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Pokémon Go |OT| As in "Go Outside"

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DONT BE AN IDIOT AND PLAY THE GAME WHILE DRIVING. DON'T GO INTO RESTRICTED AREAS. WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING.

Also Known as:
Pokemon GoUpgradeTheServers

Pokemon GoToChurch

Pokemon GoInStrangersYards

Pokemon GoDriveWithYourPhoneOut

Pokemon thereGOesMyBattery

Pokemon GoToTheGymButNotThatKindOfGym

Pokemon GoWalkAroundTheParkLookingLikeACreep



  • Available for: Android [4.4.4 or later] and Apple [iOS 8.0 or later] devices

* July 12th 2016; updated to 1.0.1
- Trainers do not to have to enter their username and password repeatedly after a force log out
- Added stability to Pokémon Trainer Club account log-in process
- Resolved issues causing crashes
- Fixed Google account scope

Pokemon GO is now available in many different countries! Please check your regional app store to see if it's available!







Welcome to the World of Pokemon aka Earth. That's right, for the first time, Pokemon are right here on our own planet! They're in your house! Outside of your house! They watch you while you sleep!

When you first start up your game, you'll be prompted to log in with either a Pokemon Trainer Club Account or a Google/Apple(?) account. We've got a lot of reports that the PTC is being hammered so it might not be a bad idea to just log in with your regular app store account.

After logging in, Professor bishounen Rick Sanchez Willow will give you a real quick rundown of everything. Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle will appear at your feet and you'll start the battle sequence. Essentially for capturing Pokemon in this game, you'll be flicking the Pokeball towards them and hoping for a capture. So far it's been relatively easy to capture any Pokemon although you may go through a few balls. You start off with around 50 so you wont have to worry too much for a little bit.


why he dress in layers though. its too hot out for that.

After catching and entering your username, you'll be free to start exploring! Basically, simply walk around with the app open and your phone will likely buzz when there's a Pokemon that has appeared!

Before you ask what the "nearby" thing is...we haven't really figured it out yet. It seems to indicate the distance away a Pokemon is, but some people have seen them despawn, or just not be accurate at all. It's best to just keep it as a reminder of what Pokemon may be in your area than what you'll be able to actually capture.
You'll want to capture more of the same Pokemon as well because you'll get "X Candy" which is how you'll evolve and "train" your Pokemon.



Each capture usually grants 3 of that Pokemon's candy (evolved stages may give more?) and if you have extra mons, you can send them to the Professor to get one of that type of candy as well.

It might be a good idea to hang onto extras because.....



You gotta fight for what you believe in! Pokemon Gyms are available in random places throughout our world (likely similar spots in Ingress) which you can challenge, train or take over.

You wont be able to do so until Level 5 though so make sure you capture lots of Pokemon!

When you challenge a Gym for the first time, you'll get to choose a team


Each one is tied to a Legendary bird. So far they don't really mean much of anything so I wouldn't worry about it too much, just choose your favorite!

When challenging a gym, you'll be fighting a Pokemon left there by another player. If there isn't one, you should be able to simply capture it..and leave your own Pokemon there to protect it! (that's why you might want to hold onto stronger extra Pokemon!)



In battling, you can either:

  • Do a ‘Fast Attack’ – tap your Pokemon to perform this move. This charges your ‘special meter’.
  • Dodge attacks – swipe left or right on the screen when your opponent strikes to avoid taking damage
  • Do a ‘Special Attack’ – once that special meter is charged, press and hold on your Pokémon to perform the move. This will do considerably more damage to the opponent!

A Pokémon faints when all of their HP is depleted, and a battle won when no more Pokémon remain on the opponent’s side. Damage depends on your Pokémon’s ‘CP’ (Combat Points). Higher level Pokémon have a higher CP rating. This number differs from Pokémon to Pokémon (even those of the same species). You gain more access to more powerful Pokémon with higher CP the higher your trainer level. However, evolved Pokémon tend to have a higher CP than unevolved ones, and so forth. Type advantages and your Pokémon’s moveset will come into play as well.


