How to get a curveball bonus in Pokemon Go!

Capturing Pokemon of every power level and classification in Pokemon Go requires a little bit of finesse, especially as you reach the higher levels. You need to throw the ball when the colored ring is at its smallest to increase your chances of a successful capture, or you're going to be spending a lot of time hitting PokeStops to make sure you don't run out of Pokeballs.

Once you've mastered capturing using the standard flick of the screen, and most of your captures earn you Great or Excellent bonuses, it's time to give curveballs a shot. Curveball captures earn you an extra 10XP per successful capture, and that can add up quickly especially in the early levels. Here's how you nail a successful curveball while trying to capture a Pokemon.

  1. Press and hold on the pokeball
  2. Drag that pokeball in a circle on the screen until it starts spinning and sparkling
  3. Flick the pokeball slightly to the right of where you'd normally send the ball
  4. Repeat until you've captured the Pokemon

The curveball capture takes some getting used to, but it's well worth the extra bonus especially if you're out capturing with a Lucky Egg enabled on your account. Can you throw a curveball in Pokemon Go while holding your phone with one hand yet? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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