Over 20 years ago, people started catching and training cute little creatures known as Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters, which were sent to battle against other Pokemon. With each new game, Niantic has introduced more species of Pokemon and now, there are in total 700 different species. Pokemon Go is the first location-based augmented reality game that can be played on iOS and Android smartphones and it focuses on the original 151 species.
After installing Pokemon Go on your device, you will go outside and hunt creatures in the real world. At first, you’ll be offered a starter Pokemon and three options to choose from: Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Many fans want to get Pikachu, but they use a cheat code to have it as their starter.
In this game, you’ll be a trainer and you’ll follow a map on your phone that will take you to the nearest Pokemon. When the creature appears on camera, use the Poke ball from the bottom of the screen and throw it at the Pokemon to catch it and to gain XP. Concentrate and hit the Pokemon directly, before the Poke ball hits the ground. If you want to know how strong the Pokemon is, check the Combat Points (CP) or the color of the circle that appears around it: green (easy), yellow (medium) and red (hard). After reaching Level 5 Pokemon Trainer, you’ll be able to take your creatures to a gym and train them for battle.
At the gym, you’ll have three options of teams to choose from, each one being distinguished by a specific color: Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue) and Valor (red). The locations of the gyms and Poke stops (areas in real world that can be visited to acquire items such as Poke balls, Great balls, Ultra balls, Master balls, Lure Module, Incense, Razz berry, Incubator, Camera, Potion, Super Potion, Revive, Max revive, Bag, Pokemon eggs, Lucky eggs and Poke coins) are the same as the locations from Niantic’s other game, Ingress, so you can use its map to find these places more easily.
Players will also purchase in-game currency through micro transactions and while on their adventures, they can find eggs of Pokemon that will hatch and will be put in an incubator purchased from a Poke stop.
There are many species of Pokemon that can be captured in different locations, depending on the surroundings, and the main types are: Normal, Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Ice, Fighting, Poison, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Steel, Fairy, Ground and Fly.
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