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Play Pokemon Go: Tips, tricks, game FAQs

About Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go (Android, iOS) is a fun augmented-reality game for iOS and Android. Pokemon Go uses your phone's camera and GPS to show you nearby Pokemon, which you can capture with Poke Balls and train to fight in Pokemon Gyms.

  • Pokemon Go Guide

    Pokemon Go has become summer's smash-hit app, propelling teams of traditionally chair-bound gamers out to track and trap elusive little pocket monsters. If you're feeling left behind, not having paid attention to Pokemon since the late '90s, our quick guide will get you caught up.

Pokemon Go FAQs

  • What are Pokemon?
    A Pokemon, short for "pocket monster," is a fictional animated creature that can be captured, raised, and used to fight duels. You, as the Pokemon Trainer, capture and train your Pokemon to battle other Pokemon.
  • What is the object of Pokemon Go?
    In this augmented-reality mobile game, you move around in the real world, using your phone's camera and GPS to track and trap wild Pokemon.
  • How do you to track and trap wild Pokemon?
    Move around until new Pokemon appear in your vicinity. If you're not paying attention, your phone may vibrate to alert you. Head out to a variety of locales to attract a diverse assortment of monsters. You can also use incense to lure them to you.

    Once they're nearby, they'll appear in the Nearby Pokemon section, which notes how far away they are. To capture Pokemon, tap your Bag to pull out a Poke Ball, and a target ring will appear around the monster. Swipe to fling the ball at the Pokemon to capture it.

  • How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

    To track and catch Pokemon in the wild, you can use the game's Nearby Pokemon box, which shows which monsters are in the area, using one to three pawprints to show you how close they are. You can also take advantage of crowdsourced Pokemon spotting in apps like Yelp and Poke Radar.

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