- How to play Pokémon GO
- How to get Pikachu in Pokémon GO
- How to find Pokémon in Pokémon GO
- How to evolve EeVee
- How to battle Pokémon GO, How to train Pokémon GO
- Pokémon GO FAQ
- Pokémon GO updates
- Pokémon GO news
- When is Pokémon GO coming out?
- How much does Pokémon GO cost?
- How to get Pokémon GO now - how to sideload Pokémon GO
- I can't access Pokémon GO
- What is Pokémon GO?
- Pokémon GO Screenshots
- The PokéDex
- Pokémon GO accessories
- 16 September 2016
- History of Pokémon
Here's our complete guide to Pokémon GO, covering everything from Pokémon GO news and Pokémon GO updates to Pokémon GO accessories and the Pokémon GO Plus. How to play Pokémon GO, including how to find Pokémon, how to appraise Pokémon, how to battle, how to train, how to evolve EeVee, how to get Pikachu and more. Also see: Pokémon GO review and Pokemon GO troubleshooting.
Latest updates: The Pokémon Go Plus is technically now available to order from the Nintendo Store at £34.99, but it has sold out in just a few days. New stock is expected but won't ship until late October.
Pokémon GO is gradually being updated to version 0.37 on Android and 1.7 on iPhone. The latest update brings in the buddy system, whereby you can walk with a Pokémon to earn candy of that type, but it also blocks rooted phones in an attempt to deal with the GPS spoofing problem. It is possible to get around this blanket ban, however - see How to play Pokémon Go on a rooted phone. Also see our complete guide to Pokémon Go's buddy system.
Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch, Apple announced at its Apple Watch 2 launch event on 7 September. You can use it to see how far you need to walk to hatch an egg, plus what you have hatched. You can't catch Pokémon on the app, but you can visit PokeStops. It will be available by the end of the year. Click here for full details on the new Apple Watch.
Top tip: If you are going to be playing Pokémon GO you are probably going to need a power bank - it is a battery killer even when you turn on the Battery Saver in the Settings. We highly recommend the Anker PowerCore 10,000 or Zendure A2 - pocketable, high-capacity power banks that charge your phone fast and are also pretty tough. If you're taking out young kids who have tablets but not phones, it's also worth considering Mi-Fi (mobile Wi-Fi routers).
Pokémon GO is now available in the UK via the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. However, there are still plenty of countries around the world where it is not available, for instance Brazil. Niantic is working hard to continue to roll out the game across the globe. For those that cannot download Pokémon GO from the App Store, click here for advice on how to get Pokémon GO now.
(Those in the UK and elsewhere who originally followed our guide on installing the Pokémon GO APK file should now find the official app in the App Store or Google Play and click Update. This will ensure you automatically receive later updates.)
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: How to play Pokémon GO
• When you first launch Pokémon GO you need to select the clothing for your avatar. A recent update allows you to customise this, which is handy if you want your clothes to match the colour of your team.
• You are then offered three Pokémon, of which you get to choose one to try to catch. Tap on the Pokémon and your camera app will open showing the Pokémon somewhere near you. Find it, then try to catch it. This is achieved using a PokéBall, which you flick at the Pokémon aiming at the circle that appears over its head. The smaller the circle the easier the Pokémon will be to catch, but the better your aim will need to be. A green circle means the Pokémon is relatively easy to catch, orange is medium difficulty and red is hard.
How to get Pikachu in Pokémon GO
You can get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon if you are the patient type. To do so, ignore the starter Pokémon you are offered and walk away. Do this four times and you should eventually be offered Pikachu.
How to find Pokémon in Pokémon GO
• Now it's time to go out and about to find Pokémon in the wild. Pokémon GO displays a map of your surroundings, and nearby Pokémon are shown as leaves rustling on the ground. A bar at the bottom right shows which Pokémon are nearby. If the Pokémon is greyed out then it is one you haven't seen before and is not yet in your PokéDex.
• You'll find different Pokémon in different areas. For example, near a lake or river you might find water Pokémon, and in towns and rural areas you'll likely find a lot of normal Pokémon. In our experience some of the most common are Pidgeys and Rattatas, but both can become quite powerful when powered up fully and then evolved. Don't worry if certain Pokémon are never in your area - you can still hatch them via eggs.
• Crowdsourced maps were available that could help you to find certain Pokémon. These Pokémon Go maps included Pokémon Go Nests Curated Map and PokéRadar and PokéVision, while the PokeDetector app for Android was able to run in the background and tell you when a Pokémon was in the vicinity. Unfortunately, many of these have recently been pulled offline.
• A new phenomenon termed 'nests' is another way to find Pokémon in the wild. Nests are where Pokémon of a certain type cluster and are regularly found in close proximity. There are nests scattered across the UK and beyond, and you'll find a full list of nest locations on Reddit and a curated Pokémon GO nest locations map here.
• For every Pokémon you catch you'll get 100 stardust and 100 XP points. If it's a Pokémon you haven't seen before you will get an extra 500 XP when it is added to the PokéDex. You can also earn extra XP by completing a nice throw. You also get a number of candies which are required when you power up or evolve a Pokémon; the exact number depends on the Pokémon you catch.
