‘Pokémon GO’ Cheats & Hacks: Best Way to Catch Pikachu, Dragonite, Snorlax and More; GPS Spoofing Software To Cheat The Game

The cheats and hacks available for the phenomenal “Pokémon GO,” gamers can potentially catch about 151 pocket monsters that include trainers and beasts.

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The cheats and hacks can also allow players intercept and hold the most powerful and the elusive rare Pokémon such as Dragonite, Lapras, Dragonite, Arcanine, Blastoise and more, according to Yibada.

The latest trick from the Poké Vision website made the lives of “Pokémon GO” players easier. The site’s trick is quite simple to use, gamers will just allow the service to access GPS function of a smartphone, then players of the reality mobile game can key in their address.

Pokémon GO” players will then have a jaw-dropping experience, as nearby Pokémon can be located. Gamers can see the character’s names pop up, as well as a countdown timer marking the character’s availability at a specified location. With that, Pokémon search will result efficiently and definitely more fun, based on the report of BGR.

However, “Pokémon GO” encourages individuals to walk through the real world in order to catch ‘em all, but some gamers are proudly and publicly cheating the augmented mobile game.

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By using Twitch, a Pokémon player has proudly been broadcasting himself using GPS spoofing software to trick the game. While smoking on a vaporizer from the dark confines of his own home, the player has been tricking the game into thinking he is at a location of his choice.

The cheating method’s advantage means players can teleport anywhere in the world to catch rare Pokemon from locations around the world, NEWS AU reported.

Twitch, a live streaming video platform, made it known that it had not banned those players who cheated on the game during live streams, as Niantic (game developer) had not sent any notices, according to Daily Dot.

And players are calling for the cheats to be banned from the mobile game.

How to play Pokémon Go: From Pokéstops to Gyms, Lures and eggs

Pokémon Go is available now – here’s how to get started and what to expect

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Pokémon Go is now officially out in more than 30 countries. Here’s how to get started on your real-world Pokémon journey.

The mobile game, which lets you catch Pokémon in augmented reality as you explore the world around you, has begun rolling out to Google Play and the App Store in certain countries.

In preparation for your own Pokémon journey, WIRED has tips on what to expect from the game and how to play.

First Steps
Despite shifting to phones from handheld games consoles, Pokémon Go feels very familiar if you’ve ever played a core series game before. You’ll meet the newest Pokémon Professor, Professor Willow, who’ll guide you on your way and explain the world of Pokémon.

First though, you’ll name and customise your character. You can choose male or female avatars, and choose their skin tone and some other basic aesthetic features. You’ll also pick out an outfit – there are essentially three complete costumes, but the parts can be mixed and matched to create a more individual look. You’ll level up as a Pokémon Trainer as you progress, which makes more Pokémon available for capture and allows you to take on gym battles.

Be warned: once you’ve customised your avatar, you cannot change your selections so choose wisely.

The actual gameplay tutorial is fairly brief. Willow gives you a Pokéball and sends you off to catch your first Pokémon – one of the original starter trio from the original Pokémon Red and Blue, Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle – and introduces you to the basic mechanics. This is also your first chance to check out the augmented reality feature of the game, which places your target Pokémon into your surroundings, using your phone’s camera. Flick a Pokéball in their direction and they’re yours, but future captures won’t be so easy.

How to get Pikachu as a starter
The team at Polygon has discovered a way to bypass the original trio and select Pikachu as a starter in Pokémon Go instead.

Instead of selecting Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, walk away from the trio to make them disappear. If you are able to repeat this four times, they return with Pikachu. However, as Polygon explained, this can be difficult. Polygon’s full instructions can be found here.

YouTube channel Game Informer has also released a video tutorial on how to achieve this.

Catch ‘em All
The method of catching Pokémon is probably the biggest difference between Pokémon Go and the core games. While you’ll still encounter them in the wild, you won’t actually battle them or whittle their health down. Instead, successful capture is determined by the Pokémon’s level, the type of Pokéball used, and even your throwing technique. If you’re playing with AR switched on, you’ll also want to centre the critter in the screen as best you can, and keep your phone steady for improved results. AR isn’t mandatory though – if you play without, you’ll simply have an entirely digital encounter.

