10 Best Pokémon Go Tips for Beginners: Part 2

#6. Connect with Other Trainers
The Pokemon Go community is huge. Beginning players should team up with friends and teammates to learn new strategies, trade Pokemon, build up Gym defenses, etc. There are many different online platforms to connect with other Pokemon Go players. 

Popular social media platforms to try include Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and Pokemon Go Forums. You can learn a lot about Pokemon Go and progress by playing solo, but connecting with and learning from others can significantly improve your game.

Check out the Pokémon Go Discussion Forum!

Pokemon Go Trainer

#7. Save Great Balls & Ultra Balls
This tip is very important for players just starting out. Using higher tiered Pokeballs on any common Pokemon (especially in the earlier stages of the game) is one of the biggest mistakes newbies can make. Great Balls and Ultra Balls are powerful Pokeballs in Pokemon Go. It can be tempting to use a these immediately after obtaining one, but the best thing you can do is save them in your inventory!

The main reason for saving Great Balls and Ultra Balls is to allow you to capture rare and powerful Pokemon later on. As you progress through the game, you will encounter much more powerful Pokemon that cannot be captured with a standard Pokeball or even Great Ball. If your Pokeballs are not strong enough you will be forced to leave that special Wild Pokemon behind. 

On the other hand, if you end up saving all of your Great & Ultra Balls you will be prepared once that evasive Mythical or Legendary Pokemon appears on your map!

Master Ball Pokemon Go

#8. Keep Pokemon with Highest CP
Beginner’s may not know that Pokemon of the same species can have different CP levels. For example, one wild Rattata may have a CP of 60, while another may have 70 CP. When it comes time for evolution, you will want to evolve the Pokemon with the highest CP. This will ensure maximum CP potential of the final evolution stage.

After playing the game for a bit and reading the comments, you will also want to look at the Moveset of each Pokemon. Evolution will change the moveset, but Powering Up Pokemon will keep their Moves intact. Based on preference you may choose a Pokemon with lower CP, but with Moves better suited for your Pokemon team.

Meowth CP Pokemon Go

#9. Evolve to Create the Most Powerful Pokemon
The majority of Evolved Pokemon will have greater CP than their Wild Pokemon Counterparts. For example, a wild Wartortle may have anywhere from 200 - 250 CP. If you were to obtain 25 Squirtle Candy and then evolve a Squirtle into a Wartortle that Wartortle may have 300 - 400 CP. Blastoise may have 1000+ CP when evolved from Wartortle! These numbers are not exact, but the main tip is that evolved Pokemon are stronger than Wild Pokemon.

My starter was Bulbasaur. Reasoning for the picture below!
Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur

#10. Optimize Your Pokemon Team
Create the strongest Pokemon Team possible by improving your team’s strengths and minimizing your team’s weaknesses. This tip can be broken down into three categories.

Evolve: Evolutions are very important to increasing the CP of individual Pokemon, which ultimately helps to strengthen your overall team.

Pokemon Type Variety: The Pokemon on your team will have Type weaknesses, but the entire team should not share the same weaknesses. For example, a Pokemon team of a beginner may contain GrassIce & Bug Types; all of which are very susceptible to Fire damage. Instead, one or two Water Types should be added as replacements to balance out the Team. Mix and match the different Pokemon Types at your disposal to discover the optimal composition.

Choose the Best Pokemon Types: Not all Types are created equally. Some Pokemon Types are Super Effective against many Types, while others are very resistant against many Types. Attacks that deal reduced damage will show as Not Very Effective.

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Pokémon Go Tips for Beginners: Part 2

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I hope these Pokemon Go Beginner Tips were helpful. If this article was helpful please share with other Pokemon Go Beginners that you know. If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to comment below.

Additional Resources
Beginner's Guide
Leveling Guide for Beginners
9 Best Battery Saving Tips
Quick Tips for Capturing Evolving & Battling (Video)
Pokemon Go Glossary (Terms and Descriptions)

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