What’s Pokemon GO? You’re kidding right? I would hope so. If you haven’t noticed a swarm of zombies outside all staring at their phones wandering aimlessly, then you really do not know what Pokemon GO is.
Pokemon Go (stylized as Pokemon GO) is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was released in most regions of the world in July 2016. Making use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices, the game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokemon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. The game is free to play, although it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. – Wiki
Now that we got that out of the way. Here are 10 Pokemon GO secrets you may have not known.
Pokemon Go Secret #1
Start with Pikachu as a starter Pokemon
Want to feel a bit like Ash Ketchum? Well, if you want the adorable and “hard to find” Pikachu as your starter Pokemon, all you have to do is ignore the 3 starters available at the beginning of the game (Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle) and walk around for a bit.
See the video above by GameRiot. Of course, this is for brand new players only 😉
Pokemon Go Secret #2
The highest CP Pokemon may not be the best Pokemon
Before you go and transfer your lower CP Pokemon to the Professor. Be sure to look at the move set for each of the duplicates you are going to transfer. You may have a Pidgeot with a higher CP but that lower one you are about to get rid of for some candy may have the better move set. The attack power and type of move sets you have will be the deciding factor in Gym Battles.
Side Note: This tip is a lot more useful for those Pokemon in their final evolved form.
Pokemon Go Secret #3
You can force Eevee’s evolution type
Eevee has 3 possible evolution forms: Vaporeon (Water), Jolteon (Lightning), and Flareon (Fire). Before this find, users will have to cross their fingers and hope they get the evolution type they really want.
A recent post on Reddit shows that you can actually force evolve Eevee to your preferred “Eeveelution”.
It would seem that there is in fact a way to force an evolution of your Eevee. The Eevee Brothers from the original anime were named Rainer, Pyro, Sparky and they owned a Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon respectively. If you nickname your Eevee either Rainer, Pyro or Sparky, your Eevee will evolve into that desired Eeveelution!
Sparky = Jolteon
Rainer = Vaporeon
Pyro = Flareon
I have tried it on a few Eevees and so have friends, and we’ve seen a 100% success rate. Feel free to give it a try and post back here with results!
Go ahead and choose which Eevee evolution you want. If it works for you, come back and let us know in the comment section below!
Pokemon Go Secret #4
Pokemon type strengths and weaknesses
To be a successful Pokemon master, you must know your Pokemon type and their weakness. You are able to see the defending Pokemons in the Gyms, so be prepared and choose the right Pokemon to battle.
Here is a chart that you can reference for future purposes:
Pokemon Go Secret #5
How to properly use your Lucky Eggs for maximum XP
Unlike regular eggs that you must hatch in the incubator. Lucky eggs give out 2X experience for using (activating) them and lasts 30 min.
In Pokemon GO, you get experience points for different actions in the game:
- 10 XP – Curve ball (arc as you throw your pokeball)
- 10 XP – Nice throw (hit inside a large circle)
- 50 XP – Activating in at a pokestop
- 50 XP – Beat a Pokemon in training at a gym already your team’s color
- 50 XP – Great Throw (hit inside a small circle)
- 100 XP – Battling an opposing team’s Pokemon trainer at a gym
- 100 XP – Excellent throw (hit inside a tiny circle)
- 100 XP – Pokemon caught
- 150 XP – Beating an opposing team’s Pokemon trainer at a gym
- 200 XP – Hatch a Pokemon
- 500 XP – Evolve a Pokemon
- 500 XP – New Pokemon
The goal here is to use those 30 minutes of double XP wisely and the best way to do so is by evolving your Pokemon. This is where all those Rattatas and Pidgeys you always see around come in handy. So until you have collected about 50 Rattatas, try to hesitate from using the Lucky Eggs.
You can also visit www.PidgeyCalc.com to calculate the amount of XP you would earn by evolving all your dupes.