With everyone playing Pokémon Go, I have found that there are a ton of false rumors and misinformation floating around about the game. So today I want to give you guys the facts that I have learned about the game based on real statistics pulled from over 2500 Pokémon catches as well as basic information about the game that you may not understand. Since there is so much information to share I will be splitting this into two parts. The next will get posted sometime next week.
- How to catch Pokémon- The game somewhat explains how to catch Pokémon as far as swiping your finger, but it leaves out important details. The size and color of the ring determines how hard or easy a Pokémon is to catch. The smaller the ring is the when you hit the poke ball inside it increase the chance of it being caught. A green ring means the Pokémon is easy to catch based on your player level. As you level up Pokémon that were once orange or yellow rings you will notice turn to green rings. The CP plays a part in what color the ring will be also. Stronger means harder to catch. Another aspect of the game is throwing a curve ball. You may not know this but if you grab and spin your poke ball before you throw it you will not only increase the chance of catching the Pokémon, but also receive bonus experience based on if the throw was curved and nice/great throw. With a Lucky Egg turned on to double your experience you could earn as much as 1450 experience per new Pokémon you catch if you manage to get all of the bonus.
- Pokémon Stats- Since I mentioned CP earlier I should go through the stats on each Pokémon and what they mean. CP is the Pokémon’s combat power. The higher it is the stronger your Pokémon. But a few other things play a roll in your Pokémon’s strength. The best Pokémon are those who have more than one type of attack. Just like every other video game weakness and resistance play a part in battles. If I bring a water Pokémon to fight against a fire one, I will deal double damage. This plays a big part in what Pokémon to leave to defend a gym. The best Pokémon to leave at a gym are Normal Types because they are only weak to fighting. Many other types in the game are weak to more than one type of Pokémon.
- The CP Arc-This tells you what the max combat power your Pokémon can be at your level.
- Does weight and Height mean anything? – No. This is just a feature for you to compare the size of your Pokémon with your friends.
- What is Stardust?-Stardust is a resource required to increase the CP of your Pokémon. It is really important not to waste your stardust on early Pokémon as you will find stronger versions as you play the game.
- What are the candies for?- Candies are required to power up and evolve your Pokémon. In order to get more candies you must catch more of the same Pokémon over and over. For each catch you will get 3 candies. You can also earn candies by transferring them to the Professor. To evolve a Magikarp it requires 400 candies. That would add up to 101 Magikarps caught to evolve it.
- Pokémon Eggs- Eggs can be found at Pokestops. Each egg has to be placed into an incubator and carried a certain distance before they can hatch. Distance in the game is not measured by Steps. This means you have to physically move in the real world to gain distance on your eggs. Another restriction to that is speed. The app can tell if you are traveling faster than walking speed and will not count that distance. The threshold on speed is about 15mph. Any faster the distance will not register on your Pokémon eggs. The game gives you one permanent Incubator, but more can be purchased and obtained when leveling up within the game. The distance of the egg rates the rarity of what is inside the egg. A 2lm egg will yield common Pokémon like Ratata or Pigey while a 5km egg may give you a Ponyta or a Pikachu. 10KM eggs can yield even rarer Pokémon such as Omastar.
- Finding Pokémon Based on Footprints- The radius that your trainer avatar can see is 40 meters. One foot print means you going to have to walk about another 40-50 meters to find the Pokémon in your radius in any given direction. If more footprints are added you should turn around 90 degrees. This will help you narrow down the exact location of your Pokémon. Three footprints means the Pokémon is within 200 meters from your location. You can select Pokémon on your Near by list to help you zero in on their location.
Tips for this week:
No Pokémon around? Pokémon spawn rates are directly linked to cellular activity. The more cell phones in your area, the higher chance of finding Pokémon.
Terrain is very important. You are 60% More likely to find a water Pokémon near Rivers and bodies of water, but did you also know that Pokémon do not spawn on the water. So be sure if you catch Pokémon near a river to keep your player radius on the land against the shore line.
Does the weather effect what I find?
A: No weather is not a factor at all in the game. It purely uses GPS location to determine Pokémon spawns.
Evee evolves based on the second attack it has.
A. No. Evee evolves based on environmental conditions such as. Are you near water? Are you near a power plant? Are you in the desert? If you are not near any of these things then your evolution will be random.