The new Pokemon for iPhone game has created quite a lot of buzz. These days, Pokemon is not just for children anymore. Instead, it’s a fun game that’s great for all ages and can be taken everywhere with you in your pocket.
If you’ve never played Pokemon before, never fear! This article will instruct you on how to play this game in order to be the very best Pokemon trainer. We’ll go over the basic steps to the game, as well as some tips to reach higher levels more quickly. We’ll also show you how to apply these tips to your own game.
1. Set Up Your Account
Before you can get started, you’ll need to download the Pokémon for iPhone. Pokemon Go is available for most recent iOS systems in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. After you open the app, you’ll be prompted to create a Pokemon trainer account and choose a starter Pokemon from the three available choices.
You can choose to start with a Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur. Your choice is totally up to you. This will be the very first Pokemon you acquire, and throughout the game, your goal will be to acquire many more.
For those who are unfamiliar with the world of Pokemon, make sure to pay attention to the introductory explanations given to you when you create your account. That will help you find your way around the game and the different map icons.
2. Catch Pokémon
For many people, this is the most fun part of playing Pokemon for iPhone. This game is unique in that it integrates into your actual environment — it’s an “augmented reality” game — so you have the experience of hunting Pokemon down in your actual neighborhood. Wherever you walk, you’ll find more!
Catching these Pokemon means that they become added to your own collection. You have to catch Pokemon in order to use them in other parts of the game, like battles and leveling up.
To catch a Pokemon, first tap on the Pokemon’s body. You’ll see something called a Pokeball, which is used to catch the Pokemon. Simply launch the Pokeball at the Pokemon to attempt to catch it; if you don’t get it on your first try, use another Pokeball to try again. As you advance through the game, you’ll acquire pokeballs of different strengths.
Note that the color of the ring surrounding the Pokemon indicates how difficult it is to catch. Red rings are the most difficult, while green ones are the easiest.
You can catch Pokemon in a variety of different places, and the more you walk around, the wider range of Pokemon you’ll catch.
3. Visit Pokestops
When you browse the Pokémon for iPhone map, you’ll notice certain landmarks are highlighted. These are called Pokestops, and they’re pinned to real landmarks around your town or city. Visiting a Pokestop earns you important game items, like pokeballs, Pokemon eggs (which you can hatch by walking around), and useful potions. You can also use certain items, like incense and lure modules, to attract more Pokemon to wherever you are.
You have to physically visit Pokestops and click on them in the app in order to reap these rewards. However, you can also buy these items in the app.
4. Level Up Your Trainer Character
Catching Pokemon and visiting Pokestops will eventually raise your character’s level to level 5, which is the point at which you can officially choose a team. Pokemon players are divided into three trainer teams: Team Valor (red), Team Instinct (yellow) and Team Mystic (blue). You have to choose a team in order to be able to battle other Pokemon at gyms.
As you reach higher levels, you’ll catch higher-level Pokemon and be able to pick up new, more effective items.
5. Battle at Gyms
Some landmarks that you’ll notice on your map aren’t Pokestops but instead are battle gyms. These are the sites where you’ll need to go in order to battle other Pokemon.
One thing to keep in mind for battles is that every Pokemon has a unique Combat Power (CP). You can gradually increase a Pokemon’s CP by obtaining special items called Stardust and candy. Your Pokemon’s ability to defeat other Pokemon will depend on their CP, as well as each Pokemon’s signature battle attacks.
If you beat a rival team at a gym, you can add your Pokemon to that gym to hold it down for your team. When other teams come by, they’ll have to beat your Pokemon in order to take the gym over. The more you battle in gyms, the more experience you and your Pokemon will gain.
Different Pokemon have different types of attacks. You can either tap on the enemy or tap-and-hold to attack them, and you can also dodge enemy attacks. When your Pokemon is wounded in a battle, they lose some of their Hit Points. These can be replenished using potions that you pick up at Pokestops.
6. Hatch Eggs
As you visit Pokestops, you’ll acquire Pokemon eggs which will eventually hatch into live Pokemon. What’s the catch? You have to walk around to hatch them. Different eggs require a different walking distance to hatch them, so you may have to walk anywhere from 2 to 10 miles in order for the egg to hatch.
If you’re getting some steps in to try to hatch an egg, just make sure your Pokemon for iPhone app is turned on — otherwise, the distance won’t register towards your egg! The Pokemon that come out of your egg can be anything from a basic Zubat to a rare Pikachu.
7. Evolve Your Pokemon
Over time as you gather special items, you’ll be able to evolve your Pokemon into their next form. The advanced forms are usually even stronger — and cooler-looking too!
It’s wise to wait to evolve Pokemon until you reach level 10. Evolving a Pokemon helps raise your character level, but the amount of increase depends on your current level. That makes it more worthwhile when you’re already at a higher level.
Pokemon for iPhone can quickly turn into a fun, absorbing game once you learn the basics. It’s unlike any other iPhone game and has totally changed the experience of catching Pokemon into one that anyone with a smartphone can enjoy. Try out these tips after you download Pokemon for iPhone, and make sure to let us know how it turns out!