• Soon enough you will run out of PokéBalls. You can collect more from PokéStops, which are usually found in towns and cities or places of interest. Alternatively, PokéBalls are among the items you can buy with coins in the Shop; you will receive some coins for levelling up, or you can make an in-app purchase.
• You can see which Pokémon you have at any time by clicking the PokéBall at the bottom of the screen and choosing Pokémon. The aim of the game is to power up your Pokémon so they are sufficiently powerful to win gym battles, which become accessible from level 5.
• Our best tip is to power up Pokémon in their first stage as far as you can before you evolve them, and you will get a much higher combat rating in return - however, be selective about which Pokémon you power up as stardust is like gold. If you have a Pokémon with a low combat power that has already been evolved it's not worth keeping. You can power-up, evolve or trade a Pokémon by selecting the PokéBall icon, tapping Pokémon and then choosing the Pokémon in question and scrolling down to choose one of those options. If you trade a Pokémon you cannot get it back later, though you will get one candy in return. (Note that the Trade option has now been moved to a separate menu - view the Pokémon you want to trade and tap the three lines icon at the bottom of the screen and choose Trade.)
• Until you hit level 11 the number of XP you need to progress through each level goes up in increments of 1000XP. After level 10 you need 10,000 XP to progress to each new level, and this gradually increases. For example, to progress to level 20 from 19 you'll need 25,000 XP, 50,000XP to hit level 21 and 75,000XP to hit level 22.
How to evolve EeVee
EeVee is able to evolve into a Vaporeon, a Flareon or a Jolteon in Pokémon GO. A special trick is said to allow you to select which evolution you get, but it works only once per account. It has worked for thousands of players, but it is possible that this trick has now been removed, since another member of the editorial team tried it last week without success.
If you want to give it a go, simply rename EeVee and then restart the app before you evolve it. For a Vaporeon rename EeVee as Rainer, for a Flareon rename EeVee as Pyro, and for a Jolteon rename EeVee as Sparky.
How to battle Pokémon GO, How to train Pokémon GO
• Once you hit level 5 you get to choose your team: Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Valor (red). You will be prompted to do so when you first visit a gym. Choose carefully: you can't change your mind later. The team leaders have now been announced for each team: Team Valor is Candela, Team Mystic is Blanche, and Team Instinct is Spark.
• You'll see four types of gyms on the board: grey, yellow, blue and red. Grey gyms are unclaimed, and you can walk straight up to these and add a Pokémon, although the game has proved so popular you'll be very lucky to find a grey gym.
• If a gym matches the colour of your team you can enter and train your Pokémon in order to increase the Prestige of the gym (which makes it more difficult for rival teams to win). If you level up the gym through training you will also be able to leave behind one of your Pokémon to help protect that gym from rival teams.
• To begin training in a friendly gym you enter and press the glove icon. Battle will commence, and you will use a single Pokémon to beat as many of the Pokémon defending that gym as possible, so it makes sense to choose your strongest Pokémon against the defending Pokémon (for help as to what Pokémon to choose see Pokémon Matchups). However, you will add more prestige points to the gym if you can defeat the defending Pokémon with one that has a lower CP than it. Tap your opponent to fight (but be careful not to tap too fast or the game may glitch), and long-tap to perform a special move. If you know your Pokémon you'll know some types are better at fighting certain types than others - you can pick which Pokémon you take into battle by tapping on it and selecting a new one before the contest begins.
At the end of the battle, whether you win or lose, the gym's prestige will increase and you will earn XP. However, your Pokémon will also lose HP. You can increase its health with a Potion, Super Potion, Hyper Potion, Max Potion or Revive, which can be picked up from PokéStops or when you level up and are found in your Items (click the PokéBall and choose Items). If you manage to level up the gym, click the icon with the plus to add a Pokémon of your choice.
• If a gym is not friendly and you want to battle in an attempt to take it over, visit the gym and scroll left and right through the defending Pokémon to see whether your Pokémon are powerful enough to take it on. If you think you can do it, press the star icon to begin. You get to choose six Pokémon to take into battle with you, and if you manage to take out any of the Pokémon defending the gym you will lower its prestige. Again, your Pokémon will lose health, so you may need to revive them in between battles. When the gym's prestige hits level one a win will turn the gym grey, or neutral. At this point it is free to anyone, so get in there quick to add your Pokémon before the rival team beats you to it.
• When you win your first gym go immediately to the Shop and click the shield at the top of the screen where it says Collect now. You'll get 500 stardust and 10 coins, and your 21-hour countdown will begin. At the end of this time you'll receive rewards for however many gyms you are holding, regardless of whether you have held them for the full 21 hours.
• If you can hold on to a gym for 21 hours you will receive stardust and XP in return. If you don't regularly visit an area where there are lots of Pokémon to catch, for instance a city centre, this is probably the second easiest way to gain stardust (the easiest is through hatching eggs).
• The ultimate aim of the game is to catch all the Pokémon. You can hold 250 Pokémon in your inventory without upgrading it; likewise, you can hold only 350 things (such as PokéBalls) in your items without upgrading your bag.
A new update to Pokémon GO allows Team leaders Candela, Spark and Blanche to appraise your Pokémon. This can be handy in terms of choosing which Pokémon to keep when you have multiples of the same type, and also which to enter into battle.