The Pokémon you encounter will depend on where you are in the real world. Walk along a canal or river, and you’ll encounter more water-types; a park might yield more grass-types. Quite where you’ll meet some of the more exotic types, such as psychic, we haven’t quite figured out yet.

Evolving your Pokémon
Fans of the show will know that certain characters can be evolved either once or twice. Charmander, for example, can evolve into Charmeleon and then into Charizard and with each evolution, their moves and special moves evolve too.

To evolve your characters in Pokémon Go, you’ll need to collect Candies and Stardust. Every capture you make increases your Stardust, but you need to catch the same character multiple times to get character-specific Candies. For example, each time you catch Charmander you’ll get three Charmander candies and you need 50 to evolve into Charmeleon.

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You can’t use candies from one character to evolve another. You can also get more Candies by transferring individual Pokémon back to Professor Willow, but this only produces one candy per transfer.

Below each Pokémon on their respective information page is a Stardust gauge, the number of Candies you have as well as their special moves. In addition to using Stardust to evolve your Pokémon, it can also be used to boost a character’s combat points (CP).

Keep in mind that rarer Pokémon – particularly starters – will be much harder to evolve purely on the basis of scarcity.

Selecting Pokémon to transfer
Ultimately, a Pokémon’s CP gives it its strength, but you also need to consider its health points (HP) and the points next to their special moves. CP can be boosted using Stardust, but the move points are harder to change to it’s better to have more accurate or powerful moves and then a higher CP than transfer Pokémon based purely on lower CP. When you power up a Pokémon, this also increases the character’s HP.

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How to use a Pokéstop
Pokémon Go uses landmarks in your vicinity to create Pokéstops and Pokémon Gyms, and everything from national monuments to local curiosities can be a discovery in the game.

Walk along the street, and a nearby plaque or historical object can serve as a Pokéstop. These appear as cubes until you are close enough to use them. Once close enough, the cube becomes a circle and selecting it shows you landmark that is plotted by this Pokéstop.

This image becomes a spinning marker. Spin the marker until its blue colour becomes a light purple and it releases Pokéballs. As you move through the levels, you can also collect Potions, Revive tokens, Lure modules, Razz Berries and Great Balls among other gifts.

How to use and battle at Gyms
Gyms are different to Pokéstops. Although they’re placed in the real world like Pokéstops, they can’t be challenged until you reach Pokémon Trainer level five. At this point you will also be asked to pick a team – Team Mystic, Team Valor and Team Instinct – which are blue, red and yellow respectively. Gyms offer the only form of Pokémon battles in the game, pitting you against a rival’s team. There aren’t any moves to select either – victory is determined by your Pokémon’s Combat Power (CP), while fights themselves involve tapping to attack and swiping to dodge.

The majority of Gyms will have already been claimed by a team and you can determine which team currently occupies that Gym because they are colour-coded, either red, blue or yellow. If the Gym is white, it means it isn’t currently occupied or is between owners.

You don’t have to battle against rival teams, however. You can battle at friendly Gyms with people on the same team colour. This will help boost the ‘prestige’ of your team’s Gym. Battling at rival Gyms lowers its prestige until its weak enough to be taken over.

Once your team owns a Gym, you have the option to leave a Pokemon behind at your team’s gym to aid in its defence. This will remove it from your Pokédex and place it in the line-up at the Gym until it is defeated. The longer you are in the Gym, the better your endurance and you will be rewarded with PokéCoins to increase your strength.

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Using incense and Lures
Players can either buy incense or collect them from Pokéstops. The same applies for Lures. Incense can be placed around you to attract Pokémon to your vicinty and lasts 30 minutes. This will move as you move and only you can see it.

Lures can be placed around nearby Pokéstops, for example. Lures appear as glittering purple and blue markers and any player can see them.

