Whether you're a longtime fan of Pokemon or you're just now catching on, there is something to love for every fan.
I have seen teenagers playing the game with their parents, grandparents teaching small children how to catch Pokemon, and more outdoor unity out of this game than anything ever.
The game requires you to not only go outside, but stay outside and learn about your town's landmarks, since most of the statues, monuments and the like are PokeStops.
Basically, if you hate this game, you hate life. Period. You have no real reason to complain about it on Facebook, and it's driving you nuts.
It's a game that makes people exercise and interact with people in real life. If you really are trying to find something "wrong" with that, you need to seek therapy. Especially if you've resorted to name calling and accusing players of being stupid, lazy and jobless, and you're over the age of 11.
For those who are not complaining, you might be curious about how to play the game or some of the Facebook rumors about it. So let me take you on my journey through gameplay!
Starting the game gets you the above warning with Gyarados. The game warns you not to play in traffic and to be cautious of your surroundings. You see this after login, which can be done either with your Google+ account or your Pokemon Trainer Club account. If you're a die-hard Pokemon fan, a Trainer Club account will get you a free newsletter each month via email, which sometimes will have a special code for use in the current 3DS games.
Set-up is a snap. After the professor greets you, you select whatever gender you are comfortable with, pick out his or her hair and clothes, then you are allowed to catch a starter Pokemon.
If you ignore this 3-6 times, you can get Pikachu as your starter. It really doesn't matter, as the longer you play and the more you travel, the more chances you'll have for the ones you missed.
Your first Pokemon will be around 55 CP. CP means "Combat Power" and if you plan on challenging gym leaders, you'll need all the CP you can get.
Your starter comes with 3 candies related to his species. LEAVE THEM ALONE AND DO NOT POWER UP YET!! I'll explain why in a moment.
As you walk, you're likely to find lots of lower level Pokemon. You will start the game with two incense, which will create a pink cloud (see above) that will draw Pokemon to you. Save these gems for when you are near people with lures (they look like hearts and cherry blossoms on the screen) so you can find more rare Pokemon. Just walking is usually enough without an incense, so use yours wisely.
If you see a Pokemon, tapping on it will trigger a catching game. Use your index finger to swipe the PokeBall towards the Pokemon and try to catch it.
Did your game freeze after he went in the PokeBall? Wait until the white PokeBall on your screen fades away BEFORE you restart the game. 87% of the time, it will save that Pokemon before the crash.
Now let's say you catch extras of the same Pokemon. (We'll use Pidgey.) What can you do?
Select the weaker Pidgey on your Pokemon screen and scroll down to where it says "Transfer". You will send it to the professor, who will give you that species's candy in return. If you save 25-50 candies for one particular species, you can evolve it!
I caught 25 Pidgey.
I transferred 24, keeping only the strongest one.
Once I had more than 25 Pidgey candy, I evolved Pidgey into Pidgeotto.
If I get another 50 Pidgey candy, he will become Pidgeot.
Of course in cities, it is highly likely you will find already evolved Pokemon, but they may not be as strong as if you evolved them.
This reminds me. Yes, Eevee can evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon at just 25 Eevee candy.
Yes, you can control it's evolution by name.
BUT!! This only happens ONCE per evolution, and has a 33% success rate after that.
Names to use:
Jolteon = Sparky
Flareon = Pyro
Vaporeon = Rainer
As you walk, you will find blue markers for PokeStops. Visit the stop, spin the dial, and you may get free PokeBalls, potions, berries, lures, revives and best of all, Pokemon eggs! Just stick the egg in the incubator, walk a few kilometers and watch it hatch into a random Pokemon!
You may find gyms, and this is sort of a "Capture the Flag" type of game.
The professor will introduce you to three teams. Valor (Red), Mystic (Blue) and Instinct (Yellow), colored after the first three US Pokemon GameBoy games. Once you've selected your team, you can battle the local gym.
Battle is simple. Click on the gym, click the glove, then when the battle starts, you attack by tapping the screen on the enemy Pokemon and swiping to dodge.
If you win, you can take over the gym for your team.
Sometimes you may see the gym turn white/gray if you're standing outside and haven't battled yet.
If that happens, quickly tap the gym and drop off one of your stronger Pokemon. This will automatically take the gym for your team!
Once your Pokemon has been dropped off, he'll stay there until someone beats him, and will only return to you upon defeat.
If he stays at least 20+ hours at the gym, the game will reward you with 20 coins to use in the shop.
For the record, you "can" use real life money to buy items in the shop, but the PokeStops will provide you with everything you need. Low on PokeBalls? Just hit up the same stop every 5 minutes. You can tell it's ready when it turns from purple to blue again.
When the servers don't crash and you're not stuck on a glitch, Pokemon Go is addictive and fun. It encourages exercise, good sportsmanship, manners and companionship, and is the best game you can get for free.
When you don't have time for a full-fledged video game, but your thumbs need a little action, apps are the perfect online tools to keep anime fans satiated during long car trips or waits at the doctor's office. Let Codename Sailor Earth guide you to your next addiction!