Appraising your Pokémon is easy: you simply open the Pokémon menu and select a Pokémon, then tap on the circular three lines icon at the bottom of the screen and choose Appraise. Tap the screen to move through the appraisal dialogue.
The tricky part is interpreting the Team leader's predefined responses. @PokemonGoNews has published this handy guide (via Games Press). Click/tap to view at full size.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: Pokémon GO FAQ
What is a PokéBall?
A PokéBall is the ball you use to catch wild Pokémon. You can collect more PokéBalls from PokéStops, when you level up or from the Shop.
What is a PokéStop?
A PokéStop is a place from which you can win rewards simply by visiting. You might get PokéBalls, potions and revives, for example. You need to be near the PokéStop in order to access it - a blue circle will appear around it when you are close enough. When you have visited that PokéStop it will turn purple, and you need to wait a few minutes before you can visit it again.
What is the PokéDex?
The PokéDex is a catalogue of all the Pokémon you have caught, plus any that you have seen but not managed to catch. The aim of the game is to catch them all.
What is a gym?
There are neutral, friendly and rival gyms. You can claim a neutral gym by adding your Pokémon. In friendly gyms you can train up your Pokémon to increase the gym's prestige and to earn XP; if you level up the gym you can leave behind a Pokémon to help defend it. In rival gyms you can battle Pokémon in an attempt to lower the gym's prestige and eventually take over that gym.
Why can't I add my Pokémon to a friendly gym?
You need to level it up through training first. A level one gym needs to be level two before it can accept a second Pokémon; a level two gym needs to be a level three gym before it can accept a third Pokémon and so on.
Why can't I win a gym?
If you have all but defeated your opponent but it refuses to die, this is a server issue. If it won't let you walk away, restart the game and try again. Try tapping slower on your opponent to prevent it glitching.
How do I get more PokéBalls?
You can get more PokéBalls at PokéStops, by levelling up or in the Shop.
How do I get more stardust?
Stardust is earned by catching a Pokémon- you'll get 100 stardust for each Pokémon you catch. A faster way to earn stardust is to leave Pokémon in as many gyms as you can. For each Pokémon you manage to keep in a gym for a day you will earn 500 stardust. Note that the time limit is an overall limit - when it gets down to the last few minutes you need to adding Pokémon to gyms everywhere in order to get the most benefit. You can also earn stardust hatching eggs.
How do I get more candy?
Candies are earned when you catch a Pokémon, though the number you receive depends on which Pokémon you catch. You can also earn one candy when you trade a Pokémon, and candies when you hatch an egg. New is the ability to also earn candy by selecting one Pokémon as a buddy to walk with you. Candies are specific to a Pokémon type, so you can't use Rattata candy with a Pidgey, for example.
How do I get more coins?
Coins are earned by levelling up and by leaving your Pokémon in a gym for a full day. It takes a while to earn them, so you can also buy them in the shop if you're prepared to spend real money.
How do I level up? How do I earn XP?
XP is earned for basically everything you do. You'll earn 500XP for evolving a Pokémon, 50XP for visiting a PokéStop, and a minimum of 100XP for catching a Pokémon (you'll get 500 bonus XP if it's a Pokémon not currently in your PokéDex). When you earn enough XP you will progress a level, and get various goodies in return.
What is Potion? What is Super Potion? What is Hyper Potion? What is Max Potion? What is Revive?
When your Pokémon either train or battle in a gym they lose health. This can be restored using a potion, super potion, hyper potion, max potion or revive. A potion restores the Pokémon's HP by 20 points, a super potion does so by 50 points, a hyper potion by 200 points, and a max potion by whatever is the Pokémon's max HP. A revive restores a fainted Pokémon, and now works when a Pokémon faints in training as well as in a gym battle.
What is incense?
Incense, available in the Shop or when you level up, draws nearby Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes. Only you benefit from it.
What is a lure module?
A lure works like incense, drawing out nearby Pokémon. However, it must be used at a PokéStop, and all players can benefit you'll spot one by the pink and purple petals coming out of it. Be warned that the lure will be visible on the map to all players, so for your own safety it's probably not a good idea to use one in a dodgy area when you are alone if you want to keep your phone.
What is a lucky egg?
A lucky egg earns double XP for 30 minutes. For a quick way to level up, collect as many rattatas and pidgeys as you can, then activate the lucky egg and evolve those Pokémon. You'll get 1000 XP for each one you evolve. You can get lucky eggs by levelling up or in the shop.
How do I get more eggs?
You'll get Pokémon eggs at PokéStops, but you can hold only nine at once and, at the moment, it is not possible to delete eggs you don't want (for example 2k eggs to make room for 5- and 10k eggs).
How do I hatch an egg?
To hatch an egg you will need an incubator, which you can sometimes find at PokéStops or you can get them when you level up or buy them in the Shop. Bought incubators are three-uses only. To hatch an egg, click the Pokémon icon, choose Pokémon and slide across to the Eggs tab. Pick an egg. To hatch it you will need to walk a certain distance, which is shown below the egg. Longer distances are likely to return more powerful Pokémon. Add it to an incubator, then get moving to hatch that egg. Distance is tracked via GPS, and if you move too fast it won't be counted, so no cheating by getting in the car.
