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all-Rush mixtape
Sep 14, 2011

Because no one man should hold all that power.



SIGN UP USING GOOGLE IF YOU WANT TO PLAY, DO NOT USE POKEMON ID ITS BUGGY AS gently caress

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is a Mobile Free2Play Augmented Reality game where you, as a new Pokémon Trainer, walk around IRL and are randomly approached by sprites of Pokémon on your phone. Your goal is ostensibly, as the slogan goes, to "catch 'em all", although you will probably never do so. In addition to catching Pokémon, you can also battle against other trainers' Pokémon in Gyms.

How to play


With the above image as basis, let's review the basics. Please note that this tutorial assumes you live in an urban area - rural folks, skip the next two paragraphs unless you're willing to make a road trip.

The Blue Pokéball Symbol looking areas are called PokéStops. Once you get within the radius of the area, you can "spin" or flick the location to get free items, such as Pokéballs and Eggs. You can only spin once every 5 minutes; purple stops mean you've tagged it recently, blue means you haven't.

The red-shaded arena shaped areas are Gyms (note: the red color just means the red team owns it currently). Teams (more on this later) control gyms with a maximum of 6 Pokémon holding down a gym at a time. Only one Pokémon per breed can be stationed at a gym, which means you're going to see only one Blissey now instead of 4! To take control of a gym, you must battle (and defeat) the defending Pokémon using the same strategy used in the main games (water beats fire, ghost beats psychic, etc.). Over time, however, Pokémon will lose their battling power in gyms if they are not regularly fed berries. In addition, there are Raid Battles, but that's for another section. Holding a gym for 10 minutes nets you one Pokécoin, but your rewards can only be cashed out after your Pokémon is kicked out of the gym (and you can only get 50 coins in a day). You must be Level 5 or higher to fight.

While roaming, you will get pinged about Pokémon appearing. Tap the Pokémon and point your camera to the horizon. Flick a Pokéball in the direction of the Pokémon, and you can "capture" it. You can miss (so you have to aim), and the Pokémon can break free randomly, just like in the regular series. Wild Pokémon can also jump to evade and attack, so sometimes you need to time out your tosses. Finally, Pokémon can just be assholes and run away.



Once captured, a Pokémon will come with certain stats. CP stands for Combat Points, and is a rough gauge of how strong your Pokemon is. Height and Weight do not appear to do anything, and are simple flavor texts. Pokémon will come with two attacks; a quick attack (not to be confused with the actual move "Quick Attack" - these moves are simply faster) and a charge attack (usually a signature move; i.e. Pidgeot getting Air Cutter or Venonat getting Bug Buzz). HP stands for Hit Points - if your Pokémon's HP reaches zero, it faints and cannot battle anymore until it is revived.

Catching a Pokémon will grant you EXP, Stardust, Species Candies, and (if a new Pokémon) a Pokédex entry. If it's a duplicate, you can "transfer" it to the Professor and gain candies specific to the Pokémon line (so, Pidgey Candies work for Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, but not Spearow.) Stardust and Candies are used to level up your Pokemon swiftly; you gain 100 Stardust for every wild Pokémon captured (more for accurate throws), and when you trade in a Pokémon, you gain 1 candy of that type, in addition to the 3 you got originally. In addition, you may select one Pokémon at a time to be your Buddy, which means that as you walk, you will be given the breed's candy in increments correlated to their egg distance.

Battling is simpler than in the games. You can swipe left/right to dodge attacks, and swipe up to use a quick attack, or charge up a charge attack. The blue bars next to your charge attack build up throughout a battle; each blip means you can use a charge attack once. Some attacks have 5 blips, some only have 1. This varies as the moves can vary within the same species, so it brings variety to the game.

