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The best tips to become a better Pokemon master

Although it's already a major hit breaking one download record after another, Pokemon Go is still a fairly new game, and there are many people who are just starting it out or who haven't explored all the ins and outs of the app. Unfortunately, catching the more experienced players up when there's no one to teach you can be quite difficult, so I've decided to show you some of the best tips that I've collected to help you become a better Pokemon master.

Your first catch: Pikachu

When you first start the game, you can choose which Pokemon you want to capture: Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur. However, if you physically walk away from these three original choices, you will quickly find Pikachu and you can make it your starting Pokemon.

Hunt in pairs or groups

Since it made you wander into the real world, Pokemon Go can be dangerous, especially if you venture into remote locations at night. The best way to stay safe is to hunt in pairs or groups. Capturing a Pokemon won't make it disappear from that spot, so there's no downside as everyone can rip the benefits. Furthermore, if you spread out a little you can cover more ground.

Turn the camera off

The augmented reality images are amazingly cool, but I've noticed that capturing a Pokemon with your camera off is a lot easier because there aren't any distractions or movements. So, my suggestion is that you turn off the augmented reality while trowing your PokeBall as it will improve your success rate.

Trade-in doubles

If you have multiple similar Pokemons, I recommend that you only keep the one with the best CP (combat power) / potential ratio and transfer the rest to the Professor. Why? Because for every Pokemon that you trade in, you will get candy that lets you evolve the Pokemons that you have.

Control Eeveelutions

Although you may not know this, there's an Easter Egg, which allows you to determine the result of your Eeveelutions. All you have to do is to change the nickname of your Eevee like this: "Sparky" for Jolteon, "Pyro" for Flareon and "Rainer" for Vaporeon (don't type the quotes in the nickname).

Pick up everything at once

If you're tired of manually collecting all the items from PokeStops, there's a very cool trick that will help you save time by automatically picking up everything at once. All you have to do is to wait until the PokeStop's color becomes purple, then simply exit out of the menu and the app will automatically gather all the available items.

Parking lots and moving leaves

As far as I can tell, parking lots seem to be the places with the most Pokemons, so if you want to catch a lot of them quickly, that's where you need to be. Another thing worth mentioning is that moving green leaves usually indicate a Pokemon spawning place and if you hang around them for long enough you even have a chance to see a rare Pokemon appear. And since we're talking about environment, you should know that different terrains spawn different types of Pokemons, so you should check out parks that have lakes or sand beaches.

Curveball

Besides adding 10XP bonus, when executed correctly a curveball will almost guarantee a successful catch. This can be a bit tricky to master, but it's worth practicing. To throw a curveball spin the PokeBall clockwise or counter-clockwise until you feel a vibration and then execute the toss. If you find it easier, you can use the side of your thumb to throw the ball and trick the game into believing that you're spinning the PokeBall before launching it.

If it turns out that a lot of people are interested in this topic, I will write a part two for this article. So, feel free to share your ideas and comments in the comments section below. If you're looking for other games that you can play on your smartphone, I recommend reading "The best Android games of 2016" or "Top 6 VR games for iPhones".

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