What is a Great Ball?
A Great Ball is like a PokéBall but better, and has a more successful catch rate than a standard PokéBall. If there's a Pokémon you really want to catch, use a Great Ball instead of a PokéBall. This is achieved by tapping the bag icon mid-capture attempt. Later in the game you also get Ultra Balls, which are bigger still.
What are Razz Berries?
Razz Berries can be fed to tough Pokémon in order to make them easier to catch on your next throw. You can pick them up when you level up and at PokéStops.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: Pokémon GO updates
Version 0.37 introduces the buddy system (see Complete guide to Pokémon Go buddies) and blocks rooted devices (also see How to play Pokémon GO on a rooted phone). As rumoured, the buddy system will allow you to select a Pokémon to walk with you. (Note that at the moment they do not actually walk with you on the map.)
Here's the full changelog:
- Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
- Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
- Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
- Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
- Pokémon GO Plus support
- Minor text fixes.
It has been confirmed that Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.35.0 for Android and 1.5.0 for iOS. Among the new changes are "Implemented Pokémon Appraisal", whereby Team Leaders Candela, Blanche and Spark will offer Trainers more info on a Pokémon's attack and defense capabilities and which has the most potential for battle.
Other changes include minor bot fixes and "several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokémon GO".
Pokémon GO update 0.33.0 Android & 1.3.0 iOS
Pokémon GO has received another update (0.33.0 Android, 1.3.0 iOS) in which the company has again tweaked the Nearby feature. It's also re-enabled the battery saver mode in iOS, fixed a bug that prevented Nice, Great, and Excellent Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses, and enabled Trainers to change their username (but you can do so only once). Read more below.
Pokémon GO was updated to version 0.33.0 for Android and 1.3.0 for iOS on 8 August. The new update includes a tweak to the Nearby feature, which now shows Sightings of Pokemon nearby (but this feature is about to get a lot more exciting). It's also re-enabled the battery saver mode in iOS, fixed a bug that prevented Nice, Great, and Excellent Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses, and enabled Trainers to change their username (but you can do so only once).
Here's a full list of the changes:
- Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed; Trainers will have to indicate they aren’t the driver
- Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses
- Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
- Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature
- Other fixes
Pokémon GO update 0.31.0 Android & 1.1.0 iOS
Pokémon GO was updated to version 0.31.0 for Android and 1.1.0 for iOS at the end of July. The new update introduces several bug fixes, but the most notable changes include the ability to customise your avatar and the removal of the footsteps from the nearby feature. The update also adds warnings when you first launch the game, such as to not play while driving and not to enter dangerous areas.
If you're using iOS note that the new update has removed the battery saver mode (in which case you may want to hold off updating), but it's still working fine for us on Android. Niantic has since confirmed: “We had removed this feature as several users were experiencing it to be buggy, but we are fairly confident that a fix for this should roll out within the next several days.”
Here's a full list of the changes:
- Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
- Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
- Refined certain Gym animations
- Improved memory issues
- Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
- Modified battle damage calculation
- Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
- Updated Pokémon details screen
- Updated achievement medal images
- Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
- Minor text fixes
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: Pokémon GO news
Pokémon GO userbase
There is evidence that interest in Pokémon GO is waning. Apptopia stats published by Bloomberg show the game peaking in July with around 45 million users, but since then having dropped down to around 30 million.
Rare Pokémon spawns increasing
We're hearing reports of the relatively rare European-exclusive Pokémon Mr Mime spawning all over London, as well as in Norwich, Cardiff and Bath today. The fact that general rare spawn and regional spawn rates have increased has also been confirmed as one of several server-side updates by @PokemonGoNews. Other changes include new movesets for some Pokémon, faster egg hatches and increased potion drop rates.
Update: Niantic has written a blog post confirming that those who cheat WILL have their accounts terminated.
Pokémon GO creator Niantic Labs has issued a statement claiming that if you cheat, you're out! After a raft of users publicly (and others not so publicly) demonstrated how they could just sit indoors and trick the game into thinking they were outside roaming the world, Niantic is attempting to crack down on the players supposedly gaining an unfair advantage.
The list, here, says reasons for players being banned "includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software."
So, if you're doing any of the above, don't be suprised if one day your Poké pals take a hike. You can submit a ban appeal, but if you want to be safe, just get outside, we say.
Pokémon GO is a hit with Siri... well, sort of
Apple's virtual assistant, Siri, has a load of new responses to the question: 'Do you like Pokémon GO?' Most are positive, for example "I like playing peekaboo with Pikachu" and "Of course. That's what it's all about. Oh, wait, that's the Hoké Pokémon." But we also like: “Snorlax. Zzzz. Sorry, what was the question?”
Pokémon GO smashes earnings records in first month
Pokémon GO has wiped the floor with previous launch-month earnings records held by Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga, grossing over $200m revenue in its first month. By comparison Clash Royale made $120m in this time frame, and Candy Crush Saga about $25m.
It is now possible to change your Pokémon GO username, but you can do so only once. Tap on the PokéBall on the main screen and select Settings. Scroll down to and select Change Nickname. You'll receive the message: 'Do you want to change your nickname? You can change your nickname only once. It will be displayed to other Trainers, so please choose carefully!' Select Yes or No to continue.
