Pokemon GO tips and tricks

4. Heal and Revive

This can be tricky to find the first time you want to revive or heal your Pokémon after a battle. You can’t do it by selecting the injured Pokémon directly, you have to go to the items menu:

  • Press the Poké Ball icon at the bottom of your map screen and click "Items".
  • If your Pokémon has 0 HP left, select Revive / If it has 1 or more HP, select a Potion.
  • The next screen shows which of your Pokémon are injured or fainted; select one by one those you want to heal. Once they are healed or revived they’ll blow a little heart to you.

You can choose different kind of potions depending on how much HP your Pokémon needs, some may take more than one Potion to fully heal.

Basic Potions restore 20 HP, Super Potion restores 50 HP, Hyper Potion restores 200 HP and Max Potion completely restores the Max HP.

Revives also restore half a Pokémon's health but can only be used if a Pokémon has fainted. If you have run out of Revives, there is another way to revive Pokémon. If you “Power Up” your Pokémon, it will gain the small amount of HP from the Power Up. This, in turn, will revive the Pokémon so you won’t have to waste another revive.

If you don’t have any Potions or Revives, simply walk around to PokéStops and give the icons a spin. While most PokéStops will only give out Poké Balls, many will give Eggs, Potions or Revives. PokéStops also refresh every five minutes, so you can keep returning to the same location again and again for more supplies.

It seems Potions and Revives will not drop until you have reached Level 5. You can't battle in gyms before getting to Level 5 anyway, so you should have no need to heal before then.

5. Gym strategies

Many of us just rushed into the gyms without a clue of how to fight, here are a few tips of the mechanics of fighting that you can’t miss:

  • Click the screen to use the Pokémon’s primary attack. Click it constantly until it’s time to use the Pokémon’s second ability or a Dodge.
  • Keep an eye on the bar under your Pokémon’s health that is filling up during the fight. When the bar is full, long press the screen to use your Pokémon’s second ability. It’s usually very powerful and valuable. Each of these attacks consumes one blue block from the power bar.
  • When being attacked, swipe left or right to perform a Dodge. It’s very easy to miss this, so make sure this part of the fight isn’t ignored.
  • Team up when entering a Gym. If another player from your team enters at the same time, the two players will fight the Pokémon together. This makes it much easier to stay in control of the battle and win Gyms without going through your whole lineup of fighters.
  • Place a Weak/Low CP Pokémon in the gym and repeatedly Win/Train at the gym and raise its prestige for additional Pokémon slots.
  • When the fight starts, wait for the screen to flash yellow. When it does, swipe right or left and you’ll dodge their attack. This flash is present throughout the entire match, so you can follow the same pattern of flash, dodge, attack until the battle is over. Not every ability is dodgeable, like “Earthquake,” but most are.
  • Defending pokémon attack every 1.5 seconds, so keep that in mind as you plan your dodge and attack pattern. Don’t try to attack too much after each dodge.

6. Free PokéCoins

To earn free Pokécoins you need to train and defend:

Train in a Friendly Gym

Check if it's a high enough level to accommodate your Pokémon (max 10). If there's an empty slot, you'll see an icon on the bottom left of the screen once you open the Gym menu. If that icon is missing, you'll have to train in the Gym to increase its prestige by clicking on the boxing glove icon on the bottom right.

Taking over a Rival Gym

You must battle a rival team Gym to decrease the Gym's prestige to zero. You can do this repeatedly, healing your Pokémon in between battles. Once you've defeated the Gym enough times, the previously reigning team will be kicked out. Then the Gym will appear as a white unocuppied gym, which will allow you to claim it for your Team.

Once you have successfully deposited a Pokémon at a Gym to defend it in your honor, you can open the Shop screen to collect your "Defender Bonus" which amounts to 10 Pokecoins roughly every 21 hours. You can protect up to 10 gyms at a time, which will net a cool 100 Pokecoins every day.

Because it can be pretty difficult to hold a Gym for 21 hours, take this strategy into consideration: Find an area with plenty of Gyms all nearby at a time when few people visit. Claim all of the Gyms in quick succession, preferably with a band of your teammates, and then claim your Defender Bonus.


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