Unique to Pokémon GO, however, is Raid Battles. At Level 20 (as of this writing), trainers are allowed to participate in battles against super-powered Pokémon controlled by the game as long as they have a valid Raid Battle Pass. These can be anything from a Magikarp that a 10-year-old could beat by himself to a Tyranitar that can only be taken down by, like, 20 people working together. Winning gives you items you can only get from Raid Battles (including the chance to re-roll a Pokémon's attack choice), 3000XP, and the chance to capture the Pokémon you just beat (but at a reasonable CP), while losing give you bupkiss. THERE MAY BE LEGENDARIES POPPING UP IN RAID BATTLES EVENTUALLY.

The Teams


source

There are three teams to choose from, each representing the three Legendary Birds (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres).

Team Mystic (Blue - Led by Blanche)
Team Instinct (Yellow - Led by Spark)
Team Valor (Red - Led by Candela)

Currently, aside from color preference, there is no benefit to picking one over the other. Pick whatever you like! I personally am a member of Team Instinct, and there are hardly any other people in my area who are as well.

Items



Just like in the games, you can acquire a variety of items that do a variety of effects. Most, if not all of these, are straightforward and explain themselves perfectly in the descriptions.

Alright, cut the bullshit. It's F2P, right? What's the catch?

You can purchase Pokécoins in the shop, and these can be used to buy a variety of items. The choice to pay to play is always up to you, but this game does not appear to grant huge bonuses to players that spend a little (XP up is negligible; arguably incubators would be the items of choice).

Pokéballs: 20 for 100 coins, 100 for 460 coins, 200 for 800 coins
Incense (Increased Encounter Rate 30 minutes): 1 for 80 coins, 8 for 500 coins, 25 for 1250 coins
Lucky Egg (Double EXP for 30 minutes):1 for 80 coins, 8 for 500 coins, 25 for 1250 coins
Lure Module (Incense but for Pokéstops, works for all in the area as well): 1 for 100 coins, 8 for 680 coins
Egg Incubator (Hatches eggs, breaks after 3 uses): 1 for 150 coins
Max Revives: 6 for 180 coins
Max Potions: 6 for 180 coins
Premium Raid Pass (Unlimited Raid Battles for 24 hours): 100 coins

Upgrades

+50 Item Storage (Backpack): 200 coins [max capacity: 1,500 items]
+50 Pokemon Storage (Storage Upgrade): 200 coins [max capacity: 1,000 Pokémon]

Is there anything else I can spend real-world money on? Preferably, something to take the 'game' out of the game.

http://www.gamestop.com/accessories...-go-plus/131550

Yes! Pokémon Go Plus is a dongle that comes with Pokécoins and allows you to play without using the smartphone. They are EXTREMELY hard to come by new, so much so that any time the Plus is available for purchase, there is a run and they go out of stock within an hour. As such, it's unlikely I'll ever get one unless I'm lucky/dumb enough. You can also use the Apple Watch app, but there are fewer abilities than the Plus.

