Oh? Ditto is out! How to catch Ditto in PokemonGo

November 23rd, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Ditto. Moves: Transform, StruggleDitto made its first appearance in Pokemon Go yesterday (Nov 22, 2016). You can get it by catching an ordinary pokemon such as Pidgey, Rattata, Magikarp or Zubat which will then turn into Ditto! After disguised Ditto is caught, a message ‘Oh?’ pops up over the pokeball instead of the usual ‘Gotcha!’, then the screen goes purple and your low-level pokemon morphs into Ditto. Dittos in disguise can be found while using incense and lure modules. Ditto is not a region-specific pokemon and can be found anywhere in the world. It’s possible to catch multiple Dittos. Ditto’s average height is 0.3m and Ditto’s average weight is 4.0kg.

Ditto in Gym Battles

Ditto’s moves are Transform and Struggle.

In gym battles, Ditto will transform into the first Pokemon it sees and will change its type and moves accordingly. Ditto doesn’t adopt opponent’s Combat Power (CP), so unless your Ditto is particularly powerful, it will transform into a rather helpless Dragonite, Gyarados or whoever else your Ditto is battling against.

Defending PokemonGo Gym

When fighting in the gym, Ditto will only transform once, and will stay in the form of this transformed pokemon throughout the battle with the whole squad.

When Ditto is facing Ditto in a gym battle, it will not transform. It can use its Struggle attack to fight the opponent, but the battle between two Dittos is exceptionally unremarkable.

When Ditto is defending a gym, it’s not disguised as other pokemon, it just looks like Ditto.

Ditto as a PokemonGo Buddy

As a PokemonGo buddy, Ditto will find you one candy for every 3km you walk together. Ditto does not evolve into anything in PokemonGo, but candies can be useful for powering it up. A powered up Ditto will make a better gym defender.


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Changes to Combat Power (CP) in an Attempt to Rebalance PokemonGo Gym Battles

November 21st, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Just as you thought you got a hang of it, here comes another update from Niantic with Pokemon CP values considerably changed. Many went up, some went down.

Victreebel which performed really well against Vaporeon and other water-type pokemon, went down in CP. So did Dewgong which was great against Dragonite and other fire-type pokemon. Yet Snorlax, Gyarados and Dragonite which were already very strong and difficult to battle against, went even further up in CP. Kingler went up in CP so much that it is now one of the strongest pokemon for many trainers.

However, here’s the thing. HP values stay unchanged, which may mean that the pokemon with lowered CP will become even stronger when powered up again, due to a better HP:CP ratio. With the double stardust event starting later this week, trainers will have an opportunity to test this hypothesis.

Evolution calculators are based on the old formulas, but it seems that the changes to the CP were triggered by amended base stats, not the formulas, so fingers crossed calculators are still accurate.

CP went up CP went down Same CP
Abra
Aerodactyl
Alakazam
Beedrill
Butterfree
Chansey
Charizard
Cloyster
Dodrio
Dragonite
Electabuzz
Exeggcute
Flareon
Gastly
Gengar
Geodude
Golem
Gyarados
Haunter
Horsea
Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee
Jolteon
Jynx
Kabutops
Kabuto
Kadabra
Kingler
Machamp
Magnemite
Magneton
Mr. Mime
Muk
Omanyte
Omastar
Onix
Pinsir
Primeape
Raticate
Rattata
Rhydon
Rhyhorn
Sandshrew
Sandslash
Scyther
Seadra
Snorlax
Starmie
Tangela
Tauros
Tentacruel
Vaporeon
Venomoth
Arcanine
Blastoise
Clefable
Dewgong
Dragonair
Dratini
Eevee
Ekans
Exeggutor
Farfetch’d
Golbat
Golduck
Hypno
Jigglypuff
Lickitung
Magikarp
Nidoking
Nidoqueen
Parasect
Pidgeot
Pidgey
Pikachu
Poliwrath
Porygon
Raichu
Seel
Slowbro
Victreebel
Vileplume
Wartotle
Weedle
Wigglytuff
Lapras

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PokemonGo double XP and double stardust event, Nov 23-30, 2016

November 21st, 2016 | PokemonGo News

After the previous double XP and double stardust event in the beginning of November, it’s hard to get used to the usual rates again. As you advance through the game, you need more and more XP to level up, and even with the help of lucky egg mass evolutions, the progress can be incredibly slow.

Fortunately, Niantic launches a similar event again in a couple of days. From November 23rd till November 30th we will be spoiled with double XP and double stardust for all the game actions.

