Beginners 101

How to set up Pokémon Go…

After you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll need to set up an account. You can use your google account or set up a Pokémon trainer club. Yes, you have to use your google account or set up an account to play the game. So Pokémon go can link all your data to your device. Once you’ve set up your account, you will be prompted to customize your avatar. After you’ve finished with your avatar you will enter the screen that you will now see every time you enter the app. 


This is what that screen looks like(this is the night version of the screen, looks different during the day). You can see grass, roads(if you’re near any), rustling leaves(which means a Pokémon is near by). Three Pokémon will pop up when you first get to this screen: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. You can only pick one of these, once you click and capture one the other two will disappear.


This blue circular looking think will pop up if you come close enough to what is called a “Pokéstop”. This gives you awesome free items, Pokéballs, Poké eggs, healing potions, ect.


So when you see this you click it and a circle with a picture will pop up. Once it pops up just swipe left or right to collect items from that Pokéstop.


If you’re to far away from the Pokéstop this is the message will pop up. It will disappear once you’ve gotten close enough to the Pokéstop again. TIP: PokéStops refresh every 5 minutes, so you can hit same PokéStop after 5 minutes have pasted!!!


If a PokéStop looks like this with like pink flower petals all around it, it means someone is using a lure at that PokéStop which means Pokémon will be lured to this PokéStop!!!


The bottom left is your player icon, you can click on this to view your players information. You can also access you journal from the player icon screen, which list all your achievements in the game.

The bottom right shows what Pokémon are near by. You can click this bar and it gets bigger.


The footsteps underneath the Pokémon shows how far or close they are to you. The fewer the footsteps the better. If you have seen or captured a Pokémon that’s on this screen it will no longer appear as a “shadow” on this screen.

Now if you click the Pokéball on the main screen this menu will appear.


From this menu you can access your Pokémon, Pokédex, items or shop.


  • Pokémon- You can see all the Pokémon you’ve caught so far.


  • Pokédex- This is your index of Pokémon, this has information on all the Pokémon you’ve caught.


  • Items- Aka your backpack, this is where all your items are stored.


  • Shop- Here you can make real purchases(with real money!) You can buy Pokécoins which you exchange for different items in the shop.

How to catch Pokémon…


You catch Pokémon by throwing Pokéballs at them. It’s pretty easy to catch Pokémon once you get the hang of it. You tap and hold Pokéball and flick/swipe towards the Pokémon. Each Pokémon will have a different color circle around it either green, yellow or red. The green ones are the easiest, the yellow and red are the more difficult Pokémon to catch. As soon as you click the Pokéball the colored ring will start to shrink. The goal is to hit the Pokémon while the ring is smaller so it’ll be easier to catch and its now less likely to break out of the Pokéball. And yes they can break out and even run away which sucks!

How to better chances of catching Pokémon…

You can better your chances if you use higher level Pokéballs but you don’t have access you greater Pokéballs until you’re level 12. You can also use razz berries, you feed these to the Pokémon and it makes it easier to catch the Pokémon on the next throw.

How to get away from Pokémon if I no longer want to catch this particular Pokémon…

When you’re in the “catching Pokémon screen” there is an icon in the top left corner that looks like a little stick figure running. If you press this you can run away from the Pokémon and no longer have to deal with this Pokémon. This comes in handy if there are several Pokémon around and you happened to click the wrong Pokémon to catch.


This is the screen that comes up after you have caught the Pokémon. Tells you what type of Pokémon it is, its weight, height, candy and attacks. The top is the regular attack and the one below is its special move. The numbers to the right are the “damage” that move does. The blue bars next to the special move indicates how many times you can use that move while battling.

What is Pokémon candy…and how to get it…

Pokémon candy is used to evolve your Pokémon and to power up your Pokémons CP(combat power). You get candy by catching Pokémon, hatching Pokémon from Poké Egg, or transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow. Each candy goes specifically to that Pokémon, for example you can’t use Squirtle candy to power up an Eevee. But you can use candy on the revolutions of the Pokémon, for example, you can use Eevee candy on Eevee, Flareon, Vaporeon, and Jolteon.

What is stardust…and how to get it…

Stardust is used along with candy to power up Pokémons CP. You can get it buy catching Pokémon, hatching Pokémon from Poké Egg, or defending a gym. You can’t buy stardust in the shop so these are the ways you have to earn stardust.


How to get Poké Eggs…How to hatch Poké Eggs…

You can only get Poké Eggs from Pokéstops. You’ll either get a 2K, 5K or 10K Poké Egg. These numbers show how far you have to walk to hatch the Poké Egg. To hatch Poké Egg you need to click on egg and select “start incubation” then choose and available incubator.

How to get items and what they do…

You can get items from Pokéstops, leveling up or buying from shop.

  • Poké Ball- Used to catch Pokémon.
  • Great Ball- Unlocks once you reach level 12. High-performance Poké Ball that provides a higher catch rate than a standard Poké Ball.
  • Ultra Ball- Unlocks once you reach level 20. Higher catch rate than a Great Ball.
  • Master Ball- Unlocks at level ??? Captures Pokémon every time, 100% catch rate.
  • Lure Module- Attracts Pokémon to a PokéStop for 30 minutes. This also benefits other players near by.
  • Incense- Fragrance lures wild Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes.
  • Razz berries- Feed to Pokémon to make it easier to catch Pokémon on your next throw.
  • Egg incubator- Device that incubates Poké Egg as you walk until Poké Egg is ready to hatch.
  • Lucky Egg- Doubles your XP for 30 minutes.
  • Potion- Restores 20 HP(hit points)
  • Super Potion- Restores 50 HP(hit points)
  • Hyper potion- Restores 200 HP(hit points)
  • Revive- Revives fainted Pokémon



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