12 Tricks You Should Know About Pokémon Go


Pokémon Go is the game that has swept the world, causing Nintendo’s stock value to increase by $7.5 billion in two days. However, the popular game doesn’t always explain how to play, leaving many players frustrated. Fortunately, we have twelve tricks to help you level up, beat your rivals, and get free coins and Stardust. Most importantly, these tips will help in your quest to find rare Pokémon and “catch’em all!”

1. In Pokémon Go You Can Choose Pikachu As Your Starter.

You Can Choose Pikachu As Your Starter.

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The game offers you the choice of Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur as your starter Pokémon. If you’d rather have the iconic Pikachu instead, simply walk away from these starter Pokémon a few times. This causes Pikachu to appear on the world map, and all you have to do is catch him!

2. Use the Tracker.

Use the Tracker.

The tracker in the bottom right of the screen helps you find specific Pokémon in the area. Click on it to expand the tracker, which shows you up to nine Pokémon. Beneath each one will be between zero and three pawprints. Zero pawprints means something is immediately close, whereas one pawprint means you must walk somewhere nearby. Two and three pawprints means you must walk farther. The grid of nearby Pokémon updates in real-time, so if you see a Pokémon moving to the right in the grid, or if you see the number of pawprints increase, you will know you are now going the wrong way.

3. Lures and Incense

Lures and Incense

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Using incense will entice Pokémon to your location for thirty minutes. You can use lures at Pokéstops to do the same thing, only others can benefit from the use of a lure. You and others can see when a lure has been deployed by the large amount of pink flowers floating around a Pokéstop on the world map. Using either incense or a lure is a gamble, though: while these are both great ways to find rarer and higher-level Pokémon, you will not necessarily lure the specific nearby Pokémon that you want. Instead, use the grid and the number of pawprints beneath the Pokémon to track him down.

4. Look for Rustling Leaves.

Look for Rustling Leaves.

The world map holds many clues about nearby Pokémon. One of the biggest clues are the rustling leaves that you see on your map. You should head towards those areas (which are typically within forest, parks, or other rural areas) in order to track down the Pokémon that are hiding within.