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Everything You Need to Know about Your PokemonGo Buddy

November 15th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

PokemonGo Buddy SnorlaxWhen you assign a PokemonGo buddy, it walks with you and collects candies on the way. Candies are helpful when you want to power up, or evolve a pokemon of the same kind. I chose Snorlax as my buddy because Snorlax is very rare and buddying Snorlax is one slow but sure way to collect enough candies to power up my Snorlax for gym battles.

When you reach your goal and have collected enough candies, you can swap your buddy for someone else. Current progress will be lost but any candies that you already collected are yours to keep.

If your goal is evolutions, as opposed to power ups, then the easiest way to choose your best buddy is to write down all the pokemon you still don’t have, and the amount of candies required for each evolution. You can then work out how many kilometers you need to walk to get there, using PokemonGo Buddy Candy Distance Chart.

I am currently level 26 and here’s my list of pokemon that I still don’t have but can get by walking a buddy (as opposed to catching them in the wild):

Ivysaur 8 more Bulbasaur candies 24 km
Venusaur 100 Bulbasaur candies 300 km
Charizard 83 Charmander candies 249 km
Blastoise 71 Squirtle candies 213 km
Arbok 26 Ekans candies 78 km
Ninetales 27 Vulpix candies 81 km
Wigglytuff 5 Jigglypuff candies 5 km
Dugtrio 35 Diglett candies 105 km
Arcanine 17 Growlithe candies 51 km
Alakazam 91 Kadabra candies 273 km
Machamp 60 Machoke candies 180 km
Golem 100 Graveler candies 100 km
Rapidash 28 Ponyta candies 84 km
Dodrio 50 Doduo candies 150 km
Muk 47 Grimer candies 141 km
Electrode 36 Voltorb candies 108 km
Exeggutor 28 Exeggcute candies 84 km
Weezing 21 Koffing candies 63 km
Gyarados 25 Magikarp candies 25 km
Kabutops 27 Kabuto candies 135 km
Dragonite 62 Dratini candies 310 km

So, in my case, my closest bets to new evolutions are Jigglypuff, Bulbasaur and Magikarp. Growlithe is also an attractive choice because Arcanine would be very helpful in gym battles, so I reckon he’s well worth the 51km of walking.

Can You Place Your PokemonGo Buddy at a Gym?

Your buddy follows you everywhere. Unfortunately this means that you can’t assign him to the gym as a defender. You can still use your buddy in battles, though.


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Ultimate PokemonGo Evolution Guide

November 14th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

You can get new pokemon in two ways:

  • catch them in the wild, and
  • evolve the pokemon you already have.

Catching pokemon in the wild is mostly down to luck (although maps and trackers can help), whereas evolving pokemon depends on having enough candy of a certain type.

Magikarp Evolution Gyarados CPYou need 400 candies to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados.
 

The ‘cheapest’ pokemon to evolve are pidgeys, weedles and caterpies. These are the types you would collect for a lucky egg mass evolutions to boost your XP.

The most ‘expensive’ and difficult to evolve pokemon is Gyarados – you need 400 Magikarp candies for the evolution, and you need to catch a strong enough Magikarp that makes the evolution worthwhile. The vast majority of Magikarps are very weak – look for Magikarps with CP of at least around 150, which would evolve into approximately CP 1800 Gyarados.

The rest of the pokemon need 25, 50 or 100 candies for evolution.

How Many Candies are Required to Evolve Each Pokemon?

Here’s a full list of how many candies are required to evolve each of the pokemons.

12 Candies Pidgey
Weedle
Caterpie
25 Candies Bulbasaur
Charmander
Squirtle
Rattata
Nidoran ♀
Nidoran ♂
Oddish
Poliwag
Abra
Machop
Bellsprout
Geodude
Gastly
Eevee
Dratini
50 Candies Metapod
Kakuna
Pidgeotto
Spearow
Ekans
Pikachu
Sandshrew
Clefairy
Vulpix
Jigglypuff
Zubat
Paras
Venonat
Diglett
Meowth
Psyduck
Mankey
Growlithe
Tentacool
Ponyta
Slowpoke
Doduo
Seel
Grimer
Shellder
Drowzee
Krabby
Voltorb
Exeggcute
Cubone
Koffing
Rhyhorn
Horsea
Goldeen
Staryu
Omanyte
Kabuto
100 Candies Ivysaur
Charmeleon
Wartortle
Nidorina
Nidorino
Gloom
Poliwhirl
Kadabra
Machoke
Weepinbell
Graveler
Haunter
Dragonair
400 Candies Magikarp

Lucky Egg Mass Evolutions

PokemonGo Lucky Egg Double XPIn order to progress through the levels faster, you can collect all the low-level life (pidgeys, weedles, caterpies and whoever else happens to wander about in large quantities) and evolve them all in one go, whilst using a lucky egg. Each evolution is normally 500 XP, but lucky egg doubles up the XP to 1000, and if you keep evolving your pokemon for the whole of 30 minutes, you can get up to 60,000 XP by using this technique.

