Pokémon GO, the recently launched augmented reality game for iPhones and devices running Google’s Android operating system, isn’t what anyone would consider to be a typical mobile game. For starters, it’s littered with tiny adorable creatures and mechanics that smartphone owners will recognize from other editions of the franchise. The biggest thing that sets Pokémon GO apart from other mobile games is how much time it takes to really progress through it regularly. It’s why a rundown of Pokémon GO tips for busy people is necessary.
Using your device’s GPS signal, Pokémon GO is able to track where you are. Through the game, you see a tiny representation of themselves in the real world. Journeying to PokeStops and Gyms – landmarks in the game that offer battles and free items – is mandatory. This means that Pokémon GO isn’t the typical dive-in and dive-out title. The game forces you to spend real-time and energy capturing creatures and collecting items.
Here are some Pokémon GO tips for the busiest of professionals and students that still want to get the most out of the game. Gotta Be Mobile also has tips for new players and tips for those looking to level up faster.
Pokémon GO Tips for Busy People: Focus on Capturing Pokémon New to Your Pokedex
You get XP from doing a lot of things in Pokémon GO. Every time you catch a creature, there’s some experience. You get some when you visit PokeStops and Gyms to. With less time on your hands, you need a strategy for getting XP easily.
Every catch in Pokémon GO gets you XP, but you’ll get more if you focus on the creatures that aren’t in your Pokedex already. As the game’s story goes, you’re trying to help Professor Willow build out his knowledge of the creatures in your area. If you see a grayed out silhouette on your map, try to capture it instead of another Pokémon that you’ve already captured. You’ll get more XP for just a bit more effort.
Pokémon GO Tips for Busy People: Use Items to Speed Up Your Progression
Pokémon GO is free-to-play, but power-ups available for real money allow you to turbo charge your experience. Use these items to boost your progression.
You don’t have to go to PokeStops to get Eggs and Poke Balls. You can buy them from the in-game shop and save yourself time. Incense brings Pokémon to you instead of you going in search of them. The same thing goes for Lures, which grants Incense powers to an entire PokeStop.
If the game is important enough to you, use some cash to turbo charge your experience.
Pokémon GO Tips for Busy People: Head to A Place with Lots of Landmarks
Through a mapping database that it created for another game called Ingress, developer Niantic Labs knows where both the major and minor landmarks are in most neighborhoods. When you see a PokeStop or a Gym, it’s because there’s a major or minor landmark there worth appreciating and seeing. Most of the time, these landmarks are blocks away from each other.
Those without a lot of free time on their hands are better off skipping the one-off PokeStops and heading for some place that’s likely to have a lot of PokeStops. Compare your suburban neighborhood to a downtown area or public park. There’s sure to be way more PokeStops at that public park than on your street. What’s more, they should be relatively close together, cutting down on travel time and getting you more rewards for the time you are able to put into the game.
Pokémon GO Tips for Busy People: Fake Your Location on Android
Finally, there are more straight forward methods to progressing in Pokémon GO when you’re short on time.
Pokémon GO relies on the information that your smartphone collects about your position. On a untampered with iPhone or Android device, there’s no way around walking around and playing the game as intended.
The same isn’t true on jailbroken iPhones and Android devices that are rooted, it seems. Players report being able to trick their device’s GPS into thinking that they aren’t where they actually are. On these phones, users can skip going to PokeStops and Gyms and trick the game into thinking that they’re actually there.
Of course, the usual caveats of doing something like this applies. Nintendo and Niantic likely won’t take too kindly to users tricking the game into letting them put less effort in than those playing as intended. If there’s a way to catch cheaters, you can get bet that both will want to address it. It’s not unheard of for video game developers and publishers to outright ban the accounts of those that have cheated in an online role-playing game, which Pokémon GO pretty much is.
Good luck with Pokémon GO.
PokeStops & Gym Locations
A recent question and answer session on the Silph Road confirms that Pokémon Go currently uses 30% to 50% of portals that were present in Niantic’s last game, Ingress. Pokémon Go maps these over real-world landmarks that players have to walk to.
PokeStops and Gyms are real-world locations that players go to pick up items and battle the creatures left behind by other trainers. Police departments are already warning players of the game to stay away from their stations, according to VG247.