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[PokemonGO] Now with weather effects!

urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R haterRegistered User regular
edited December 2017 in Games and Technology
OP shamlessly stolen from @akjak:

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What the what?

Pokémon GO is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company. It is available on iOS and Android, not yet worldwide.

The game quickly became one of the most used smart device apps after launching, surpassing the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga in the United States, and was a boon to the stock value of Nintendo, which owns a part of The Pokémon Company. It was praised by some medical professionals for potentially improving the mental and physical health of players, but attracted some controversy due to reports of causing accidents and being a public nuisance at some locations.

Or, in the words of @Mr Ray:
At this point Pokemon Go may just be the biggest phenomenon in the history of anything, ever. For example, it is currently responsible for more google searches than "porn" and has been for five days now.

It is more popular than porn.

On the internet.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Ok, how do I play?

Download it from your phone's app store, and while you wait read this: https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSilphRoad/comments/4ukjzn/pokémon_go_information_knowledge_lessons_learned/

Another guide: https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/4sd611/a_guide_to_pokemon_go_leveling_your_trainer/

Further down this very page is another great guide...

Also, do you want Pikachu as your starter?

How do I know where to go in my town to get stuff?

Well, the quickest way is to also make an Ingress account and use this: https://www.ingress.com/intel

Ingress is the first game by Niantic, and a lot of mechanics are the same. If you wonder "why is...?" in PokemonGO, the answer is probably "because Ingress."

Anyway, nearly all the "portals" on that intel map will be poke-locations as well. You won't know whether they're stops or gyms until you go check it out!

What team should I join?

What color do you like?

The overall distribution of players is something like:

Valor: 49%
Mystic: 49%
Instinct: 2%

What do I do at a "Pokestop"?

When you're in range, the marker on your map will change and animate. Tap on it, and then "spin" the medallion in the middle to get free stuff. Usually you'll get pokeballs, but other Useful Things can be had too. Some things even can't be had by purchasing.

You can spin a stop approximately every 5 minutes.

Pokestops also have a slot for a "module." The only one available right now is a lure. It will make wild pokemon spawn more often around that pokestop for 30 minutes. When a lure is active, there will be hearts spewing from the pokestop on your map.

What do I do at gyms?


Gyms are the battles. There's a lot more info out there, but you try to take over enemy gyms or try to bolster and defend friendly ones.

Against an enemy gym, you can bring 6 pokemon. How many you'll be up against depends on the gym's "prestige."

Against a friendly gym, you can bring 1 pokemon. However, each friendly pokemon you "defeat" will add to your gym's prestige, which opens up more slots for defending pokemon to be placed there.

You can place 1 pokemon per friendly gym (assuming there's a slot open). Once per day (well, every 21 hours) you can go into the shop and claim your "defender bonus" of 10 pokecoins per pokemon you have sitting in gyms. Right now it's pretty difficult for any team to be holding a gym for long, so it's not often right now that you'll get more than 10 coins per day. But as our 'mons get stronger and gyms get harder to take down, you might approach that 100 coins per day... Later.

You can dodge in gym battles?!

Yup.

Should I "power up" these guys, evolve them, or...?

IVs are in the game, so check them before doing anything.

My advice (from a ripe level 19! Woo!) is to just save all the pokemon you get until in your teens. The Combat Power of those guys you catch early is never going to be competitive in the gyms. People are already putting 2k CP 'mons on gyms around here.

So. Save all the candy and stardust you get.

After level 10 or so, evolve whatever Pidgey etc you have with the highest CP. At 7 or 8 you'll get a Lucky Egg too, and evolving is big xp! So save a Lucky Egg until you're ready to evolve a ton of guys. Hint: Those Weedles and such only cost 12 candy to evolve. Evolve them for the xp and then transfer them.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY PIDGEYS

Pidgeys, Weedles, Caterpies, and any other common 12-candy evolution pokes are the best possible goldmine for raising your trainer level. And raising your trainer level is the best way to find more powerful pokes, so catch literally every single one you see.