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Revive, Potions and Razz Berries
As you level up, catching Pokémon will be trickier. It may take a couple of attempts, especially if the Pokémon’s Combat Points (CP) are particularly high. You can increase your chances by feeding them Razz Berries.

After a battle in the gym, your Pokémons’ Health Points (HP) will drop. Click on damaged Pokémons and use either a Revive token or a Potion to boost their health.

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Revive is a medicine that can revive fainted Pokémon. It also restores half of a fainted Pokémon’s maximum HP.

A Potion is a spray-type medicine for treating wounds. It restores the HP of one Pokémon by 20 points.

Eggs and catching rare Pokémon

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Certain Pokéstops release eggs. These eggs contain a number of rare Pokémons but they need to be incubated. Every player gets an incubator that can be used infinite times. You can also collect or buy additional incubators.

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When you collect an egg, they sit in a separate tab in the Pokémon menu. Under each egg is a distance – 2km, 5km or 10km. This is how long you need to walk for these eggs to hatch. However, the walking ‘timer’ only begins when the egg is in an incubator and kilometres only count if the app is open as you walk.

This can be a big drain on battery. To combat this problem, Niantic has included a battery saving mode in the settings menu – select it and the screen will black out when the phone is being held by a player’s side or in their pockets.

If you put your phone onto Vibrate or Loud mode, you can also hold the phone by your side (with the app open) and be notified when a Pokémon appears in your vicinity. This will spare you from constantly looking at your phone and put you less at risk of muggers, for example.

There are also companies who will do the legwork, literally, for you. Fantastic Services, for example, is currently offering a service in which someone will walk the 10km needed to hatch certain eggs for you. They will also collect eggs, Pokéballs and other goodies from Pokéstops along the way for a fee. This does mean handing your phone over to a stranger, though, which may not be preferable.

Learn more about hatching eggs with WIRED’s guide

Count the PokéPennies
Pokémon Go is free-to-play, but it does include microtransactions. Virtual Pokécoins are sold at the following rates:

100 – £0.79
550 – £3.99
1200 – £7.99
2500 – £14.99
5200 – £29.99
14,500 – £79.99

Coins are then spent on items, including extra Pokéballs that you’ll need to actually catch Pokémon you encounter, support items such as incense to attract rarer creatures, eggs that hatch into new Pokémon, and upgrades for both your item backpack and Pokémon storage. Although you get proportionally more coins the more real-world money you spend, just shy of £80 is a lot to ask for the highest tier package.

However, the game isn’t a complete cash-grab. Like most free-to-play titles, Pokémon Go can provide everything you need without parting with cash – it just requires a bit of patience. Every Pokéstop you reach provides free items when you activate it, and although the selection is entirely random, it’s the easiest and cheapest way to restock your supplies.

Power Through
Or: remember to bring a back up battery. Between GPS location tracking, an active screen, and generating augmented reality creatures to capture, Pokémon Go is a power-hog. While the beta was absolutely monstrous in this regard – we went through a full charge in roughly three hours – the final version is only somewhat improved, with gamers in New Zealand and the US still reporting significant battery drainage after only short periods of play. Niantic is aware of the issue, saying “we are working on a solution”.

In the meantime, the only real option for a lengthy play session is to carry a power bank for your device. Depending on the form factor, it could prove fiddly to hold both, but it’s currently the best way to avoid your phone dying while you try to catch a Rattata. Failing that, the nation’s coffee shops can soon expect Pokémon battles of a different sort as players start dropping in to recharge over a latte. Just don’t forget your charger.

Wear Sunscreen
Not just good life advice – Pokémon Go is is intrinsically an outdoor, active game, and that means you’ll be exposed to the elements while you hunt down the Pokémon in the world around you.

Obviously, many players will be playing Pokémon Go in small bursts inbetween their daily routines, but for anyone planning to dedicate a chunk of time to playing, they should factor in some basic preparations that don’t quite apply when you’re battling the Elite Four in Pokémon games on your 3DS. You’ll be walking a lot, and while that’s good for health reasons – you’ll rapidly hit 10 to 12k steps on the hunt – you’ll want comfortable shoes to do so. You’ll also want actual sunscreen on hot days (we got slightly burnt ourselves) and appropriate weather protection otherwise.

