in the wild
How to start with Ash’s favourite Pokmon over Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle.
Pokmon Go Eevee evolution: How to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon with new name
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.
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 mode explained, other ways to save battery
There’s various ways to help your Pok adventure last longer on your phone.
Digital Foundry’s best cheap phone for Pokmon Go in 2016
Meet the 60/$99 smartphone that actually plays the game rather well.
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.
Pokemon Go – Type chart, Type effectiveness and weakness explained
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, use Special Items, when to evolve or Power Up your Pokmon
Evolution and Power Up mechanics explained with a flowchart.
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 rewards list, level up items and max level cap in full
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 – 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 XP – Sources list and how to get XP fast with Pidgey farming
A simple way to earn a whopping 60,000 XP in 30 minutes.
Pokmon Go – How to evolve, when to evolve or Power Up your Pokmon
Evolution and Power Up mechanics explained with a flowchart.
Pokmon Go is getting seasonal updates
Like most ‘live’ games, Pokmon Go will receive regular seasonal updates. Starting in October, the game received a week-long Pokmon Go’s Halloween event that increased the appearance rate of select ‘spooky’ creatures and also increased Candy drop rates.
It was then followed by a Double XP and Stardust Thanksgiving event in November, and while Niantic hasn’t confirmed more on the way, it’s probably very likely. We’re not sure what festive Pokemon would appear round Christmas, but we’re sure the rewards would be good.
Pokmon Go Halloween event update – Candy increases explained and which spooky Pokmon appear more often
What spooky Pokmon you’ll encounter and other benefits this Halloween.
Pokmon Go Thanksgiving event update – When it ends, using a Lucky Egg and everything else you need to know
How to get the most out of the November seasonal event.
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!
Pokemon Go Team – Valor Mystic and Instinct, which team is the best and which team to join?
Is there a benefit to choosing one team over the others?
Pokmon Go username: How to change username, change appearance
How you can swap the look and nickname of your Trainer.