For the ending theme song, see Pokémon Go!.

Pokémon GO is an Android and iOS free-to-play game.

The game is based around catching, trading, and battling Pokémon in real life through augmented reality, using Android and iOS devices.

Pokémon GO Plus can be separately purchased to work along with Pokémon GO. The device will enable the wearer to effectively search for Pokémon through the use of Bluetooth for the Apple or Android mobile phone.

Game mechanics

Catching

So far, only the Generation I, II, III, IV, V pokemon, as well as Alolan and Galarian forms are obtainable. The Pokémon's location varies based on the actual landscape (e.g. Water-type Pokémon are likely to be found around big waters, while Rock-type Pokémon are likely to be found near caves).

The trainer has to find a Pokémon, which is shown on the local map. To attract Pokémon to the trainer, an incense can be used, or a Lure Module can be attached to a PokéStop. Once an encounter is initiated, by tapping the phone, the trainer has to throw a Poké Ball at an exact angle to capture the Pokémon. A white circle represents the area in which the Poké Ball must be thrown in order to catch the Pokémon. A colored circle appears inside this white circle. The smaller the circle, the more likely the trainer is to catch the Pokémon.

Additional experience is earned for throwing the ball inside the colored circle. If the colored circle is roughly the size of the white circle or slightly smaller, the trainer will be rewarded with 10 experience for a "nice" throw. If the colored circle is roughly half the size of the white circle, one will be rewarded with 50 experience for a "great" throw. If the colored circle is tiny, one will be rewarded with 100 experience for an "excellent" throw. Similarly, the trainer can spin the Poké Ball to throw a curveball and earn a bonus of 10 experience. Initially, the bonus experience for a "nice", "great", or "excellent" throw did not stack and would overwrite the bonus for a curveball. However, on newer versions, this issue was fixed and the bonus can be combined.

These bonus experience points are affected by experience multipliers. To make the capture easier, the trainer can use either a Great or an Ultra Ball to catch the Pokémon, or a (Golden) Razz Berry to help its odds of catching the Pokémon. Similarly, a Pinap berry can be used to earn double the amount of Pokemon candy. A Nanab berry will calm the pokemon down, making it move less. A camera can also be used to take photos of the field. Once the Pokémon is caught, the trainer receives an amount of Stardust and the captured Pokémon's respective candy. In the Raid Mode when the player or groups are successful in defeating the Raid Boss, trainers have an opportunity to capture the Pokémon in a Bonus Challenge.

A coloured circle indicates how difficult to catch a Pokémon is:

  • Green - easy, the Pokémon will most likely be caught.
  • Orange - normal, the Pokémon could escape out of the Ball.
  • Red - difficult, the Pokémon is likely to come out of the Ball.

The color of the ring can be influenced by the used Pokéball's type and with the use of a (Golden) Razzberry.

Evolving and hatching

To evolve a Pokémon, the trainer must give the Pokémon some candies, which are obtained through the game by catching other Pokémon, hatching Pokémon eggs, transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow or walking a specific distance with a Pokémon chosen as a buddy. The candy is only compatible with its respective evolutionary line, e.g. Squirtle candies can only evolve Squirtle and Wartortle and no other Pokémon besides them. Pokémon with three-stage evolution need 25 candies to evolve for the second stage. Pokémon with two-stage evolution and second evolved form for three-stage evolution require 50 candies. Baby Pokémon need 25 candies to evolve. These are exceptions:

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Some examples for candy requirements include:

Levels are displayed as such in Pokémon GO, adverse to previous Pokémon titles. The Pokémon's level determines it's CP or Combat Power and vice versa. A pokemon may be powered up by using candies and stardust. The required amount of each grows exponentially. The limit of a Pokémon's CP is determined by the trainer's level.

The trainer can also hatch eggs, allowing them to obtain rare-to-find Pokémon. The trainer has to visit and spin a PokéStop to obtain the egg. To hatch the egg, the trainer must place it in an Egg Incubator (which can be found or bought in the in-game shop), then walk a specific distance. Riding a vehicle will not count as progress, as one must be going under 20kmph (12mph) for movement to count. There are three main types of eggs: 2km, 5km, and 10km to hatch. You can also get a 7km egg from a Friend's gift. Eggs that require a longer distance traveled to hatch, usually give rarer Pokémon. Hatching eggs also gives a larger amount of Stardust and candies.