Basically, you get 500 EXP as a flat reward for evolving a pokemon. Since they're so cheap to evolve and so common, you can stock up a TON of them, pop a lucky egg for double EXP, and start evolving them as fast as possible for 1k EXP each. My personal term for this is Factory Farming, and I'm set to run my first one this weekend, I'm up to ~30-40 banked evolves.

Transfer them?

All it really means is "send them off for the prof to cut on, and get a candy in return, yay!"

What's this "nearby pokemon" thing?

It means there are Pokemon within walking distance of your location. You cannot track them or find out where they are hiding. You must walk around until you feel your phone vibrate and then catch them.

This pokestop is a private place, unreachable, offensive...

Report it here: https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=319928
Daily Quests?

As of version 0.45.0 daily quests have been added. Each day when you catch one pokemon/spin one pokestop you get a large bonus to the EXP and candy/items. If you continue this for 7 days straight you get a HUGE bonus (2000 EXP, ~20 items).

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I caught my very first Voltorb yesterday. That was pretty neat.

    Up to 106 now.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    I'm at 119 caught, 129 seen. A lot of mine are evolves so that's good. However I still haven't hatched an Omanyte or Aerodactyl.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    mts wrote: »
    I dunno though. admittedly I have a ton of pokestops on campus but I went from like 30 balls to 56 with like 4 stops.

    I also feel like the spin mechanic got screwed up. my spins are all off lately and sometimes it will not actually do the spin and fly off the side of the screen

    @mts I agree. Spins have changed and I'm having a hard time getting used to it. Now, it seems, that you have to spin the ball first, and in the same motion you have to throw it. You have to draw the @ symbol is what it seems like.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I'm getting lots of pokeballs (though it'd be nice if they'd get rid of the speed nerf)

    No really interesting spawns though. I feel like they just switched the spawn rates of the commons (pidgy/rat/weedle) with the next common (venonat/oddish/bellsprout)

    still no other pokemons to be found outside of the ones I already have. Definitely no increase in starter pokemons.

    I'm now taking the approach of not using a pokeball on any pokemon over 150/below 550. It's not worth wasting my limited supply.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    I'm going to spend some time today and hopefully fill my inventory up with balls/potions. Unfortunately I hurt my back a week and a half ago and some days it hurts to walk which has really cut into my play time.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    also, the 'nearby pokemon' part of your post is not accurate anymore!

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    also, the 'nearby pokemon' part of your post is not accurate anymore!

    :) Updating it now.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Woo a 779CP Eevee showed up at work, and he's a near-perfect IV! I might save him until the Gen 2 stuff comes out.

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    LailLail Surrey, B.C.Registered User regular
    A Chancey showed up in my house last night. And I evolved a Rapidash and a Seadra. Three new Dex entries in one day!

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    DracilDracil Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    So, now that the game has no endgame content, I've found there isn't much point in caring about IVs or perfect movesets anymore or even coins really.

    I think I'm effectively turning into Team Gray (from Ingress) where I just destroy gyms but don't stick stuff in because why waste the revive and potion? Alternatively if a gym is level 3 I just hit kill the first two pokemon and run away so it's at 4000 prestige. Meaning the enemy team will need to train it 8+ times just to stick another pokemon in there.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Why not just save up your coins until something cool gets released? You can take a gym down, and then drop a Weedle or something and still get your coins.

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    DracilDracil Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    Oh I'll still get my 10 coins a day, but literally now as soon as I get to the next gym, my old gym is gone. So there's no point in wasting resources. My only goal now is to waste as much time and resources from the other team (Mystic really, Instinct has almost no presence again and Valor is almost all gone now too) as possible because of how lopsided the gym system is now. But like before after work I'd go to the local dratini area and farm for a few hours. Now I'm just like meh because it doesn't matter and I'd rather spend my time playing something else.

    Ironically, for all the complaints people had before, the old system was actually sort of balanced between attackers and defenders, in that when a gym was around the midway point the prestige gain/loss was almost equal between attackers and defenders if people were actively fighting/training at the same time.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Dracil wrote: »
    Oh I'll still get my 10 coins a day, but literally now as soon as I get to the next gym, my old gym is gone. So there's no point in wasting resources. My only goal now is to waste as much time and resources from the other team (Mystic really, Instinct has almost no presence again and Valor is almost all gone now too) as possible because of how lopsided the gym system is now.

