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Pokemon GO Guide: Beginner Tips and Tricks

Check this guide out for everything you need to get started in Pokemon GO.

If you haven't figured it out from the internet going crazy, Pokemon GO is officially out. It is a mobile app for Android and iOS, similar to Ingress, that allows you to walk around the real world and catch Pokemon. This has been the dream of every Pokemon fan since the beginning, and now it is becoming a reality.

Pokemon GO does not explain much, so there are many things you will not know understand until you figure it out yourself. This guide is for anyone that wants to understand everything currently in the app, and even those that have a basic understanding.

NOTE: At the time of writing, the servers are unstable or not working, so there will be additions, fixes, and clarifications when I can log back in. (If you'd like to try and work around it so that you can still play Pokemon GO when servers are down, we've got you covered.)

Before you can start playing Pokemon GO, you must allow access to your location, since it needs to know where you are at all times, and make an account.

After all of that is out of the way, you will start a "tutorial" where you basically choose a starter. You can choose between Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.

When you catch a Pokemon you get Stardust and Candy.

Once you get enough candies for certain Pokemon, they can evolve. This increases their CP and sometimes which 2 moves they have access to.

Your trainer profile levels as you catch Pokemon, visit PokeStops, and more. When you level, you will get Poke Balls, Poke Coins, and other helpful items. Also, you will be able to capture better Pokemon as your trainer level increases.

There are several items that can help you during your journey to catch 'em all.

Pokemon GO Items

You can spend Pokecoins to buy these helpful items and more, such as item and Pokemon storage upgrades. 

You can also spend real money to get Pokecoins. The prices range from $1 -$100 in set packages. 

When you are not in a menu or trying to catch a Pokemon, you'll see your avatar on the map. It is a real-time map that will show your location in the real world and uses GPS to constantly update your location.

As you walk around, you will notice PokeStops, Gyms, and Pokemon. You can also click the bottom-right of the screen to check which Pokemon are nearby.

Pokestops are landmarks, even small ones, that give multiple items. 

You can reach your eggs by going to your Pokemon from the menu, then swiping over to the Eggs tab.

You can access Gyms starting at Trainer Level 5. This is also when you can select a team to join.

There are 3 teams to choose from:

That's all for my Pokemon GO Beginner Tips and Tricks. Again, There will be updates when the servers become more stable and I can log back in. If you're having login issues or other bugs you need help troubleshooting, check out our fixes for common issues in Pokemon GO. And let me know if you have any questions or anything to add! 

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