In an earlier article, we mentioned how Pokémon GO doesn’t really offer much in the way of teaching you how to play. Apparently, you’re expected to just find out as you go along, or look online. If you’re reading this, you’re obviously doing the latter – and you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Read on for the web’s most comprehensive Pokémon Go guide yet.
Alright, so for those who haven’t actually downloaded the game yet, this is for you. There isn’t actually much to say, as everything at this point is pretty self-explanatory. But hey, we did promise to be the most comprehensive guide.
So, upon loading up for the first time, you’ll be asked to sign-in using either Google or Pokémon club. You’ll be guided through finding your first Pokémon by Professor Willow, a dashing, white-haired fella.
The thing is, he guides you through finding your first Pokémon, but the way in which you find it is completely different from how you’d find them from that point onward.
So, follow his lead, and do as he says. Moving on.
This is fairly simple, and I’m really hoping pretty much all of you figured this out yourself. You have to use the map on your phone to navigate, by walking to wherever you need to be. There’s more to it than that, though, and that’s why there’s a dedicated section.
Sometimes, you’ll show up as being somewhere you actually aren’t. The best way to fix this is to quickly switch location services off and on, and your location should update to represent where you actually are.
The little compass in the top right is used for centering your view in the direction you’re facing, so if for any reason you might need to do just that, then tap it.
You can rotate around using your fingers/thumb, or using two at a time, you can move closer and further from your character as you wish.
So, once you’ve got the hand of actually moving around, you’ll likely be heading to the nearest Pokéstop, as instructed by our dear friend Professor Willow.
These are important. When you’re near one, be sure to visit it. Pokéstops will give you valuable items like potions, Poké Balls, which are used to actually capture Pokémon, and sometimes, eggs. Click on the blue square-like image on your map that represents the Pokéstop, and a circle should appear on your screen showing you the location of the stop. It’s usually a landmark of some sort, such as a statue, chruch, or fountain. Spin the circle to have it spit out a few goodies.
Pokéstops refresh every few minutes, so if you’re at, say, a restaurant and it’s a stop, you may as well farm it.