Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Become a Pokemon Master; APN Online Editor Kieran Salsone Shares 14 Tips to Become a Better Pokemon GO Trainer

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Become a Pokemon Master; APN Online Editor Kieran Salsone Shares 14 Tips to Become a Better Pokemon GO Trainer

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IF MY late-night sojourns through South Bank Parklands are any indication, Pokemon Go stretches 'popular' to new limits.

The thought of wandering through the real world while catching pokemon probably first occurred to most of us when we were still kids in school and Blue Version (boo Red) gave us all an unhealthy obsession.

Now that it's here, the hype has translated into a wonderfully obscene reality of public spaces filled with people's necks bent down to carefully watch for emerging critters to catch.

Sadly, it's not the best-understood game, so here's what I've discovered through too much play time and speaking with others who've played too much as well. So here are some things I've learned:

1. If you decide you like the game, buy a portable battery charger for your phone. You'll need it. Like all Niantic games this one will drink the juice from your phone faster than almost anything.

2. Turn the music off, it'll drive you zubatty.

3. There are ways you can improve your chances of catching a pokemon once you've found it:

Turn off the AR (augmented reality - it's a little slider in the top right). Sure, that's why you started playing it but if you want that rare you need to make it easier on yourself.

Hold the ball before you throw it. A shrinking circle will appear over the pokemon. Release the ball to hit when it's at its smallest size.

Spin the ball slightly as you release it to get a curveball effect. Tricky to do deliberately.

Use Razz Berries. Don't hoard them as there are plenty out there.

4. Don't evolve your pokemon until you're higher level. Unless you're impatient and plan on playing for longer than you need to, wait until you're catching pokemon around the CP300 mark, then evolve those. Otherwise, you'll end up with a really weak final evolution and a long slog blowing stardust on powering up.

5. Speaking of stardust, it makes more sense to power up *after* you've evolved, as the math works out to them being roughly equal effectiveness but you can back out of powering up the pokemon if the evolution doesn't give you a high enough level and you want to try again. …

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