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By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

17 Pokémon Go Tips That Will Help You Catch Them All.

If you haven't seen your local parks and downtown areas alike packed with folks playing the free mobile game Pokémon Go, surely you've at least heard of the craze. The seed was planted 20 years ago in 1996 with the introduction of Pokémon Red and Green in Japan. These pocket monsters have since spiraled in and out of our lives, and now they've stolen our hearts once again (though some fans will argue that they've remained loyal all this time).

In addition to children and teens, the fan community also consists of young adults who have played the games or watched the series as children. Just how big is this app? Many sites compare the phenomenon to Tinder, but it's much bigger than that. Sensor Tower reported on July 12 that "mobile users are spending more time in Pokémon Go in Facebook."

If you're just beginning to play or are interested in starting, check out some of these tips from experienced players below. Pokémon Go is a location-based reality game, which can be a good balance of exercise and social interaction and exploration, but it has also made news reports for causing accidents. Just make sure to be careful out there!

#1. See hatch progress of your eggs as a passenger.

By being in a moving vehicle, you'll notice hatching progress. Avoid doing this while driving so you don't get into an accident. Make sure you're traveling under 30 mph, says reddit user Kolrich, a Level 22 player of the game.

"This usually happens in dense neighborhoods, or on heavy traffic roads. If you’re stuck as a passenger in stop-and-go traffic then you’d better have Pokemon Go out and running."

See hatch progress of your eggs as a passenger.

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#2. Understand the distance each pawprint represents.

According to the Pokémon Go Lengthy Introduction Guide on reddit:
- No footprints: > 10m
- 1 footprint: 10m - 25m
- 2 footprints: 25m - 50m
- 3 footprints: 50m to 100m

Understand the distance each pawprint represents.

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#3. Want Pikachu as your starter Pokémon?

Sure, you can encounter Pikachu during gameplay, but if you want one as your starter, you'll need to do from the very beginning. When you start the game, you'll notice Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, all very tempting, but walk away and wait as they relocate where you are.

Do this four times and a Pikachu will show up as an options, reports Polygon.

Want Pikachu as your starter Pokémon?

Niantic / Kotaku

#4. Use the curve on your Pokémon’s profile to determine strength.

This may seem like common sense, but if you're rushing, you might not pay attention. If you're in between a few Pokémon of similar CP, note that the stronger one is probably the one with more progress left.

Use the curve on your Pokémon’s profile to determine strength.

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#5. Turn off AR to save some battery life.

Battery life is extremely valuable when playing this game. It won't help much, but turning off AR (an option that opens up when you encounter a Pokémon), it can make all the difference if you're really running low.

Turn off AR to save some battery life.

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