5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Playing Pokemon Go
It’s been two weeks since I have been messing around with the uber-popular game Pokemon Go and have failed miserably in trying to win over some gyms. In order to improve my game, there were a lot of hit and tries. However, I finally got the gist of the game and figured out how to actually be good at it. These are some tips I wish I knew when I first started playing the game and I hope this guide improves your game and shorten the learning curve. The game is very vague in explaining how to go about it and that’s why I love it, which is why these 5 tips might be essential for you:
1. You Can Catch Pikachu In The Beginning
Yes, that’s right, you can catch Pikachu right in the beginning of your game. This “Mew under the truck” rumour was confirmed on the very first day of the launch of the game. You can pick Pikachu at the same moment when you are offered to pick a Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander as you first fire up the game. This can be done by physically running away from these choices and the game will try to force them on you by making them follow you. This will happen to you for four times, and sooner or later the game will throw a surprise on your face, that is, Pikachu. Now, go make a new account if you’ve already started playing the game, you simply cannot miss this one.
2. Battling Is Not As Easy As It Looks
Battling in Pokemon Go can be a huge task if you don’t know what you are doing. You can smash your opponent’s face by aggressively tapping your phone screen or you can swipe left or right to dodge attacks. However, you need to be very skilled at predicting those moves. Most people miss that each Pokemon of yours has a special attack that has a meter which fills up if you keep attacking your opponent. Once filled, you can unleash your special attack by holding down a finger on your enemy. These special attacks can do some serious damage and probably help you win most fights in the gym.
3. Do Not Button Smash
As you know the Pokemon Go servers glitch out ever so often which can be excruciating and frustrating when you are engrossed with the game. However, this seems to be a server issue but there is a way to work around it. Until the servers get fixed and are more reliable, you can prevent glitches by NOT button-smashing your screen. The key is to tap your screen at a normal rate so that each of them is read by the app and the servers. That will enable the servers to recognise 10 to 20 commands rather than a hoard of them as you spam those taps.
4. The Game Doesn’t Keep A Track Of Things When It Is Closed
This is probably the most annoying problem that is prevalent in Pokemon Go. You have to keep the game open at all times in order to track Pokemon or PokeStops and will probably cause your battery to die a painful death. The app does not count the distance you have travelled or even notify you if there is anything nearby. Basically, you need to be glued to your phone with the app open and pay really close attention to sounds, vibration or buzzes if you plan to keep the app open in your pocket.
5. Upgrade The Low-Level Duplicates
Once you get the hang of the game, you will realise that you will start to amass many low-tier duplicates in your inventory. However, I did the mistake of evolving only my strong Pokemon and later realised that if you upgrade your duplicates, it can be a great source of XP. Remember, if you run out of Pokeballs, make sure you evolve that Rattata.