Five things you should do first in Pokémon Go

Jumping headfirst into a game like Pokémon Go is a fantastic way to miss some of the things early on that are going to make your later experience in the game go a lot more smoothly. The beginning tutorial is great, especially if you're a fan of watching images of Professor Willow slide in and out of frame, but it turns out there's a lot more to this game than tossing Poké Balls and walking around your town. Here are some quick starter tips for anyone looking to get the most out of their Pokémon Go experience!

Try to catch a Pikachu

At the beginning of the game you are offered a choice between one of three starter Pokémon, but what the game doesn't tell you is there's a fourth option. Walk away from those starter creatures a couple of times and a fourth Pokémon will show up. Pikachu is a Lightning type, which is an element with strengths and weaknesses that are different from the other three. This will give you a unique advantage when you start fighting other Pokémon at Gyms, which doesn't happen until your character reaches Level 5.

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Map out your local PokéStops

There are places all around you that give you items when you visit them in the real world. PokéStops can be historical monuments, churches, a funny sign someone took a photo of, or just something unique in your town. They're everywhere, and every five minutes they have a new cache of items to offer you. In your early levels, it's a good idea to create a list of PokéStops you can walk between, so you can go back and forth and stock up on items while searching for Pokémon. By the time you've levels up to start participating in Gym battles you'll have plenty of items for keeping your Pokémon healthy, and won't have to go hunting for Poké Ballswhen everyone else runs out.

Learn how to throw curveballs

Every experience point (XP) counts in the early days, so you want to make sure you're getting the most our of everything you do. A great way to give yourself a little boost early on is to get good with curveball throws. This is a special technique for throwing your Poké Ball, and if you capture a Pokémon by throwing a curveball you gain extra XP, which means you'll level up faster.

Read More: How to get a curveball bonus in Pokémon Go!

Find local players

This game does not have to be played alone, in fact Pokémon Go rewards you for playing with friends. If a group of people are somewhere and one of you discovers a Pokémon, everyone can see and capture their own version of the Pokémon. If you install a Lure Module on a PokéStop, anyone nearby can come take advantage of the increased volume of Pokémon that appear in the area.

Playing with friends is safer, and you all get more out of it. Also, when you join a team at level 5 it helps to know who your allies are so you can plan strategies for keeping control of your local Gyms.

Check out the RazerGo app if you want to chat with other players!

Learn your local Pokémon

One of the most important things you can do in Pokémon Go is level up Pokémon you have caught in the wild. When you capture a lot of the same kind of Pokémon, you earn Candy and Stardust that are necessary for evolving and increasing the power of your Pokémon. The best thing you can do for yourself in the early days of this game is learn which Pokémon are the most common in your area and catch as many as possible. When you have a lot of them, you can use a Lucky Egg to double your experience while evolving all of your Pokémon, which will get you to the next level in no time!

Read More: The best way to use a Lucky Egg!