If there's other players in your area of the same team as you, you can team up and fight the enemy Pokemon to capture the gym for your team. If you encounter a gym of your color, you can leave a Pokemon to help defend it, or train there and power up your mons!



PokeStops are the other locations you'll find in the world. These places are simply checkpoints you can visit and get items from. Simply get close to one, tap the icon and spin the image to receive 3 items. (You should be able to visit again in 5-10 minutes)



You can get lots of great stuff from PokeStops like more Pokeballs, incense (to capture Pokemon!) and even eggs which you can incubate and hatch.

They mostly seem to be at churches or memorials throughout many cities, so check there first. You're bound to find some.
Sponsored Locations
Sponsored Locations are PokeStops that a company has paid for to appear in the game. Basically, this should simply mean that the PokeStop is at a physical store, in the hopes you'll visit and maybe buy something.





So you're probably wondering about Legendary Pokemon like the birds and Mew/Mewtwo. Well.....so far we've gotten no indication of where they could be, or if there's more than one or anything really. So stay tuned I guess? If you see one, please let us know and provide some screenshots. Similarly, someone reported they found a shiny but never replied back. Let us know please!


Pokemon Go Plus is an extra accessory you'll be able to pick up for Pokemon Go at the end of July. Costing $35, you can wear it on a wristband or clip it to your shirt. The accessory connects to the game via bluetooth and from what we understand:

- You can get items from PokeStops by pushing the button when it vibrates. You'll maybe have to pick them up in the game, but they'll likely be auto collected basically and go right into your inventory.
- You can capture Pokemon by hitting the button without taking out your phone. However, you'll only be able to capture Pokemon you already have.
- We don't really know what exactly you might be able to do with it right now however (can you get steps in for your eggs? Will it notify you of gyms nearby? What's the vibration difference between Pokemon and Stops? etc)
- the accessory was up on Gamestop with a July 31st release, however it doesn't look like they're still taking preorders. It'll likely be available at all retailers but with how popular the game is, you may want to plunk some money down soon!




FAQ
- Why can't I find X Pokemon?
Different Pokemon appear all throughout the country and world! Try checking out new places if all you're getting is the same Pokemon. Additionally, scope out PokeStops and hope you get some eggs, which can hatch into any Pokemon.

-What do the feet mean on the nearby tab?
It's basically a form of distance on how far away that Pokemon is. 1= 20 meters, 2 = 100 meters and 3 is about 1 kilometer (about half a mile). This can be in any direction, but you'd likely find them walking towards tufts of grass

-How do I fight gyms?
After getting to level 5 access a gym and select your team. You can fight other gyms and take them over, or you can train and add Pokemon to one held by your team. If there's animations happening around it, it's under attack. You might be able to fight with someone or have to defend it!

-Why isn't X working?
Be patient, The game is under a lot of stress because of how many people are playing. If something isn't working, you might have to simply come back later. If something freezes, wait a while, kill the app and try again.

-AR is bugged for me halp!
In battle you can turn off AR in the top right to display a generic grassy background. This works really well if you're trying to go after a Pokemon like Zubat that's small and flaps all around.

-What does CP mean? What does the XL/XS/whatever mean for the Pokemon?
CP is "Combat Points", think of it as a Pokemon's "level" from the main games. CP is how strong they are when attacking and is modified based on several factors including the size, weight, species, and even your trainer level. Your level I think is the most important because you wont be finding really good mons until you begin to level up. CP doesn't matter much on a overall scale, but it's useful when taking on a gym so you don't get btfo by a Raticate. But you can fight stronger ones regardless of your CP...and your stronger CP mons can be taken out by babbies.

