Pokémon GO has launched in the UK and gamers across the country are frantically filling up their Pokédexes.
Using your smartphone camera, the augmented reality (AR) app places Pokémon in the real world – whether it’s in your office or down your street.
The craze has swept the globe over the last week and shows no signs of slowing down as it finally launches in Britain.
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If you’re looking to get an edge on other players, here are a few tips and tricks that you might find useful.
1. Get Pikachu as your starter character
When you start the game, the Professor will ask you to catch your first Pokémon – traditionally Squirtle, Charmander or Bulbasaur.
But rather than catch one of them, you can walk away – in real life – until your phone vibrates. You’ll be prompted again to catch one of them.
Walk away again until you get the next prompt and repeat this process five times. Then Pikachu will appear and you’ll be able to capture it as your starter.
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2. How to easily capture wild Pokémon
Rustling leaves are used to show where wild Pokémon could be lurking.
Once you’re trying to capture one though, the game will shift and use your smartphone camera to show the creature in augmented reality.
The white ring surrounding the beastie will change depending on how likely you are to capture it – smaller is better. When it turns to green, then it’s time to throw your ball.
3. Spending Pokécoins
Although Pokémon GO is free to play, there are plenty of in-app transactions that can be made if you want to spend money.
This basically earns you Pokécoins that can be spent on in-game items. Another way to earn these is buy winning battles at gyms.
But avoid using your coins to buy more Pokéballs though as these are often provided for free by visiting Pokéstops. Go for lures instead and bring the critters to you.
4. Visit Pokéstops
As mentioned above, these flashing blue portals can reward you with nice prizes.
You’ll need to get close to them before you can spin them and reveal the hoard.
5. Watch out for your battery
Pokémon GO uses a lot of your phone’s features to work properly. It’s pulling in GPS data and using the camera as well as your cellular connection.
Therefore, as expected, it’s going to heavily drain the battery on your smartphone. Both iPhones and Android phones have optional battery-saver modes that will help prolong battery life. We’d recommend activating this before stepping outside to play the game.
Similarly, it’s worth picking up a power pack to help sustain your phone if you’re planning on gaming for a while.
6. Record player cheat
The augmented reality game requires players to walk around their homes, parks and local towns to find new Pokémon, as well as achieving goals, for example hatching incubating eggs.
First if all, you can’t use your car to increase your distance – so players must resort to walking or cycling either 2km, 5km, or 10km to hatch them (other forms of slow transportation can also work).
The most common pokémon are found in the 2km eggs, with the rarest in the 10km eggs – which means you’re in for a lot of walking if you want to advance in the game.
But that’s where Rusty Cage’s hack comes in.
Rusty figured out that placing your phone on top of a record player, and letting it spin around, will increase your walking distance in no time at all.