The Pokémon Company just announced that the Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us movie will hit U.S. theatres this November.
In the Pokémon community there’s an ongoing joke about the state of the megalithic franchise’s world: Where are the people in this universe with no interest in Pokémon battling, in Pokémon contests, or any other variation of “being the very best like no one ever was?”
I am that person.
Get your detective hats and be prepared to solve crimes with everyones favourite pokemon, Pikachu. A new Detective Pikachu amiibo is coming to North America.
The Pokémon Company have partnered up with Snap Inc, the minds behind the ultra popular mobile app, Snapchat to bring a Pikachu themed lens to users for a limited time.
It’s been almost a month, and people still can’t get enough of Pokémon GO. Considering fans waited 20 years to be able to catch pokémon in real life, it makes sense that it would continue being a smash. With the promise of ongoing support and future updates, Niantic’s hit will most likely continue enthralling audiences around the world.
With that in mind, some people might still need help learning the ropes. Here are some handy tips to help put you on the road to the Elite Four!
Don’t Get Attached
A typical rule of thumb in previous Pokémon games is that once you catch a pokémon, it’s yours. That Starly you catch at the beginning of the game is yours throughout. The idea is to build up a party that you have an attachment to and have put a lot of effort into training.
That isn’t the case with Pokémon GO. Instead of taking down wild pokémon to farm XP, you should try to catch pretty much everything you can. This includes catching dupes of a pokémon you may already have. It’s based on two factors: candy and CP. Catching a pokémon and then transferring it to the professor nets you a candy from that pokémon. That candy is used to level up and evolve pokémon corresponding to that respective candy. So, even if you catch ten lame Pidgeys, that’s still ten Pidgey Candies you can use for powering up and evolving.
But make sure to choose the pokémon you use that candy on wisely. Every pokémon has a certain CP to start, which is basically their power level. This is totally random, meaning that no two creatures start off the same. It is fairly easy to tell early on if a pokémon will be worth spending candy and stardust on, so before you take the plunge, it’s important to have a pokémon that won’t be taxing on your resources.
Get Up, Stand Up
A joke since the launch of Pokémon GO has been that Nintendo is trying to trick people into being active. Indeed, it definitely feels like a large scale geocaching affair intended to get kids off the sofa. While it’s tempting to try and game the system if you’re a total homebody, I’d caution against it.
This isn’t for some secret, insidious reason or anything. It’s just that Pokémon GO has been deliberately designed to to be played on the go. Whether it’s hatching eggs, finding PokéStops, or just stumbling into new pokémon, being active is the key to success. Moving about increases your chances of running into certain pokémon, as specific areas will often be populated by specific pokémon. This means that kicking your feet back on the sofa and setting up a lure just won’t cut it.
It’s All In The Wrist
Gone are the days of choosing your poké ball, hitting a button, and hoping for the best. Pokémon GO introduces a virtual ring-toss game. Essentially, you look at a ring on the screen, wait for it to get to its largest size, and then use your finger to flick a poké ball straight at it. If the ball hits the target, it’ll start the capture sequence. Some pokémon are easier to catch than others, though; if the ring is orange or red, it’ll put up a bit more of a fight.
You can also earn some extra XP from these throws. If you hit the shrinking ring dead-on, you’ll get bonus points based on your accuracy. Likewise, you’ll get a bonus boost of XP if you execute a curveball (hold the Poke Ball until it starts spinning and sparking.) Sweetening the deal is the fact that both accurate throws and curved throws actually increase the likelihood of catching a pokémon. It pays to be patient and line up a shot just right.
As tempting as it may be to get caught up in the moment and fling poké balls every which way, that won’t help. Ultimately, patience and accuracy are your best friends.
Catch (and Evolve) ‘Em All
You may see your friends bragging on Facebook about their latest victory in a local gym. Here’s the thing: gyms are kind of a waste of time until you hit the mid-teens to 20s in your levelling. While it may feel good to tap your way to the top, it’s actually more beneficial to just keep catching and evolving pokémon. It’ll level you up way faster.
In fact, catching and evolving easy-to-find and easy-to-evolve pokémon is the most lucrative way to make gains. Coupled with Lucky Egg, which boosts your XP gained, constantly catching and evolving will skyrocket your Trainer Level in no time. That’s a good thing, because the higher your level, the stronger pokémon you’ll find in the wild, and the more items you’ll have access to.
This is a fairly small tip, but one worth mentioning. If you have an Eevee and want to evolve it, you should always shoot for a Vaporeon. As I reported on last week, you can actually determine your “Eeveelution” based on the name you give it. Use this trick to get a Vaporeon.
The reason for this is simple: Vaporeon is over-powered and breaks the game. It is the strongest pokémon in the game by leaps and bounds, with attacks that are absurdly powerful compared to other pokémon. It also has the fastest attack animation, which comes in handy for gym battles. Until this obvious imbalance is patched out, use it to your advantage.
Other Trainer Tips
- Turning off AR saves battery and makes catching pokémon easier.
- Spending money is a good idea, and worth doing at least once or twice for some good items.
- Don’t focus on powering up your pokémon until your Trainer Level is in the 20s.
- There isn’t a Mew under that truck, so don’t look.
That about wraps up what I’ve experienced with Pokémon GO thus far! Any other tips? How far along are you in the game? Sound off in the comments!
The internet has be abuzz with speculation about potentially new Pokemon games, but today it was made official in the way of Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Announced via from Nintendo’s Pokemon Direct today, an official video celebrating 20 years of Pokemon to coincide with the virtual console releases of Red, Blue and Yellow. I’ll admit, the video (which can be found below) did make me a bit nostalgic.
While details are relatively sparse, all we know for sure is that the new Pokemons are indeed being worked on, and have official names. What stands out most to me is the phrase “it ALL comes together” which leads me to speculate if the next Pokemon will finally give the fans what they’ve been asking for for years, and combine all the regions of the Pokemon world.
One thing is for sure, it’ll have Pikachu and what more do you really want?
London, England’s “Year Of The Bus” continues with the inclusion of Pikachu (everyone’s favourite electric yellow mouse). The famous Pokémon teamed up with Transport For London to answer a simple query: just how do you get a Pikachu on a bus?
The answer seems to be lots and lots of pushing as these London children are trying their best to get the rodent to board. We can’t blame the kids though because that is one big Pikachu.
The “Year Of The Bus” program is all about reconnecting the people of London with their renowned bus system. Events, exhibitions and more are taking place throughout the year to help accomplish this feat.
It seems that Pikachu is directed at the younger bus users. You can read more about the “Year Of The Bus” 2014 here.
Be sure to stay tuned to CGM for all your Pikachu bus related news!
Yesterday, a Japanese network called NHK gave a look into a future Pokémon game, starring Pikachu.
According to Siliconera, the game will star you as a detective, with Pikachu as your partner in justice. While the Pokémon Company says the game will (as always) target a younger demographic, the title will do something completely different: make Pikachu talk.
As well, Pikachu will be different than his usual adorable self, delivering more mature lines as your “senior detective partner.”
The president of the Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, announced that the game will be done in around 2 years and is a huge project.
The Pikachu in the game also won’t be the same as Ash’s one, allowing for more flexibility in developing the creature’s character. As of now, the game is being developed for the Nintendo 3DS.