How to play Pokemon Go - A guest post 

You can’t fail to have seen the new craze sweeping through the streets. If you’re like me, you won’t know where to begin with how to play Pokemon Go, so here’s a handy guide which is a guest post on the blog.


Hello Pokemon lovers in the house and those ready to break through this process of not knowing how to start up the “Pokemon Go” game but see themselves within the next few hours reaching high ranking level, I dedicate this post to you.

Ready to get started? Great! Turn on your GPS, stand up from where you are because we are physically going to take adventurous Pokemon walks; the fun is about to begin, and I won’t want to miss having you in our world.

What is “Pokemon Go” about?

It is a fast-downloading lively game that makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices, as the game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called “Pokemon” who appear on device screens as though in the real world.

Tips for first time Pokemon Go users

1. Download Pokemon Go

Okay, that sounded weird, but really some people just want to know how to play a game but you can’t do that until you download the app.

There’s no point in a player having the skills and possessing the tricks and hints of getting to the high levels of Pokemon Go when in fact they don’t have the game downloaded.

Download Pokemon Go for iOS (via iTunes for iPhones etc)

Download Pokemon Go for Android (most other phones)

2. Create a game account

Go to and create an account.  Don’t worry, it’s free.  You need to be a minimum of 13-years-old to sign up, but if you’re younger you can get mum or dad to sign up and they can click “Add a child” so that everyone can play.

Pokemon Go - Adding a child

3 Create your preferred Avatar

What is an avatar? Apart from an over-rated movie from a few years ago, it is also a personalised graphic digital representation of a person or being in the computing world that can be designed to fit whatever look or category a game player wishes it to be. In other words, the player selects hair, skin, eye color,

In other words, the player selects hair, skin, eye color, style, and outfit for their character.

As players travel the real world, their avatar moves along the game’s map, having different Pokemon species occurs. Certain Pokemon only appear in certain places, so keep an eye out!

The avatar is displayed at the player’s current location along with a map of the player’s immediate surroundings as Pokemon Go deals with Players physically travelling to explore the game’s map.

4. Pay attention to the game map

With the game on your phone, you should begin to take note of all of the signs, icons, and clues.

Starting with the “Blue icon” that denotes STOP in Pokemon go, which are often landmarks, sculptures, noteworthy buildings and more, once you are getting close to it, swipe the image that appears in the circle around it.

Pokemon Go map

You can see the blue Pokestop to my right and a PokeGym just across the water.

This provides players with items, such as eggs, Poke Balls, and potions that can be equipped with items called “lures”, which could attract wild Pokemon, and all of this will score you free items. Those free items are on the Pokemon go game map like Poke Balls to catch Pokemon, Eggs to hatch Pokemon. So be sure to notice all of this cause it’s going to be

Those free items are on the Pokemon go game map like Poke Balls to catch Pokemon or Eggs to hatch Pokemon. So be sure to notice all of this because it’s going to be on your screen…

Pokemon Go Pokestop - Get those Pokeballs!

Pokemon Go Pokestop - This one shows the Twinning Memorial in Chelmsford. Spin the photo by swiping across it and you get some freebies!

5. Learn what the game map features do and what they look like

There are quite a number of them: Pokemon stop and Pokemon gyms:

Visits to Pokemon Stop (they are often the smaller icon), blue icons upon which players have to stop when they notice it.

Pokemon gyms - Gyms serve as battle locations for team-based king of the hill matches (holding gyms gives you free stuff, so pretty much try to hold lots when you come across it).  Unlike the Pokemon series, for Pokemon gyms players don’t have to battle with wild Pokemon to capture them.

Pokestop and Pokegym

A Pokestop and a Pokemon gym

Signs (purple means visited) or cubes - (blue icons) and upon reaching level 5 - Potions and Revives to heal your Pokemon from Gym Battles

Catching Pokemon

Finally, the fun of catching Pokemon.  This is remarkably easy.

If players encounter a Pokemon using the augmented reality mode; the Poke Ball must be “thrown” to capture it by tapping on the ball and flicking it up towards the Pokemon.

Catching a Pokemon - Slowpoke

That pinkish thing is a Slowpoke. Tap on it and throw your Pokeball at it to catch it.

Aim to actually hit the Pokemon on the head with the Pokeball and you won’t go far wrong.

That should be all you need to get you started as a Pokemon trainer, and enough to teach you the basics of how to play Pokemon Go.  There’s still lots more to learn, but the game is so natural you’ll pick it up in no time.

So what are you waiting for?  Download Pokemon Go and starting catching Pokemon!

Chance as a Poloemon trainer

My son, Chance, as a Pokemon trainer

by DannyUK


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