Become the ultimate Pokémon Go trainer with these 7 hacks

Pokemon Go Hacks

The hype surrounding Pokémon Go may have died down a little, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not popular anymore. The amount of active users of the app has surpassed that of Twitter, and it is likely to increase as the app gets released in more and more countries.

If you’re already in on the action and want to up your game even more, these 7 hacks will help you get the most out of your Pokémon Go trainer experience:

Get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon

There are three main starter Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. You don’t need to choose one immediately. Simply ignore them when they appear and continue walking. If you ignore them enough times, Pikachu will appear as a fourth option.

Find specific types of Pokémon

This might be common knowledge, but Pokémon only appear in places according to their in-universe natural habitats. For example, water types can be found near lakes, oceans and other bodies of water. Ghost types, on the other hand, can only be found at night, and so forth. So simply use common sense and you might find that elusive Pokémon that’s been dodging you.

Discover more Pokémon

If you want to find a lot of Pokémon, go to areas that have high cellphone traffic. The more people there are in an area, the more creatures are likely to spawn. It’s even better if you live in a highly-populated city.

Visit a PokeStop as many times as you like

After you’ve visited a PokeStop, the icon turns purple and you are unable to revisit it. However, if you simply wait for five minutes at that same PokeStop, it becomes accessible again. Technically, you can stay in one spot and hit up the same PokeStop for new gear every five minutes.

Save your battery

Pokémon Go uses GPS technology to track your movements and lead you to nearby Pokémon. This, as many players know by now, can be a real drain on your battery life. To help your battery last longer, you need to turn on the battery saver feature.

Tap on the main screen Pokeball, and go to Settings located in the upper right-hand corner. Toggle on the battery saver. If you turn your phone upside down, the screen will go blank. The app will still track your movements as per usual and send you notifications when Pokémon are nearby, but it just won’t display them as you go. You can also turn off augmented reality in the same place as you activate the battery saver. Not only does it save your battery, it also makes Pokémon easier to catch.

Get rid of duplicate Pokémon

You can hand in any duplicate Pokémon to Professor Willow who will give you candy in exchange. Use that candy to evolve the Pokémon you are keeping.

Pay attention to the footprints

Open the “Nearby” window in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to expand a window of all the Pokémon that are located nearby. Take note of the footprints underneath the Pokémon. These tell you whether a Pokémon is very close (one footprint), farther away but still close (two footprints), or out of range (three footprints).