Also, be considerate of people around you, and pay attention to where you are. While the game is already a hit, not everyone will appreciate you stopping suddenly in the street to visit a Pokéstop or take on a Gym Battle. Like Ingress, Niantic’s other GPS-enabled explorathon game, part of Pokémon Go‘s charm is in discovering the hidden cultural artifacts around you. To really enjoy the game, stop for a minute and appreciate where it’s taken you, before ploughing ahead on filling your Pokédex.

With Pokémon Go, Nintendo Seeks to Salvage Lost Opportunity

A Pokémon character on a street in London during a game of Pokémon Go. The augmented-reality game came about because Nintendo has gone years without a hit and was forced to find partners.

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HONG KONG — A video game featuring combative little critters called Pokémon hits mobile devices, and millions of fans are hooked. Players around the world search for rare and valuable Pokémon and connect with each other to do battle.

Today? That was 18 years ago.

Nintendo, the Japanese video game company that helped start the current Pokémon Go craze, first shook up the industry in 1998, when the original version of Pokémon became a surprise hit in America. That version, played on its Game Boy portable game device, presaged the current era of smartphone games, a world where titles like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans command billion-dollar price tags.

Nintendo — which took an early lead in mobile gaming and then proceeded to blow it — offers a lesson in how corporate cultures can make or break a company, especially those that are pioneers in a field. Nintendo’s drive has helped the Kyoto-based company produce some of the world’s most beloved games and play a major role in creating the modern global video game industry.

Yet that same stubbornness and perfectionism led to missed opportunities. It skipped smartphones and app stores and dismissed partnering with other companies with potentially better ideas. If Nintendo is easily likened to Apple for its autocratic insistence on groundbreaking innovation, it is also like Xerox in that it has failed to take advantage of ideas as valuable as the mouse.

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Pokémon Go, this month’s gaming phenomenon, came about only because Nintendo has gone years without a hit and was forced to find partners. In this case it teamed up with Niantic Inc., an American start-up that was once part of Google and provides the technology that puts Pikachu and its bestial friends in the real world.

“It’s quite a big change,” said Serkan Toto, a game industry consultant in Tokyo. If Niantic had pitched Pokémon Go two years earlier, he said, “Nintendo wouldn’t have just said no, they wouldn’t even have listened.”

A Nintendo spokesman declined to comment.

Nintendo has shown before that it can adapt. It got its start making playing cards in 1889. By the 1970s it was designing video games, leading to the release of the Donkey Kong video game machine in 1981.

Many of its ideas offered a glimpse into the future of video games. In 1983, it added a modem port to the home video game console that would eventually become the popular Nintendo Entertainment System, decades ahead of a time when Xbox and PlayStation gamers connect with one another around the world.

“They were pushing the envelope so much earlier than anyone realizes,” said Jeff Ryan, author of the book “Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America.”

Nintendo was still riding high on the success of its video game consoles in 1998 when it released the first Pokémon hand-held video game in America. Based on the childhood bug collecting passion of its creator, Satoshi Tajiri, it let players seek out and collect Pokémon, then train them into powerful warriors.

Nintendo assumed Pokémon would not catch on in America: “It was role-playing, with minimal graphics, battles that ended with one fighter ‘fainting’ instead of dying, and an obsessive compulsive goal of finding 150 critters wandering in the woods,” Mr. Ryan wrote.

But it also had cutting-edge innovations. Players could connect their Game Boys with a cable to battle each other, foreshadowing today’s connected mobile games. It was also an early example of what the gaming industry would come to call casual games: Games that can be put down and picked up again whenever the user likes.

Many games of the era had an end, like a big villain to defeat, that players could race to if they focused on the game for hours or days. Even after collecting all the Pokémon and defeating increasingly powerful opponents, a player could keep playing and battling friends.

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The game sold more than 200 million copies, according to Nintendo, and spawned a cartoon television show and a lucrative line of Pokémon trading cards.