Words of Wisdom
  • DO NOT go roaming over private lots or residences looking for Pokéstops, Pokémon, Gyms, etc, unless you have express permission. Horror stories of people sneaking into hospitals, museums, etc all for extra Ingress portals are common, and I'm almost certain police has been called on more than one occasion because some fat nerd was playing with his phone near important private businesses.
  • If you choose to meet up with other people, be a little expedient and prepare. Know where you are, where you're going, and try to stay in a public venue. Don't put yourself in harms way because you were really excited to go catch Muk in a back alley. Already some idiot on reddit nearly got beat to death in the ghetto because he wanted an Oddish or some poo poo, smdh
  • Don't look at your phone when crossing streets or whatever, you'll get hit by a bus. Likewise, don't try to play while driving, you goony idiot, because you will cause an accident.
Random Facts
  • Only the first 251 Pokémon are currently in the game as of February 16th, 2017. However, legendary Pokémon (plus Smergle) are unavailable at this time.
  • Hatching eggs requires you to walk a certain distance before they hatch. The game tracks how fast you're moving across space however, so no, you can't drive around and hatch eggs fast. You can, however, leave the game open in traffic or ride a bike and get credit as long as you aren't exceeding ~20 mph. Please, still, do not drive and play GO, however.
  • Pokéstops are attributed to Points of Interest in your area; just like in Ingress.
  • Trading is not yet implemented, but is in the Terms of Service and will likely be in the game in the future.
  • The "blue glow" around your Pokémon indicates that it was recently caught.
  • The color of the shrinking capture ring indicates how resistant to capture the Pokémon will be. Green is easy, yellow is medium, red/orange is hard.
  • The outer circle indicates the "strike zone" for a capture attempt. The shrinking inner circle will grant bonuses if your Pokéball hits there; the smaller it is, the bigger the bonus.
  • The strongest CP Pokémon is the leader of any gym, regardless of who got there first. Weaker Pokémon show up first when battling gyms, building up to the stronger one. They also get knocked out of gyms first should a gym lose enough prestige.
  • Are the servers loving up for you? Use http://www.mmoserverstatus.com/pokemon_go to find out if its just you or not.
  • Just like in Every Pokémon Game ever, Pokémon only heal if you use healing items on them (there are no Pokécenters, because there are no free rides). You can also evolve them or level them up for a free heal.
  • Did an egg hatch and the servers gently caress up, preventing you from seeing what the egg was? Sort your box by recently captured and it'll show you what hatched.
  • Niantic will occasionally do special events during holidays; they're always good times to stock up on candies!
  • If you get kicked out a Raid Battle's waiting room, don't panic - just make sure your phone's clock is set to Automatic so that it can sync with everyone else's time.
Hot Tips n Tricks (courtesy of BrianBoitano)
  • Power level using lucky eggs. Save common Pokémon to evolve them all at once during the 30 minute window. The evolution exp will double, which will be very nice if you also get the Pokédex bonus. Also try to do this when your eggs are at 99% of their required distance. You can get around 50 evolutions in the 30-minute window, so plan accordingly.
  • You can get walking credit on a bike or a slow car. This game uses the GPS only, so you can't fake an up-down pedometer motion. It has worked for me up to ~25 mph. Rafzanote: please still do not drive and play go!
  • Power up before or after evolving, it doesn't matter, but wait until you actually want to fight a gym. No need to spend all your candies on a cp150 if you can just wait a couple days, level up, and get a cp250 to start with.
  • Think you've disconnected because you haven't seen any Pokémon lately? Open the shop. If nothing loads, force quit your game and re-open it. Still nothing? Servers are borked.
  • Don't train up Pokémon until at the earliest level 10. Your new catches from the wild will almost surely be better than anything you can train up that you caught early. You might be able to train up your early catches, but it will take a ton of candy, which will take away from lucky egg boosting (see above)
  • Min/maxing. If you want to min/max ultimate value out of your evolves and training, 1) choose the base 'mon that's closest to max CP already (the white arc over its head is mostly filled in to the right) and 2) wait until level 20, since you'll likely find much better base pokes to upgrade.
  • What the heck are IVs? Individual Values are random stat variances for every Pokémon. In GO, this can be as drastic as a 10% difference between a max IV Pokémon and a min IV Pokémon. These numbers are hidden, like in the main games, and can be determined using a stat-checker (https://thesilphroad.com/research). It takes all of 10 seconds to do and can determine if your 'mon is really good or just meh, but it doesn't make as much difference as in the main games. Also, eggs universally appear to hatch high IV (usually above 75%) 'mon as opposed to catching them (random).
  • Is there any way to ballpark IVs? The Appraise ability gives a pretty rough idea of how good your Pokémon is. Stats (the first thing your team leader grades) are much, MUCH more important than battling ability (the last thing your team leader grades).

Discord

https://discord.gg/GvATQd6 - Admins are Drythe and hopefully other people

You can discuss GO in there, and even plan meetups for your local cities (sorry rural nerds). If your city is not listed, let Drythe know and they'll add it. If cities aren't being used, they will be removed. Please be respectful of other people's privacy and generally exercise common sense, thanks in advance.

