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Things Pokemon Go Doesn't Tell You

Pokemon Go can be daunting for players new to the Pokemon franchise, and veteran Pokemon trainers unfamiliar with the differences from the normal Pokemon gameplay. This page highlights some of the more important Things Pokemon Go Doesn't Tell You about controls, mechanics, and other useful tips.




PokeStops Refresh Often

If you happen to live, work, or just be in an area near one of the PokeStops, you'll notice that the color changes from blue to purple once interacted with. If you hang around the area for a bit, you'll find it goes back to its blue color after 5 or so minutes (times can vary), allowing you to easily stock up on Poke Balls, and gain 50 xp a pop, which is useful if you find yourself stuck someplace where Pokemon are not appearing.

Pokemon and PokeStops in Motion

Whether you're on a bus, in a car, taking a train, or whatever — you'll find that you can still play Pokemon Go on the go and your avatar will faithfully run down the streets to keep up. This can be both a blessing and a curse, because you'll often pass through several potential PokeStops or Pokemon.

It's important to note that when interacting with PokeStops, if you leave the area, you won't be able to finish interacting with it — and interaction is often best saved when you're slowing down or stopped in a moving vehicle. However, any Pokemon that is encountered and engaged will stay with you, letting you catch them at your leisure (so long as they don't flee).

And of course: please don't play Pokemon and drive

Get Free Items for Defending Gyms

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 Shop tab and click on the shield icon to access your Defender Bonus for free PokeCoins 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 CP).

Battles Are Not Turn Based

Contrary to most Pokemon games, Gym Battles in Pokemon Go are not turn based - though attacks can't be literally spammed either. To attack, simply tap the screen, and your Pokemon will deal its first attack as soon as its able. To deal a special attack, you will need to hold down on the screen and release. In order to perform a special attack, you will need to charge the meter below a pokemon's health until a bar is full - different special attacks have different meters. To dodge, swipe to the sides before the attack hits.

Make the Most of the Battery Saver

Pokemon Go includes an option in the settings to initiate a Battery Saver mode, but it doesn't really explain what that does - in fact, simply turning it on won't do much of anything.

To make use of Battery Saver, once turned on, simply turn your phone upside down, and the screen will darken to display a faint Pokemon Go Account logo. The game will still be on, and will still track your movements - you just won't see it. However, you will still get a notification or rumble if you approach a Pokestop or a Pokemon appears, so you can quickly pull the phone out of your pocket to interact!