Russell Holly

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

94 Comments
  • UGH ANOTHER POKEMON GO POST I HATE YOU GO AWAY. It's cool, everyone. I did it for you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So y'all acknowledge the lack of journalism? Audio Medic
  • I'm not a journalist. Never have been. Never claimed to be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's apparent that you aren't a journalist. That much is clear. But couldn't you at least put forth decent effort towards newsworthy stories? Audio Medic
  • I don't write the news. Never have. Not what I was hired for. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just admit that you're cut and pasting these "stories" from the Verge.
  • Or CNET lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Satanic Mailbox why don't you go find someone who cares about your opinion, rather than bag on people doing their job. Or better yet, go get a job!
  • I see this coming back to bite you in the .....
  • Then quit posting your so called articles. Then you can grow up and maybe get a real job Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hahaha! "A real job." Like what, as an accountant or a mechanic? Pretty sure writing on the web is a real job that pays real money.
  • So listen to your audience. Or do you just actively not care? Because that is the message you're sending, and if that's the case I'll go elsewhere. There's no shortage of outlets to go to; I came here because you guys used to refrain from fluff.
  • Bye, Felicia.
  • Wow, okay man. This is why your trade is dying. Blatantly zero respect for your audience, to the point of literally goading them away. This is why there is so much animosity between news outlets and their audiences. Good luck as more people turn on adblock and younger, hipper kids continue to take over on YouTube because you guys continue to push away the last people who actually seek out quality media and news coverage.
  • Well said man!
  • Jetset- that was spot on Audio Medic
  • Very well said Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. Well said! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This. Posted via LG G5
  • You destroyed him Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lol. K. I need to get to bed. Have a big day of Pokemon articles ahead of me tomorrow!
  • After that comment I would go to bed too Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Go else where, it's not like every butthurters here are all important Posted via the Android Central App
  • How does it taste? Salty or sweet?
  • Russell forgot the #6 thing you should do first. Delete the Android Central app.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/07/11/its-very-likely-the-2016-nexus-p... In case you wanted something to do with ANDROID!!
  • Not when it has the word "likely" in the headline. You may not like the Pokémon, but at least it's not pure conjecture... Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • So then go to another site and read articles. For crying out loud, let him DO HIS EFFFING JOB. BUNCH OF WAH WAH CRYBABIES. POKEMON GO IS HUGE!!!!!! They are going to cover the crap out of it. Go cry elsewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL
  • THANK YOU Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol, so many butthurts in here scatttering and loitering telling how everybody shouldn't enjoy pokemon GO, but for me this article is as important as all the other android news, thanks for covering them russel Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are an idiot.
  • Aren't you guys done with your Pokemon SEO yet? STOP
  • This Posted via HTC 10
  • Every one complaint=three new posts, if I were you I'd stop now, there's already a backlog! Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • My local Pokemon are never the same. I can open the app a few times a day and in the same location catch the widest variety. It's pretty hilarious. And really, really stupid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pidgies and rattatas galore around me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hilarious!!! I wish I grabbed a Pikachu when i started!
  • Prostitutes gonna prostitue
  • Seriously. I come to this site many times every day looking for actual Android-related news, tips and advice. The wall-to-wall Pokémon coverage is getting absurd. Russell Holly is the worst offender, but you all are guilty to some degree. Certainly there is a support site devoted to PG that can handle all this information. Why is AC stooping to this level, posting a new stupid "article" every hour about some new facet of the game or some new tip for the game? Frankly, I'm embarrassed for AC getting all hot and bothered about this. I don't even think a new Android release gets this much attention.
  • You're wrong, but it's OK. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stay in denial Russel, I hear the clicks come either way. Audio Medic
  • About what?
  • He's right in every conceivable way.
  • Well, go on then. Present evidence that a new Android release gets less attention. Compare today to our Android N coverage. I'll wait.
  • Wait, you're comparing the coverage of a major Android release to the coverage of a third party game to defend your stance? I must be getting trolled...
  • He's trying to get off on a technicality. Posted via LG G5
  • It's not about attention. It's about delivery. AC's delivery is so fragmented in the name of click$ that it's difficult for users to actually glean good info without clicking 50 different places. If you can justify that as the best way to deliver "information" (since you don't write news), then so be it.
  • So then go to another site and read articles. For crying out loud, let him DO HIS EFFFING JOB. BUNCH OF WAH WAH CRYBABIES. POKEMON GO IS HUGE!!!!!! They are going to cover the crap out of it. Go cry elsewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That was a very helpful and productive comment... I believe 100% they should be covering Pokemon Go. AC has good writers and good content mixed in with all the SEO mess. I stay and complain about this b/c the way they're covering this is absurd and beneath the quality they can (and used to) provide.
  • Thanks for contributing to the conversation in a mature way. Posted via LG G5