Helpful Links

The Silph Road FAQ - Has a lot of information rounded up in a simple, easy to use FAQ.
The Silph Road Reddit - Yeah, reddit sucks, ok, but its a aggregation of information that can be hard to find elsewhere.
The Sliph Road Atlas - Want to know where certain Pokémon nest? Check here to find out where to go!
Niantic Labs Twitter and Pokemon Twitter will most likely be where official updates are posted.
Gym combat mechanics - If you want to be the next Giovanni, you need to know how to battle
Starter's Guide to Pokémon Go
EXP Calculator (courtesy of mirthdefect!) - this is a really good calculator to use when planning how many Pidgey you need to sacrifice for those sweet gains
Pokemon GO Datamined Resource - Collection of information decoded from game files, very good resource 11/10
Moves by max DPS - Useful for finding out what the best DPS combination for your Pokémon is.
Move Database - Useful for finding out what moves your Pokémon can learn.

If there's anything that needs to be put in the OP, post in the thread or shoot me a PM.

all-Rush mixtape fucked around with this message at Jun 27, 2017 around 05:47

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AirRaid
Dec 21, 2004

Nose Manual + Super Sonic Spin Attack

Might wanna throw the Silph Road Atlas - https://thesilphroad.com/atlas - into the helpful links too.

Also, you say there are 251 pokemon available, p sure that's a typo.

BrianBoitano
Nov 15, 2006

JakeP Heroes of the Storm Fan Club President
"When I grow up, I want to be just like JakeP from the Something Awful Heroes of the Storm Thread!"
-BrianBoitano

Anybody have a good summary of gym fighting these days? Might be nice in the OP, since some people are likely to come back after a long hiatus for gen 2 and not know about cp scaling.

Hilariously, but not surprisingly, the official niantic FAQ doesn't mention level scaling or how training prestige is based on the strongest poke you pick.

kxZyle
Nov 7, 2012



Pillbug

AirRaid posted:

Also, you say there are 251 pokemon available, p sure that's a typo.

Well, we won't have the exact number until Saturday.

It'd be safest to say it's the first two generations sans legendaries.

kxZyle fucked around with this message at Feb 16, 2017 around 18:32

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


BrianBoitano posted:

Anybody have a good summary of gym fighting these days? Might be nice in the OP, since some people are likely to come back after a long hiatus for gen 2 and not know about cp scaling.

Hilariously, but not surprisingly, the official niantic FAQ doesn't mention level scaling or how training prestige is based on the strongest poke you pick.

https://pokemongo.gamepress.gg/gym-combat-mechanics

BrianBoitano
Nov 15, 2006

JakeP Heroes of the Storm Fan Club President
"When I grow up, I want to be just like JakeP from the Something Awful Heroes of the Storm Thread!"
-BrianBoitano


Nice. A few things that aren't obvious reading that, for someone who hasn't played since before Ditto. Please let me know if I'm wrong:

1. The game now queues your attacks, so mashing attack while you're already in an animation will make you attack after. Mashing is therefore not wise if you want to dodge.
2. Bubble strat still works, but you need 6 low-cp attackers and it's slower since you have to select 6 pokes each time.
3. Ditto has weird mechanics, but the bottom line is his HP is low and thus not super useful

GonSmithe
Apr 25, 2010

Perhaps it's in the nature of television. Just waves in space.


Gen 2 is dropping tomorrow
http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-rel...n-pokmon-go.htm

Edit- Or later today

Ballz
Dec 16, 2003

it's mario time



New avatar customization is live with the newest update.

Edit: I have a dozen Pikachus and every single one is male.

Ballz fucked around with this message at Feb 16, 2017 around 19:37

Away all Goats
Jul 5, 2005


https://twitter.com/PokemonGoApp/st...src=twsrc%5Etfw

also I never played Gen2. I look forward to being utterly confused about almost everything

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


Gen 2 is live!

financially racist
Aug 13, 2008

Yes...Ha ha ha...YES!



