POKEMON GO BASICS: How to Catch your First Pokémon

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The Pokémon series’ tagline is “Gotta catch ‘em all” says it all, you will have to be very good at catching Pokémon. In the main Pokémon series, catching Pokémon is done via battling the target Pokémon with a Pokémon of your own, weakening it and throwing a Pokéball at it. Things in Pokémon GO are a bit different as you cannot battle outside of gyms. In Pokémon GO, catching a Pokémon is simple as just encountering a Pokémon and throwing a Pokéball at it.

When you first log-in to the game, you will be greeted by Professor Willow and he will ask you for your name. Once that is done, Professor Willow will ask you to choose from the 3 starter Pokémon from the Generation 1 games, namely, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander. When you’ve decided on who you want to pick, tap that Pokémon on your screen and the encounter will begin, be mindful of who you choose from the 3 though, as the other two will disappear once you catch  your chosen starter. If you wait for a little while longer, a 4th starter Pokémon will show up and it’s the Pokémon mascot we all know and love, Pikachu.

 

Catching your 1st Pokémon is easy, once you’ve tapped your chosen starter, find the Pokémon you’ve chosen by moving your phone or alternatively, turning off the AR switch on the upper right corner of your phone’s screen.  Once you have seen your target, just put your finger on to your Pokéball and swipe up to throw it. Your first encounter will have a 100% catch rate so you’ll catch your starter with relative ease as long as you can hit it with your Pokéball. There are other tricks to catching Pokémon but we will have to touch on those on a later date.

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