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

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Aug. 3, 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.


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.


To transfer a Pokémon to Professor Willow, tap the Pokémon you want to trade, tap the three-line icon in the lower right corner, 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.

From this menu, you can also Favorite a Pokémon. Favorite Pokémon cannot be transferred until they are un-favorited (this prevents you from accidentally transferring a Pokémon). 

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.

Is there any reason to keep multiple Pokémon of the same type?

There’s no real reason to keep multiple Pokémon of the same type—it’s best to transfer the weakest, or lowest-CP, Pokémon to Professor Willow for candies. The only reason to keep multiple same-type Pokémon is if they are your highest CP Pokémon and you want to win gym battles. I personally wouldn’t keep more than two or three of the same type of Pokémon, though, since CP level is not the only thing that matters when it comes to battle.

How high can my Pokémon’s CP get?


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