Dr Tran posted:

Gen 2 is live!

nothing is live cause the game borke

Mechanical Fiend
Sep 5, 2011

How'd that asshole get a white robe?!


Lipstick Apathy


hot

all-Rush mixtape
Sep 14, 2011

Because no one man should hold all that power.

Updated the OP. Also, I found this image I snapped a few weeks ago:

Visual Sneeze
Mar 4, 2008

Rose City 'til I die!


I just ran out to get my very first Gen II mon and guess what? We can now add Sentret to the list of things that can actually be Dittos.

Also holy hell this game is nearly unplayable unresponsive right now.

kxZyle
Nov 7, 2012



Pillbug

Yeah, servers are getting hammered right now.

Heathen
Sep 11, 2001



There's been a reliable Squirtle spawn in my shop's parking lot since the beginning. I figured that would get swapped out with the new water starter. Nope. Just a bunch of Wooper. I like the little bacon burnout Swinub does to avoid the ball.

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


Heathen posted:

There's been a reliable Squirtle spawn in my shop's parking lot since the beginning. I figured that would get swapped out with the new water starter. Nope. Just a bunch of Wooper. I like the little bacon burnout Swinub does to avoid the ball.

Kheldarn
Feb 17, 2011



Lipstick Apathy

Crossposting from the old thread, since it hasn't been closed yet:

TVs Ian posted:

https://twitter.com/TheSilphRoad/st...369819454468097

I wish I had seen this before I evolved like 3 Vaporeons and 2 Jolteons.

darkwolf220
May 14, 2009

SOON


Servers are poo poo, but I got: Cyndaquil, Natu, Swinub, Skarmory, Marill, Hoothoot, Wooper and evolved an Espeon and Umbreon. Saw a Wobuffet on radar but game refused to load it

As far as I can tell, Swinub are the new ratata and Natu is close.

e: Crobat too


ee: This seems new, you now get an xp bonus for catching on your first throw.

darkwolf220 fucked around with this message at Feb 17, 2017 around 00:22

Fish Of Doom
Aug 18, 2004
I'm too awake for this to be a nightmare

darkwolf220 posted:

Servers are poo poo, but I got: Cyndaquil, Natu, Swinub, Skarmory, Marill, Hoothoot, Wooper and evolved an Espeon and Umbreon. Saw a Wobuffet on radar but game refused to load it

As far as I can tell, Swinub are the new ratata and Natu is close.

e: Crobat too

Sentret are only 25 to evolve and are everywhere, so I'm guessing that's the one we're all going to be sick of really soon.

I found a Murkrow in my front yard, so I'm pumped about that.

FrictionlessEmu
Jan 23, 2011



Just curious, has anyone managed to evolve an Espeon or Umbreon without using the name trick? I'm wondering if it's even possible to evolve them at random since I have a giant stockpile of Eevees and candy and I did the normal evolution for like 15 of them and every single one turned out to be a Vaporeon/Flareon/Jolteon.

FrictionlessEmu fucked around with this message at Feb 17, 2017 around 00:25

LumpyGumby
Feb 22, 2012

What, Me, Corsi?


B-b-b-bam



Also got my 2465 Blissey evolved. Wonder what the regionals are.

Today is a good day.

SuperKlaus
Oct 19, 2005
Like Klaus but better

Was there a stealth move rebalancing? My Blissey rolled Psychic as a single bar charge move for 100. Psychic used to be a two bar charge move for 55, right? So says pogomoves.com.

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


SuperKlaus posted:

Was there a stealth move rebalancing? My Blissey rolled Psychic as a single bar charge move for 100. Psychic used to be a two bar charge move for 55, right? So says pogomoves.com.

Yeah, lots of moves have changed. I managed to get a gym battle in before the servers went poo poo. Pound is USELESS now and Wigglytuff got nerfed harder.

Olothreutes
Mar 31, 2007


The game is unplayable for me, nothing loads, network errors on any attempt to load a gym or catch a 'mon. Ugh.

