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Right at the beginning of the game when you are given the usual Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle choice, pick none of them. Physically run away from them. The game will jump them over to try and follow you, but by the fourth time you do this, it gets the message you don’t want any of them, and surprise! There’s Pikachu!

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Want to know the distance to the nest 'nearby' Pokémon? Each pawprint on the Pokémon tracker represents about a 100-meter distance.

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Your eggs won't gain hatching progress if you travel faster than 12-15 mph. You won't make any progress if you’re driving. Start walking :)

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Turning off AR (augmented reality) in Pokémon GO switches off the camera and gives you a plain background. It allows you to catch a Pokémon without aiming your phone's camera at it, which makes it a lot easier! Another benefit is that it saves battery power. To turn off AR you'll need to find a Pokémon. Tap on the Pokemon to engage it and the AR toggle will pop up in the upper right-hand side of the screen. Make sure to toggle the AR switch before you capture the Pokemon.

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Save battery power? Tap the pokéball at the bottom of the screen, go to settings and select "battery-save-mode". The screen will turn off when holding the device up-side-down. Pokémon GO will stay active; you will still get a signal when there is a Pokémon nearby!

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Factors like the weather and time of day will affect what types of Pokémon you encounter. Dark and ghost Pokémon reportedly come out more often at night, and water-type Pokémon are more likely to show up in your area if it’s raining.

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