Since the game has been out for a couple weeks, I thought I would make a little list of all the helpful information I have learned and share it so hopefully people who didn’t know about this stuff can have a more fun experience! Tip #1: You can choose which eeveelution your Eevee evolves into by nicknaming them! Sparky –> Jolteon Pyro –> Flareon Rainer –> Vaporeon
Tip #2: The rustling grass that you sometimes see on your map indicates a Pokemon spawn point! This is an area where Pokemon will continue to pop up at before they possibly relocate themselves. If there’s a Pokestop near one of these points, you should set up shop there for a bit with a lure to see what you get!
Tip #3: Incense only affects YOU. I’ve made this mistake a lot where a friend and I will be searching together and one of us will use an incense thinking we’ll both reap the benefits, however, this is not the case. Pokemon with a purple ring around them are Pokemon that will only show up on your screen because you have an incense activated.
Tip #4: There’s a great trick to easily level up in a short amount of time! All you need is a Pokestop, a lure, a lucky egg, and a decent amount of Pokemon that are ready to evolve. Activate your lucky egg, set the lure down, and start evolving and catching for the next 30 minutes! The lucky egg doubles the amount of experience you get from everything, so evolving Pokemon or catching them (especially ones you don’t already have) gives you a lot of experience. Combine that with the fact that your spinning a Pokestop every 5 minutes and you’ll level up in no time!
Tip #5: Save your candy! This tip is very important. As tempting as it is to evolve or power up your Pokemon as soon as you’re able to, it’s much smarter to wait. As you level up, the Pokemon you find in the wild will have higher and higher CP levels. This means that if you have a level 200 Oddish that you evolve into a level 350 Gloom, there’s a pretty good chance that once you level up you’ll find a higher level Oddish and/or Gloom in the wild. This wastes candy you could have used on a higher or stronger Pokemon.
Tip #6: Do you know the white arch that your Pokemon has above them when you click on them in your inventory? That arch represents that Pokemon’s CP potential. The white dot on that arch shows where that Pokemon is currently at. Say you have a CP level 120 Meowth. The white dot should be in the middle or a little less on the arch. This means that you could potentially find a Meowth twice as strong, or you could power that Meowth up to be twice as strong. This arch is a good way to decide whether or not a Pokemon is worth investing candies in. The end of the arch represents the point where a Pokemon cannot upgrade their CP level anymore. If you find a Pokemon who’s dot is near the end of the arch, and you feel you’re unlikely to find a better one, you should be able to comfortably invest candies into that Pokemon and train it up. This also means that you probably shouldn’t power up Pokemon that aren’t fully evolved unless you have candy to spare. I hope these tips were helpful to you guys because I wish I knew them a lot sooner. Happy hunting!!!