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


Larvitar / Pupitar seems semi common, so catch them before Niantic realizes they hosed up again

kxZyle
Nov 7, 2012



Pillbug

SuperKlaus posted:

Was there a stealth move rebalancing? My Blissey rolled Psychic as a single bar charge move for 100. Psychic used to be a two bar charge move for 55, right? So says pogomoves.com.

Petal Blizzard also changed to a single-bar 110-point attack which makes me feel a lot better about my Vileplume.

e: While Solar Beam apparently got buffed from 120 points of damage to 180.

kxZyle fucked around with this message at Feb 17, 2017 around 00:48

Heathen
Sep 11, 2001



I am knee deep in baby furpigs. Help.

Woopers and Swinub galore. Spinarak, Marill, seen his evolution shadow, Ledyba, Murkrow, Hoppip and Sentret here. Started out super laggy but now really smooth. Store is only thing that doesn't work.

Looper
Mar 1, 2012



Adding dozens of new mons and items without letting you carry more seems kinda mean and also very phone game

mastershakeman
Oct 28, 2008

This neckbearded nerd has incredibly stupid opinions on fantasy firearms.

"Remember, Mastershakeman is literally always wrong."




AirRaid posted:

Might wanna throw the Silph Road Atlas - https://thesilphroad.com/atlas - into the helpful links too.

Also, you say there are 251 pokemon available, p sure that's a typo.

for anyone not using this for nests, it breathes a ton of life back into the game. it's going to be super great if the gen2 guys nest and you'll be able to get stacks of candy to evolve them

coolusername
Aug 23, 2011




It's up and running for me (in Sydney).

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


So glad I didn't trash my Twister Gyarados

The Zombie Guy
Oct 25, 2008


I can see new Mons all over the place, but attempting to click them results in Error messages. Guess I'll wait until things get straightened out.

Away all Goats
Jul 5, 2005


Is it just me or are all Gen 2 pokemon really far away on the capture screen?

FrictionlessEmu
Jan 23, 2011



Away all Goats posted:

Is it just me or are all Gen 2 pokemon really far away on the capture screen?

It was like that when I first played but now (after a restart of the game and of my phone in there) it seems to be fixed.

Entropist
Dec 1, 2007
I'm very stupid.


Excellent. I immediately ran into the coolest mon:



e: From going around my area briefly it seemed that Natu and Sentret were the most common of the new mons. I also saw a bunch of Murkrow, Hoothoot and bugs. Only one Swinub, and also a Chikorita and Aipom. The water biome doesn't seem to have been affected much, I just saw one Remoraid there, and this Octillery. I also saw a Wooper and Marill but it was not in a water biome. The Magnemite/Voltorb biome hasn't got anything new either.

Entropist fucked around with this message at Feb 17, 2017 around 01:42

Dr Tran
Dec 17, 2002

HE'S GOT A PH.D. IN
KICKING YOUR ASS!


Gyarados can now get Dragon Tail and Outrage

Boywunda
Jun 25, 2003



Dr Tran posted:

Gyarados can now get Dragon Tail and Outrage

And Dragonite can now get Hurricane.

And Solar Beam is one shotting Vapes. While Hydro Pump is a lot slower. Vapes nerfed pretty bad so far.

Entropist
Dec 1, 2007
I'm very stupid.


kuroiXiru posted:

Petal Blizzard also changed to a single-bar 110-point attack which makes me feel a lot better about my Vileplume.

e: While Solar Beam apparently got buffed from 120 points of damage to 180.
Shadow Ball is now two bars of 100! That's 200 points of damage from full energy, impressive. Not sure what mon one would need to use that against though...

drat. I guess I should have waited to evolve that Gyarados...

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Shifty Pony
Dec 28, 2004

Up ta somethin'


Looks like they redid a bunch of quick moves, making them slower but stronger. Water gun and bite are two notable ones.

The exception is bubble which now hits for 15. I wonder if they moved up the damage window and finally killed bubblestrat.

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