Just a few things to throw out here too; right now there's no "softbans" for people playing while driving. DONT BE AN IDIOT AND PLAY THE GAME WHILE DRIVING. If you'd like it on to see where Pokespots are around you, you should look for a car mount that holds your phone somewhere on your middle console in your vehicle. Outside of looking where you're going, don't be a ass and play and get in an accident. I don't want to see any articles about that.
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Helpful Companion Apps

- Google Opinion Rewards [Android Only]: Do quick surveys which give you Google Play credit that you can spend on items in the Shop.
- AchieveMint [iTunes Only]: Gain points while walking and doing other healthy activities including looking for Pokemon. You can turn the points into gift cards.

- Walk for a Dog: While out walking, you can walk for a local animal shelter and the app will donate money to them. You're out walking anyways, and you can help some puppers.
- Charity Miles: While out walking you can choose a charity and a corporate sponsor will donate to them based on how much you've walked/ran/biked.






- At participating Red Robin restaurants, you can get $3 off $10 if you show your waiter your Pokedex in Pokemon Go. [Source]

- T-Mobile announced that on July 19th, players will get free unlimited data on Pokemon Go, Free Lyft rides up to $15 to get to a PokeStop or Gym, a Free Wendy's Frosty, 50% off select accessories at T-Mobile stores, and will be entered into a drawing where 250 people can $100 in PokeCoins and 5 people can win a trip to anywhere in the US for themselves and a friend! [Source]

- RadioShack is offering 25% off all powerbanks if you capture a Pokémon in their store. [Source]

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[Thanks to DailyPokemonCommunity and Serebii.net for some of the images and details of the game.
 

Kinsei

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Hooray an OT! I'll just repost my first impression from the Google Play thread.

I just got back from my first walk and here's my results.

Along with them there were quite a few that showed up nearby that I couldn't find. Slowpoke (I think it was on the other side of a lake since it only showed up when I was right on the shore), Caterpie, Metapod, Beedrill, and Bellsprout.

My first impressions are very positive. The game had me going around and searching areas of my neighborhood that I have never been before (like exploring a trailer park to find that Paras). I definitely want to catch them all.
 

lt519

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Just reminded me, my work has a Pokestop. Every 5-10 minutes you say? My desk isn't close enough I have to walk to the front of the building haha.
 
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I finally got it working this morning. Walked around in front of my house and caught a few pokes.

Liking it so far, despite it eating battery like crazy.
 

T.O.P

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Both my Twitter ad Facebook feeds are FULL of people sharing screens lol

...Appstore hurry the fuck up!
 

Revolutionary

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My local park (Sunset) is Pikachu central. It's awesome. :)


But yeah I hope they iron out the bugs and server issues quickly. I mentioned it in the other thread but I defeated a gym leader with my 238 Tauros but then it was assigned to another trainer at the gym instead of me lol.
 

pikablu

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So far I really enjoy it. My girlfriend and I are going out this weekend to see what we can find. I can't wait to start walking to lunch!
 

MajorMane

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I was checking out Ingress for possible locations in my town and apparently the big cemetary has a ton of Ingress portals, meaning there's either Pokestops or gyms out there.

And I'm just like...


And for the record, yes, the Pokestops and Gyms are the same as those in Ingress (https://www.ingress.com/intel). Gyms are typically the more popular spots. So you can go to that link and if you have an Ingress account (free to make), you can check around you.
 

Kinsei

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I'm pretty sure the closet gym to me is 4 kilometers away. Looks like I've got quite the trek to make tonight.
 

SatoAilDarko

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This should really have 7 skin colors instead of 4 like Splatoon does.

I'm in the middle of the darkest two, fuck.
 

Conkerkid11

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I'm probably doing something wrong, but at the moment for me, the app no longer functions if I leave it alone long enough for the screen to turn off. This is both with battery saving mode enabled or disabled from within the game. As a temporary workaround, I downloaded an app called Keep Screen which allows my phone to stay awake so long as Pokémon Go is running. This obviously burns through more battery than if the app were functioning correctly, but it's not. Hopefully this gets fixed soon. The game was in beta long enough, and I hear this was an issue brought about by an update around two weeks back.

Make sure Battery Save mode is turned off from within the app if you're using Keep Screen, otherwise problems happen like the screen freezing as soon as a wild Bulbasaur shows up.