Smartphones seemed like a natural fit for Pokémon when they emerged more than a decade later. The Pokémon Company, which owns the Pokémon characters and is partially owned by Nintendo, released a free app game to promote the trading cards in 2011. But Nintendo said it would not sell games on any app stores.

Changes in the game industry made that increasingly difficult. A growing number of gamers were casual gamers who did not have all day to sit in front of a console in their homes. While Nintendo’s Wii console, with its motion controller, was a hit, its successor, the Wii U, was a disappointment.

Nintendo was at a crossroads in other ways. In 2013, its longtime president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, died. Last year, Satoru Iwata, a former Nintendo chief executive and a game designer who supported the Pokémon Go project, also died.

Pokémon Go demonstrates that Nintendo’s stable of characters — which also includes the mustachioed plumber Mario, a princess named Zelda, and her savior, Link — can form the basis for others to develop lucrative mobile games. But that would turn Nintendo into a different kind of company — one, Mr. Ryan says, that is content to hit singles and doubles rather than swing for the fences.

“It would make them a ton of money and it would secure their reputation for 100 years,” he said. “But it would also not make them Nintendo anymore.”

Your biggest Pokémon Go questions, answered (update)

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Pokémon Go is now available on Android and iOS to a select group of users. Among those with access are Australians, New Zealanders, people in Japan and North American beta testers, all of whom are coming together to teach the Pokémon Go-less how to play the game before they get their hands on it.

Some of us on staff are currently playing Pokémon Go for ourselves, and we’re happy to share what we’ve learned thus far with those less fortunate. Follow along below for the answers to some of the most pressing Pokémon Go questions — and let us know in the comments if you have any others.

[Update: If you happen to be in the "what's a Pokémon" stage of your investigation, we've made an additional guide: Six Pokémon Go tips for the ultimate beginner. Read that, then come back here!]

How do I log into the game?

There are two options for logging into Pokémon Go. The easier method is to use an existing Google account. Otherwise, players can either sign in with or sign up for a Pokémon Trainer Club account, which comes with added privileges. These include a subscription to a monthly newsletter, which sometimes offers download codes for rare Pokémon.

Can I name and customize my trainer?

You sure can! Nicknames must only be spelled with letters and numbers, and if you have a common name, you may already be out of luck: There are no duplicates allowed. (To whoever already took the name “Allegra,” we’ve got our eye on you.)

Naming aside, there are several skin tones, hair colors and outfits to choose from. The selection is slightly less varied than what’s available in Pokémon X and Y, for reference.

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Do I get a starter Pokémon?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Once your trainer has a name, Professor Willow — this game’s leading Pokémon scholar — will walk you through catching Pokémon. He doesn’t outright give you a starter, instead directing you to the open map around you, where a Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle appear out of nowhere. Trainers can choose which of the three they want to catch and, at the conclusion of the world’s easiest battle, whoever they picked will now be theirs.

There’s a secret fourth starter Pokémon, however. If Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle aren’t quite your speed, there’s a way to choose Pikachu instead. The method, which involves walking away from the initial trio multiple times, is a little bit complicated, but if Pikachu‘s your favorite, it may be worth the effort. Check out our breakdown on what you have to do to start the game with Pikachu for more.

This is the biggest change from the recent beta, which some of us tried and didn’t quite love late last month. In that version of the game, testers embarked upon their Pokémon journeys unaccompanied.

Sweet! Can I name my Pokémon?

Yep. No worries if you forget to do so once you catch one; you can always go into the Pokémon section of the menu and edit your monsters’ names.

How do I get more Pokémon?

Catching is something that isn’t especially well-explained in Pokémon Go. As you traverse the real world, as represented on the in-game map, you’ll occasionally run into tufts of rustling grass. There’s also a handy meter indicating which Pokémon are nearby on the lower right-hand corner of the map.

By default, this part of the screen shows the three closest Pokémon to your physical location; clicking on it will reveal a wider look at the available Pokémon to catch. Each one has anywhere from one to three footprints underneath it, with one indicating that it’s especially close to you and three meaning that you’ll have to keep walking to find it.

