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Pokemon Go Guide and Tips – The Best Strategies

by Bryan Dawson

This guide covers all of the Pokemon Go tips and strategies we’ve come across since the game released for iOS and Android devices on July 6, 2016. Within this guide you will find all kinds of Pokemon Go tips, including everything from how to select Pikachu as a starter Pokemon to how to conserve battery life and organize hunting parties. We even cover the various updates, including the new raid system so you can hit the ground running!

Pokemon Go is an evolving game that will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back here frequently for the latest tips and advice for the mobile app. For now you can find a number of helpful tips and advise in the articles below.

Pokemon Go Tips

  • When tracking Pokemon, each paw print is roughly 100 meters.
  • Turn the brightness down on your phone and toggle augmented reality (AR) off to conserve battery life.
  • You must walk to hatch an egg. Riding in a car will not add to the distance required.
  • If you’re traveling faster than 12 mph you will not be able to hatch and egg.
  • Weather has an impact on which Pokemon appear in your area. For example, dark and ghost Pokemon will appear more at night.
  • Use Lucky Eggs to double your experience for 30 minutes.
  • You can collect gym rewards every 21 hours and PokeStops replenish every 5 minutes.

Pokemon Go Gym Raid Update Strategies

How to Get a Legendary Raid Pass
There’s been some confusion on how to get a raid pass and access Legendary Pokemon, so we’re here to clear that up.

Exclusive Raid Details
Niantic is about to launch a new type of raid that players will surely be interested in.

How to Catch Mewtwo
Everyone’s favorite Pokemon is about to become a raid boss in Pokemon Go.

Zapdos – Weaknesses and Strengths
Find out the best ways to take down the next Legendary Pokemon to grace Pokemon Go raids.

Zapdos Counters
Find out which Pokemon are best to use against the Zapdos raid boss.

Zapdos – Best Moveset
We take a look at the best moveset for Zapdos in Pokemon Go.

Articuno Weakness and Strengths
Find out how to take down this Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go!

How to Catch Articuno
We’ve got some advice to help you catch one of the Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Articuno – Best Moveset
We take a closer look at Articuno to determine the best moveset.

Lugia Weakness and Strengths
Find out how best to take down Lugia in Pokemon Go!

Lugia – Best Moveset
Take a look at the best moveset for Lugia in Pokemon Go.

Moltres Weakness and Strength
The latest Legendary Pokemon has hit Pokemon Go and we’ve got some weaknesses for it!

Moltres Counters
Find out some of the best Pokemon to use to counter Moltres in Pokemon Go!

How to Beat Moltres
If you’re trying to take down the newest Legendary Raid boss, we’ve got all the info you need!

Moltres – Best Moveset
We take a closer look at the best moveset for this Legendary Pokemon.

How to Collect Coins
Find out how to collect coins in the latest Pokemon Go update.

Gym Badges – Gold, Silver and Bronze
Find out how to earn gold and other badges in the new Pokemon Go update.

Best Gym Defenders
If you’re looking to protect your gym, we’ve got some helpful Pokemon for you!

Raid Battle Level and Joining Requirements
Raid battles are all the rage right now but you have to be a specific minimum level to participate.

What is a Raid? – Raid Pass Info
Raids have been added to Pokemon Go. Now find out exactly what they are.

Raid Boss List
Find out the various Raid Bosses and their Pokemon types and counters!

Raid Egg Color
Find out what the egg colors means just before a raid begins in Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Go Gen 2 Strategy and Advice

How to Get Special Items to Evolve, Metal Coat Rarity
Find out how to evolve Pokemon to Gen 2 in Pokemon Go and where to find the items you need to do this!

How to Evolve Eevee into Umbreon and Espeon
Find out how to evolve Eevee into Umbreon and Espeon with a simple naming trick.

Pokemon Go Gen 1 Strategy and Advice

How to Get Pichu, Igglybuff, Togepi Baby Pokemon
Find out how to get the new Pokemon recently added to Pokemon Go.

How to Get Santa Hat Christmas Pikachu
Find out how to get this special version of Pikachu in Pokemon Go.

