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Pokemon Go: Everything You Need to Know

Below you can find everything you need to understand the new Pokemon mobile game.

After months of anticipation, Pokemon Go is finally out now across various regions. With the popularity of the app skyrocketing, it's clear that a new phenomenon has begun. To better acquaint you with the app, we've compiled below everything you need to know about it.

For more on Pokemon Go, check out our recent news stories below, and be sure to check back as we update this article with more news and features.

The Review

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"If Pokemon Go’s initial public reception is anything to go by, its ability to draw players from multiple generations and varied gaming backgrounds together is a game worthy of attention. When it works, Pokemon Go feels like a natural evolution for the series, very much a product of the times without making the mainline series obsolete. Its bugs and high battery consumption do not outweigh the old-but-new thrill of capturing Pikachu at a local park or vanquishing a Snorlax while conquering a gym." -- [Read the full review]

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What You Need to Know

  • 6 Essential Pokemon Go Facts--Pokemon Go is a fascinating new AR-focused mobile app that's taking the iconic series to uncharted territories. Check out our in-depth feature on the six ways that The Pokemon Company's new mobile offering makes smart use of Pokemon.
  • Pokemon Go: All the Known Issues--The game is experiencing a series of technical issues, such as "heavy" battery drain and distorted audio; get a full rundown of all the problems.
  • Here's What Pokemon Go's Microtransactions Get You--Pokemon Go is a free mobile app but it features an in-game shop that allows you to buy Poke Coins using real money, and then spend those on items. Check out everything you can purchase as well as the Poke Coin conversation rates.
  • Pokemon Go Rural Trainer's Log: Nothing Here But Us Weedles--After nearly a week with Pokemon Go in a rural area, this trainer has nothing to show for her efforts. Check out Alexa's experiences playing Pokemon Go in a rural area.

Guides

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  • Pokemon Go Starter Guide--Check out all of our guides offering everything you need to better understand and play Pokemon Go like a pro.
  • Pokemon Go: 20 Essential Tips and Tricks--There are many strategies to consider as you play Pokemon Go, but the app doesn't make it readily apparent how to engage some of its concepts. Check out our in-depth feature containing all the essential tips and tricks for Pokemon Go. Otherwise, watch the video above for a brief overview of tips and tricks to guide you in the right direction.
  • Pokemon Go Leveling Guide--In Pokemon Go, increasing your trainer level is the best way to raise your chances of encountering powerful Pokemon. While you can level at a decent pace just by playing the game, there are ways to streamline the process, effectively maximizing the experience points (XP) you gain. To help in your efforts to level, we've compiled the most important steps you need to take.

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Matt Espineli

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