Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!
Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.
Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!
Search far and wide for Pokémon and items
Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.
Catching, hatching, evolving, and more
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.
Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym
As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.
It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!see more...
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The catch system takes a little while to get used to but once you do, some standard Pokemon end up being no-brainer/effort catches. But it's exciting to find something tough to catch.
Tips for making the game more enjoyable - join your local Facebook or Discord Community so it's easier to be a part of community events like Community Day or Legendary Raids. Look up all of the Special Research tasks beforehand as there is a few that can be a lot harder if you don't know they're coming (like evolving a Magikarp). Take part in Community Day if you can because you will catch so many of a particular Pokemon and it gives you chances to get a shiny! Save up your Pokemon and do a mass-evolve using a Magic Egg for lots of XP! But mostly, play the game however casual or seriously you want to because it is just a game afterall!
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