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Pokémon Go is the rage these days. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is playing it, everyone is remembering their childhood and everything is right in the world. When Nintendo came out with this smartphone application, we all got excited because the tech giant has never released any game for phones before. After actually getting the app, we fell in love. The game is loved all around the globe not only because it brings us great memories, but it is a game that will get you moving. We’re all used with the image of a gamer: in front of a PC, not moving for days, surrounded by Doritos and energizer cans all over the room. But now, we can take out our friends, our bikes or our rollerblades and go hunting for some good old Pokémons. But now, for the more competitive people around, we have some tips and tricks to make you the one that catches them all.

  1. Don’t hesitate to catch a Pokémon twice!

Have you ever been disappointed that after a long walk you just encountered a Pokémon you already have? Well, actually, that’s not such a bad thing. If you do catch it, you might waste a Pokéball but you will get experience and candy. Here’s a little tip: trade your second Pokémon for some extra candy from Professor Willow.

  1. No patience for hatching your Pokémon eggs?

Sadly, there’s no way to cheat this part of the game. The eggs hatch at a certain number of miles you walk. But you can take a ride with your bike and enjoy the weather, as well as your favorite game. After all, the fact that it gets you out of the house is what we all love about this game. If you have a well-known Pokémon inside, a more common one if we may say, then the egg will hatch at maybe a 2 mile walk. But the distance gets higher if your Pokémon is rare, going up to 5 miles.

  1. Invest in a common Pokémon

“Say what? No! I will find rare Pokémons and I will take them to gyms and I will kick some ass.” That’s what you might be thinking. But investing in a common Pokémon in your area is actually a great idea if you think a little bit about it. The candy you receive by catching a creature is specific to that creature. So, it’s obvious that if the Pokémon is common in your area, you will find more of its kind, and naturally more candy for it. So you can constantly make it stronger by just walking around the block. So when you get to a Pokégym, everyone will fear your otherwise common creature.

4.Get experience in a heartbeat

All of us were struggling in the beginning to get to level 5 so we can just enter a Pokégym and battle other users. But now there’s a tip to getting XP way faster. So if you haven’t started playing yet, or are just curious, listen up! While standing in front of a Pokémon, as tempted you are to just throw your Pokéball and catch it, hold the ball for a few seconds and swipe in circular motions. The Pokéball will start sparkling and if you throw it then, you will get a bonus of 50 XP points.

  1. How can you find Pokémon in your area

If you’re in the beginning, you might think you just need to have your maps open and just walk around to find a Pokémon. Actually, you can have a general idea of where the creatures are by tapping on the white rectangle in the bottom of the screen. A window will pop up with some silhouettes of Pokémons you can find nearby. You can click on one of the creatures and the rectangle will turn green when you’re going into the right direction. Neat trick, right? It’s not obvious to a lot of people. Those Nintendo developers, they really like to keep their secrets!

Another little tip is to check how many footsteps you see: a very close Pokémon will show only a footprint, while a faraway one will show two or even three footprints.

  1. Check out the rusty leaves on your map

Weren’t we just talking about the little secrets Nintendo likes to hide in their game? The rusty leaves, which seem to have no meaning whatsoever, are actually potential locations of Pokémons. What? That’s what they meant all of this time? Oh, yeah! So, go check out some rusty leaves! However, don’t get disappointed if there is no Pokémon there, because they do not guarantee you will find one, but there is a high chance there will be a little Pokémon waiting for you in that location.

  1. Optimize the battery consumption

If you already have Pokémon Go installed on your smartphone, you know how many features it requires to work properly: you need to have your GPS on, your data connection open (or Wi-Fi if you’re lucky) as well as the camera working most times. So let’s look at what we can do about it. You can first go to the game’s settings and turn on the Battery saving option. Another tip is to download your city’s map from Google Maps so you can use the app while in your city without any internet connection. That’s a nice tip, ain’t it? It doesn’t hog up a lot of memory, either. If you’re traveling more than your home city, you might want to bring a portable charger with you.

These were our tips & tricks. Have a lot of fun, get a little workout while having fun with the game and be careful – don’t burry your head in the smartphone and look around for cars.