Helper apps such as PokéVision were taken offline at the end of July, and combined with the new updates (see above) a huge number of players are not happy. This is what the developer had to say via its official Facebook page:
As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.
- We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.
- We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an... interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).
We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.
Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.
The Pokémon GO team"
Yang Liu, creator of PokéVision, responded with an open letter. We've outlined some of the highlights below:
"I write this not as one of the creators of Pokevision nor as player who has gone through the past few turbulent days in Pokemon Go; instead, I write this as a fan of Pokemon ever since I was 8 years old."
"The world became captivated by Pokemon Go. People absolutely fell in love. We saw stories of elderly learning about Pikachu for the first time. My parents that could care less beyond who the yellow mouse looking thing was 20 years ago, started asking what the other Pokemon were. It was phenomenal."
"You’ve simply captured all of our hearts with Pokemon Go, Niantic. But then, you broke it all too quickly."
"When the game broke every few hours or so and wasted our lucky eggs, we stood patiently, excusing the huge growth and thus, strain on servers, as the cause. We were happy to wait it out with our fellow trainers knowing that it’s worth waiting for. No one got mad.
"When the in-game tracking “broke,” we all stood idly by, patiently, waiting for the game to update and fix.
"Along came Pokevision. We made Pokevision not to “cheat.” We made it so that we can have a temporary relief to the in-game tracker that we were told was broken. John, at SDCC, you said that you guys were working on “fixing the in-game tracker.” This made everyone believe that this was coming sometime soon. We saw Pokevision as a stop gap to this? - ?and we had every intention in closing it down the minute that Pokemon Go’s own tracker restored functionality."
"After 3 weeks though, we started seeing that you guys seemed to not want to talk to us (the players). Pokevision, at this time has grown to almost 50M unique users, and 11 million daily."
That's a pretty strong argument as to why people want PokéVision and why it should be available, but the developer has once again defended its decision in an official update on its website:
"Running a product like Pokémon GO at scale is challenging. Those challenges have been amplified by third parties attempting to access our servers in various ways outside of the game itself... We blocked some more of those attempts yesterday. Since there has been some public discussion about this, we wanted to shed some more light on why we did this and why these seemingly innocuous sites and apps actually hurt our ability to deliver the game to new and existing players. The chart below shows the drop in server resources consumed when we blocked scrapers. Freeing those resources allowed us to proceed with the Latin America launch... In addition to hampering our ability to bring Pokémon GO to new markets, dealing with this issue also has opportunity cost. Developers have to spend time controlling this problem vs. building new features."
While the map apps are no longer available, many Pokémon GO players are still taking advantage of third-party utilities to enhance their gameplay. For example, Poke Assistant offers an IV Calculator and Evolve Calculator.
Pokémon GO bug
If you think Pokémon have been proving harder to catch lately then you are correct. On Friday 5 August the developer admitted that there is a bug and that it is working on a fix.
Nintendo is winning
Nintendo's value has more than doubled to over $42bn making it more valuable than Sony.
Pokémon GO accounts for sale
Such is the popularity of Pokémon Go, people are buying and selling high-level accounts for hundreds of pounds. We recently received an email from LeagueOfTrading.com which said one of its users had sold their account for $2,000!
Pokémon GO hacks
Hacking group OurMine has claimed responsibility of taking servers down, but we (and Niantic) are not sure it has been anything other than the sheer demand from millions of users. Another hacker group, PoodleCorp, has threatened to take down Pokémon Go on 1 August.
Pokémon GO at Comic Con
The Pokémon Go panel at San Diego Comic Con gave us more insight into what to expect from the future of Pokemon GO.
Pokémon GO - someone has caught them all
Somebody has already caught all available Pokemon (142 of 150) in game (screenshot below).
Pokémon GO legendary birds
There have been reports of players holding legendary birds Articuno and Moltres (but not Zapdos), yet it's not clear whether or not this is a hack or just a hoax. Read more at Reddit (screenshot below).
Pokémon GO first lawsuit
A lawsuit has been brought against the makers of Pokémon GO for trespassing. Despite a new warning that pops up when you launch the game, it seems some Pokémon GO users have been trespassing in order to catch Pokémon. The BBC reports how a man in the US has said strangers have begun lingering outside of his home with at least five people knocking on his door. The lawsuit seeks class action status for others who have had Pokemon stops and gyms placed on their property. It accuses the defendants of having "shown a flagrant disregard for the foreseeable consequences of populating the real world with virtual Pokemon without seeking the permission of property owners".
Pokémon GO data mine
Following the launch, some clever soul indulged in a bit of ‘data mining’ - that’s not a hack, just a way of studying the code of a game to find out things hidden within. Pokémon Fortress reported some of the supposed findings, which may go some way to explain the barriers some players are coming up against, and clues as to why certain Pokémon are proving elusive.
Some of the highlights of the (as of yet unconfirmed) findings are that Trainer levels are capped at 40. Supposedly, it takes five million experience points to go from level 39 to 40 - ridiculous considering 1 to 40 is the amassing of 20 million. Alongside that, eggs cap at level 20, so if you get an egg at a level higher than that, it will hatch at just the same as if you were on level 20. So basically, stop trying so hard.
