Want to take Pokémon GO to the next level? Then this guide is for you!

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Pokémon GO only has been officially available in France for a few days, but players already have revealed hidden strategies and tips to be the best in the game and advance their Pokémon. Just like in traditional Pokémon games, there are plenty of tactics and tricks you can use to gain an advantage over your rivals. And given the competitive nature of arenas and the sheer number of opponents there are in each city, and you better use whatever techniques are available to you.

This is where you come in! Some secret tips and tricks are here, which will help you develop the very best Pokemon trainer you might be.

Get Pikachu from the start

Undoubtedly the most famous of the Pokémon, the yellow rodent Pikachu is the face of the series. And we imagine that there are a lot of players who wonder where they can find one. Let us help you. Pikachu happens to be really pretty easy to get once you know what you’re doing, and you can actually catch one as a starter Pokemon, by the way. When you start playing, you’ll see Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle appear on the map, and you’ll be tempted to capture one. Do not bite the bait and walk away from them, even if they continue to appear. Eventually, Pikachu will appear (it may take a while), and you’ll have the most recognizable Pokémon around. If you’ve already started your Pokémon GO quest and want to use this trick, you’ll have to start all over again, sorry!

Using Ingress to find rare Pokémon

Pokémon GO is being developed by Niantic, the studio accountable for Ingress, an additional smartphone title that uses data from Google Maps as the basis of its gameplay. Data from this previous game was used to create Pokémon GO, and the game’s Pokéstops and Arenas are based on the portals in Ingress. But it’s not just the places that are common between the two games. 

Save your candies for evolutions in three steps

Seasoned players of the Pokémon series will admit that you’re tempted to evolve your starting Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle) simply because their most evolved forms are three of the most well-known in the entire franchise. But since this trio is quite challenging to find in the wild, and you can only have the candies required evolving them by apprehending them or hatching them by luck, you should resist the urge to evolve them. in Herbizarre, Reptincel and Carabaffe. It is better to wait until your character has gained enough levels to meet these first evolutions in nature. This way, you won’t lose any candies, and you can use them for the final evolutions (Florizarre, Charizard, and Tortank, respectively).

Easily boost an arena’s reputation

Once you’ve beaten an arena, you have the option of putting one of your Pokémon there and dominating it for your team. You can then use this Pokémon to train your other Pokémon, which increases the prestige of the arena at the same time. You may be tempted to place one of your best Pokémon in the arena to repel enemy attacks, but if you have a teammate covering your back, then you should put your weaker Pokémon instead. As training involves making your Pokémon fight against the defending one of the arena, facing as weak a Pokémon as possible will cause you to win more fights. Therefore, the arena’s prestige will increase faster. This strategy works best in a quiet area where there aren’t too many rival player.

James Deakin lives in California USA. He is an author of two famous novels, Rage of Angels and When Tomorrow comes. He is also the founder of