ByTim Horton, writer at Creators.co
Senior Writer at Now Loading. I play from within a couch pillow fort. Twitter: @TimHortonGame | Email: [email protected]
Tim Horton

Pokémon GO is dominating the video game world right now; players across the globe are scouring the earth in search of their favourite Pokémon. Pokémon GO has players of all ages throwing Pokéballs and snapping up Pokémon.

What with Ghostbusters in the cinemas, Pokémon at the top of the charts and a Clinton running for president it feels like we're back in the ‘90’s – it’s a great time to be alive!

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If you are a trainer that has put in the hours and is looking to take your game to the next level, or even a beginner looking to get a head start then this is the article for you. After listening to your (the community's) questions, I have compiled 22 of the most frequently asked questions in Pokémon GO and provided you with answers below.

22 of the most frequently asked Pokémon GO questions, answered

22. What does a ‘paw’ print represent in distance?

100 meters per paw print
100 meters per paw print

One paw print is representative of roughly 100 hundred meters. This means that if you have a Pokémon on your radar you will only have to run roughly 300 hundred meters, or three football pitches. This way you can figure out quickly if the prize is worth the distance.

21. What are those rustling leaf animations about?

What's that in the tall grass?
What's that in the tall grass?

These are representative of nearby Pokémon – walking near or preferably through these animations can trigger otherwise unseen Pokémon. Some rare, some not so much. Either way, they are worth chasing down.

20. Does the egg hatch progress change at speed?

How to hatch an egg
How to hatch an egg

Yes, your ‘egg hatch progress’ will not advance when your device is found to be travelling over 12 MPH. This means that your eggs will not progress whilst driving, on the bus or on your bike.

19. How does XP work in Pokémon GO?

All that XP
All that XP

Let’s take a look at the full breakdown. By understanding how the XP is dished out you will be able to focus your gameplay towards your individual goals.

*Keep in mind that using a lucky egg doubles each of these while they are in effect.*

FULL XP BREAKDOWN:

  • 100 XP – Pokémon caught
  • 500 XP – New Pokémon
  • 10 XP – Curve ball
  • 10 XP – Nice throw
  • 50 XP – Great Throw
  • 100 XP – Excellent throw
  • 50 XP – Checking in at a pokestop
  • 100 XP – Battling an opposing team’s Pokémon trainer at a gym
  • 150 XP – Beating an opposing team’s Pokémon trainer at a gym
  • 50 XP – Beat a Pokémon in training (a gym already your team’s color) at a gym
  • 200 XP – Hatch a Pokémon
  • 500 XP – Evolve a Pokémon

18. Which Pokémon hatch from which eggs?

Gotta study 'em all
Gotta study 'em all

Ok, so this picture illustrates which Pokémon (generally) hatch from which eggs. The game is still going through its own evolutionary state and us as players are too. This could very well change as time progresses but as of today it is pretty accurate. Got an update? Stick it in the comments.

17. What is the curve above a selected Pokémon?

Curvy Raticate
Curvy Raticate

This arch seen above a Pokémon’s head is a ‘potential curve’, not as in it could be a curve but as in it shows the potential growth of that selected Pokémon. Use this gauge to help decide which Pokémon you are going to evolve.

16. How does 'leveling up' affect my progress?

The helpful little image below details all of the benefits gained from leveling up! Look out for Level 10, that's going to be amazing to hit!

I love a good list
I love a good list

15. Can I battle/trade with friends?

Get ready for battle
Get ready for battle

At this stage, no. The social features of Pokémon GO are surprisingly limited, but this could change as time goes by.

14. What can I do with the duplicate Pokémon I have?

Prof. Willow
Prof. Willow

Trade them for candy by handing them over to the professor – they are otherwise useless.

13. How do I hatch eggs quicker?

What a team
What a team

Pokémon GO monitors your movement. Eggs hatch based on how many steps you take and how far you travel on a map. Supposed hacks including attaching phones to bicycle wheels and pets will not work, unless you set said pet out in the yard perhaps?

