An Indian Man’s Guide to Pokemon Go – Part 2

Sorry for the wait folks, was out catching some Pokemon and gathering some data to share with all of you. For those who haven’t read the first part of this article, you can find it here.

How do you catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go?

Catching Pokemon in Pokemon Go is different from the Gameboy game, in the sense that in Pokemon Go you simply have to throw a Pokeball at the Pokemon, there is no weakening of the Pokemon by attacking it with your existing Pokemon. You can however use berries to put the Pokemon in a false calm so that they become easier to capture. You must throw the Pokeball right at the Pokemon and hit them, throwing it anywhere near them won’t cut it. (Pro tip- Turning off AR makes it easier)

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What is Incense? and how do i use it?

Using Incense is basically a hack for lazy people (such as myself) to catch Pokemon without walking around too much. Incense can be activated by going to your items and selecting it. Every trainer starts with 2, but you can on occasion find them at Pokestops and buy them with Pokecoins. Once you activate it, you should have 5-6 Pokemon appear infront of you in a period of 30 mins. Some say this attracts rare Pokemon too but I haven’t seen any empirical evidence of that yet.

What are the three different teams in Pokemon Go?

The first thing to note is that much like gyms, you can only choose a team on reaching level 5. There are three teams, each one with one of the legendary birds as its mascot. The teams are-

  • Team Mystic– The Mascot for this team is Articuno, led by Professor Willow’s assistant Blanche, they believe in calm analysis.
  • Team Instinct– The Mascot for this team is Zapdos, Led by another of Professor Willow’s assistants, who is thematically named Spark, they believe in trusting in your Pokemon’s instincts
  • Team Valor– The Mascot for our third and final team is none other than Moltres, led by yet another of Professor Willow’s assistants Candela, they favor true strength and training.

You can only choose your team once and there is currently no option to change teams, so select your mascot wisely.

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Image taken from Deviant Art

How do i raise the level of my Pokemon?

The two major stats to focus on in Pokemon Go are the Pokemon’s Combat points or CP and it’s Hit Points or HP. CP refers to the amount of damage a Pokemon can do, whereas HP refers to the amount of damage it can take. Luckily both these levels raise simultaneously when you use Stardust (Which you receive, when you catch a Pokemon) and Candies which are Pokemon or evolution line specific. To get these candies you must catch the same Pokemon multiple times.

How do i get a great ball or an ultra ball?

Great balls and Ultra balls which are a lot stronger than normal Pokeballs will become available to users at Pokestops once they reach level 11.

Where are all the legendary Pokemon?

Just like in the game boy games, everyone wants to catch a legendary Pokemon. As of now legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go refer to Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno, Mew and Mewtwo. While a lot of people have claimed to see these Pokemon, I have seen no photos or screenshots to prove it. These Pokemon will probably be given out at special events hosted by Nintendo, which will most likely take a long time to take place in India, sorry lads!

That’s a wrap folks you now know everything to start on your Pokemon journey! Happy Pokemon Training!

 

An Indian Man’s Guide to Pokemon Go – Part 1

Pokemon Go! The internet has been blowing up about this augmented reality game for the last week. This has led to a lot of people wondering what the hell the game is? Well lucky for you lads we’re bringing you a guide to this Nostalgia evoking wonder.

What is Pokemon?

Are you really going to make me answer that?  Don’t you remember the Trading cards, the game boy games and of course the cartoon (That used to come at 5:30pm every weekday). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just leave! On a serious note Pokemon is a long running franchise of Nintendo’s that focuses on Catching, training and battling of animal type creatures called Pocket monsters or as they’re better know ‘Pokemon’

 

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And what does Pokemon Go Involve?

Pokemon Go literally tries to bring Pokemon alive in the real world though augmented reality. The game is played on Android and IOS handheld devices (Suck it Microsoft) . Through GPS locations and a whole lot of other fancy tech, the game generates Pokemon around you based on a number of factors including the environment/surrounding, for example you’ll find water type Pokemon by water bodies such as lakes and bug Pokemon in the grass. So in essence you land up walking a lot to find different Pokemon.

What is the objective of Pokemon Go

Well simply put you ‘Gotta Catch em all’. At the moment the game has 250 Pokemon, though this will probably keep growing as there are currently 750+ Pokemon in the franchise.

Does Pokemon Go  have gyms?

You bet they do, though unlike the Gameboy games and cartoon series there are gym leaders, in Pokemon Go other groups of trainers own gyms. Once you reach level 5, you get to join a group. As part of this group you can challenge other gyms and even leave one of your Pokemon to protect the gym (This earns you the in game currency – Pokecoins). You can learn more about this here http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/

How do I start playing the game?

When you first download the game, you’ll have to login though a Google account and pick your in game avatar. There are a few options in terms of clothes, hair styles, skin color, etc so make sure to choose a combination you feel looks good. Then comes the time all young Pokemon trainers love – Picking your starter Pokemon! You can pick between Bulbasur – A classic grass type Pokemon, Squirtle – A turtle resembling water type Pokemon and Charmander – The cute but fierce fire style Pokemon. Once you choose your set to walk around endlessly searching for Pokemon!

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Has it launched in India?

Nope, unfortunately we are late to the party. Reports suggest that it will release officially in Asia within the month but nothing is confirmed as of this time. Ofcourse there are some not so legal ways to download it, but we’ll leave that to your discretion.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article, coming soon.