1. Get Pikachu as your starter
At the beginning of Pokemon Go, you get to choose between three different starter Pokemon - Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. However, there's a hidden fourth option - you can pick Pikachu, arguably the most popular Pokemon out there, as your starter!
How to get it? When presented with the option to pick a starter, just walk away from them. Yes, in the physical, real-world meaning of the term. The game will try hard to make you pick one of these, but as long as you're stubborn and walk away, you will be finally rewarded with Pikachu. This will happen after the game asks you to pick a starter three times.
2. How do I get free Poke Balls?
You start with 50 Poke Balls; you will quickly deplete your cache if you're a good player but you will deplete it even faster if you're bad and you don't master your throws well. Apart from buying Poke Balls with real money, there's a nifty way of getting these for free!
You will get free Poke Balls every time you level up (usually around 15).You can visit PokeStops to get free items, including poke balls.
3. Get free stuff from PokeStops
Once you're near a PokeStop and open it up, you should swipe the circular image of the real-life venue. It will begin to rotate and upon stopping will drop a couple of free items. These can be Poke Balls or Pokemon eggs that you will have to hatch with your built-in egg incubator by walking around a couple of miles.
4. Recover Poke Balls that missed the target
We can all miss a Pokemon the first time we throw a Poke Ball at it, but luckily, these shouldn't go to waste -- you can actually tap and recover a rolling Poke Ball that has missed its target! Just make sure to be quick and get it before it disappears from your screen.
5. PokeStops reset every 5 minutes or so
After you've got your fair share of sweet items from a PokeStop and it turns from blue to pink, you should know that it will reset in some 5 minutes or so. make sure to stick around and wait for it if you're in dire need for Poke Balls or eggs. There is no daily limit how many times you can visit a Poke Stop.
6. Duplicate Pokemon may have different moves and stats
The game encourages you to capture every Pokemon you stumble upon thanks to a smart gameplay mechanic. You will hardly find two similar Pokemon, even if they are duplicate ones. Chances are that each of these will have different attack moves and CP (Combat power) stats. Never miss one, including Zubats.
7. Don't skip low-end Pokemon
You should not skip on Pidgey, Caterpie, Weedle, Zubat, Ratata and other unimpressive low-end Pokemon. You will need these to get free Candy from the Professor, which is the essential currency needed for evolving and powering up higher tiers of the same Pokemon. You really do need to "Catch 'em all!"
8. Transfer your low-end Pokemon to Professor Willow
After you play the game for a while, you will capture lots of low-end Pokemon with humble CP (Combat power). These can be transferred to Professor Willow, who will reward you for doing so with Pokemon specific currency that you can use to power up other Pokemon of the same type.
To do so, open your Pokemon inventory, tap on the lowly ones you wish to turn into currency, swipe to the bottom of their page, and hit Transfer. In the example we've provided below, we've transferred one of our weaker Pidgeys to Professor Willow, who rewarded us with 1 Pidgey Candy as a result. We will be using that one to power up and evolve our top-tier Pidgeotto!
9. Use the Nearby Radar to track nearby Pokemon
The Nearby menu in the bottom right corner of the screen shows you what Pokemon are in your immediate vicinity. The more steps near a Pokemon's icon, the farther away it hides. If you tap on such an icon and move in the right direction of the Pokemon in question, the menu will create a green ping, indicating that you're in the right direction. As you approach it, the footprints near the Pokemon's icon should decrease. Once you see a single footprint, then the Pokemon is certainly a couple of meters away.
10. You can turn off AR for easier Pokemon capturing
The augmented aspect of Pokémon Go is nice and all, but disabling should help you capture the Pokemon more easily. You won't have to search for it with your camera - the Pokemon will be centered ahead of you at all times, which will make aiming with the Poke Ball at it times easier. This will prove to be useful once you become stumbling upon harder-to-capture Pokemon. As an added bonus, disabling AR will potentially save you some battery juice, as the device won't be using that rear camera of yours. You can turn off the AR feature by flicking the toggle in the upper left corner of the screen that appears once you're about to capture a Pokemon.
11. Ring color indicates how difficult it is to capture a Pokemon
Once you're about to capture a Pokemon, take not of the color ring that surrounds the Pokemon. Green means it's dead easy to get it, yellow indicates capturing that Pokemon will be challenging, orange means it will be even more difficult, and red means that you will have a hard time getting it inside a PokeBall.
12. Here's how to get a "Nice!", "Great!", or an "Excellent!" Pokemon capture
Here's a useful tip about capturing Pokemon that many might not be aware of. Once you're about to throw a Poke Ball at a Pokemon, press it and hold it -- you should see a colored ring around the Pokemon that will begin to shrink. Once it's in its smallest diameter, that's when you have the highest chance of capturing a high-CP Pokemon. You are also more likely to get a "Nice!", "Great!" or even an "Excellent!" catch, both of which reward you with XP. Of course, you will have to flick the ball right at it. With easy-to-capture Pokemon, this won't make a big difference, but if you stumble upon a high-CP one that boasts a red ring around it, you will want to use that technique.
13. Pink flowers around a PokeStop? Someone used Lure on it!
If you stumble upon a PokeStop with pink flowers flying around, this means that another player has used Lure on it. Lures, as you might imagine, attract wild Pokemon to that specific place, allowing you to catch many in a short period of time. Each Lure lasts for 30 minutes, so make sure to stick around that location when you use it!
14. Master map navigation
Although it seems hard, manipulating the map in Pokemon Go is pretty single-hand friendly! For example, if you tap the map twice and swipe up or down, the view will zoom out or in, respectively. You can also do so in Google Maps, which is arguably more useful in real life.
15. Rustled leaves? Possible Pokemon hideout... or not
Nothing excites us more than seeing the grass on Pokemon Go's augmented map shake. This means that you might either stumble upon a Pokemon... or not! Regardless, it should be a point of interest for you - head to that location and prepare your PokeBalls.
16. Rename any Pokemon you have
Having lots of duplicate Pokemon on you could prove troublesome. Luckily, Niantic has thrown in the nifty option to rename any of your Pokemon by heading to your inventory and tapping the one you desire to nick name. This should make it easier for you to get around and micro-manage your Pokemon menagerie.
17. Evolving your Pokemon will drastically increase their Combat Power
It goes without saying that evolving your Pokemon will increase their power. To do so, you will need Pokemon-specific Candy, and naturally, a Pokemon that has not evolved to the max. Here's how easily is to do so: we decided to evolve our Pidgeotto to a Pidgeot, so we accumulated the needed 50 Pidgey Candy by transferring our low-level Pidgeys to Professor Willow, then we opened our Pidgeotto's page and hit Evolve. After a very cool animation, we got our coveted Pidgeot!
18. Evolving also gives you tons of XP
Oh, and did we mention that evolving any Pokemon gives you 500XP? This means that even if you have some high-level Pokemon you might still want to evolve their non-primary, low-tier duplicates in order to get the XP. It's all a matter of strategy.
19. Use Stardust and Candy to power up your Pokemon
After you have evolved your Pokemon with Candy, you can power it up by using Stardust and any Candy you might have left. After we evolved our Pidgeotto to Pidgeot in the previous tip, we will now power it up! Simply open the Pokemon in your inventory and hit Power Up. This will use 400 Stardust and 1 Pidgey Candy. As a result, our Pidgeot scores 28 more CP. Yay!
20. There are two ways to get Stardust
There are two main incomes of Stardust. You get heaps of the stuff as you capture any Pokemon; you can also treat yourself to a steady daily influx of Stardust by remaining in control of a Pokemon Gym.