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NOTE: Pokémon hatching from eggs are constantly updated. It is best to check the in-game news or a dedicated group's announcements for relevant information.

Distance to hatch Hatching Pokémon
2km (1.24 miles) Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Aipom, Misdreavus, Slugma, Remoraid
5km (3.10 miles) Natu, Yanma, Wooper, Wobbuffet, Girafarig, Dunsparce, Qwilfish, Shuckle, Sneasel, Phanpy, Stantler, Tyrogue, Smoochum, Elekid, Magby
10km (6.21 miles) Mareep, Sudowoodo, Pineco, Gligar, Mantine, Skarmory, Miltank, Larvitar

Distance to hatch Hatching Pokémon
2km (1.24 miles) Starly, Kricketot
5km (3.10 miles) Turtwig, Buneary, Piplup, Chimchar
10km (6.21 miles) Riolu, Shinx

Distance to hatch Hatching Pokémon
2km (1.24 miles) Pidove
5km (3.10 miles)
10km (6.21 miles)

Raids

Raid Battles occur when a Boss Pokémon takes over a Gym. Your goal is to defeat this powerful Pokémon. If you and your fellow Trainers are successful, you’ll be rewarded with special items and a chance at catching that Pokémon.

Raid Battles aren’t your typical Gym Battle; your opponent is more difficult to defeat than most other Pokémon. Raids have five tiers of difficulty, ranging from one to five. The higher the difficulty, the stronger the Raid Boss and the more players you’ll need in order to succeed.

The most exclusive raids are EX Raid Battles, where you’ll have an opportunity to catch the most sought after Pokémon. Unlike other raids, you need to be invited to attend an EX Raid at a specific Gym at a specific time. If you are selected to participate in an EX Raid, you will receive an invitation in advance so that you can coordinate and strategize for the chance at defeating the powerful EX Raid Boss.

Finding a Raid Battle

You’ll receive a notification of Raid Battles happening nearby. You can also use the Nearby feature to locate raids happening around you.

Before the raid begins, a Raid Egg will appear on top of the Gym. A countdown will display the time until the Egg hatches and the battle begins. Don't worry if you miss a chance to join a Raid Battle as they happen frequently.

To participate in EX Raid Battles, you need an EX Raid Pass. An EX Raid Pass serves as an invitation to join an EX Raid at a specified time and place. You will receive a notification when you receive an EX Raid Pass stating where and when your EX Raid will occur. You can review the details of your upcoming EX Raid by viewing the EX Raid Pass in your inventory.

Get a Raid Pass

Before you can join a raid, you’ll need a Raid Pass. There are three types of passes: Raid Passes, Premium Raid Passes, and EX Raid Passes.

RaidPass.png Raid Pass You gain a Raid Pass by spinning the Photo Disc at a Gym. You can only hold one Raid Pass at a time, and you can only receive one per day. This pass grants access to Tier 1-5 Raid Battles.

PremiumRaidPass.png Premium Raid Pass If you have already used your Raid Pass, you can participate in another Raid Battle by purchasing a Premium Raid Pass from the Shop. Unlike the Raid Pass, you can hold more than one Premium Raid Pass in your inventory at a time. Like the Raid Pass, the Premium Raid Pass also grants access to Tier 1-5 Raid Battles.

EXRaidPass.png EX Raid Pass This pass grants you access to an EX Raid. This pass can only be used at a specific Gym at a specific time. To receive an EX Raid Pass, you must have successfully completed a raid recently by defeating a Raid Boss at the Gym where the EX Raid Battle will be taking place. To increase your chances of receiving an EX Raid Pass: Join more Raid Battles. The more Raid Battles you successfully complete, the greater your chances to receive an EX Raid Pass. To increase your odds even more, try completing raids at a variety of different Gyms. Earn more Gym Badges. Trainers with a high-level Gym Badge are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles taking place at that Gym.

