1. Each pawprint on the Pokémon tracker represents about a 100-meter distance.
So at the most, you’ll only have to run about three football fields if you see the silhouette of that Dragonite you’ve been looking for.
2. Your eggs won’t gain hatching progress if you travel faster than 15 mph.
Some claim it’s 12 mph. Either way, you’re probably not going to make any progress if you’re driving.
3. Speaking of eggs, these are (generally) the Pokémon that hatch from the different egg types.
There’s an easier-to-read version of this list here. However, this list isn’t 100% accurate, and you might find Pokémon in a 2 km egg that’s listed here for 5 km eggs, for example.
4. That curve on your Pokémon’s profile indicates its potential and should factor heavily into your decision to evolve or not.
5. There is a way to get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon.
If you continually run away from your first battle with the starter Pokémon you choose, eventually Pikachu should show up as a starter option. Check out this videofor a full guide.
6. The app uses a combination of your step count and GPS location to hatch eggs, so the stuff in this rather silly video won’t work.
People are trying to attach their phones to bicycle wheels, Roombas, and their dogs in order to hatch eggs. But unless you actually move around enough for the GPS to register it, you won’t see any progress. Maybe tie it to your dog’s collar and set them out in the yard?
7. Turning off AR (which can be done when you encounter a Pokémon) will save battery life.
It won’t make a huge difference, but it will use slightly less battery power, which could add up over time.
8. You can also download Google Maps offline for your area to save a bit on data and battery.
Some users report that downloading local map data will help conserve a bit of battery and cut down on data use. It’s a good idea in theory, but one of Google’s engineers says it won’t actually help you. Still, it won’t hurt to try if you have the extra storage space.
9. You can train with the Pokémon at your own gym for extra XP and Gym Prestige.
If you already have a spot at a gym, you can train instead of battling the other Pokémon there. When you do, you’ll use only one of your Pokémon, and your Pokémon won’t faint (but it will lose HP). You’ll get a little bit, but not a ton, of XP and Gym Prestige at the end.
10. There’s a new update out today that helps fix some of the annoying bugs present at launch.
The fixes include not having to log in again every time you quit the app (thank goodness) and correcting the data that the app has access to in your Google account (much less than before).
11. Stock up on Lucky Eggs and use them right before you’re about to hatch a lot of eggs or evolve a lot of your Pokémon.
If you want to level up fast, make sure you have at least one Lucky Egg. Then, get a bunch of candy and incubate some eggs until they’re just about to hatch. When you pop the Lucky Egg, you’ll get double XP for 30 minutes, so each Pokémon you evolve will get you 1,000 XP instead of 500. Additionally, if you hatch those eggs and get new Pokémon out of them, you’ll again get 1,000 XP each.
12. The cheapest and easiest Pokémon to evolve are Weedle, Pidgey, Caterpie, and Rattata.
Each of them only needs 12 candy of their type to evolve, so it’s good to stock up on them for XP purposes. If you have a Lucky Egg, you can potentially evolve a bunch of them at once for massive XP gains.
13. Eevee evolutions are completely random.
No matter what your Eevee’s starting moves are, the “Eeveelution” that they end up with seems to be totally random. Just keep your fingers crossed for that Vaporeon you’re hoping for.
14. Gyms can be one of the best sources of XP if you run away a lot.
Go into a gym battle, defeat the first opponent, then run. If you still get XP from the encounter, then you should be able to hop back in and do that indefinitely for a decent amount of XP per hour.
15. Consider renaming your most-used Pokémon with their types and/or abilities so you know which ones to pick in your gym battles.
Since battles are real-time, it’s tough to grab the right Pokémon for the matchup quickly. Naming your Pokémon in this way will help you make a snap decision. Sure, it’s not as fun as the hilarious meme-based names you used before, but are you trying to be the very best or not?