The new Pokémon Go mobile app was just released, and fans are already obsessed.
That’s because this isn’t your usual Pokémon game. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, meaning that you have to get up off the couch and walk around to find cute little Pokémon creatures. You catch them, train them, and then use them in battles against other Pokémon.
Sounds great, right? Here’s how to get started.
Once you’ve downloaded the app you’ll have to register with your birth date. There are then two different ways to log into the game: through Google or through the Pokémon Trainer Club.
Unless you’re already registered for the Club, it’s easiest to log in through Google. The Club Pokémon site has been experiencing technical issues and outages (which is understandable given that everyone and their grandmother is trying to use it.)
You also want to make sure that you give Pokémon Go permission to access your location when you load the game up for the first time. It’s not an option: It’s a prerequisite, because Pokémon Go will need your GPS data.
Customize your character
Character customization is limited to gender and eight other options: skin, hair, and eye color, and five pieces of clothing. The choices within categories are also very limited, but there are enough to make your Pokémon trainer your own.
After a brief introduction to the Pokémon researcher Professor Willow, you’ll get your starting Poké Balls and walk you through your first Pokémon capture.
Once you’re loaded into the game you’ll cut to a map that should instantly make clear why you were asked to give Pokémon Go access to your location. The Pokémon Go map isn’t Google Maps accurate, but you should recognize your neighborhood instantly. It certainly ought to be more than enough to let you navigate around and find your way to some Pokémon to capture.
You can tell where Pokémon may be hiding by watching the map for little tufts of green leaves swirling, as if the Pokémon are rustling around in the grass. These are only the roughest indication of where you might find a critter to trap, but it gives you a direction to walk.
The circle around your character indicates how close you need to be to a Pokémon to capture it. You’ll need to get a Pokémon inside that circle to be able to capture them with a Poké Ball. When a Pokémon is close enough to capture, it will pop up on the screen—as if you’ve just uncovered it. Tap on the Pokémon to try to capture it.
You can find Pokémon anywhere out in the world. In the garage, on the beach, on the sidewalk, park benches, in the woods—anywhere you can think of.
To be clear you don’t have to be outside to find Pokémon. We’ve found them in the kitchen, the bedroom, the living room, and even in a neighborhood coffee house. You’re more likely to find them outside, but even on a rainy day you might be able to capture some new Pokémon.
Once you find a Pokémon on the map and tap on it, you’ll switch to an augmented reality view of the real world that shows you the Pokémon at the top of the screen and a Poké Ball at the bottom. Now it’s time to make your capture.
The best way to go about this is slow and steady, since you don’t have an infinite supply of Poké Balls. You can find them out in the world—more on that in a bit—and earn them by increasing your level, but otherwise they do cost real money to buy.
You can hold down the Poké Ball with your fingertip while you watch your prey. As you do, you’ll see a green circle within a white circle around the Pokémon. The green circle starts large, then shrinks, and then grows large again. What you want to do is hit your Pokémon with the Poké Ball while the green circle is fairly wide. That gives you the best chance to make the capture.
Just because you catch a Pokémon doesn’t mean it’s going to stay, so keep an eye on the Poké Ball after it’s captured. It will rattle a few times and give off stars if your effort was a success. If not, you’ll see the Pokémon reappear.
You can assess the Pokemon’s capture difficulty by the color of its circle. Green is the easiest to catch, while yellow, orange, and red are progressively harder. Larger Pokémon with higher Combat Power (CP) can take more than one try to catch.
We had to try four times with a Gyarados (CP 117) before it and joined our team. Larger Pokémon also mean a higher boost to your experience though, so it’s worth it to spend the effort if your goal is to start battling other trainers as soon as possible.
Visit Poké Stops when you run out of Poké Balls
Pokémon Go creates locations called PokéStops at local points of interest like monuments and notable landmarks. PokéStops are where you can get fresh Poké Balls and other items for free.
PokéStops appear as blue squares on the map. If you tap on the square, the screen will cut to a picture of the monument or the landmark.
Just flick your finger across the picture. The picture will spin as if it were a coin and then spit out some items for you to collect. Just tap on the items to add them to your inventory.
The other identifiable locations on your Pokémon Go map are places where you can train your Pokémon for battle. They appear as tall, yellow pillar-like structures on the map.
You have to be level 5 to battle. You earn experience points by capturing Pokémon. We’d love to be able to discuss how battles work, but Pokémon Go’s launch has been rough at best, so capturing enough Pokémon to hit level 5 has been impossible thus far.
Pokémon Go is awesome to play when you’re running around in the real world, but the bugs and technical jitters have been frustrating.
We were kicked out of the app about 10 times over three hours. This takes you all the way out, so you have to log back in via Google. Switching from WiFi to a local cell phone network sometimes caused issues, but it was much easier to log back in via Wifi.
Playing Pokémon Go at the beach worked fine. In the woods, even with a strong cell signal, not so much. Sometimes we’d walk around and there would be so many leaves flying through the air on our game map that you’d think we were walking over a carpet of Pokémon, but none would appear. Other times we’d have a plethora of Pokémon to choose from with no warning they were in the area.
Too often when we did find and capture a Pokémon, Pokémon Go froze up leaving the Poké Ball hovering on the screen, practically taunting us. In some cases we discovered after loading back into the game that the capture actually worked. Other times we restarted, checked our Pokédex inventory, and found the Pokémon we thought we captured was actually not in our library.
Find other players
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Even in the very short amount of time that we were out on Pokémon safari, we encountered other people playing the game. You can tell other Pokémon Go players by their constant starting, stopping, and turning around in full circles.
Pokémon Go isn’t much for tutorials or help screens, so learning how to play the game together will be part of the fun.
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