Pokemon Go Guide – Everything you need to know to be good at it

A constantly updated guide to help you be a good Pokemon Master


The Internet is going crazy with Pokemon Go information. We cut through the noise and bring to you a simple guide to help you get started and master the most popular game at the moment.

Tracking Pokemon

  • When on the game home screen, a button on the bottom right of the screen will show you nearby Pokemon
  • There are a few footsteps under each Pokemon which indicate the distance between you and the Pokemon. One step means that it is close by while two or three steps mean that it is further away.Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (5)
  • If there are no footsteps under a Pokemon that means it’s very close by. Tap on the Pokemon in the menu and it will appear on the map. Good luck capturing it!
  • When capturing Pokemon, don’t use the power and home button on your iPhone and iPad to capture a screenshot. Simply take the camera button and take a picture and it will be saved to your Photos app.

Capture difficult Pokemon with Razz Berries

Pokemon can sometimes jump out of a Pokeball after you capture them. Razz Berries make it easy to capture tricky Pokemon and save Pokeballs.

  • Purchase Razz Berries with in-game currency or earn them by visiting Pokestops frequently
  • Tap the Pokeball on the bottom of the screen, to access the sub-menu. Select Items in the sub-menu to use Razz Berries when capturing Pokemon.

Find more Pokemon with Lure Modules

  • Lure Modules attached to Pokestops attract Pokemon for 30 minutes. On the map, if you see it’s “raining” over a Pokestop, that means it has a Lure Module attached to it.
  • So, either activate your own Lure Modules from your Items list in the sub-menu or look for Pokestops with Lure Modules attached by other players to capture Pokemon.

Always have an egg in an Incubator

Kill two birds with one stone: capture and hatch Pokemon. Before you begin your walk to capture new Pokemon, keep an egg in an Incubator. As as you walk across streets, parks, or malls, you are setting yourself to hatch these eggs to get new Pokemon.

Here’s how:

  • Tap the Pokeball to access the sub-menu
  • In the sub-menu, select Pokemon and then click on ‘eggs’ at the top
  • Select the Incubator icon on the right at the bottom of the screen
  • Place the Incubator on your preferred eggPokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (8)

To hatch eggs of rare Pokemon, you will have to walk longer distances, which will take more time. If you do not feel like walking between 2 to 10 KM to hatch an egg, then you can incubate an egg on a bicycle. You can trick the app into thinking that you are walking since it is slower than being in a car and faster than walking.

Know your Pokemon

Have a 3D look and hear the sound to your captured Pokemon

  • Tap on the Pokeball at the bottom of the home screen
  • Select Pokemon sub-menu and select the Pokemon you want to see and hear
  • Rotate the Pokemon left and right with your finger to have a 3D view of the Poke
  • Tap on the selected Pokemon to hear it roar

Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (1)Find out the time and date when you caught a Pokemon or how many you caught on a particular day

  • You can also use the Journal to track when you caught a certain Pokemon or see how many you caught in a day. Tap the bottom left button on the home screen and tap the Journal button under the XP count to see the timeline.Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (7)

Find out how much you have walked so far while playing Pokemon Go

  • Go to your profile and scroll down and tap on the Jogger achievement to see how many kilometers have you walked so far.Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (9)

Throw Curve Pokeballs to win XP bonus points

  • On the Pokemon capture screen, spin the ball several times in circles. The Pokeball will lighten up and sparks will come out of it to indicate you are curving the ball correctly
  • Then, flick it towards the Pokemon
  • Earn XP bonus points by capturing Pokemon with curve balls
  • It is slightly difficult to get a curve Pokeball on target so be careful when capturing new/rare Pokemon

Earn ‘Great throw’ bonus points

  • When capturing a Pokemon, you will see a shrinking yellow circle in front of the Pokemon
  • Throw Pokeball in the yellow circle and you will earn a “great throw” XP bonus.

Evolve your Pokemon to make them more powerful and win Gym battles

  • Evolve your Pokemon by capturing the same Pokemon over and over again and earn stardust and candy. Once you have enough candy, you can evolve it to its next form to make it stronger
  • After evolving it to its final form, power-up by using stardust and candy
  • Powerful Pokemon fare better in Gym battles
  • Don’t power up your Pokemon until you have evolved them, since it requires a lot more candies to do so. You can later power up them easily with lesser candy requirement.

Do not get tired of capturing the same Pokemon, again and again. Every Pokemon is valuable, even the lower-level ones.

Earn more XP with Lucky Eggs

Earn some extra points with the following:

  • Lucky Eggs let you earn double experience points for 30 minutes
  • XP: catching and evolving Pokemon
    • Catching new Pokemon: 100 XP
    • Evolving Pokemon: 500 XP
  • With Lucky egg in play,  earn additional XP
    • Capturing new Pokemon: 200 XP
    • Evolving a Pokemon: 1000 XP

Preferably use Incense or activate a Lure Module at the same time as a Lucky Egg. It will attract Pokemon for 30 minutes, a perfect time for you to earn lots of Experience Points (XP).Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (1)

Organize your Pokemon

  • Tap the icon right corner at the bottom of the main Pokemon menu and it will display different sorting options to choose from.
  • You can sort Pokemon in alphabetical order, according to their Combat points (CP), Health Points (HP), by recently captured and so on.
  • You can also rename Pokemon to whatever name you want.Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (3)

Save Battery while playing Pokemon Go

  • Tap the Pokeball and go to Settings menu on the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Click on Battery saver option to prolong battery usage.
  • In the Battery saver mode, you can also flip your phone upside down to dim the screen to save battery.
  • It is also wise to enable Low Power Mode on your iOS device to save additional battery life since walking around with GPS on and 3D graphics uses a lot of power.Pokemon Go guide - tips and tricks (4)

Read our detailed coverage on how to save battery when playing Pokemon Go.

Poke Radar to capture Pokemon to complete your list

Use Poke Radar map app to find and capture rare Pokemon. In the app, you can set a filter to see where to look for a certain Pokemon. Read more about Poke Radar.

Stay in touch with the Pokemon Go community

It is a good idea to stay in touch with other Pokemon Masters by using an app like RazorGo which lets you chat in one-to-one or group conversations with other players.