Pokémon GO doesn’t have an extensively comprehensive tutorial or instruction sequence at the beginning that explains every aspect of the game to aspiring trainers, which is why the only way to get through the game, at least at first, is to stumble, pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and rectify them. Most rookie trainers make the simplest of mistakes, some of which can have pretty dire consequences, while scaling up the first few levels of the game, and most of these mistakes are made because of the lack of information surrounding them.
Thankfully, though, the countless members of the Pokémon GO community have adapted to what the game lacks and have started to themselves teach rookie trainers about what mistakes they made and how they can avoid making the same mistakes. The following are the five most common mistakes that rookie trainers make in Pokémon GO:
Not choosing Pikachu as their starter
What most Pokémon trainers don’t know when they set out on their Pokémon journeys in Pokémon GO is that there is a hidden Easter egg in the game which can be taken advantage of to have Pikachu spawn along with the three standard starters and then choose Pikachu for a starter. Is there seriously anything that’s more satisfying than starting your Pokémon journey the same was Ash Ketchum, the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime, started off his journey almost 20 years ago? Don’t bother racking your brain, the answer is no, there isn’t. If you want to fulfill your dream of going on a Pokémon journey just like Ash’s by choosing a Pikachu as your starter Pokémon and want to know how you can do so, check out this guide.
The starter you choose at the beginning of Pokémon GO doesn’t matter all that much because chances are, once you’re farther along in the game, you’ll either hatch the same starter or encounter it in the wild with a much higher CP, but knowing that you could have chosen Pikachu as your starter and didn’t, on the other hand, can also prove to be pretty disheartening.
Not catching them all
In a game that is part of a franchise based on the mantra “Gotta catch ‘em all”, not catching every single Pokémon you see is obviously not a good strategy. In Pokémon GO, every Pokémon of a specific species you catch gives you XP, Stardust and 3 Candies belonging to the evolutionary family of the caught Pokémon (4 if you also transfer the Pokémon afterwards), all of which are extremely important resources within the game. In Pokémon GO, you simply can’t afford to see a Pokémon pop up on your in-game map and not catch it, even if you already have it.
Powering up and evolving Pokémon early on in the game
You should absolutely refrain from powering up and evolving any of your Pokémon until or unless you reach trainer level 10 in Pokémon GO, because powering up and evolving Pokémon before that point is just going to be a waste of Stardust and Candies. Once you reach trainer level 10, you will start encountering wild Pokémon with much higher CPs than what you are used to, and if you were smart from the get-go, will also have large caches of Stardust and Candies of different kinds that you accumulated while you scaled the game’s first 10 trainer levels.
You can start powering up and evolving Pokémon once you cross level 10 as doing so at that point will give you Pokémon that are at least worth their salt and can prove to be worthy gym defenders, and be sure to activate a Lucky Egg while you evolve your Pokémon for the largest XP boost possible.
Thinking that there’s such a thing as enough items
One of the most common mistakes rookie trainers make while playing Pokémon GO is thinking that they have a sufficient inventory of items – there is no such thing as enough items in Pokémon GO. You don’t have enough items until your entire inventory is full and can’t accommodate any more items, and even then you should discard items that you don’t need as often so that you can add more of the items that you need more frequently. No matter how many in a combination of Pokéballs, Potions and Revives you have, you should not stop spinning those Photo Discs at PokéStops and collecting even more as a full backpack in Pokémon GO is paramount.
Playing the game with AR enabled
Pokémon GO is, before anything else, an Augmented Reality game that lets you view wild Pokémon in the context of your real-life surroundings through your phone’s camera when you encounter them. However, there’s no denying that Augmented Reality is not only a major battery hog but also makes it harder to capture most wild Pokémon, which is why enabling AR from time to time to enjoy the aesthetics is quite alright, but playing the game with AR enabled at all times is a mistake. In addition, you should also consider taking additional measures to claw back some precious battery life from the clutches of Pokémon GO.