The definitive answer though is in order to hatch your eggs quickly, move around as much as possible.

12. How do I become a gym leader?

You're not very effective!
You're not very effective!

Any trainer can leave Pokémon at gyms to defend it, however the player that has control of the Pokémon with the highest CP gets to be gym leader. Are you a born leader? Get out there and track down that high CP Pokémon.

11. Can I make my battery last longer using in game settings?

Gotta charge 'em all
Gotta charge 'em all

Yes, by turning off the AR setting when you encounter a Pokémon you save battery power. It’s not as fun and will not make a huge difference but over time it may allow you a little more hunting time. Also, if you exit the game and head into your device's settings, select battery power saving mode as this will also help curb the consumption. Or buy a portable battery charger!

10. Can I save a game if it crashes?

Protect your Pikachu
Protect your Pikachu

Not exactly, but if the game crashes, just after you catch a Pokémon for example, instead of just closing the app head into your device's settings and ‘force stop’ Pokémon GO. When you open it again it should have banked your latest catch. This may not work all of the time, but it does work.

Also, the introduction of the latest update, 1.0.1 should have corrected most of your crash issues. Check your journal when you log back in to see if you did indeed register the catch.

9. How do I make the most of Luck Eggs?

"Do you wanna kiss my lucky egg"
"Do you wanna kiss my lucky egg"

Stock up on these beauties and use them only when you are about to hatch an egg or just prior to evolving your Pokémon.

Basically, popping lucky eggs provides you with double XP for 30 minutes; this means that every Pokémon you evolve within this time will get 1000XP over the standard 500. Same goes for hatching new Pokémon from your eggs.

8. Which Pokémon should I evolve first?

Who's the fairest of them all?
Who's the fairest of them all?

Your Rattata’s, Caterpie’s, Weedle’s and Pidgey’s are the easiest to evolve, so I recommend starting with these. This way you are able to level up fast and, if you utilize the Lucky Egg trick (listed above), you can make some truly massive XP gains in a relatively short amount of time. This will really jump start your game and career as a trainer.

7. How do I gain more XP from gyms?

Gimme them ducats!
Gimme them ducats!

There is a funny little way of gaining massive XP from gyms if you follow the correct order. If you enter a gym, get into a battle and win, then, the next thing to do is run. Leave the gym immediately and then go back in. This way you can rack up a larger amount of XP than usual.

6. I have caught a thousand Rattata’s how do I catch bigger and better Pokémon in my area?

All the Squirtles
All the Squirtles

Niantic have assured us that Pokémon differ from region to region, area to area, neighborhood to neighborhood, so to expand the diversity within your Pokedex you are going to have to travel.

Start by visiting the natural habitats for the different Pokémon (water, forest etc). Then move from town to town and see what you can find. Remember that famous landmarks, cultural places of interest can contain some of the rarer Pokémon.

5. Does the weather cycle affect the Pokémon hunt?

Gotta be damp for Water 'mons
Gotta be damp for Water 'mons

It is said that the weather does play a part in the game (why put it there if it didn’t?) You are more likely to find a water based Pokémon out in the rain than out in the blazing the sunshine. Plus, dark or ghost Pokémon are reportedly caught more at night than during the day. So think what type of Pokémon you need and cater your hunt to the Pokémon’s preferred environmental conditions.

4. Can I change my username/team name?

Don't think Pokepunk1984 is cutting it? Tough!
Don't think Pokepunk1984 is cutting it? Tough!

Nope. Maybe in the future, but as it stands right now you are stuck with it.

3. How long does it take a Pokéstop to refresh?

Blue is the warmest color
Blue is the warmest color

Every Pokéstop refreshes once every five minutes – once it turns from purple to blue, you are good to go.

2. When do I get more items to use in Pokémon hunting?

Gotta love berries!
Gotta love berries!

You will get your Berries at level 8, your Great Balls at level 12, and your super duper, Ultra Balls at level 20.

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