The Beginner’s Guide to Pokémon GO

Tom Johnson


Today, I’m going to show you how to get started with Pokémon GO, the popular mobile game that lets you capture virtual creatures in the real world.

I remember when I first started playing Pokemon. It was a bit overwhelming trying to understand all the features, strategies, and terms. But don’t worry, this guide will make it simple and fun for you!

In this no-nonsense guide, I’ll cut out all the noise and show you exactly how to start playing Pokémon GO, from downloading the app to catching your first Pokémon.

What is Pokémon GO, exactly?

Pokémon GO is a free-to-play mobile game that uses augmented reality (AR) technology to place virtual Pokémon in the real world. Players use their smartphones to find and capture these Pokémon. For example, you might find a Pikachu in your local park or a Bulbasaur near your favorite café. The game encourages you to explore your surroundings while trying to catch ’em all.

Now that you understand what the game is, let’s dive into how to get started!

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Step 1: Download and install the game

The first step to playing Pokémon GO is downloading the app. It’s available for free on both iOS and Android platforms.

  1. Open the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) on your smartphone.
  2. Search for “Pokémon GO” and select the app from Niantic, Inc.
  3. Tap the “Install” button and wait for the app to download and install on your device.

Step 2: Create your account

Once the app is installed, you’ll need to create an account to start playing.

  1. Open the Pokémon app.
  2. Choose to sign up with your Google account or Pokémon Trainer Club account.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your profile, including choosing a username and customizing your avatar.

Step 3: Learn the basics of gameplay

Pokémon GO gameplay revolves around exploring your surroundings, finding Pokémon, and capturing them.

  1. Walk around to explore different areas (parks, landmarks, etc.) where Pokémon are likely to appear.
  2. When a Pokémon appears on your screen, tap it to enter the capture mode.
  3. Flick the Poké Ball on your screen towards the Pokémon to try and catch it. The circle around the Pokémon indicates how difficult it is to catch; the smaller the circle, the higher your chances of success.

Step 4: Visit pokéstops and gyms

PokéStops and Gyms are special locations in Pokémon GO that provide items and opportunities for battles.

  1. Visit PokéStops (marked with blue icons on the map) to collect items like Poké Balls, potions, and eggs.
  2. Spin the photo disc at the PokéStop by swiping across the screen to collect items.
  3. Gyms (marked with larger structures on the map) allow you to battle and train your Pokémon. Visit Gyms to challenge other players and earn rewards.

Step 5: Understand pokémon types and battles

Each Pokémon has a type (such as Water, Fire, Grass), and understanding these types is crucial for battles.

  1. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of different Pokémon types. For example, Water-type Pokémon are strong against Fire-type Pokémon.
  2. Use this knowledge to choose the best Pokémon for battles in Gyms and Raids.
  3. Train your Pokémon by battling at Gyms and participating in Raid Battles with other players.


Thanks to “The Beginner’s Guide to Pokémon GO”, you now have everything you need to get started with this exciting game. As you saw in the guide, understanding the basics of Pokémon GO can make your experience more enjoyable and successful. With these tips, you’re well on your way to becoming a Pokémon Master!

Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to get out there and start catching Pokémon! Have you started playing Pokémon GO? What’s your favorite part of the game so far? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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