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Get up, Get Moving, Get Healthy - Catch them all!

Pokemon Go Pikachu

Parents all over the world have been trying for years to coax their children to stop playing video games and go outside for some fresh air and physical activity.

And then the Pokémon Go phenomenon happened, and suddenly kids and adults are running around in public trying to catch them all. The guy who caught them all is Nick Johnson from Brooklyn NY who caught every Pokémon in the country possible.

How much did he walk? About 8 miles or 13 kilometers a day on average; It took him two weeks, totaling up to about 180 kilometers!

While most people don’t clock up that much distance, there is no doubt that they are more active since they started playing Pokémon Go.

Here are some ways that Pokémon Go has benefited peoples physical and mental health:

  1. Lots and lots of walking: You need to physically get to new places to find Pokémon and Pokéstops. Eggs need a certain distance (2km, 5km and 10km) to be walked before they hatch and reveal a Pokémon inside.
  2. Fresh air & sunlight: The health benefits of clean outdoor air and natural light are well known facts. Sunlight is also critical for Vitamin D production
  3. Benefits of short breaks: A wide range of studies have established that taking short breaks during the work day is beneficial. You can visit a Pokéstop, catch a couple of Pokémon and get back to work (Unlike Facebook. Twitter or Solitaire, that can easily eat up couple of hours!
  4. Educational: Pokéstops are found near landmarks of significance - fountains, parks, museums, historical buildings etc. You get to learn about your city as you visit them.
  5. The Social benefit: Pokémon encourages people to explore, meet up and even band together for Gym battles!

A mobile game that is healthy! Who would have thought?

Pokémon Go Health Benefits [Infographic]

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The game is developed by Niantic, Inc. which is an American Software Development Company based in San Francisco, California.

Apart from Pokemon Go, the company is best known for developing another augmented reality game, Ingress.

The company was formed in 2010 by Keyhole, Inc. founder John Hanke as Niantic Labs, an internal startup at Google, before it was spun out of Google as an independent entity in October 2015.

Niantic’s systems use high throughput real-time geospatial querying and indexing techniques to process more than 200 million game actions per day as people interact with real and virtual objects in the physical world.

In September 2015, it was announced that Niantic was solely developing Pokémon Go in partnership with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for iOS and Android.

The inventor of Pokemon, Nintendo, has an undisclosed stake with Niantic Inc.


Impact of Pokemon Go on Nintendo




The Teams

Once the trainers reach level 5, they are required to choose one of three teams. Trainers then battle the gyms controlled by other teams.




Ideologies of the Teams

Valor: Candela is the head of the red team, and she’s got spunk for days. Her M.O. is very much in line with what Pokémon trainers have been taught from the get-go – To be the very best Pokémon master, you’ve got to train for it. Bonding with your Pokémon helps to tap into their strengths, according to Team Valor. If that sounds good to you, go Valor. Also, if you like the fire bird legendary Moltres, that’s another reason to go with Valor.

Mystic: Blanche is in charge of Team Mystic, the brainiest of the bunch. The blue team is most interested in evolution; beyond that, the members of this faction are cool to a point of intimidation. If you’re interested in the science behind what makes Pokémon tick — and are convinced that keeping calm is all it takes for success — choose Team Mystic. Mystic is represented by Articuno, the icy legendary.

Instinct: Spark is all about trusting your instincts — hence the name of the team. (Spark is not one for nuance.) If you feel that Pokémon are innately talented, and that success in battle can be chalked up to trusting your gut, Instinct is probably the way to go. Team Instinct’s mascot is the legendary bird Zapdos.


Some Crazy Facts



Pokemon Go downloads in 15 minutes

In the last 15 minutes since you’ve been on this page, Pokemon Go:

Meet the Person who Caught them All

Nick Johnson, 28, the Brooklyn-based Pokémaster, told BuzzFeed he walked an average of eight miles a day for two weeks to complete his collection.

And in that time, he got to level 31, caught 4,629 Pokémon (609 of which were Pidgeys), hatched 303 eggs, walked a grand total of 153 kilometers (about 95 miles), and lost a whopping 10 pounds — and yes, he has a job.

The only pokemon missing from his collection are (Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, and Mr. Mime), which are only available outside the country, and Articuno, Ditto, Mew, Mewtwo, Moltres, and Zapdos that have never been spotted anywhere and are believed to be uncatchable at this time.

Total Pokemon According to their types

Pokemon Go Statistics


Starting Pokemon

Players can choose from 3 standard starter pokemons at the start of the game. They are:

However, you can also get Pikachu as your starting pokemon. All you would need to do is keep walking past them until they disappear from your map. However, these Pokemon will pop-up once again once you get too far away from them. So, you’ll have to ignore them continuously four times, and in the fifth try they will be accompanied by a Pikachu.


