What are some Pokémon Go terms?
After a few delays, the augmented reality-infused Pokémon app launched last week, and spread like wildfire over the weekend, with hordes of eager Pokémon trainers taking to the streets to try to catch ‘em all.
Before you start catching Pokémon, you need to make sure you can actually download and sign up the game.
And here’s a quick rundown of some of the names and phrases you’ll come across when playing the game. Understanding these terms, you can play the game more easily.
Battle – A battle is a fight between your Pokémon and a wild, rival, or friendly Pokémon. In Pokémon Go, you can only battle at Gyms.
When you reach a rival gym, you have the chance to battle other teams’ (blue, yellow, or red) Pokémon for an opportunity to claim the Gym itself.
For every rival Pokémon you defeat in battle, you lower the Gym’s Prestige and once you reduce it to zero, you can capture the Gym for yourself and your team!
CP – CP stands for Combat Power, which determine the strength of your Pokémon. You can raise your character’s CP using Candy and Stardust.
Defender Bonus –A Defender Bonus is a daily reward you can get for defending a Gym. You can get rewards like PokéCoins and Stardust. These Defender Bonuses can be claimed at the shop in the game.
Evolution–Evolution is the process of using Candy to change a Pokémon into an individual of an evolved species of Pokémon.
Experience Points (XP)–Your Experience Points (XP) is how your progress is measured throughout your Poké-venture. By upping your XP, you can advance to higher Trainer levels.
Hit Points (HP)–Hit Points are how a Pokémon’s health is measured. When a Pokémon has zero HP, it faints and can no longer be used in battle until you revive it with a Revive or Max Revive item.
Pokéstops – PokéStops are specific locations that you can go to gather items like Poké Balls, Eggs, and Potions.
A PokéStop will change its shape when you get close to it. To interact with a PokéStop, simply touch it and spin the Photo Disc to get items.
Poké Balls – Poké Balls are what you use to catch wild Pokémon! They can be picked up at the shop or found at PokéStops.
There are different types of Poké Balls throughout the game. Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and Master Balls are high performance Poké Balls with a better chance of catching wild Pokémon.
Pokécoins – PokéCoins are the currency in the Poké-world! Trainers can exchange coins for premium items in the shop. People can also buy PokéCoins in the shop.
Pokédex – The ultimate Pokémon guide! The Pokédex is where you will find information about all the Pokémon you have caught or encountered in your adventures!
Incense and Lure Modules – You can use these items to attract more Pokémon to your location. At the start, this is vital to build a large team that you can then use to battle or trade for goodies further into the game.
Gyms – Gyms are specific locations where you can go and battle the Pokémon of rival teams. You can also go to Gyms owned by your team to train your Pokémon by battling against the Pokémon assigned there by other members of your team.
When you’re playing, you’ll see that Gyms belonging to your team are known as “friendly” Gyms, while Gyms that have been claimed by other teams are known as “rival” Gyms. Gyms that have not been claimed, however, are known as open Gyms – so what are you waiting for? Go claim a Gym!
Factions – These are the teams you’re asked to join after reaching level five. They will determine which colour a gym turns when you claim it. Simply pick your favourite colour.
Potions, Super Potions and Revives – After a hard battle, you’ll need these to help your Pokémon recover before the next challenge.
Candy and Stardust – Think of these as supplements to make your Pokémon stronger and more evolved — absolutely vital for taking over more gyms.
Eggs – Go is big on XP, and you’ll need Lucky Eggs if you want to earn double XP. Regular eggs allow you to hatch more Pokémon to add to your team.
Lucky Egg – Lucky Eggs can double the amount of XP you earn for all actions for around 30 minutes.
You can either buy Lucky Eggs in the shop, or you can receive them as a reward while you level up. For example, getting to level 9 will earn you a Lucky Egg.
Medals –Medals are awarded to you for an array of gameplay achievements.
Incubator – Item that allows you to incubate Eggs. You can hatch an incubating Egg after walking a set distance.
Razzberries – Harder to catch Pokémon can be tamed by feeding them these and winning their trust.
Footprints – Use the footprint guides in the ‘Nearby’ menu to navigate to rarer Pokémon. Three footprints means the creature is further away. No footprints means you’re very close.
Wild Pokémon – Pokémon that have not been caught are called wild Pokémon.