12 Pokémon Go Facts & Features From Testers & Players

Expectations were pretty high when video game developer Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company announced they were working on a mobile version of Pokémon. Since the reveal of Pokémon Go, that excitement has only grown. With each leak, we got more facts to wet our appetite. Then the Pokemon Go release date finally arrived.

Pokémon Go takes the creatures of the handheld Nintendo games, movies and trading card games and brings them to the real world. These creatures, including the shops and Gyms that support them, or rendered on a map in the real world around you. As you walk around your neighborhood and town they appear, ready to be captured and used in battle against other trainers.

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Read: Pokémon Go Release in 2016: July Update

The Pokémon Go release hasn’t arrived yet for every region, but we’re learning a lot about the game from different leaks and those that have access to the game in the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Niantic and Nintendo will have more to share about the game’s release in other countries soon. The Pokémon Go Field Test kicked off a few months ago, meaning thousands are testing the game’s every option and mechanic there, even if the wider gaming population can’t get their hands on it yet.

Pokémon Go Plus’s release details are growing in number just as details of the final game are making their way out. Nintendo says that it plans to launch the accessory sometime soon, with a few sites being bold enough as to offer pre-orders online. The Pokémon Go Plus costs $34.99 directly from a retailer. Unfortunately, finding a pre-order has become pretty difficult.

Read: Pokémon Go Plus Pre-Order Details

Now on to the Pokémon Go facts. All of these details have been confirmed by Pokémon Go Field Testers or by those with access to the game.

PokeStops & Gym Locations

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.

45 Comments

  1. Enajrowe

    04/20/2016 at 8:06 am

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    • Bauwens02

      07/11/2016 at 3:02 pm

      Enajrowe uses Repel

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    • Db

      07/25/2016 at 8:48 pm

      Go spam somewhere else

      Reply

  2. Fight Me

    07/11/2016 at 3:45 pm

    Seems legit

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  3. ishwar

    07/12/2016 at 4:04 am

    How find gym there is no gym i am a indian

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    • DAYNA BARRET

      07/25/2016 at 8:41 pm

      Wth did does it make on your nationality? You can get a map of gym and poke stops by downloading on your mobile or going on your PC for Niantics game Ingress. all locations were copied over from that game. It is free.

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    • Magua

      08/09/2016 at 2:13 am

      India is a dangerous place for female Pokemon hunters.

      Reply

  4. frenchdutchess

    07/12/2016 at 4:31 am

    This was my favorite game to play with my younger brother with disabilities . I ran out Of pokeballs and purchased twice poke balls and have not received anything but a receipt through email with them telling me they took my money. I contacted customer support and followed the direction on the support page and I still have not received what I paid for and still have not received any email from support. I hate this, I want my money back

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    • winni ly

      07/12/2016 at 5:47 am

      The purpose of this game is to GO OUT and look for pokemons and pokeballs!! There is no need to pay for anything

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    • just a random player

      07/14/2016 at 7:17 am

      because of the huge populairity of the game, customer support can take several weeks at the moment

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    • J. Chris Bourdier

      07/17/2016 at 4:18 am

      I just threw away over a hundred balls. Every time you hit a Pokestop, you get balls. Every time you catch one, you get balls. I had over 200, so I reduced my outstanding supply to 50 since that’s what the game started with.

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  5. Zitadoeza

    07/12/2016 at 9:04 am

    I just started a new game and threw all my pokeballs at the very first Scyther I encountered. The circle was green and reached the middle point several times. I still have no scyther at this point and have yet to get to a poke stop for new pokeballs. As of yet I cannot find the reason why I had to throw 50 balls at an supposedly easy to catch pokemon. I hate this game :(

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  6. Monster Loss

    07/12/2016 at 10:13 pm

    Good game started yesterday have 16 pokemons

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  7. Kelly Eyes

    07/13/2016 at 2:52 pm

    So far I like the game.. Gets me up and moving. There is a poke stop close to my house 3 to be exact! I have caught 67 so far which 21 different ones. Just a lot of the same. I used a incense but nothing really happened.. Maybe next time hee hee poke on everyone!!

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    • Chris

      07/22/2016 at 11:43 pm

      Incense will attract one pokemon for each 100 metrrs you walk

      Reply

  8. mayank

    07/13/2016 at 7:51 pm

    Hey guys i m having a problem while choosing my first pokemon . I am tapping on screen but its not selecting the pokemon . Help pls

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    • Jon Z

      07/14/2016 at 10:22 am

      Do you have a 3G, 4G or wifi connection? Got GPS turned on?

      Reply

  9. yogesh

    07/13/2016 at 8:39 pm

    im getting a error called username not available after catching the first pokemon

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    • Pc

      07/13/2016 at 11:09 pm

      Yogesh that name is used so you have to come up with a different name. Change it up a little add a number…

      Reply

  10. pokemonMURDERER

    07/14/2016 at 8:20 am

    i like turtles…

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  11. Alpha Wolf

    07/15/2016 at 11:52 am

    The biggest problem is non of these the biggest one is the Pokemon. Always show 3 steps

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  12. PokemonGamer

    07/16/2016 at 9:03 am

    Anyone know why my friend and I have the same pbone are settings on our phone are the same and his gps is never found but mine is even if we are in the same spot?

