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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 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

32 Comments
  • Give it a rest with this Pokémon crap, ANDROID Central. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mad kid is mad over an internet story that he doesn't want to read. Thanks for giving them both a click count and a comment count though, you literally just helped pay for this article to be written.
  • See here: http://forums.androidcentral.com/pokemon-go/698637-why-we-re-writing-so-much-about-pok-mon-go.html#post5259963
  • I see someone's mad they lost their Gym.
  • You really should just change the name of this site to "Pokemon on Android Central" Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's what hype right now, take it or leave it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess we're 4 year olds Rodeo time, time to get er on down the road.
  • "I guess we're 4 year olds" says the kid pretending to be a cowboy on the internet.....
  • He actually served... Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • soooo? Doesn't make him less of a ******
  • I've suspected that of you for a while now, for whatever that is worth.
  • Lmao
  • With the amount that you're all whining, I wouldn't be all that surprised.
  • lol I love all the posts. Its the new it game, like Angry Birds, Flappy Birds, etc. Main difference is it actual gets you up and moving. Reminds of of when the Wii first came out. Everyone had to get one. Then the fad died out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can we go back to the "Best Of" click bait articles? They were less annoying. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm a grown man playing this, (big whoop wanna fight about it?) but really, is this a Pokémon Go news site now or Android Central? Posted via Android Central App
  • http://forums.androidcentral.com/pokemon-go/698637-why-we-re-writing-so-much-about-pok-mon-go.html#post5259963
  • That article is a little old though, lol...
    http://imgur.com/0A37W68 Posted via Android Central App
  • Give it a rest, when somebody wants to play it, then leave them be Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was my comment about people playing it? No, it wasn't, try again. Wait, don't.....because you'd fail a second time. Posted via Android Central App
  • Keep up the coverage AC! Loving the nostalgia that comes with this game, and I get to walk around after sitting in an office all day so that's a plus! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow. We've got some sour grapes in the comments. If you don't want to see the article don't open it. It's pretty easy to see when something is about Pokémon Go so people don't have an excuse. Right now is probably the best time to post tips like this for so the people googling how to do stuff in the biggest mobile game at the moment so of course sites are going to make the most of it.
  • Yes of course you're right, so many people don't like it and keep expressing them like it's their choice to choose what android central will publish.
    This pokemon is the fad now, take it or leave it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Keep going AC. This is a new widely play game on our Android devices, so it's nice to see this covered. After the initial honeymoon phase wears off and everyone has gotten used to all the tips and tricks on how to play the game more efficiently, AC will not be posting near as many articles about it... so for all the whiny crybabies have to do is scroll past the articles and wait for another week or so.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not about opening the article, Don Serot. It's about looking at the AC feed and seeing a litany of articles about a game. If it takes a video game to get you up and moving from your office desk after a day of work then I pity you. Try getting out and hiking and actually taking a look at the landscape instead of a mobile screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Here's the thing, this game actually encourages people to go out hiking and look at landscapes instead of sitting all day infront of a computer being a keyboard warrior
  • I could say the same about people complaining about content on a website like it's the only thing they can look at in their lives. If you don't like it you don't have to give it the time of day. Instead people feel the need to complain giving page and ad views in favor of something they don't want to see. It's counterintuitive. I have a lot of different sites in my RSS feed and I skip articles most of the time and only stop for things that interest me. Also if you think a game is what it takes to get me outside in the Texas desert when it's hitting triple digits I have to give you that. I live in the middle of nowhere so unless I want to go out and look at oil wells I'm kinda out of luck as far as landscapes go. I used to hike a lot when I lived somewhere I could actually hike, but this horrible idea of a place to live is where my family moved and I'm kinda slim on options for where I get to live at the moment. If there's something that makes people feel a desire to get outside when normally they wouldn't I'd say that's a good thing.
  • You don't need to energize the ball (circular rotations to get it sparkling) to get a curveball, I get curveballs all the time without doing that. In fact, I get curve balls more often than Great shots just flicking them normally.  
  • Please write more about the game. I will read it. Just to annoy those other a**holes.
  • There are dozens of headlines on Android Central that I don't read.... They don't interest me, I move on (Nexus, Nexbit, anything India related) so why don't you haters do the same. No one said you have to read every article.
  • Does the curve ball have any other benefits like making it easier to catch the Pokemon?