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20 Important Features Pokemon GO Doesn’t Explain, Explained

Pokemon GO: How to Heal and Revive Pokemon

Eeveelution
You can evolve your Eevee in Pokemon GO, but you won’t get to choose what Eeveelution you get. Whether you get a Flareon, Vaporeon, or Jolteon is all up to chance.

Pokemon GO: What XS and XL Mean
Notice any XS or XL symbols on your Pokemon’s stat page? These indicate your Pokemon’s height or weight is smaller or larger than the average for that species. Larger pokemon aren’t necessarily stronger, so it’s generally useless information outside of the Youngster medal, which tasks you with catching Rattata weighing under 1kg.

Pokemon GO: What the Rustling Leaves Mean
Rustling leaves aren’t the most confusing feature Nintendo doesn’t explain, but here’s the lowdown anyways: they signal nearby Pokemon, and walking into them will often trigger and encounter. Sometimes rarer than average Pokemon can be found in rustling grass, but you can always just end up with another Pidgey.

Pokemon GO: What the Footprints Mean
In the bottom right of your screen, you’ll see a little box of Pokemon (or Pokemon silhouettes if they’re new). Tap that, and it’ll open up a screen showing all nearby Pokemon, each with a set of footprints beneath them. One footprint (or none) means the Pokemon is right under your nose. Two means it’s a little farther away. Three footprints means its quite a ways off. You can select one of the Pokemon listed here, and that’ll keep it in the lower right of your screen so you can track its distance.

Pokemon GO: How to Add Friends, Change your Appearance, Change your Username, or Change your team
You can’t. Maybe one day we’ll be able to play with friends or reverse our terrible decisions, but not today.

Pokemon GO: What to Do with Your Extra Pokemon
Toss em.

Pokemon GO: Where to Find Pokestops and How to Use Them

Pokemon GO: How to Challenge and Take Over Gyms

Pokestop Modules
If you’ve randomly tapped on the Pokestop screen enough, you may have noticed they come with a Module slot. If you purchase a Lure Module with Pokecoins, you can place it here and attract Pokemon to the Stop for 30 minutes. Unlike incense, anyone will be able to benefit from the lure.

Pokemon GO: How to Get and Hatch Eggs
There’s no breeding mechanic in Pokemon GO, so you’ll be getting your eggs from Pokestops. Once you’re in possession of one, head to your Pokemon menu and flip over to the Eggs page on the right. You’ll need to tap on the egg and place it in an incubator, and then walk a certain distance for it to hatch.

The game also has Lucky Eggs, which don’t make Pokemon at all. These can be bought from the store and can be consumed to grant 30 minutes of double XP.

Pokemon GO: What Does Transferring a Pokemon Do?

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Pokemon GO: Where and How to Get Candy
Candy’s crucial for powering up and evolving your Pokemon, but Pokemon GO never really specifies how to get it. On rare occassions, you can get them as loot at PokeStops, but more commonly they’re acquired by catching Pokemon, transferring Pokemon to Professor Willow, and hatching Eggs.

How to Get Stardust
Continuing the trend of unexplained currency acquisition, Pokemon GO is pretty silent on Stardust. You can get it by catching Pokemon or as reward for defending a Gym for a day.

Pokemon GO: How to Become a Gym Leader
Pokemon GO: What CP Is and How to Improve It
CP, or Combat Points, signify the strength of your Pokemon. Basically, high CP = beat the crap out of all the weaker Pokemon. You can raise it using Pokemon Candy and Stardust, which you get by catching Pokemon, hatching Eggs, or transferring a Pokemon to Professor Willow.

Pokemon GO: How to Turn on Power Saver Mode
Pokemon GO has a Power Saver Mode. Click on the Poke Ball menu button, hit Settings in the top right corner, and active Battery Saver. Maybe now I only have to buy two external chargers.

Pokemon GO: How to Name Your Pokemon
If you click on your Pokemon in your menu and bring up its stat page, you’ll spot a light grey pencil icon to the right of their name. Hit that to give your Pokemon a nickname.