Interestingly, wild Pokémon were found to cap at level 30, so any players over that level will all find the same max CP critters and you’ll have to spend candy to upgrade them.
On the Pokémon side of things, Farfetch’d is keeping true to its name. It is out there though, along with the famously elusive Ditto, everyone’s favourite shape shifting pile of smiling goo. Mewtwo has a base attack of 284, and there is definitely a Master Ball hidden in the game somewhere. Better keep playing to find out where!
You can read all the results of the data mine here.
Yelp helps Pokémon fans find PokéStops
Yelp recently launched a new feature/filter allowing users to browse for local businesses that double up as Pokestops. This allows users to comfortably relax at a shop like Costa or Starbucks and regularly cash in on new Pokeballs, Razz Berrys and more - and is even more rewarding when a Lure is active, drawing Pokemon to that Pokestop for 30 minutes. Simply access Yelp via the app or desktop and toggle the 'Pokestop Nearby' filter on to access the feature.
Pokémon GO podcast
We debated Pokémon GO in the UK Tech Weekly podcast, and you can listen right here below!
Complete guide to Pokémon GO - Pokémon GO release date: When is Pokémon GO coming out?
Pokémon GO initial release date: 6 July 2016
Pokémon GO UK release date: 13 July 2016 Android, 14 July 2016 iOS
Pokémon GO began rolling out to devices in Australia, New Zealand and Japan on 6 July 2016, on 7 July to the US, and on 13 July to Germany. As of 14 July it became available in the UK via Google Play and the App Store. The app has since been rolled out in Hong Kong, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Canada.
If it isn't appearing for you, you want to install it in a different country or it is showing the message 'this app is incompatible with all your devices', click here for details on how to get Pokémon GO now.
If you're trying to install Pokémon GO on an iPhone, also see our sister site Macworld for instructions on How to get Pokémon GO on iPhone.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO - Pokémon GO UK price: How much does Pokémon GO cost?
Pokémon GO is free to download and play, but it is possible to buy PokéCoins that will unlock special items within the game. PokéCoins are the in-game currency, and they are available without handing over real cash, but you'll pick them up at a slower rate than you might like during the early stages of Pokémon GO.
You can buy PokéCoins at the following prices:
100 PokéCoins: £0.79
550 PokéCoins: £3.99
1,200 PokéCoins: £7.99
2,500 PokéCoins: £14.99
5,200 PokéCoins: £29.99
14,500 PokéCoins: £79.99
Pokémon GO Plus costs $34.99 and is now available to pre-order, although it has been delayed in the UK until September. Click here for more details on Pokémon GO Plus. You might also like: 8 best mystery subscription boxes for nerds
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: How to get Pokémon GO now - how to sideload Pokémon GO
While Pokémon GO is now officially available in many countries, including the UK, there are still places where it is unavailable, such as Brazil. Niantic is working hard to bring Pokémon GO to these places, but in the meantime if you're desperate there is a workaround. Read on for details of how to sideload and install the Pokémon GO APK.
Do note, though, that as soon as the official app becomes available in your country you should find it in the App Store or Google Play and click Update. This will ensure you automatically receive later updates.
We've outlined a quick route and a long route to installing Pokémon GO below. The quick route sees you download the Pokémon GO APK from a filesharing site, while the longer route sees you download the APK directly from Google Play. Most people will opt for the shorter solution, but we've also provided the longer option following warnings of malware hiding in some Pokémon GO APK files offered online.
How to install Pokémon GO APK: the quick route
This is the fastest, easiest way to install Pokémon GO via an APK file. However, there are concerns that malware has been found in some Pokémon GO APK files available online. Click here for a slightly longer method that lets you download the Pokémon GO APK from Google Play.
Download Pokémon GO from APKPure.com or another APK download site, either directly on your phone or on to a PC (it's a 58.1MB file).
If you're using a PC then attach your phone to the PC via USB and drag the downloaded file to your Downloads folder. On your phone go to Settings, Security and enable the installation of apps from unknown sources. Now tap on Pokémon GO in your Downloads folder to install Pokémon GO. Also see: Pokémon Co-Master UK release date, Pokemon Sun and Moon UK release date, and Best Android games 2016.
If you'd rather avoid downloading and installing an APK file from a third-party site, there is an alternative that lets you download it directly from Google Play, but it's a little more long-winded.
If Pokémon GO isn't displaying in Google Play on your device, click here in a desktop browser - we're using Chrome since it supports extensions.
If you don't already have one you will need an APK downloader extension, for example Direct APK Downloader. These are regularly removed from the Chrome extensions store, so if you can't find it just search for 'APK downloader' and pick another one.
This particular APK downloader requires you to install a Device ID app on your phone or tablet in order to log into the service. You can download this from Google Play. Open the app and note down the Android Device ID displayed in the top line.
Return to the new window that has popped up in Chrome and enter your email, password and the Device ID you just noted down to add APK Downloader to Chrome.
Now refresh the Google Play page in the your browser and you'll see a new 'Download APK' button. Click this.
Connect your phone to the PC via USB and drag the downloaded file to your Downloads folder.
In order to install this APK on your phone you need to go to the Settings, Security menu and enable the option to allow installation of apps from unknown sources.