Maybe it's not the best game at the moment. But it is a pretty good jogging app.

 

EhoaVash

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AR function doesn't seem to work if your phone doesn't have gyro sensor ( moto g 3rd gen )

:(
 

ryseing

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Man I wish battery life + load times were better. That accessory thing cannot come soon enough.

AR function doesn't seem to work if your phone doesn't have gyro sensor ( moto g 3rd gen )

:(
Can confirm. Man, I wanted to take cool screenshots.
 

Fireblend

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I want a Growlithe real bad but haven't seen a single one yet T_T

Gonna have to go hunting this weekend.
 

Conkerkid11

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Thursday Morning Update Post Your Current Stats People!
I'm more interested in the distances walked by higher level people.

Kind of jealous of those who live in an area where they can sit there collecting PokeStop rewards whenever they come off cooldown, and catch wild Pokemon that come to them periodically.

I live near a decent cluster of gyms and PokeStops, but nothing actually within my apartment, so there's nothing I can do without going outside for walks or jogs.

Also curious, how does your app work at the moment, if you just launch it and let it idle, does it still work properly once the screen's turned off automatically?
 

Red

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The closest pokestop is two and a half miles from my house. Nothing along the route of my normal walks. Damn.
 

Iceman829

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Last night I tried walking to 2 of the pokestops within .25 miles of my house and I couldn't get anything to really work on the app. This morning I caught a bunch of monsters including a 191 Pidgeot, a 92 Growlithe and a bunch of Eevees. As I was walking into my office my phone vibrated and a Gastly was sitting right there. I'm sure if someone checks the security cam they would have a laugh as I was trying to find where Gastly was hiding in the lobby. I'm close to level 5 now so at lunch time I'll walk down the road to the YMCA that appears to be a gym I can take over.

A few things I noticed as I left the app running while driving to work is it crashes without you realizing sometimes. If nothing is appearing try closing the app and reopening it. I wasn't trying to catch anything while driving but wanted to see if any points of interest were on my route.

Back home I have a gym 100ft from my house since I live near a park and another gym in the park by the water about .25 miles away. The park has half a dozen pokestops around it as well. I'll stop by after going to the gym and do a lap around to lay my claim to the local gyms.
 

shoryukens

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So how long does it take for things to load in the game?

Like I keep waiting for something to come up my map and nothing happens. When I hit the nearby tab it just shows up empty.

Is the game still having server issues?
 

diablos991

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Damn. Pokecenter right outside my house but I'm too far away to claim without walking across the street.

Anybody know of a way to trick the gps?
 

Kinsei

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I'm more interested in the distances walked by higher level people.

Kind of jealous of those who live in an area where they can sit there collecting PokeStop rewards whenever they come off cooldown, and catch wild Pokemon that come to them periodically.

I live near a decent cluster of gyms and PokeStops, but nothing actually within my apartment, so there's nothing I can do without going outside for walks or jogs.

Also curious, how does your app work at the moment, if you just launch it and let it idle, does it still work properly once the screen's turned off automatically?
I'm level 6 and I've walked 5.3km.
 

Iceman829

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So how long does it take for things to load in the game?

Like I keep waiting for something to come up my map and nothing happens. When I hit the nearby tab it just shows up empty.

Is the game still having server issues?
Close the app and reopen it. It doesn't always work properly. See what happens when you reload back in.
 

Dusktildawn48

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Of course its gonna be raining all day in st Louis. Wife and I wanna get out and catch some damn pokemon
 

Robin64

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This doesn't seem to be just beta, it's happening now too. So if you're experiencing 1hp gym battles:

DONT SPAM THE APP BY TAPPING A MILLION TIMES. In beta, there was a huge bug where if you tapped a bunch of times without letting the app catch up, the opponent’s Pokemon would get stuck at 1 hp and keep attacking all of your Pokemon. Honestly, just wait until the animation is close to finished before tapping again and you should be fine and still do the same amount of damage.