Keep moving for awhile in the direction of the rustling grass; once you get close enough, a Pokémon will appear on the map, and clicking on it will initiate a battle.

Battles aren’t between two Pokémon, though. They’re between a Pokémon and your ability to swipe a Poké Ball in their direction. When you engage a Poké Ball, a colored ring will appear around the opponent. These change in size after each capture attempt. Throwing a Ball during a smaller window seems to be more effective, based on our time with the game, but that’s a part we’re still trying to figure out.

For more on the particulars of Pokémon catching, check out our explainer.

Where can I find a Clefairy, or a Pidgey, or a Horsea, or …

The point of Pokémon Go is to travel around, exploring different geographic areas to find appropriate Pokémon. In a small town, expect to find a lot of normal- and grass-types. Going near water will attract water Pokémon. Playing at night brings out more nocturnal creatures, like Clefairy and Gastly.

In our, oh, 12 hours with the final build of the game, we haven’t been able to explore too many diverse places yet. It remains to be seen if iconic landmarks bring rarer finds.

Are there items to help me find, catch and train Pokémon?

There are a variety of items to purchase that aid capturing and upgrading monsters. These can be found in the shop, and include a number of Poké Balls, as well as the following:

Incense: “Incense with a mysterious fragrance that lures wild Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes.”
Lucky Egg: “A Lucky Egg that’s filled with happiness! Earns double XP for 30 minutes.”
Egg Incubator: “A device that incubates an Egg as you walk until it is ready to hatch. Breaks after three uses.”
Lure Module: “A module that attracts Pokémon to a PokéStop for 30 minutes. Other people around the PokéStop can also benefit from the effect.”
Each of these items cost Pokémon Coins (or PokéCoins) which, unsurprisingly, must be bought for real money. Take a look below to see how much the game is selling PokéCoins for. If you’d rather not spend the cash, prepare for battle: Standing undefeated at your gym will also net you PokéCoins.

Okay. Now, back up: The heck is a PokéStop?

These are notable locations in the vicinity. They’re represented by a blue marker on the map. Clicking on the marker shows a picture of the building, monument, park or what have you. Swiping that picture will often net you a handful of items, like some Poké Balls or a Pokémon Egg that, when hatched, could add a new Pokémon to your collection.

You should be able to locate them easily in-game, but for those who intend to travel across the land, searching far and wide for international Pokémon, some fans have already created maps to help you plan your journey. The location data for PokéStops has been culled from Ingress, Niantic Labs’ previous game, meaning those familiar with its map will know where to look for those landmarks.

PokéStops are also some of the best places to look for Pokémon. When you discover one with swirling pink flowers around it, that means another local Pokémon Go player has attached a Lure Module to it. That’s your signal to start heading toward that particular PokéStop, as several Pokémon are bound to spawn around it left and right.

Do those include gyms? There are gym battles, right?

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Pokémon Go does include gym battles, but battling is one of its biggest changes from the Pokémon games many of us know and love. Gyms are interspersed around the world, just like PokéStops. Trainers have to be at level five in order to face other trainers, but these battles are typically one-on-one against another trainer’s team.

Every Pokémon has a combat power, which varies and can be increased using items. Battles are determined by a number of factors, including type and combat power, but you won’t be selecting one of four moves to use against an opponent. Attacks are doled out by tapping a monster and swiping to dodge enemies’ moves.

Gym battles are one of Pokémon Go’s more complex features. We did our best to break down how it all works, from claiming rival gyms to fortifying friendly ones, in our explainer.

Can I fight my friends’ Pokémon?

Nope. The only battling currently available in Pokémon Go is during gym battles.

How do I make my Pokémon stronger, then?

Pretty much just through items. There are various power-up items you can purchase for your Pokémon to increase its combat power. As for evolution, that also requires the use of specialized items. Experience can still be obtained by fighting wild Pokémon, which is how you can increase the trainer’s personal level as well. You can also level up your fighters by competing against other trainers’ Pokémon during gym battles.