How to Gain XP Fast, Pidgey Grinding
Everything you need to know about player level and XP in Pokemon Go. Level up your Trainer quickly and easily with these tips.

Bubble Strategy Power Leveling, Get Your Gym to Level 10, Massive XP
Learn one of the best new techniques to power up a gym and earn a ton of XP extremely fast.

Player Level Rewards
Find out what you get for increasing your player level in Pokemon Go! You may be surprised at some of the items you receive just by leveling up your Trainer.

Complete Move List for all Pokemon
Have a look at the full movesets for each Pokemon in Pokemon Go to help you work out any problems you may be having with rival gyms.

Top Fast Attacks, Ranked by DPS
If you’re looking to maximize your attack power we’ve got a list of the best Fast Attacks in Pokemon Go, ranked by the damage per second.

Top Special Attacks, Ranked by DPS
To maximize your damage in gym battles you will need to know which Special Attacks are the best, and we’ve got you covered!

The Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go – Strategies and Battle Type Chart
Find out which Pokemon are the very best and how to combat each type of Pokemon. This battle tyep chart can be very useful when trying to take on a gym.

Medal Rewards, Catch Bonus, October Update
The October update has added a new Catch Bonus system to the popular mobile game.

Best Places to Find Each Pokemon Type
If you can’t find a certain type of Pokemon we can give you some tips on where to search. We know it can get frustrating, but with these tips it should be easier to find that specific Pokemon you’re looking for.

How to Calculate Pokemon Strength and Power
Find out how to determine the exact power and strength of your Pokemon in Pokemon Go! This goes above and beyond combat points (CP) and delves into the hidden stats that players normally can’t see.

How Pokemon Appraisal Works
Learn how Pokemon appraisal works in the latest Pokemon Go update from Niantic. You can get information on the attack and defense capabilities of your Pokemon.

How to Find Pokemon Anywhere in the World
Learn how you can pinpoint the location of a Pokemon anywhere in the world. You won’t have to search around using the footprint system any more with these awesome tools!

Gym Battle Guide – Fight and Defend
We take you through a few strategies on how to defeat and defend a gym in Pokemon Go. Use your knowledge of battle types to make sure you have the best Pokemon ready to go when you challenge a gym.

Best Free Apps to Use with Pokemon Go
Save battery life and make each step matter toward hatching eggs with these great app companions.

Best Unknown Secrets
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best secrets and tips that many players don’t know about. If you think you know everything there is about Pokemon Go, we might just surprise you.

The Best Ways to Use Items
If you’re not sure how to use all of the items in Pokemon Go, we’ve got some answers for you! You may be surprised at just how useful many of these items are.

Poke Balls, Great Balls, Master Balls and Ultra Balls
Learn how to find these different Poke Balls and what makes each one unique. If you’re having trouble catching rare Pokemon, it could easily be your Poke Ball of choice causing problems.

Best Tips for Catching Pokemon with Poke Balls
We’ve got some great tips to help improve your catch rate in Pokemon Go. Since the recent update people have been saying it’s harder to catch Pokemon, but these could change that!

Best Ways to Get Candy and Stardust
Find out some of the best ways to obtain Candy and Stardust in Pokemon Go. Power up your Pokemon and evolve them to give you a better chance at taking down gyms.

General Tips and Tricks
These tips for playing Pokemon Go will tell you how to fill your Pokedex and get free stuff. If you’re just starting out in Pokemon Go, these tips could save you a lot of time and effort.

The Best Pokemon Go Tips and Tricks
Find out some of the top tip to help elevate your Pokemon Go skills! Once you’ve gotten the hang of the game, these advanced tips can help take your game to teh next level.

Best Pokemon Evolutions
Find out which of the weaker Pokemon in Pokemon Go have some of the best evolutions. You may be surprised at how much of a difference these evolutions make.

How to Get Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon
Find out how to get the Eevee evolution you most desire in Pokemon Go! No need to find them out in the wild, you can dictate exactly which evolution you get from Eevee.

How to Get Gyarados
Find out exactly how to obtain the Magikarp evolution! It won’t be easy, but the work you put into getting Gyarados will be well worth the effort.