Now open your downloads file and tap the Pokémon GO APK to install it on your device.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: I can't access Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO is insanely popular, and its servers appear to be struggling with demand at peak times, often giving the error message 'Our servers are experiencing issues. Please come back later'. Things seem to be getting easier, but as a tip, we've found it easier to get online in the morning while the US is still asleep. You can check the status of Pokémon GO here.
If you'd like something a little more in-depth than a yes/no answer, you might want to take a look at ispokemongodownornot.com - we know, what a name! The site provides users with information such as whether Google/PTC are down, and in what region, along with an estimate of whether it's worth activating a lure at any given time.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: What is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO is a mobile game for Android and iPhone developed by The Pokémon Company and Niantic, a former Google startup that has since branched out on its own and is known for its earlier augmented-reality mobile game Ingress. Nintendo is also contributing with the development and manufacture of the companion Pokémon GO Plus (see below for more details on that).
John Hanke, founder of Niantic, said: "For the first time, Pokémon will roam free in the real world. Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabit parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world. Imagine discovering a Squirtle hiding along the waterfront in San Francisco, a Bulbasaur at Shinjuku Station or a Pikachu beneath the Eiffel Tower."
In Pokémon GO the aim is to locate, catch, battle and trade Pokémon, and you are encouraged to connect with other nearby Pokémon GO players as you do so.
"Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you're near a Pokémon. Once you've encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone's touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items," writes The Pokémon Company on its official blog.
Also see the Pokémon GO video trailer at the top of this page.
Update 9 August 2016: One of the most exciting new features coming to Pokémon GO is an update to the Nearby feature that will show pictures of PokéStops where certain Pokémon are hiding nearby. Some users are already experimenting with the feature, but it is still in testing. This is how it looks at the moment:
Pokemon GO developer Niantic recently unveiled future plans for Pokemon GO during a panel at San Diego Comic Con (or SDCC). Following the world-wide popularity of the app, the Pokémon Go panel had to be moved to a larger venue at the event.
The panel was called “Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games Into the Real World With Ingress and Pokemon Go” and the aim was to "examine the past, present and future of extending games beyond the screen and re-imagining reality through the lens of Ingress and Pokémon GO." So what was announced, and what can we expect from Pokemon GO in the future?
First things first, the leaders of the three Pokemon GO teams were revealed – Candela leads Team Valor, Blanche heads up Team Mystic and Spark leads Team Instinct. But why is this so important? Niantic said that the idea was always to have users interact with their team leader, but they weren’t quite ready when the game launched last month. That has changed apparently, and the leaders will be on their way soon, offering advice to players amongst other things.
Trading was a core component to the original Pokemon games as we all know, but it is yet to make an appearance on the app. This is due to change according to Niantic, who referred to trading as a “great social thing” and claimed that the company was working on bringing the feature to Pokemon GO in the future. Hopefully this can be done over large distances, enabling trainers to “catch ‘em all” without having to travel all over the world.
The developer also suggested that Pokestops could be customised in future, although we’re not quite sure how at this stage. McDonalds has struck up a deal with Niantic, changing 3000 restaurants in Japan into gyms, and there could be more deals like this coming in future. There’s also talk of Pokecenters making an appearance in the game, which are essentially Pokemon-orientated hospitals where you can take damaged and KO’d Pokemon for some much needed TLC.
Those who carried on playing Pokemon beyond Yellow, Red and Blue will be happy to know that Niantic also plans to introduce more Pokemon in future, expanding beyond the original 150 Pokemon. The developer also teased that there are still hidden features in the game, and that these are yet to be discovered by users. Exciting.
One thing that did get dismissed was the idea of breeding, possibly by using Ditto – a Pokemon that is yet to make an appearance in-game. Breeding became popular in Pokemon Gold and Silver by pairing up a male and female of the same Pokemon to produce eggs containing that Pokemon, and could have been an interesting form of currency in the game. But no, for now, there are no plans to bring breeding to Pokemon GO.
In other news, the Dubious Pokémon GO Rumour Of The Week Award goes to… this screenshot:
The whole world and his mother are looking for a hot take and a leg up following extreme Pokémania, and this may also be a fake screenshot. An unofficial GO Facebook page uploaded this image suggesting that players will soon be able to battle each other in-game. As of yet, this isn’t a feature. Note the lower case, unaccented ‘pokemon’ – this does smell of fake. Didn’t stop us getting all excited though, so fingers crossed it turns out to be something more.
If there is anything else announced about Pokemon GO in the future, we’ll be sure to update this section.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: Pokémon GO Screenshots
When you first sign into Pokémon GO you need to pick your avatar, and at the moment this cannot be altered later.
You'll then get a choice of three Pokémon to catch to get you started. And that's pretty much as far as the tutorial goes.
PokéStops are places you can get new items, such as PokéBalls. You need to be within close range of a PokéStop to benefit - when a blue circle appears around it you are close enough. Tap on the PokéStop and spin the wheel to get your goodies. The PokéStop will turn purple for a few minutes afterward, and you need to wait for it to revert to blue to hit it again. A PokéStop with pink and purple petals flying out on it has a Lure Module attached to it - these draw nearby Pokémon to the stop for 30 minutes, so hang around for a bit if you can.
