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An Amateurs Guide to Pokemon GO

After almost a month since the release of the critically acclaimed Pokémon Go, the revive of the 90s hysteria is becoming more noticeable overtime, if you’re still confused about the game here’s what you need to know and how to become a part of it.

Everyone is on the look-out for their new virtual friends, from children to their parents, whether it be your first interaction or you are already acquainted with one of the most valuable Nintendo branches, this is a game made to catch us all.

Starting by its free to play status, provided you have a smartphone with internet access, whether it be Wi-Fi or Network Data, you can install the Pokémon Go app from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS) and setup an account within minutes, ready to being your adventure.

At the very start, after customizing your character’s looks, you will have the choice between picking a Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander, as per usual on any Pokémon game. All you have to do is point your camera and swipe a pokeball at them to make your first catch. After that, the game becomes very easy and straightforward.

Go for a walk in the city common areas (best with friends or family) and always keep an eye on the look-out for if any of these creatures decide to appear, you will be ready to catch them. Always catch every single one you find, as even if you catch multiples of the same Pokémon, you can use these to power them up with stronger stats or evolve them into the next version of itself.

Keep doing so until you reach level 5, where you will be able to choose between three teams: Mystic (purple), Instinct (yellow), Valor (red). These have no differences other than color, so make sure to be picky when choosing one.

From here you will also unlock Gyms, where you have to fight other user’s Pokémon’s to be able to stand on top of one. Once there you can train and raise your Pokémon stats to help them last longer when someone decides to attempt to steal your gym.

But perhaps the most revolutionary feature is that every popular place or monument in your city is transformed into a PokeStop, a term for a supplier of game items, from pokeballs and eggs to potions and incenses that are needed to help your hunt.

Combine having to go on a walk for these PokeStops to actually spin their pictures and receive the items with having, once again, to go on a walk to choke the eggs you receive from them which provide you with new Pokémon’s and you have the very first working fitness game. Not only that, it also promotes real life interaction between players since chances are if you meet someone by one of these monuments, they are probably playing Pokémon Go.

Now that you know the basics of the new trend, go ahead and attempt to catch all of the nearly 140 Pokémon’s out there before they catch you.


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