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    • Greg

      07/18/2016 at 3:30 pm

      he needs to go to settings, developer options and uncheck “allow mock locations”.

      Reply

  13. Roycelin

    07/16/2016 at 9:17 am

    I keep losing poke balls and intense when game freezes or server goes down. I also lose the pokemon I have just captured very irritated with the game.

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  14. CloudsssK

    07/17/2016 at 6:58 am

    I went outside to play this game for the first time and guess what? When I managed to catch a Pokemon an error appeared and my Pokemon is gone :’) and I don’t even know what to do in this case

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  15. Amarilla

    07/17/2016 at 1:25 pm

    I see nothing but a white blank in the shop and at pokestops..what can I do? :(

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  16. Wendy

    07/17/2016 at 8:49 pm

    I had several eggs I picked up while walking around the mall the other day, before the game went down worldwide. Later, they were all gone. I didn’t incubate any of them. Unless I’m supposed to be looking somewhere other than in Items, I’m assuming they’re just–gone. Anybody else have anything happen like this? :(

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    • Dee

      07/17/2016 at 9:56 pm

      When you click on your pokemon, look up at the top right hand corner, and it says “eggs”. Click on it, or just swipe to the left. Then you can use your incubators to hatch them.

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  17. Tam

    07/18/2016 at 7:50 am

    I also have s problem when at the mall with the app freezing. I catch the Pokemon several times then it freezes! Ugh.

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  18. michael jeffers

    07/18/2016 at 10:18 am

    So what to do with the and the handle, she. You got them, is it worth
    Leveling….there hard to find and random, u need a lot of candy to get strong…what to do.

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  19. ROCHELLE HELMS

    07/20/2016 at 12:10 am

    Does anyone have a problem with certain Pokemon in your inventory freezing the app? I have several that do. One even crashes my phone and I have to shut my phone off completely

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    • J. Chris Bourdier

      07/23/2016 at 6:48 am

      In reply to Rochelle Helms, I’ve found that Rattatas that are yellow, and about to break out, will freeze my game and require a restart. I know that they’re about to break out because they are never in my inventory after I restart.

      So far, it’s only Rattatas at yellow difficulty.

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  20. Cool dude

    07/20/2016 at 1:33 am

    I live across the street from an area that has 16 poke stops all of them are in a .01 mile radius haha I just ride my bike around and collect the free stuff, already lvl 12 and started 2 days ago! Already racked up 280 pokeballs

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  21. Aditya Adhikary

    07/21/2016 at 3:00 am

    In our location i dont have any pokestops or gym why

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  22. Vince

    07/22/2016 at 9:03 am

    Am i able to release pokemon I don’t want?

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    • J. Chris Bourdier

      07/23/2016 at 6:58 am

      Hi, Vince. Yes, you can.
      1. Go into your inventory, the button labeled “Pokemon” not “Pokedex.”
      2. Click the button in the lower right corner to change the sort order to “name A-Z.” That will line all your duplicate Pokemon together in order by name first, then by cp.
      3. Select the one with the lowest cp. When it comes up, scroll all the way to the bottom.
      4. Hit the “Transfer” button. That will send the Pokemon to the Professor, whoever that is (I’m not familiar with the story behind the game). In return, you’ll get a piece of candy for the type you just transferred.

      Do this for all your duplicates.

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  23. Beko

    07/23/2016 at 4:50 pm

    I kinda have to quit the game, I spend all poke balls and there is no poke stop at all around me, not in my country even not in counrties around me… and they closed poke stop requests…

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  24. Nishant Purohit

    08/02/2016 at 5:42 am

    Hii in my Pokemon go app is not showing pokestop & poke gym so it’s fix it and how to find pls help me

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  25. Roberto

    08/04/2016 at 12:50 pm

    Come si disinstalla???

    Reply

  26. Willia

    08/07/2016 at 8:30 am

    The game was perfectly well when my son went to bed a couple of nights ago. He woke up the next day and the app is now not detecting Pokemon creatures, stops or gyms. Support told us to turn off location settings and back on again. This didn’t work. Support told us to deinstall and reinstall, this didn’t work either. We have even tried creating a new account, this didn’t work either. Has anyone experienced this? How was it fixed?

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  27. Mehdi

    08/10/2016 at 7:50 am

    Yrh noir frhj

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  28. KAS

    03/23/2017 at 9:28 am

    Can someone please tell me why my Pokémon says that it is on a gym but it’s not? I have been trying to get the gym icon off so that I can level it up but it has been the
    this way for over 3 weeks now. And checked to see if it needed to be revived or needed potions and it didn’t.

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