RemoteRaidPass.png Remote Raid Pass To help fight the new coronavirus pandemic, Niantic (the game's developer) implemented remote raids. In order to participate in a raid remotely, you need to buy a special raid pass from the shop. Remote raiders deal less damage than local ones. You can only join a raid remotely if you can see the gym on your nearby map.

Miscellaneous

Main article: Pokémon GO Plus

A device, called Pokémon GO Plus, can be worn as a bracelet to enhance the game-play.

Main article: Experience Point (Pokémon GO)

The trainer can receive experience to level up and gain new items and unlock other ones. Level up the player character will receive rewards, which includes Poké Balls as well as other valuable Pokémon Go items.

At level 5, trainers can join teams -Team Instinct, Team Mystic and Team Valor - allowing them to battle against other teams in Gym battles. Teams have a name; a leader (Spark, the leader of Team Instinct; Blanche, the leader of Team Mystic; and Candela, the leader of Team Valor); a Legendary Mascot (Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres respectively); and a corresponding color.

Team Instinct Team Mystic Team Valor
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Leader: Spark Leader: Blanche Leader: Candela

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Locations

Main articles: Gym (Pokémon GO) and PokéStop

At level 5, trainers can conquer Gyms from battles against opposing Teams. One player may leave his or her Pokémon at gyms in order to earn Poké Coins. A trainer may earn 10 Poké Coins per 10 minutes defending a gym, but there is a 50 Coin limit daily. (This limit resets every midnight, local time)

PokéStops are places for trainers to acquire items for free, such as Poké Balls and Eggs; Potions, Revives, and Razzberries at level 5; Super Potions at level 10; Great Balls at level 12; Hyper Potions at level 15; and Ultra Balls at level 20. Lures can be applied to Poké stops to attract Pokémon for 30 minutes. These stops refresh and can be revisited every 5 minutes.

Moves and Combat Points

Main articles: List of moves (Pokémon GO) and Combat Point

The Pokémon use moves differently than in the other games. They know up to 2 moves which may change upon evolving. The base move is weaker and can be used with no limits. The special move is the stronger of the 2 and charges up with each use of the base move. The special move can be used by holding down on the screen during a battle.

Combat Points or CP, is an indicator of a Pokémon's power, be it a wild or a trainer's Pokémon.

Customization and achievements

Main articles: Character customization (Pokémon GO) and Medals (Pokémon GO)

As of Generation II update, the character can be customized. Some clothing requires PokéCoins to be bought, and comes in different color patterns. Unlike before, the character can remove certain clothing: gloves, hats, shoes and socks.

In Pokémon GO, several achievements, called Medals, can be obtained, through the game, mostly by capturing a certain amount of Pokémon.

Items

Main article: Pokémon GO items

In Pokémon GO, some items can be received through leveling up. However, the trainer can also buy them by using PokéCoins, which is the currency in-game.

Amount of PokéCoins Price in ¥ (Japan) Price in € (EU), $ (US) Price in £ (UK) Price in $ (CAD) Price in $ (AUD) Price in $ (SGD)
100 120 0.99 0.79 1.39 1.49 1.48
550 600 4.99 3.99 6.99 7.99 6.98
1200 1200 9.99 7.99 13.99 14.99 14.98
2500 2400 19.99 14.99 27.99 30.99 28.98
5200 4800 39.99 29.99 54.99 62.99 58.98
14500 11800 99.99 79.99 139.99 159.99 148.98

Trivia

  • About two weeks after the game's UK release, Sam Clark from the south of England managed to catch all the Pokémon in the game, making him the first to do so in Europe.
  • Nick Johnson is the first American to catch all 142 characters in the game available in the USA. Two corporate sponsors (Marriott Rewards and Expedia) have offered him a free trip around the world to capture the remaining Pokemon that are not currently available in the United States. Full article.
  • Despite all Pokémon games being compatible with Nintendo platforms, Pokémon GO is the first Pokémon game being available in iOS and Android platforms.
  • This game is one of 3 Pokemon games that inspired Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. The other 2 are Pokemon Red and Blue and Pokemon Yellow
    • Pokémon GO and is also the first Pokémon game to be first developed and released in the United States and later in Japan.
    • Certain Legendary Pokémon, certain Unovian Pokémon and Pokémon from Generation 6 onward are features yet to be added into Pokémon GO.

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