What about trading?

Not currently offered, although Niantic apparently has plans to add the feature in a future update. You can transfer a Pokémon to Professor Willow, but that’s the same as releasing it back into the wild.

Can we talk about Professor Willow for a second?

Sure.

Is it just me, or is he … really attractive?

It’s not just you. Look at him!

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Everyone is suddenly catching Pokémon fever again. Here’s what’s going on.

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You may have heard stories of people hunting down Pokémon on their office desks, in hospital rooms, and even in bathrooms. One teenage girl even found a dead body while looking for Pokémon. And police in Missouri claimed that four suspected robbers lured in victims with the possibility of Pokémon.

What the hell is going on?

Well, after a few years lying relatively low, Pokémon is making a bit of a comeback. The Nintendo-owned franchise, which exploded in popularity in the late 1990s, is again taking America by storm — this time through Pokémon Go, its biggest entry into the mobile space, now available for a free download on Android and iOS. It’s so popular that it’s on the verge of overtaking Twitter in terms of daily active users on Android.

In simple terms, Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. (This combination of a game and the real world interacting is known as “augmented reality.” More on that later.)

So why are people seeking out virtual creatures while at work and as they go to the bathroom? Part of the reason Pokémon Go is popular is that it’s free, so it’s easy to download and play. But more importantly, Pokémon Go fulfills a fantasy Pokémon fans have had since the games first came out: What if Pokémon were real and inhabited our world? But to understand why people are so enthusiastic about the idea, we first need to go back to the late 1990s — to the original Pokémon games.

Pokémon Go is an attempt at realizing what fans always wanted from Pokémon

The Pokémon games take place in a world populated by exotic, powerful monsters — they can look like rats, snakes, dragons, dinosaurs, birds, eggs, trees, and even swords. In this world, people called “trainers” travel around the globe to tame these creatures and, in an ethically questionable manner, use them to fight against each other.

Based on the premise of bug catching — a popular hobby in Japan, where the games originated — the big goal in the Pokémon games, from the original Pokémon Red and Blue to the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon, is to collect all of these virtual creatures.

The first generation of Pokémon games began with 151 creatures, but the catalog has since expanded to more than 720. In Pokémon Go, only the original 151 are available.

The games took the world by storm in the late 1990s — a big fad widely known as “Pokémania.” The original handheld games, Pokémon Red and Blue, came out in 1998 in America, followed by Yellow in 1999 and Gold and Silver in 2000. With the games came spinoffs like Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Pinball in 1999, a popular TV show, movies, trading cards, and a lot of other merchandise. For a few years, Pokémon was on top of the world. (The franchise is still fairly big; it’s just not the cultural phenomenon that it once was.)

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But since the games came out for Nintendo’s handheld consoles, fans all around the world have shared a dream: What if Pokémon weren’t limited to the games’ world? What if they were real and inhabited our world? What if we could all be Ash Ketchum, the TV show’s star trainer, who wanders the world in his quest to catch them all and earn his honors by defeating all the gym leaders? I want a Pikachu in real life, dammit!

Unfortunately, Pokémon aren’t real — at least not yet. But technology has evolved to be able to simulate a world in which Pokémon are real. That’s essentially what Pokémon Go attempts to do: By using your phone’s ability to track the time and your location, the game imitates what it would be like if Pokémon really were roaming around you at all times, ready to be caught and collected. And given that many original Pokémon fans are now adults, this idea has the extra benefit of hitting a sweet spot of nostalgia, helping boost its popularity.

Pokémon Go doesn’t play exactly like a typical Pokémon game

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A record-breaking 6,000 people descended on the South Woodham Ferrers tourist attraction to see Marshall and Chase from the popular Nickelodeon cartoon about six rescue dogs and their leader Ryder.

Hundreds queued for the “Pawsome Meet and Greets” every hour from 11 until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, with many children launching themselves at the pups for a cuddle or exchanging high-fives on a sweltering weekend when more than 4,000 ice creams were sold.

