Strategy guide and photos created by Ryan Pijai
The purpose of Pokemon GO is to catch all of the different types of Pokemon in the game (147 as of the time of this writing).
Catching a Pokemon involves walking around in real life until they pop up on your map and then capturing them with your Poke Balls. Different types of Pokemon tend to hang around different types of areas (i.e. parks, beaches, shopping malls, etc.), so be prepared to travel.
When you capture a Pokemon, there are 3 things you can do with it:
- Power it up level by level to make it incrementally stronger.
- Evolve it into a stronger Pokemon type that is a lot more powerful.
- Fight other Pokemon with it at a Pokemon Gym (after you are at least Level 5).
Although it may be tempting to do these things, you should NOT be doing anything with your Pokemon until you are Level 20 unless you have to. You also should not get too attached to any of your early Pokemon, regardless of how cute they are (hard, I know!). I’ll explain why in the next section.