8 Tips to Becoming a Glaswegian Pokemon Master

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So obviously you have heard of the global phenomenon that is Pokemon Go. Its the game that has inspired the general public to go searching in their neighbours back gardens, the toilets in McDonalds and stand in the middle Bath Street looking for imaginary daffodil with legs. Love it or loathe it there is no escaping it and here are some tips to catch em all.

1. Switch off you AR

Switch off you AR

I know that seeing a Lapras on a lamppost or a Diglet in a ditch is pretty hilarious but all hilarity aside it is eating up your precious battery and you can't catch 28 Pidgey's in one afternoon with no battery. Flick that switch in the top right hand corner when a Pokemon appears and switch of your AR.It also make Pokemon a lot easier to catch on the move. No more stopping dead in the middle of Buchanan Street you can catch things while walking.

2. PokeGlasgow Map

PokeGlasgow Map

Some of the thoroughly nice people on Reddit have made a Pokemon Glasgow map. It will show you where Pokestops and Gyms are but also some of the locations you can catch some of the more elusive pokemon types. So if you're looking for 101 Magikarps to get a Gyarados then this is exactly what you're looking for. Check it out here.

3. Leveling Up

Leveling Up

Save you lucky eggs, lures and incense.Head to somewhere with multiple pokestops and prepare to jump up levels in no time. Lucky Eggs will give you double XP so if you start evolving those all those Weedles you will have undoubtedly caught into Kakunas and those Pidgeys into Pidgeottos you'll get 1200 XP every time. Double that up with some incense and a lure and you'll get double the XP every time you catch something so thats 400 XP when you catch a Rattata and 2000 Xp if you get your mitts on something new. Or do what I do grab a coffee somewhere near a pokestop, steal their wifi code and start grinding for XP.

4. Be Picky When Evolving

Be Picky When Evolving

Its not all about CP (Combat Power)many of us will just save up enough candies to fire into whatever Pokemon ha the highest CP but in the long term that's not the best policy. Look at what attacks the Pokemon has to offer. For example when evolving Rattata into Raticate the move Hyper Fang will only do 35 damage while Dig will do 70 and both of these attacks will replenish in the same amount of time so it well worth reading into this especially when it come to taking over gyms.

5. Hatching Eggs

Hatching Eggs

So if you've been playing for a while you will know that 2km, 5km and 10km eggs can hatch very different pokemon but do you know what types. Have a look at this infographic to see what can hatch

but this doesn't mean you can walk the length and breadth of Glasgow hatch a 10 km egg to be greeted by the feathered rat otherwise know as Pidgey it just means you have will only ever be able to hatch a Pincer from a 10km egg it could still turn out to be a Weedle unfortunately.

Currently Pokemon Go wont follow your footsteps the same way a running app would what it does is take snapshots of the way you are walking so you'll hatch those eggs quicker if you walk up and down Sauchiehall Street than you ever will walking in circles.  

6. Eevee

Eevee

So us Pokegeeks know that there are much, much more than three evolutions for Eevee now but back in the day when a gameboy took up more space in your school bag than your jotters did there were three. Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon. In good old gameboy days you used the Fire Stone, Water Stone and ThunderStone to evolve Eevee into your desired pet but in Pokemon Go it's all about the nickname. Call you Eevee either Sparky(Jolteon), Rainer (Vaporeon), or Pyro (Flareon) and your Eevee will evolve correspondingly. Fun Fact Sparky, Rainer and Pyro where the name of the Three Eevee trainers in the original Pokemon Series.

7. Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy

Every pokemon has a type and lots of Pokemon have a weakness. Some are obvious but some are not so obvious. Fire is weak against water. Obvious. Psychic is weak against Ghost type. Not so obvious. Here'sa quick list of each element type, and what opposing types of Pokémonare best-suited to take them down:

  • Normal: Fighting

  • Fire: Water, Ground, Rock

  • Water: Electric, Grass

  • Electric: Ground

  • Grass: Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug

  • Ice: Fire, Fighting, Rock, Steel

  • Fighting: Flying, Psychic, Fairy

  • Poison: Ground, Psychic

  • Ground: Water, Grass, Ice

  • Flying: Electric, Ice, Rock

  • Psychic: Bug, Ghost

  • Bug: Fire, Flying, Rock

  • Rock: Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel

  • Ghost: Ghost

  • Dragon: Ice, Dragon, Fairy

  • Steel: Fire, Fighting, Ground

  • Fairy: Poison, Steel

8. Pokegyms

Pokegyms

So if you're skilled enough to take over a Gym or if you are adding a pokemon into a Gym that some of your teammates have already stolen then try and add in as many different types as you can. If you have a gym full of fire types all it will take is someone with a Vaporeon to come along to wipe it off of the face of the earth. The more diverse the pokemon type that harder it will be to steal the Gym back...

The amount of levels a gym has shows you how many Pokemon are in there.

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