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James Martin, the Chelmsford attraction’s Creative Marketer and Memory Maker, said: “It was amazing to see just how much the kids loved seeing the characters from Paw Patrol.

 

PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall are coming to Basingstoke for story time

Prepare your little ones for some puppy-tastic fun this July as PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall come to Basingstoke

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The two characters from the popular children’s television show will be coming to Festival Place, just off Churchill Way, on Sunday, July 24.

Chase the police pup and Marshall the fire dog will be making appearances at intervals from 11am to 4pm.

The puppies will be appearing during story time sessions which will be led by a narrator.

The event is free to attend, but is expected to be busy.

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The story time sessions come as part of a diary of summer activities at Festival Place, including the return of the Festival Place summer garden.

To keep up to date with details of the PAW Patrol story time sessions and other summer events at Festival Place visit the website .

‘Frozen 2′ release date news: Olaf to get his own love interest in sequel?

Disney has remained secretive regarding the possible contents of the much-anticipated sequel to 2013′s hit animated film “Frozen.” Aside from the fact that “Frozen 2” has finally been confirmed to hit the theaters within the next few years, the fans have no idea what will be next for the Snow Queen Elsa and her sister, Princess Anna. However, there are interesting scoops coming out of the internet which suggest that one of the well-loved “Frozen” characters will find his true love in the sequel.

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Olaf is one of the most memorable characters in “Frozen” that made the young and young-at-heart viewers laugh at his antics. If the latest rumors are correct, there will be more reason for the “Frozen” fans to look forward to seeing his character in the sequel. According to insider reports, Olaf is expected to have a girlfriend. Yibada reported that Olaf might be meeting the love of his life in “Frozen 2,” although she is not expected to be a fellow little snowman. Instead, Olaf will fall in love with a human.

Meanwhile, the fans were also rattled by the news that Elsa might die in “Frozen 2.” As reported by E! News, Elsa’s voice actress, Idina Menzel said that Elsa may die in an accident where she falls off an ice cliff. However, her statement during the AFI Life Achievement Award carpet event could also be viewed in a humorous way, and nothing in what she had said is connected to the actual events in the sequel.

Kristen Bell, who plays the role of Anna, confirmed last April during the promotion of her film with Melissa McCarthy, “The Boss” that the production stage of “Frozen 2” has already commenced, Mirror UK reported.

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She also added that Disney, along with the whole staff and crew that created “Frozen,” is doing everything to make another quality movie with the sequel. Bell noted that it took some time for Disney to do the necessary preparations just to make sure that the continuation of the successful movie will be perfect.

“The story is great and they exude quality, and what I know about that whole team is that they wouldn’t just put something out to put it out. And that’s why it took them so long for them to even announce that we’re doing a second one.”

Aside from the marvelous visual treat and fresh story, fans can also expect a bunch of new songs. The original movies’ soundtrack has become very popular around the world, with the song “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel being a global hit and was translated to different languages.

‘Despicable Me 3′ release date, spoilers: Gru and his twin brother fight former child star Balthazar along with minions

Despicable Me 3,” the third instalment of the “Despicable Me” series, will bring Gru (Steve Carell) and his daughters back to the big screen along with his minions. The movie is expected to get released a year from now, on June 30, 2017, but we have some amazing updates on what fans can expect from the animation.

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It is understood that the main theme of the movie will be the sibling rivalry between Gru and his long-lost identical twin Drew, also voiced by Carell. Drew is distinguished from our hero with his full blond hair and his all-white dressing style.

Despite their differences, Gru and Drew will find a way to get along and join together in the fight against the actual villain, Balthazar Bratt, voiced by Trey Parker of “South Park” fame.

Balthazar is a child star from the ’80s, who decided to take over the world once his career was finished. According to Cinema Blend, Balthazar is still bitter that his show was cancelled when he hit puberty and he hates being mocked. He is driven by the need of taking over the world, because he knows no one will ever make fun of him if he is the boss.

See the photo of Balthazar shared by “Despicable Me” here:

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