  • You're very welcome. I really had to think that one out, ya know! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Your brain probably is smoking at this point. You shouldn't strain it like that.
  • Just got home from Mars. Did I miss anything? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Uninstall it.
  • ******* you're pokemon go stories Russell. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Um... Getting a little obsessive over Pokémon are we? You're never gonna catch them all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Arghh are you just trying to turn this into the most useless Android site around? Please keep all these horrendous Pokemon posts to the forums or just lump them altogether in one article. Please, for everyone's sanity I implore you!
  • Ya'll got any more of those Pokemon Go stories? WE get it...you want to be up in the search results.
  • Exactly, please stop with these stories! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously, I'm done with this app. I'll be back in a few days to see if you are done spamming us AC. Really disappointed that a site like this would do this Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm seriously embarrassed for AC. What happened to this site?
  • AC's going downhill faster than a drunk chick wearing unstable high heels standing on the edge of a steep mountain. This is seriously embarrassing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So I think we're up to 26 or 27 articles in the last three days about a game. Damn. Handle your business however you like AC. But I think I'm gonna check out for a while. I know you don't care. But if enough of your more loyal followers get mad and check out... well I guess you're counting on more people clicking in from Google to get your money. Good for you! Since no one cares what I say I don't even know why I express my opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unfortunately what you state is true. They get so many random readers through their SEO that they don't care about any of these concerns from users like us. They make plenty of money without us now... :/
  • Grabbing a Pikachu as a starter is a waste of time other than to just say "I did it". None of the starters are ever worth keeping by the time you can participate in Gym battles. Just sayin...  
  • I sure miss the Android days around here. Rodeo time, time to get er on down the road
  • I miss the articles like "how to clear cache partition on Galaxy S6". Rodeo time, time to get er on down the road
  • I sure miss the days when people didn't complain about someone found their job. But good job pointing this out!!!.... But not really. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Who found their job?
  • I mean seriously, Pokemon Go had upped the Nintendos share 24% Do any of you people understand just how huge that is? It's apparent you don't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stfu.. please.... Posted via my Black S7 Edge
  • That would be a great news story...on Nintendo Central.
  • or Bloomberg Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have you ever kissed a girl you sorry little geek?
  • Lmao, had to create an account just for this. Cuz, yes, I have kissed quite a few girls. Slept with them, too. My husband has as well, obviously. He did get a little jealous, though, when my girlfriend and i both caught an Eevee in bed but he missed it. Am I *allowed* to play this NOW, Mr. Big Man?
  • I for one, think you guys are doing an excellent job covering this game. Which is ON ANDROID. Keep up the good work Russell. Much appreciated! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nobody here is denying its pertinence to mobile platforms. We're complaining about how many articles there are about one game just to drive clicks, while a large number of regular readers are being ignored about what's really important in the Android world. Posted via LG G5
  • How the hell do you think they get paid and stay in business???? Ignorance is not your friend, my friend. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Calling me ignorant isn't gonna help your argument, buddy. There are, without a doubt, other ways to make money that don't involve upsetting your regular readership. Posted via LG G5
  • Why don't you tell them how to run their business then??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because I don't work for them, and it's not my job to teach them how to make money without alienating fans. Posted via LG G5
  • I would agree that there's been an overabundance of articles (not just on Android Central, but *everywhere*) regarding Pokemon Go. It's a cult phenomenon. I know this and I'm sure you do too.
    On the other hand, I have to disagree because if you look at the articles on Android Central - there are a variety of articles that have absolutely *nothing* to do with Pokemon Go. Chromebook articles? Check
    Rumours about Note 7 or "upcoming devices"? Check.
    Reviews/Comparisons? Check.
    Apps (that aren't Pokemon Go)? Check. While i agree *ENTIRELY* that there are too many bloody articles about Pokemon Go, I think that the assumption that regular readers are "being ignored" is incorrect.
  • I've been a loyal reader since 2012. Change with the times or move on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow PokemonCentral. Absurd. *I counted. Scrolled down 33 articles. 22 were Pokemon GO related. I don't care if it's on Android (it's on iOS too cover that too shall you?) not even Kotaku has this many click bait articles.
  • Pokemon's return signals the end of days is upon us. Technology like this is Satan's work.
  • Hey guys, switch over to Android Authority. Those guys have real Android news.
  • Don't you mean the exact same news that's already been posted here? I see the same "non-Pokemon Go" articles there that have been posted here.
  • Still it's better than Pokémon central.
  • You see the kid with this article? she's like 7 years old. If you're older than her and playing Pokemon there's no hope for you.
  • My opinion to make the site better.... keep the pokemon articles, and turn off the comments section.
  • You get signal in your momma's
    basement?
  • AC see what you unleashed
  • "If a group of people are somewhere and one of you discovers a Pokémon, everyone can see and capture their own version of the Pokémon. " How do you do that?!