10 Hidden Pokémon Go Hacks That Will Amaze Your Pokéballs

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Mastering Pokémon Go can be a little baffling at first. With no in-depth tutorial to lead you by the hand, you're left to work out a lot of stuff out for yourself – although that, of course, is half the fun.

But even once you've completely got the hang of things and you've begun to build yourself a decent Pokédex, there are still lots of cool insider tricks to learn. Here, then, are 10 ways to gain a cheeky advantage over your fellow Trainers...
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1. Get Pikachu As Your First Pokémon

If you're yet to begin playing Pokémon Go, here's a nifty trick to get you starting as you mean to go on.

It is possible to capture the elusive Pikachu as your very first Pokémon. You'll need to repeatedly ignore and run away from Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur, and eventually – stick with it – Pikachu's cheery little face will appear, and you can fling that Poké Ball at him. One down!
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2. Turn Off Augmented Reality When Capturing Pokémon

Yes, catching bizarre little monsters in real-world environments is a big part of what makes Pokémon Go so much fun – but turning off the Augmented Reality (AR) does make it easier to capture them (and also avoids you having to point your phone at perturbed strangers while giggling).

With the AR switched off, any Pokémon you find will sit more-or-less still, letting you scoop them up with minimum fuss.
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3. Speed Up Your Hatches

Eggs – which you pick up at Pokéstops – allow you to hatch new Pokémon. A 2km egg requires you to travel two kilometres to hatch it, and will give you a low-level Pokémon; a 5km egg needs five kilometres of travel, and gets you a mid-range Pokémon; a 10k egg needs 10 kilometres of movement – that's 6.2 miles – but you'll get a high-end Pokémon at the end of it.

Here's the thing, though: You don't need to walk all of those kilometres, despite what the game says. Pokémon Go doesn't differentiate between walking and any other kind of travelling – so hopping on a bike, bus or even train will help to incubate your eggs way more rapidly.
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4. Supercharge Your Experience Points

Your Experience Points (XP) will increase through normal play, but there is a way to game it: Capture numerous low-level Pokémon, taking note of how much Candy they need to evolve.

When you've got the required amount, use a Lucky Egg to simultaneously evolve all the Pokémon – and you'll bag yourself absolutely shed-loads of XP.

Why? Well, activating a Lucky Egg doubles the rate at which you earn XP for a 30-minute period. Combine a Lucky Egg with all the XP you pick up from evolving Pokémon – from 200 XP for a 2km egg up to 1,000 XP for a 10km egg – and then multiply the effect by evolving several Pokémon simultaneously, and you're onto a massive winner. (The one downside: Lucky Eggs are only available from the shop, so you'll need some Coins to get one.)
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5. Make Sought-After Pokémon Appear Sooner

That tab in the lower right-hand corner of your map, with Pokémon silhouettes on it? Tap on it and you'll see a list of Pokémon available for capture nearby, with footprints beneath each one – the fewer footprints, the closer that particular Pokémon is.

Tap a Pokémon that you're especially keen on capturing and you'll increase your chances of running into it. That elusive Snorlax will be all yours in no time...
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6. Get Curveball Bonuses

If you swirl your Poké Ball around in a circle before you throw it, it'll start spraying sparks everywhere.

Release it diagonally at the Pokémon you're trying to capture and you'll get a curveball bonus – and free XP!
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7. More Pokémon Go Players = More Pokémon

There's a reason hardcore Pokémon Go players are organising mass meet-ups on social media: When dozens – or even hundreds – of Trainers are all in one place, the number of Pokémon available goes through the roof.

Plus, it's good old-fashioned sociable fun meeting random strangers who share the same loopy interest!
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8. Hold Onto Your Stardust Until At Least Level 15

As you play Pokémon Go, you'll collect Stardust for performing certain tasks. This Stardust can then be used to power up the Combat Points (CP) and Hit Points (HP) of your strongest and most-evolved Pokémon.

But as you'll swiftly dispose of weaker Pokémon that you picked up early on, it's pointless wasting your precious Stardust on them – so save it up until you can use it to power up some stronger Pokémon that you'll be hanging onto for a while.
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9. Go For Powerful Moves Over High Combat Points Ratings

Each Pokémon knows two moves and has a Combat Points (CP) rating – but you may come across two variations of the exact same Pokémon, with different moves sets and Combat Points ratings.

When this happens in Pokémon Go, always prioritise the Pokémon with the strongest move set – even if they've got a lower CP rating, as you can always increase this later on.

Which moves are the strongest? Well, that's just something you'll have to learn through hard-won combat experience...
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10. Choose Which Pokémon Your Eevee Evolves Into

One Pokémon – Eevee – can be evolved into one of three different monsters: Pyro, Rainer or Sparky.

The game randomly chooses which of the three you'll get – unless you nickname your Eevee with the name of the Pokémon you want it to evolve into (i.e. either Pyro, Rainer or Sparky). This trick only works on your first Eevee, so choose wisely!
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Need a Rest From Catching Pokémon?

Then put your feet up and check out our round-up of classic games that deserve the Pokémon Go treatment.
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