If you don’t quite have enough pokemon to keep evolving them for 30 minutes, consider doing your lucky egg mass evolution near a pokestop. Place a lure module, and in between your evolutions, catch the pokemon and spin the pokestop to get double XP for those actions too.

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New Rules for PokemonGo Gym Battles and Gym Prestige

November 10th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

With the most recent update (November 2016) it became harder to build up the gym prestige, and easier to take it down. This means that established gyms are now at a higher risk of being taken down, and they will need to spend much more time to rebuild their gym prestige back up.

Victreebel wins against Vaporeon in PokemonGo Gym BattleVictreebel CP 1385 wins against Vaporeon CP 2285. This is because Victreebel is of grass type and is a good choice for battling against water type pokemon such as Vaporeon.

According to the new formula, when you fight in a rival gym, the gym’s prestige level goes down by 1000 for every pokemon battle you win, and there is an extra 1000 decrease for taking down the gym leader. A level 10 gym can be taken down in about half an hour. Still quite some time, but far easier than before.

On the flip side, when you battle for your own team, the gym prestige only gets half the points that we used to get before. The exact amount depends on the squad you choose for your battle. If you choose pokemon that have lower CP than the opponent (ideally twice as low), you get more points, and you can raise the gym prestige faster. The maximum amount you can get is 500 points per battle.

Grey ‘No Team’ Gym Lock Down

grey-gymOnce you’ve taken down a rival gym, it is now locked for a brief period, to give you time to put your pokemon in. This prevents other trainers, conveniently and completely accidentally hiding in the bushes nearby, from claiming the gym that they didn’t even attack.


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Try Again Later. Speed Limit on PokemonGo Pokestops.

November 9th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

PokemonGo Pokestop Speed Limit. Try again later.Since the recent PokemonGo update, pokestops are no longer commuter friendly. Spinning pokestops at normal driving speed returns a message Try again later. There are conflicting views in the gamers’ community on what the cut-off speed for spinning pokestops is, but most agree that it’s around 30mph. The speed limit is much lower (only 10mph!) for egg hatching to work, so even if you’re cycling or running, you might be already too fast for your egg-hatching distance to be recorded accurately.

This update is bad news for trainers who were hunting pokemon as passengers on their way to work or school, but all in all Niantic is wise to put a stop to any temptation of playing the game whilst driving.

Pokemon Go Petition to Remove the Speed Limit

If you feel strongly that the speed cap is unfair and unnecessary, you can sign a petition to remove the speed limit on pokestops, which is already supported by 6,090 players (as of 15 Nov 2016).

Other Reasons for ‘Try again later’ Error

Sometimes trainers get the dreaded Try again later message, even when they walk or stand still. This can happen for two reasons:

  1. Incomplete spin action. If the trainer closes the pokestop before the image is fully loaded and the action is complete, this can also result in ‘Try again later’ drama.
  2. GPS failure. If your trainer character tends to wander off quite far due to wobbly GPS, then this can be misinterpreted by the game as driving at speed.

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PokemonGo Daily Bonuses –
More XP, More Stardust and More PokeBalls

November 9th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

Just as the weather turns colder and pokemon hunting in the wild becomes harder, Niantic launches an exciting daily bonus feature. You will also get more XP, more stardust, and more pokestop items, for a very limited time, between 7 and 11 of November 2016.

PokemonGo Daily Bonus UpdateDaily Bonuses

Daily bonus feature gives you:

  • Extra 500XP for the First Catch of the Day. It can be something as dull as a Weedle but it will still get you the extra points if this is the first pokemon you catch on that day! (The day resets at midnight).
  • Extra 500XP for the first Pokestop of the day you spin.
  • Lucky Egg doubles XP of the first catch or the first pokestop of the day.

PokemonGo Daily Bonus Update, 7 Day Streak7 Day Streak

If you get daily bonuses for 7 days in a row, you are rewarded with even more extra XP and extra stardust.

  • First catch of the day, for 7 days in a row gives you extra 2500 XP and 3000 Stardust
  • First PokeStop of the day, for 7 days in a row gives you extra 2500 XP and many extra items

Increase in Spawn Rates and PokeStop Items

To celebrate the launch of the daily bonus feature, there will be more pokemon in the wild, and more pokeballs and other items at pokestops for a limited time only, between 7 and 11 of November 2016:

  • Extra items at every Pokestop, consistently 6 or more, and sometimes as many as 12!
  • Extra pokemon in their usual spawn places – they are clearly having a party!

Hurry – the increased spawn rates and extra pokestop items are only available until Friday, 11 November 2016!

Happy hunting 🙂