Draw a circle around your Poké Ball when you're trying to catch a Pokémon. That will give you a curveball bonus for even more XP.
There’s an icon in the corner that tells you how close wild Pokémon are to you.
A silhouette indicates a Pokémon that you haven’t caught yet, and the paw prints indicate how close that Pokémon is. Three paw prints mean they're far away and one means they're close to you!
If you see a yellow circle, that means you’re looking at a Pokémon with higher CP.
CP stands for Combat Power, and the higher it is, the stronger your Pokémon is. High CP Pokémon are harder to catch. They could swat away your Poké Ball or jump back out of it after a shake or two.
If you’re out of incense and don’t want to spend money, try heading to a well-populated Pokéstop.
There’s an item called a Lure Module — purchasable in the store — which works a lot like incense, but you can use it at Pokéstops and it works for everybody in the area! The more populated the area, the better chance there will be someone using a module that you can use!
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Once you get to higher levels, you can use get Razz Berries and Ultra or Master Balls to increase your capture chances.
These items will start appearing for you at Pokéstops once your level is high enough. Razz Berries can be fed to Pokémon to make them easier to catch, and the higher-level Poké Balls will lower their chances of escaping.
If you find eggs at Pokéstops, make sure to put them in an incubator!
You have an incubator in your backpack that can hold one egg at a time. As you walk, the egg will incubate until it hatches, potentially giving you a new Pokémon and other rewards like candy.
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Different eggs require different distances, which indicate their rarity.
A 10 km egg is more rare than a 5 km egg, and a 5 km egg is more rare than a 2 km egg. You’re therefore much more likely to get bigger rewards from a 10 km egg than from a 2 km egg.
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Need more candy in order to evolve your Pokémon? Transfer duplicates to the Professor.
You can tap on your Pokémon and transfer them to Professor Willow in exchange for one candy. It’s best to do this with low-powered Pokémon that you already have more than one of.
You can turn off the camera while you’re capturing Pokémon.
Tap the AR button and it goes a bit more cartoon-y and less real world-y.
You have a greater chance of finding Pokémon of certain types near their usual habitat.
You can apparently find more water-type Pokémon near ponds and lakes, more grass-type Pokémon in the woods, and more dark-type Pokémon at night. You can still find these Pokémon in other places too, they just appear more often in their natural habitat.
There’s a battery saver option in the Settings menu.
Tap on the Poké Ball to bring up the main menu, then tap on “Settings” in the upper right corner. The app only runs while it’s actually open (so if you minimize it or turn off your screen you won’t catch any Pokémon), so normally it drains your battery pretty fast.
With the battery saver on, just turn your phone upside-down and the app will still run, but at very low power.
To catch Pokémon properly without wasting Poké Balls, make sure you tap and hold.
Tapping and holding will bring up a green circle around the target Pokémon. That circle will change in size; swipe when the circle is smaller to get a better chance at a capture.
If you time it just right, you’ll get a “nice” or “excellent” throw, which will give you extra XP.