    That's pretty much what I've been doing since day 1. It's a battle of attrition... Make it not worth the enemies' time to attack your gym because of potions/revives.

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    DracilDracil Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    Well, that's sort of what level 10 gyms were about. But I think the system is pretty broken when the most effective way to play the gym game is to *not* put stuff in gyms or train them anymore.

    I mean, people complained about the time and resources it took to take down a level 10 gym, but the gyms didn't get to that level for free either. They took about the same amount of time/effort to get there, as evidenced by the equal-ish prestige gain/losses during active fights (aside from bubblestratting).

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Yeah there is a gym around here that flips every 20 minutes or so... I've been going over there and doing what you said for a while now. I'm sure it means nothing to them, but in my head they're like "goddamn fuck this urahonky guy. Every fucking day with this shit."

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    DracilDracil Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    Well, to be fair right now is still the item bonus thing, so people really don't care and are probably throwing items away. We'll see where things stabilize next week.

    I think if their goal was just gym stagnation they could've just as easily have halved the prestige numbers for gym levels while keeping the old system (level 10 is 25000 prestige, and maybe only 1k for adding a mon). The time taken to get gyms to level 10 as well as take them down would be halved under that method and I think it would've been more effective than what they've done now.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Probably. But this is the third time they've changed the gyms. They're likely to change it again in the future so I wouldn't get hung up on it too much. Just do what you feel like doing... If it's not enjoyable take a short break with it.

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    SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    Yeah the problem was that they did both sides of the prestige changes. If they'd only done one, it probably would have helped the stagnation without making it this ridiculous

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    DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    I'm still playing, because of the buddy system I am still getting progress, but It is much slower than it used to be. Also, while it was very rewarding to take a level 6 gym and make it 7 to put my mon in, it would have been more adventitious to go find an enemy gym and hit it.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I caught a wild Kabutops today when I got home from work. Pulled into my apt complex, checked my Poke radar and it was there. Walked down the street a bit and caught it.

    So yay another new dex entry.

    But I'm also a little irritated. After that whole Halloween thing, where I had all those wasted km on my Haunter, I set my buddy to Kabuto. Been walking him for the last week, slowly grinding candy. And then a Kabutops shows up, giving me even more wasted steps.

    So far I'm 0/2 for the buddy system working in my favor.

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    DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I caught a wild Kabutops today when I got home from work. Pulled into my apt complex, checked my Poke radar and it was there. Walked down the street a bit and caught it.

    So yay another new dex entry.

    But I'm also a little irritated. After that whole Halloween thing, where I had all those wasted km on my Haunter, I set my buddy to Kabuto. Been walking him for the last week, slowly grinding candy. And then a Kabutops shows up, giving me even more wasted steps.

    So far I'm 0/2 for the buddy system working in my favor.

    Look on the bright side. When ever you want to find a Mon, make that type your buddy.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I just set mine on magikarp

    only about 500 more km!

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    TDawgTDawg Registered User regular
    Notable Pokemon GO Braggings:
    • A Wonderful Chansey hatched from an egg! I know they are useless but its fun.
    • Today I caught a 712 CP Wonderful Eevee with just one Pokeball!
    • I like that I get a lot of items from spinning

    Are the only daily bonuses catching 1 Pokemon and spinning 1 Pokestop? Or are there other things I should be aiming to do?

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    ChenChen Registered User regular
    Dracil wrote: »
    So, now that the game has no endgame content, I've found there isn't much point in caring about IVs or perfect movesets anymore or even coins really.
    Yeah, I don't even care about 5km eggs anymore. Probably gonna stop buying incubators at the moment. Just going to farm more Snorlax and Lapras candy at this point and try to put them in gyms. Dragonite is meh but I still want a DB/DC for attacking. That's basically it. My dex is at 138 now. Just missing Ivysaur, Venusaur, Muk and Kabutops.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    TDawg wrote: »
    Notable Pokemon GO Braggings:
    • A Wonderful Chansey hatched from an egg! I know they are useless but its fun.
    • Today I caught a 712 CP Wonderful Eevee with just one Pokeball!
    • I like that I get a lot of items from spinning

    Are the only daily bonuses catching 1 Pokemon and spinning 1 Pokestop? Or are there other things I should be aiming to do?

