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The beginner’s guide to Pokémon Go: A FAQ on how to catch 'em all

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | July 14, 2016
Not sure which team to join? Don't know the difference between a regular Poké Ball and a Great Ball? And where do these Pokémon hang out? This guide is here to help.

How do I run from Pokémon?

You can run away from a Pokémon instead of catching it by tapping the run icon in the upper left corner of the screen. You may want to do this if you find yourself wasting Poké Balls on a low-level or common Pokémon.

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What is Stardust? Where do I get it?

Stardust is used to power up your Pokémon’s Combat Power (CP) level. You can get Stardust by catching Pokémon, hatching Pokémon from an egg, or by controlling a Gym.

What are Candies? Where do I get them?

Candies are used to power up your Pokémon’s CP and to evolve Pokémon into stronger, more advanced creatures. You can get Candies by catching Pokémon, by transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow (your in-game guide who helps you learn how to catch Pokémon), or by hatching Pokémon from an egg. Candies are specific to the Pokémon you receive them from, but evolved forms of Pokémon take their unevolved-forms’ Candies. For example, Pikachu Candies can only be used to power up and evolve Pikachu, but Pidgey Candies can be used to power up and evolve Pidgey, Pidgeotto, and Pidgeot.

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To transfer a Pokémon to Professor Willow, tap the Pokémon you want to trade, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and tap Transfer. You will lose this Pokémon forever (so you should try to transfer Pokémon with lower CP), but you will get one Candy.

Should I level up my Pokémon or evolve my Pokémon first?

Leveling up your Pokémon usually takes one or two Candies and some Stardust, while evolving your Pokémon takes anywhere from 12 to 400 Candies. But you’ll get better results if you evolve your Pokémon before leveling them up (this takes some holding out—it’s tempting to spend that Stardust), because evolved forms of Pokémon take their unevolved forms’ Candy and have higher all-around stats.

How high can my Pokémon’s CP get?

You can see your Pokémon’s CP by opening its profile screen. The arc above your Pokémon shows how high its CP can potentially get—further along on the arc means your Pokémon is nearing its maximum CP level.

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Pokémon’s maximum CP depends on their type (some Pokémon are just naturally stronger) and on your level as a trainer. As you level up, your Pokémon’s maximum CP will increase.

How do I rename my Pokémon?

Open your Pokémon’s profile screen and tap its name to rename it.

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