How to Start with Pikachu
Find out how to start with Pikachu instead of Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur. If you played Pokemon Yellow back in the old days, you can relive that feeling in Pokemon Go.

The Best Way to Hatch Eggs
Find out how far you need to walk to get the Pokemon you desire. No one likes to walk for 10 km, but sometimes it’s necessary to get that rare Pokemon you’ve been looking for.

How to Track Pokemon
Get a quick tip on how to easily hunt down those evasive Pokemon! The three step system can be difficult to understand, but we’ve broken it down for you.

How to Use Lures and Incense
Learn how to make the most of your Lures and Incense in Pokemon Go. These two items are vry similar, but there’s a distinct difference that’s important to note.

How to Find Pokemon on Google Maps
Some adventurous Pokemon Trainers have taken to Google Maps to help the community. With the new patch disabling the third-party sites, Google Maps could be your only remaining hope.

How to Keep Your Battery Charged
Pokemon Go has been draining cell phone batteries for days, but we’ve got a couple tips to help out with that. If you have a dead battery you can’t play Pokemon Go.

How to Plan for the Ultimate Pokemon Go Hunting Trip
If you’re planning a group outing for Pokemon Go, we’ve got some helpful tips! A properly planned Pokemon hunt will return much better results than just randomly heading out into the wild.

How Combat Points Work in Pokemon Go
Everything you need to know about Combat Points in Pokemon Go. CP helps determine the strength of your Pokemon so it’s very important to understand how the system works.

How to Throw Pokeballs in Pokemon Go
Different ways to throw Pokeballs in Pokemon Go for iOS and Android. You need to learn how this is done if you want to catch higher level Pokemon.

Best Way to Get More PokeCoins
Learn some of the top strategies to obtain more PokeCoins in Pokemon Go. You need PokeCoins for just about everything, but you can usually get away with not spending real cash.

How to Change the Name of Your Pokemon Trainer
Learn how to edit the name of your Trainer in case you weren’t happy with your initial selection. There are some limitations, but changing your Trainer name is possible.

Safety Tips for Playing Pokemon Go
It’s dangerous to go alone. Take these safety tips with you! With so many kids and adults out playing Pokemon Go, taking a safer route is extremely important.

How to Win Battles in Pokemon Go
Level up your Pokemon, dodge attacks and claim the gym for your team! These are the essential tips new players need if they want to succeed in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go Server Status
If you’re trying to figure out the status of the servers for Pokemon Go, we can lead you to the right place. No one likes to see the server down message, but at least you’ll know it isn’t just you.

Buddy System Update
A new buddy system is coming to Pokemon Go in the very near future, and we’ve got the first details.

Best Attacks, Biggest Changes, August Patch Notes
Check out of the strategic and general changes in Pokemon Go update that went live this past week. There are some big changes and the game will change even more with frequent patches.

New Tracking System, Update Patch Notes
Find out details on the new Pokemon tracking system Niantic is testing in the latest patch. If you’ve been having issues finding Pokemon, this should be a welcome change.

Pokemon Go Update – Trades, Competitive Play, Gym Enhancements
New features are coming to Pokemon Go in biweekly updates. If you can’t wait for trading, you may be in luck. We don’t know exactly when it’s coming, but it will be soon.

Pokemon Go Fix – Stop the Game From Crashing
If you’ve had one too many crashes during the first week of Pokemon Go, we have some good news for you! With regular updates the servers should be much more stable now!

How to use the New Poke Finder
We show you how to find Pokemon with the new tracker, which is currently available in select markets.

How to Catch Ditto in Pokemon GO
Use our Guide to learn how to catch Ditto in Pokemon GO.

We update our Pokemon Go hub frequently. Bookmark this page for continuous updates on this incredibly fun mobile game.

Bryan Dawson

Bryan Dawson has an extensive background in the gaming industry, having worked as a journalist for various publications for nearly 20 years and participating in a multitude of competitive fighting game events. He has authored over a dozen strategy guides for Prima Games, worked as a consultant on numerous gaming-related TV and web shows and was the Operations Manager for the fighting game division of the IGN Pro League.