    It's just 1 pokemon and 1 stop

    Nice Eevee!

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    ShimshaiShimshai Flush with Success! Isle of EmeraldRegistered User regular
    I got a 555cp 85% Squirtle out of a 2k egg. I'm very happy that they trimmed out the garbage from those eggs, getting more pidgeys and weedles was such a waste of effort.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I haven't had a 10k egg in two months. I feel very despondent about ever getting an Aerodactyl.

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    ShimshaiShimshai Flush with Success! Isle of EmeraldRegistered User regular
    Yeah I've only gotten 2 10K eggs in just over the 4 months since launch.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Yeah it's brutal because you have to get through your eggs to get the 10K eggs... But the chances of getting a 10K egg are slim at best.

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    VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    I got one yesterday :P

    Still walking off my 5k, but I am eternally hopeful for a lapras.

    Though, going by previous trends, it will be an onix. Again.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    I've only had a total of three 10k eggs ever. One was Kabuto, one was Omanyte, and one was Eevee.

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I've only had a total of three 10k eggs ever. One was Kabuto, one was Omanyte, and one was Eevee.

    Lapras, Onix, Onix, Eevee... I think my Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee came from a 10K?

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    DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    I don't remember mine, but I will say that I did get more when I went on a spree and hatched 9 5k's at once. It is just a % RNG, so those who spend money and go through more eggs will have a higher chance.

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    Fondor_YardsFondor_Yards Elite Four Member: Hydra Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    One thing you might want to try and it not hatch your 10k eggs right away. I'm pretty sure the eggs you get from stops is influenced by the ones you already here. My super non-scientific data.

    I've gotten 9 10km eggs total if I remember correctly, out of 248 eggs total at 3.6% of the total. (On a side note the apparent drop is just under 5% which means my luck is dog shit.) But I've only gotten a 10km egg without another one twice.

    My first, I got 3 more in pretty quick order (the next 20-30?) but then I hatched them all without another one waiting. So after that I decided I would always hold at least one, more if I could control myself, if I got another. So....like a month, month and a half ago I got another. Since then I got 4 more while I had one on me, out of 30-40 total. Not as good as the first time but much better then my normal chances. I can't test it more since I got weak during the event and hatching the 2 I was saving in vain hopes for a Lapas.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    urahonky wrote: »
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I've only had a total of three 10k eggs ever. One was Kabuto, one was Omanyte, and one was Eevee.

    Lapras, Onix, Onix, Eevee... I think my Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee came from a 10K?

    169 CP Onix, Eevee, Eevee.

    yaaaaayyyyyyyyy

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    urahonkyurahonky Resident FF7R hater Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    urahonky wrote: »
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I've only had a total of three 10k eggs ever. One was Kabuto, one was Omanyte, and one was Eevee.

    Lapras, Onix, Onix, Eevee... I think my Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee came from a 10K?

    169 CP Onix, Eevee, Eevee.

    yaaaaayyyyyyyyy

    Yeah my Lapras was solid gold.

    I also know a guy who got two Snorlaxes back to back. RNG is a harsh mistress.

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    DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    urahonky wrote: »
    Xaquin wrote: »
    urahonky wrote: »
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I've only had a total of three 10k eggs ever. One was Kabuto, one was Omanyte, and one was Eevee.

    Lapras, Onix, Onix, Eevee... I think my Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee came from a 10K?

    169 CP Onix, Eevee, Eevee.

    yaaaaayyyyyyyyy

    Yeah my Lapras was solid gold.

    I also know a guy who got two Snorlaxes back to back. RNG is a harsh mistress.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    I have gotten like 3 magmars in a row from my 10k eggs

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    TaranisTaranis Registered User regular
    I keep getting Electabuzz. :x

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    Casual EddyCasual Eddy The Astral PlaneRegistered User regular
    I am still hatching pidgeys and rattatas

    I thought they changed that

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