‘Pokemon Go’ cheats, hacks, tips, and incense trick to help you beat the epic smartphone game

The “Pokemon Go” mobile phenomenon has taken over the world by a storm ever since it was launched on July 6 and shows no signs of slowing down. It has even left Facebook and Twitter behind in terms of popularity.

The augmented reality (AR) app places Pokemon in the real world using your smartphone camera whether it’s in your office or down your street.

Players are always on the go to catch their favourite Pokemon and expand their collection for the ultimate Pokemon team. The players of the GPS based augmented reality mobile game for Android and iOS are always on the lookout for ways to get ahead in the game by looking for easy and effective ways to ace the game. Some have gone to the extent of using drones, different hacking methods and some even purchasing accounts from eBay to help speed up their progress in the game. Similarly, the internet is already flooded with tips and tricks on how to get ahead if you want to “catch ‘em all!”

So, if you are looking to get an edge on other players, here are a few tips and tricks that you might find useful.

How to start the game with Pikachu as your starter Pokemon?

Players get an opportunity to catch the fan-favourite Pikachu at the start of Pokemon Go. Instead of starting with one of the three classic starters such as Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander to catch Pokemon, you can choose Pikachu, if you’re willing to walk to catch it. In the beginning of the game, when Professor Willow offers Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, all you need to do is to walk away. If you walk far enough away, the three starters will respawn and the smartphone will vibrate. They will appear again and again until the fourth attempt when Pikachu appears with the other three.

How to catch wild characters?

For those who are looking for Blastoise, the final form of Squirtle, and Charizard, the final form of Charmander, they are available out in the wild and it is always wise to catch them. Venusaur, though rare, but it can be found near green places, covered in trees.

How to catch specific Pokemon?

For a particular kind of Pokemon, look for them near their certain elements, such as Marowark can be found near parks, Dratini and Lapras near water bodies, Mr. Mime near parks and other areas and Onyx anywhere except water bodies.

How to use incense trick?

According to Comicbook, a Redditor ___isitin___ has found the correct way of using incense to lure Pokemon. Generally, the players use incense to avoid walking. However, the spawn rate goes up “if the player travels at least 200 meters between spawns.” The most effective way to use incense while playing Pokemon GO is to move around at the speed of a “fast jog.” This way, it is possible to catch much more Pokemon while incense is still active.

How to look for rare Pokemon?

Rare Pokemon is not easy to catch. Once they appear, it is important to pay attention to the catching technique. It is said that one must pay attention to the white ring when throwing the Pokeball to catch the Pokemon. The smaller it is, you are more likely to catch it.

Alternatively, one can also breed rare Pokemon instead of going after and catching them. According to a Reddit user Skyrider RJM, Ingress app can provide a clearer picture of where to look for a particular Pokemon.

Hunt (safely) at night

Firstly, don’t get robbed or stabbed. It’s clearly not safe to go by yourself to a Lure-enabled PokeStop in the middle of a city at night. Having said that, you can smartly hunt in pairs or small groups at night to find Pokemon that are available “abundantly at night”. So, while it is advisable to hunt at night, but at the same time, one must be very cautious to avoid accidents at all times. Just stick to well-lit areas and have a car nearby.

Which other strong characters one should look out for?

Players also must look at collecting Scyther, Snorlax, and Lickitung, which are other robust and valuable Pokemon characters. While Scyther is fast and powerful, Snorlax is mammoth and strong. Simultaneously, there is no particular area they can be found at.

If you are looking for more, then Aerodactyl, Seaking, Kangaskhan, Psyduck, and Arkanine are worth catching Pokemon that can prove to be valuable to the game. While these can be found anywhere, but one must be quick to catch them when they appear.