Whether you're wandering the streets with your phone or marveling at the mobs that turned out for the beta launch, you've certainly heard of the groundbreaking hybrid-reality game. How much do you know about the game and its players?
The three starter Pokemon for Pokemon Go are the same starter Pokemon used in the first generation of Pokemon games. Players can choose between the water type, fire type, or grass type starters.
In the original Pokemon series, Ash came too late to get a normal starter Pokemon, so he chooses Pikachu instead. Players who walk away from the traditional starters get a chance to catch fan-favorite Pikachu!
Lures can only be used at Pokestops. Once active, a lure will last for 30 minutes.
The ring surrounding a Pokemon is green if it's easy to catch, yellow if it's somewhat harder to catch, and red if it's really hard to catch. Rings can be subtle shades in between the three main colors, as well.
The game release caused a number of unfortunate incidents, including several known cases of walking off the edge of a cliff. Criminals also took advantage of the situation, stealing phones and setting up traps with in-game features to lure unwitting victims.
The loading screen, featuring a reminder for players to be aware of their surroundings, used to feature an enraged Gyarados. During the Halloween event, this was changed to a creepy Gengar.
In an effort to reduce accidents caused by playing the game while driving, Niantic changed the rules for spinning Pokestops. They can only be visited when players are stopped or traveling at very low speeds (often 10 mph and under).
In the game, Pokestops serve a vital role in replenishing the player's items and occasionally giving them eggs to hatch. Areas with a high number of Pokestops regularly attract players.
A Pokestop can drop any kind of Pokeball (including Ultraballs and Greatballs), all the different available berries, any kind of potion, and the second-generation evolution items. Pokecoins, however, must be purchased or earned.
Players who place a Pokemon in a gym can immediately collect 10 Pokecoins, but then they have to wait 21 hours before collecting again. Having more than one gym defender means more coins when you collect.
Players can collect 10 coins per gym for up to 10 gyms they're defending each day, if they have the time and talent to hold that many gyms simultaneously!
10km eggs take the most amount of work, and most often give players single-evolution Pokemon or other powerful Pokemon. For example, Lapras and Chansey can both hatch from 10km eggs.
All these Pokemon can be hatched with a 2km egg. Eggs are hatched based on the distance you've walked or biked since putting the egg in an incubator.
Blue incubators break after three uses; the orange incubator never breaks. Players can buy more blue incubators in the store with Pokecoins or occasionally get them from Pokestops during special events.
The three teams players can choose to join are Mystic (blue theme), Instinct (yellow) and Valor (red). Once you've chosen a team, you aren't allowed to switch allegiance!
Players can only train Pokemon at a friendly gym; in other words, you can only have a friendly battle with Pokemon whose trainers are on your team.
Training at a gym causes the gym's level to increase. Each time the gym levels up, a spot opens for someone on your team to place an extra Pokemon. A level ten gym can have ten Pokemon defending it!
Lightning attacks are by far the best types of attacks to use against a Gyarados, since they are 400% effective! Gyarados is both a water and flying type Pokemon, so it's doubly susceptible to lightning.
Pokemon Go requires you to use candy to evolve Pokemon. Once you have enough of a Pokemon's candy, you can evolve it to a new form (assuming it's capable of evolving).
As you catch duplicates of a Pokemon, you can trade in your extras to free up space in your bag and to get extra candy. Normally, each catch nets you three candy; if you transfer that Pokemon, that goes up to a total of four!
A "lucky egg" can be used to increase the experience you earn for the next thirty minutes. Trainers will often use a lucky egg by a Pokestop and "mass evolve" their Pokemon to level up more quickly.
Niantic added a fun feature into the game, allowing you to choose one Eevee that will definitely become a Jolteon when evolved! By manually changing the Eevee's name to Sparky, then evolving, you'll get the popular electric Pokemon.
Players in many cities host "lure parties," during which the players commit to keeping the Pokestops lured for a certain amount of time. Lures attract more Pokemon, as does the cell activity from large gatherings, so it's a popular method for catching Pokemon.
Buddy Pokemon can walk alongside their trainers in-game and earn candy based on how far they've walked. Rare Pokemon take a long time to earn candy, while more common Pokemon take less.
Trainers who want the honor of having Pikachu sit on their avatar's shoulder can designate Pikachu as their buddy and walk a minimum of ten km. If they do, they'll keep Pikachu on their shoulder as long as Pikachu is still their "buddy" Pokemon.
The reclusive water-loving Pokemon frequently spawns near lakes. It evolves into Dragonair, then eventually evolves into Dragonite, a powerhouse with lots of damage and defense.
You'll need to catch 100 Magikarp to earn 400 candy, assuming you transfer all of them. Then, you'll need another Magikarp to turn into Gyarados! So far, evolving Magikarp into Gyarados requires the most candy in the game.
Each badge, or "medal," has a bronze, silver and gold level. While the name of the "Punk Girl" badge is to be wondered at, completing is fairly straightforward: just catch all the poison-type Pokemon you can find!
Completing a wind badge, for example, will make it easier for you to catch more wind-type Pokemon in the future. The best bonuses come from gold-level medals, and if a Pokemon has more than one type, your bonuses stack.
The game's GPS tracking uses a "connect-the-dots" approach, which samples your position every few minutes and counts the distance between the dots. If you back-track or travel in too tight of a circle, you won't earn as much credit for the distance you walked!
The game tries to prevent trainers from earning distance on eggs from anything except walking by putting a speed cap on the eggs. If you move too quickly, you won't be able to hatch eggs. Biking slowly and walking are the only guaranteed ways of hatching an egg.
Nests are places that spawn a specific type of Pokemon for some amount of time; the type of Pokemon changes whenever Niantic "rotates" the nest. Nests are especially common at public parks.
When Pokemon Go launched, there was a rumor that hunting Pokemon during a thunderstorm would improve your chances of catching Pikachu. Incidentally, riding a bike during a thunderstorm is a terrible idea.
Each trainer (Candela, Spark and Blanche) has a slightly different way of saying it, but if you see any one of those phrases, your Pokemon is in great condition!
While many trainers swear by certain fan theories, there's been no official confirmation or rejection of those theories. For now, Pokemon's sizes vary greatly; you can learn how normal (or abnormal) their sizes are during appraisals.