Pokemon GO: How to Get Poke Balls, Great Balls, and Ultra Balls
You can always buy Poke Balls using Pokecoins in the store, but if you want them the cheap way, you can get them by visiting PokeStops and collecting their random loot.

Pokemon GO: How to Use Special Attacks in Battle
Your Pokemon each have two attacks, a normal one and a special one. The latter is stronger, and can only be used once your special bar is filled in combat. Keep using normal attacks until this blue meter is full, then hold down on the screen to unleash your more powerful move.

Pokemon GO: How to Get Pokecoins
Pokecoins are Pokemon GO’s currency, and can be used to purchase all kinds of fun stuff from the in-game store, like modules or larger collection bags. You can either buy them with real money or earn them by dominating Gyms. You’ll get 10 Pokecoins a day for every Pokemon you have defending a Gym of your team’s color, and can earn up to 100 per day through this.

Pokemon GO: How to Catch Multiple Pokemon Without Leaving Home
What we all really want to know: how can I catch Pokemon from my couch? You can use Incence to fulfill all your Pokemon Master dreams from home. These are purchaseable from the store, and can be consumed to draw pokemon to your location for 30 minutes.

Pokemon GO: How to Take Over Gyms and Become a Gym Leader

Each Gym has a prestige number that represents the CP of the Pokemon stationing it. By battling Gyms and winning, the Prestige will drop. If it hits zero, you will successfully take over the Gym and need to place Pokemon there to defend it. If other members of your team drop by, they can also leave Pokemon. If your Pokemon has the highest CP, you will be deemed the Gym leader.

How to Battle
Battle’s aren’t much like they are in traditional Pokemon games. You can only do battle at an enemy Gym, where you’ll challenge its defending Pokemon with a chosen team of six. Swipe left and right to dodge attacks from the enemy, and tap on the screen to use normal attacks. Typing still matters, so keep in mind the strengths and weaknesses of your Pokemon and moves.

Pokemon GO doesn’t exactly like spelling things out clearly. In case you were wondering where to get more of that Stardust stuff, here’s how.

The prime way to get more Stardust is by catching Pokemon. With each Pokemon you catch, you’ll get a Stardust and Candy reward. The second way to get Stardust is to keep a Pokemon stationed at a Gym. For each day your Pokemon defends a Gym controlled by your team, you’ll get rewards, including Stardust.

Stardust is primarily used to strengthen Pokemon. You’ll need a sizable chunk of it plus the right Candy to increase the CP of your Pokemon. As long as you keep catching, you should keep a decent supply.

The first way to get Stardust is to simply keep catching Pokemon. Along with the specific Pokemon Candy you receive for catching, you get the use with anyone Stardust. However, unlike Candy, you do not get any for transferring a Pokemon back to Professor Willow.
There is another way you can earn Stardust as well, which likely will require Stardust as well. If you take over a gym and can stay there each day, you will get rewards, such as coins and also Stardust. So you’re going to need Stardust to strengthen your Pokemon to then be good enough to hold a gym for you.
What the rings around pokemon mean

You can find rarer Pokemon at higher trainer levels, and the rings around them usually indicate rarity. Green rings signal an easy catch, yellow will be slightly more difficult, orange harder still, and Pokemon with red rings will be very hard to catch, either busting out of the Poke Balls or running away entirely.

How to get your gym rewards
Once your trainer is level 5, you can finally visit Pokemon Gyms and battle against other trainers. If you visit a Gym with your team’s color – or take over one of the opposing color, you can store your Pokemon there and become a Gym Defender. Immediately thereafter you can check the Shoptab and click on the shield icon to access your Defender Bonus for freePokeCoins and Stardust. Check back every 20~ hours (so long as your pokemon have not been dethroned) and to recieve more (the amount may vary depending on how many Pokemon you have in the gym, or their Combat Points).

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