How to play 'Pokemon GO,' the addictive game that has everyone walking around staring at their phones
Are you ready to succumb to the world's peer pressure and finally jump into "Pokémon GO?" Check out our guide to help you get started.
"Pokémon GO" is an augmented reality game that relies heavily on your phone's GPS and camera to work.
As you walk around your city, you'll see something that resembles Google Maps, but with your own avatar strutting around.Advertisement
The map is populated with three types of icons: PokéStops, Gyms, and the Pokémon themselves.
PokéStops are like pit stops, where you will find items that you need to catch Pokémon. They're linked to real-world locations, like statues and museums.Advertisement
You can only get items from PokéStops when you're close enough to them, which will be indicated on the map when the cube icon changes into this bigger, more swirly icon.
In order to get items from the PokéStop, swipe from left to right across the big circle icon and a bunch of items will spill out! Here, you can see that we found three Poké Balls.Advertisement
Other items include Eggs, which eventually hatch into Pokémon after they've been incubated for long enough, and Incense, which increases your chances of finding Pokémon for a short amount of time.
In addition to getting items, you'll gain experience for every PokéStop you visit, which will help you level up!Advertisement
Leveling up is important, because you need to be level 5 in order to access Gyms, which let you battle other players!
The other main way to gain experience is by catching Pokémon using all those Poké Balls you got from the PokéStops.Advertisement
Keep an eye out on your map as you walk around. When you get close to a Pokémon, it will pop up on your map. After tapping the Pokémon on the map, you'll have a chance to catch it.
To do this, hold your finger on the Poké Ball at the bottom of the screen. Aim the ball at the Pokémon by flicking your finger upward as soon as the green circle contracts to its smallest point.Advertisement
Did you waste all your Poké Balls trying to catch a particularly evasive Zubat? Keep walking around to more PokéStops to replenish your inventory!
If you're really impatient, you can choose to spend real-world money on items, but it's easy to stay stocked up on everything you need by just visiting PokéStops.Advertisement
And that's how you play "Pokémon GO!" The world is your oyster! Er, Cloyster in this case.