What is Pokémon Go and How Does It Works?
Pokémon Go is a free location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic. It was initially released on July 06, 2016 for iOS and Android devices, starting with Australia, the United States, and parts of Europe, with Asian and other European releases to follow.
The game is based around Pokémon fundamentals of finding, catching, evolving, training and battling Pokémon. It happens right on your smartphone and in the real world around you, so you need to go out, search and find Pokémon in real places, rather than just in a game world.
Pokémon Go allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and Augmented reality (AR) the phone camera. Augmented reality (AR) is when what you see in the real world is changed by technology. In this case, it uses the camera on the rear of your smartphone and places the characters from the game for you to see on your display, blending the real world and the game world. This is one of the reasons it’s so exciting.
AR brings the game to life and you’ll find Pokémon down your street, at your local park and so on. That means that the Pokémon appear in real places, rather than a made-up world. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.
The user becomes a Pokémon Trainer and can catch these monsters with using Poke Balls. Like in the anime and other games, you can train these pocket monsters to grow stronger and evolve. The fun part is that the game reacts to the environment around you. As players travel the real world, the avatar moves along the game’s map.
Different Pokémon live in different areas of the world; for example, water-type Pokémon are generally found near water. When a player encounters a Pokémon, they may view it either in augmented reality mode or with a pre-rendered background. Players can also take pictures, using an in-game camera, of the Pokémon that they encounter both with and without the AR mode activated.
Unlike other Pokémon series, players in Pokémon Go do not battle wild Pokémon to capture them. In Pokémon Go, the game relies on a unique capture system where the player must throw a Pokéball with the right force and at the right time to make a successful catch. After capturing a wild Pokémon, the player is awarded two types of in-game currencies: candies and stardust. The candies awarded by a successful catch depends on what evolutionary chain a Pokémon belongs to. A player can use stardust and candies to raise a Pokémon’s “combat power” (CP). However, only candies are needed to evolve a Pokémon.
The player can also transfer the Pokémon back to the Pokémon professor to earn one more candy and create room for more Pokémon.
Players can also earn experience points for various in-game activities. Players rise in level as they earn experience points. At level five, the player will be able to battle at a Pokémon gym and join one of three teams (red for Team Valor, which uses Moltres as their mascot; blue for Team Mystic, which uses Articuno as their mascot; or yellow for Team Instinct, which uses Zapdos as their mascot) which act as larger factions within the Pokémon Go world.
If a player enters a Pokémon gym that is controlled by a player that is not part of their team, they can challenge the leader to lower the gym’s “prestige”. Once the prestige of a gym is lowered to zero then the player will take control of the gym and is able to deposit one Pokémon to defend it.
All Pokémon are displayed with a combat power. A Pokémon’s combat power is a rough measure of how powerful that Pokémon is in battle. Not all Pokémon of the same species will have the same CP. Generally as a player levels up they will catch Pokémon with higher CP. You can also interact with PokéStops and Gyms, which we will explain in detail below. And of course, you can battle other players, which is probably the funnest part of the game.