List of Items in Pokemon Go and their functions

Pokeballs: These are your staple item for catching Pokemon. From Squirtle to Charizard.

Great balls: They’re an improved version of pokeballs and thus your odds of capturing a Pokemon with one of these is higher than with the standard model. They get unlocked at level 12

Ultra balls: Available at level 20. Ultra balls are another step up in effectiveness – and in price.

Master balls: They have a 100-per-cent capture rate; master balls never fail. They’re best saved for legendary Pokemon like Mewtwo.

Lucky Eggs: For half an hour, if you’ve used up a lucky egg, you’ll get double the experience points (XP)

Pokemon eggs: Incubate them until they hatch.  Found every so often at Pokestops and use the distance you have walked while playing the game as a measure of when to hatch. Longer the distance to hatch an egg, better the pokemon you’ll get

Potions: Potions restore the health of your Pokemon after battles. Unlocked at level five, to coincide with your introduction to gym battles.

Super potions: Potions, but more effective. You’ll find them available to you from level 10.

Hyper potions: The best healer, these highly restorative lovelies are essential if you’re regularly attacking other teams’ gyms.

Max Potions: Max Potion, fully restores your Pokemon’s health in one go.

Lure modules: Lure modules can be attached to Pokestops, in order to lure Pokemon to that location. One player drops the lure module, but it then works for all players – for 30 minutes only.

Incense: If you use incense in the game, you’ll become a magnet for Pokemon – again, just for 30 minutes.

Razz berries: Razz berries help make it easier to catch Pokemon, when you give the razz berry to the one you’re targeting. Available to you at Pokestops from level eight upwards.

Egg incubator: You get one of these to start off with, and can buy more for 150 Pokecoins a time.  They’re the means by which you can move a Pokemon egg closer to hatching.

Camera: It’s a neat feature that saves you having to screenshot that rare Pokemon you just stumbled across.

Revive: If your Pokemon’s health falls to zero during a battle, that means it’s fainted; you’ll need a revive to put it back on its feet, or paws.

Max revive: A fainted Pokemon will be propped back up with full health restoration if you feed it a max revive.


Pokemon Go Tips & Tricks

  1. Getting Pikachu as a Starter Pokemon: In order to get Pikachu as your starter Pokemon, what you need to do is keep walking past the original three starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) continuously for four times, and in the fifth try they will be accompanied by a Pikachu.
  2. Don’t ignore duplicate Pokemon: If you keep finding Ratatas and Pidgeys, keep catching them. Catching Pokemon gives you XP and that helps you level up faster. You can also transfer your duplicate pokemon in exchange of candies, which help in evolving your Pokemon.
  3. Smart use of Lucky Eggs: Don’t waste the lucky eggs. Use them when you have a couple of Pokemons ready to evolve. Evolving a Pokemon or catching a new one typically gives you 500 XP. You can double that XP by smartly using a Lucky Egg
  4. Don’t use Stardust to Power Up Pokemon till you reach Level 12 or 15: Stardust will help you later in increasing the power level of the top-level Pokemon. The Pokemon that you catch when at low trainer levels are ignored when the level increases, so, any usage of Stardust over them will just be a waste.
  5. Throw a curve ball: You can tap the Pokeball at the bottom of your screen, drag it forward, and swirl it in a circular manner while you are trying to catch a Pokemon. This will earn you extra XP
  6. Hatch your Eggs: A 5 km or 10 km egg has a higher chance of getting you a rare Pokemon. So, always make sure that you have eggs in the incubator while walking.
  7. Go to places where many people are playing: If you want to catch some amazing Pokemon, you can move over to a place that is populated with Pokemon Go players. The players typically put out lures that will attract various Pokemon. Try to group with other people while playing the game and select a region where there are numerous PokeStops around to get the best results.
  8. Evolution of Eevee: Eevee is a Pokemon that can randomly evolve into any of the three Pokemon, namely Jolteon (electric), Vaporeon (Water) and Flareon (Fire). The Eevee Brothers from the original anime were named Rainer, Pyro, Sparky and they owned a Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon respectively. If you nickname your Eevee either Rainer, Pyro or Sparky, your Eevee will evolve into that desired Eeveelution!
  9. Winning Gym Battles every time: You can easily win any gym battle against an opponent using this simple dodge and attack technique. All you have to do is notice the yellow flash of your enemy, and then dodge their forthcoming attack immediately. After dodging their attack, hit the enemy Pokemon back by tapping at your own Pokemon.

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