Pokémon Go is one of the most used apps in the world today. The game, created by Ninantic Labs, is an augmented reality, location based game for Andriod and iOS devices. It was officially released in July 2016 and immediately climbed to the top of many charts. Loved by millions there are a few quirks people playing Pokémon Go for the first time are frustrated by besides the frequent server crashes. The biggest question is, "How do you level up quickly?"
The irony is that it is much easier than it appears, and it's done by catching some of the most abundant Pokémon in the game. Those are the Pidgey, Caterpie and Weedle. The largest amount of experience points besides registering new Pokémon in the Pokédex is to evolve them.
Each time you catch one of the three above you will receive 100 experience, 3 candy points, and by transferring them to the professor you will gain one additional candy point. It costs 12 candy points to evolve one. Basically, for every four Pidgey you catch you can evolve one which will net 500 experience points. What most do is to transfer three of every four they catch. The same goes for the Weedle and Caterpie. Along the way, you'll see countless Ratatta. They cost 25 candy points to evolve, but you'll catch so many of them that you'll get the rhythm pretty quickly. There are even apps to calculate how many of each you'll need to get a certain amount of experience points.
At level 9 you will receive a Lucky Egg in your inventory which doubles the experience points gained from any activity while in effect. By this time you should have thirty or more Pokémon ready to be evolved. Use the egg and then start evolving the Pokémon as quickly as possible as it only lasts for thirty minutes. While the egg is in effect each evolved Pokémon will get 1000 experience points. It is in the realm of possibility to go from level 9 to 16 in that one sitting if you've prepared well. 9 to 13 is more common because most don't know ahead of time to catch every Weedle, Caterpie and Pidgey from the beginning.
Keep this method in mind as you advance in level because the experience points needed between levels only increases. Some people only level up all their Pokémon at a time when they have thirty or more to level up and a lucky egg. Even the other higher cost Pokémon. The rumor is that it will take six million experience points to go from level 39 to 40.
Another little trick for gaining expereience points and characters is hatching eggs. You get eggs from poke stops you visit, in the form of 2.0km 5.0km and 10km eggs. Incubate the larger eggs first; as the larger the egg the better the character you hatch and the more experience points you’ll receive.
Hatching 10km eggs can take some time, as you’ll need to walk 10km or 6.2 miles before the egg will hatch. Here is a little tip: open the pokemon go app on your phone while you are driving a car. You will want to drive between 5 and 15mph, so the app will think you are walking and it will slowly give you credit and distance towards hatching the egg.
In the end, it will all come down to if you're willing to actually catch or hatch all the pokemon or not. Even the most annoying add up in points eventually. No matter how you go about playing the game it's good to know that those supposedly useless Pokémon will actually lead to something positive. With that firmly in mind get out there and catch some Pokémon.
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