At any time you can tap the menu at the bottom left to see which Pokémon are nearby, and how close they are (shown by one, two or three footsteps). When you spot a Pokémon on the map, tap on it.
To catch the Pokémon you need to throw a PokéBall at it, and hit it within the circle that appears around its face. The higher the CP (combat power) the harder it will be to catch, although your ability to catch better Pokémon increases as you level up, and later in the game you can also use Great Balls (big PokéBalls).
If you don't want the Pokémon you can transfer it to the Professor in return for a candy, although you can hold up to 250 Pokémon so there's no need to decide at once.
An alternative to transferring the Pokémon is to Evolve it - provided you have the required amount of candy to do so. We strongly recommend you power up the Pokémon in its primary stage as far as possible in order to get higher combat power when it evolves.
At any time you can click the PokéBall at the bottom of the screen and choose Pokémon to see your current Pokémon. A slide to the right will also show you any eggs you have incubating.
Other options here include the Shop, where you can buy incense, potions, more PokéBalls and the like, and the PokéDex, which is a catalogue of all the Pokémon you have seen or caught so far.
When your Pokémon are ready you can take part in battles at gyms. You can train in a friendly gym to increase its prestige - if you level it up you'll be able to leave your own Pokémon behind to help defend it. Battles take place in rival gyms in an attempt to lower their prestige and hopefully claim that gym for your own team. You can see on the map when a battle is taking place at a gym by the whirlwhind, sparks and smoke coming out its top.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO - How many Pokémon are in Pokémon GO: The PokéDex
Below is a list of the Pokémon confirmed to be in the PokéDex so far, although there have been no confirmed sightings of Farfetch'd (083), Ditto (132), Articuno (144), Zapdos (145), Moltres (146), Mewtwo (150) and Mew (151).
029. Nidoran F
032. Nidoran M
122. Mr. Mime
Several sites have been posting their first impressions of Pokemon Go.
Slashgear writes: "This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer."
Digital Spy was les complimentary, stating: "We can't get away from the fact catching a Pokemon with the real-world surroundings behind it felt awesome – especially as someone who's been playing Pokemon games for 20 years. Hopefully when the game launches in full, there'll be more Pokemon, more trainers and more notifications. Otherwise it's going to take us a very long time to become a Pokemon master."
On the whole first impressions are very good, with some applauding the game for encouraging them to get up and walk around to find Pokémon, but others voicing their concerns about the idea of encouraging children to wander off.
IGN writes: "I definitely agree that this game promotes exploration, but I’m curious to see what that means for a game that’s primarily aimed at kids. And don’t get me wrong; I don’t mean that in a pejorative way. I’m an adult (kind of) and will pour dozens of hours into this game. But for kids, it’s a very different proposition to wander into new areas to try to take down a Gym or catch a Pokemon that popped up at the edge of the map a few streets over. For that matter, even for adults, wandering around with your phone out and exploring streets you’ve never been on can lead to all sorts of problems."
Pokémon GO is to be applauded for its encouragement of people getting up off their backsides and exploring their surroundings, getting some fresh air and some exercise as they do so. However, it's also a concern that it may encourage youngsters to wander off, or lead to an increase in phone thefts as we walk about with them permanently on show.
Darwin police station in Australia, which features as a Pokestop, has already had cause to issue a warning to early Pokémon GO players telling them not to attempt to enter the station in order to catch a Pokémon. It's also requested that they remain aware of their surroundings at all times.
"For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokémon GO - whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.
"It's also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn't going anywhere fast," it said in a statement.
Complete guide to Pokémon GO: Pokémon GO accessories
Pokémon GO Plus UK release date: 16 September 2016
Pokémon GO Plus is a companion device that is either clipped on or strapped to the wrist and worn like a watch. Pokémon GO functions without the Pokémon GO Plus, but the device is expected to enhance enjoyment of the augmented reality game.
Pokémon GO Plus was developed and manufactured by Nintendo, and launched in the UK on 16 September at a price of £34.99/$34.99. It's available to order now from the Nintendo Store, but the first stocks have already gone and new orders won't ship until late October.
Pokémon GO Plus lets you play Pokémon GO without looking at your phone by delivering haptic feedback and flashing LEDs in a series of colours. It encourages players to look not only at their phones and Pokémon GO, but to experience what's going on around them in the real world.
Pokémon GO Plus connects to your phone over Bluetooth and notifies you about events within the game, such as a nearby Pikachu. A button on the front of the Pokémon GO Plus also lets you perform simple actions such as throwing a Poké Ball and catching Pokémon.
Pokémon GO kinetic motion controller
The Pokémon GO Plus isn't the only Pokémon GO accessory on the horizon. GamerReality LLC has developed a kinetic motion controller for Pokémon Go that you physically throw to catch a Pokémon in the app. It's on KickStarter right now, and you could have one in December 2016 if you pledge $35.
Pokémon GO Aimer
There's also the Pokémon Go Aimer, which sits on top of your phone screen and improves your throw accuracy, which should result in fewer lost PokéBalls. The Aimer is available in black, pink, blue, red or white and costs $9.99 direct from PokemonAimer.com.
Complete guide to Pokémon Go: History of Pokémon
Thanks to Plusnet for the following infographic: