Whether you're wandering the streets with your phone or marveling at the mobs that turned out for the beta launch, you've certainly heard of the groundbreaking hybrid-reality game. How much do you know about the game and its players?
Which Pokemon appears when a player logs into the game for the first time?
All of the above
The three starter Pokemon for Pokemon Go are the same starter Pokemon used in the first generation of Pokemon games. Players can choose between the water type, fire type, or grass type starters.
Some players discovered that ignoring the three starter Pokemon leads to a fourth option. Which Pokemon will appear as an alternative?
In the original Pokemon series, Ash came too late to get a normal starter Pokemon, so he chooses Pikachu instead. Players who walk away from the traditional starters get a chance to catch fan-favorite Pikachu!
What is the significance of the ring surrounding a Pokemon in the wild?
a Pokemon with a ring can't be captured
a Pokemon with a ring is about to join a gym
a Pokemon with a ring has candy
the color of the ring helps predict how easily the Pokemon can be caught
The ring surrounding a Pokemon is green if it's easy to catch, yellow if it's somewhat harder to catch, and red if it's really hard to catch. Rings can be subtle shades in between the three main colors, as well.
Why did Niantic change the game's loading screen to remind users to remain aware of their surroundings?
People were walking off cliffs playing the game.
People were playing while driving & getting into accidents.
People were absent-mindedly walking into dark alleys and getting robbed.
All of the above.
The game release caused a number of unfortunate incidents, including several known cases of walking off the edge of a cliff. Criminals also took advantage of the situation, stealing phones and setting up traps with in-game features to lure unwitting victims.
What can players no longer do while riding in a car?
In an effort to reduce accidents caused by playing the game while driving, Niantic changed the rules for spinning Pokestops. They can only be visited when players are stopped or traveling at very low speeds (often 10 mph and under).
Which of the following cannot be collected from a Pokestop?
A Pokestop can drop any kind of Pokeball (including Ultraballs and Greatballs), all the different available berries, any kind of potion, and the second-generation evolution items. Pokecoins, however, must be purchased or earned.
Players who place a Pokemon in a gym can immediately collect 10 Pokecoins, but then they have to wait 21 hours before collecting again. Having more than one gym defender means more coins when you collect.
You collect them for every rare Pokemon you catch.
Blue incubators break after three uses; the orange incubator never breaks. Players can buy more blue incubators in the store with Pokecoins or occasionally get them from Pokestops during special events.
What is the best kind of attack to use against a Gyarados?
Lightning attacks are by far the best types of attacks to use against a Gyarados, since they are 400% effective! Gyarados is both a water and flying type Pokemon, so it's doubly susceptible to lightning.
What is the benefit of transferring your Pokemon to the Professor?
You free up space in your bag.
You get a candy for each transfer you make.
As you catch duplicates of a Pokemon, you can trade in your extras to free up space in your bag and to get extra candy. Normally, each catch nets you three candy; if you transfer that Pokemon, that goes up to a total of four!
What nickname would you use to evolve an Eevee into a Jolteon?
Niantic added a fun feature into the game, allowing you to choose one Eevee that will definitely become a Jolteon when evolved! By manually changing the Eevee's name to Sparky, then evolving, you'll get the popular electric Pokemon.
What do Pokemon Go players call an informal event during which they get together and set up multiple lures in one place?
a lure party
Players in many cities host "lure parties," during which the players commit to keeping the Pokestops lured for a certain amount of time. Lures attract more Pokemon, as does the cell activity from large gatherings, so it's a popular method for catching Pokemon.
How can players get Pikachu to sit on their avatar's shoulder?
Catch 100 Pikachus.
Use Pikachu to battle in a gym 20 times.
Walk for 10km with Pikachu as the "buddy" Pokemon.
Trainers who want the honor of having Pikachu sit on their avatar's shoulder can designate Pikachu as their buddy and walk a minimum of ten km. If they do, they'll keep Pikachu on their shoulder as long as Pikachu is still their "buddy" Pokemon.
How many Magikarp do you have to catch in order to make a Gyarados?
You'll need to catch 100 Magikarp to earn 400 candy, assuming you transfer all of them. Then, you'll need another Magikarp to turn into Gyarados! So far, evolving Magikarp into Gyarados requires the most candy in the game.
What do you have to do in order to get the golden "Punk Girl" medal?
Fight in 100 gym battles.
Capture 200 poison Pokemon.
Each badge, or "medal," has a bronze, silver and gold level. While the name of the "Punk Girl" badge is to be wondered at, completing is fairly straightforward: just catch all the poison-type Pokemon you can find!
You get bonuses to help with catching specific kinds of Pokemon.
Completing a wind badge, for example, will make it easier for you to catch more wind-type Pokemon in the future. The best bonuses come from gold-level medals, and if a Pokemon has more than one type, your bonuses stack.
Completing them unlocks special features for your team.
Which path will earn you the most distance in the game?
A straight-line 1km walk
The game's GPS tracking uses a "connect-the-dots" approach, which samples your position every few minutes and counts the distance between the dots. If you back-track or travel in too tight of a circle, you won't earn as much credit for the distance you walked!
A circular 1km trail
A serpentine, 1km woodland path
Walking back and forth in .25km increments for 1km total
What can cause the game not to record distance traveled on eggs?
Moving too quickly (such as driving in a car)
The game tries to prevent trainers from earning distance on eggs from anything except walking by putting a speed cap on the eggs. If you move too quickly, you won't be able to hatch eggs. Biking slowly and walking are the only guaranteed ways of hatching an egg.
Taking the egg out of the incubator
Selecting the game's "silent" mode
Pairing the red jacket with blue shoes on your avatar
Which of the following will NOT increase your chances of catching Pikachu?
Going out during a thunderstorm.
When Pokemon Go launched, there was a rumor that hunting Pokemon during a thunderstorm would improve your chances of catching Pikachu. Incidentally, riding a bike during a thunderstorm is a terrible idea.
It's all speculation; Niantic hasn't confirmed or denied rumors.
While many trainers swear by certain fan theories, there's been no official confirmation or rejection of those theories. For now, Pokemon's sizes vary greatly; you can learn how normal (or abnormal) their sizes are during appraisals.