14 essential tips to get you started in Pokemon Go

Where can I find rare Pokmon? How can I make it easier to capture them, what should I do with stardust and candy, and how do I make my battery last?

Pokmon Go has caught the world by cyclone, sent Nintendos stock price rocketing, atheists into churches and Australians into police stations.

But it can be confusing and a lot of legwork, literally, if you bolt something up so here are a few tips-off to get you started.

1) Capture everything

It might seem obvious with catch em all as the strap line for the game, but catching duplicates of Pokmon is good. Each time you catch a duplication you still get the associated evolution candy, and you can transfer unwanted Pokmon to the professor for more candy. The more candy and star dust you have the more you can evolve the Pokmon you do want to keep.

2) Whats near you?

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The fewer the footprints the closer the Pokmon. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The meter in the bottom right side shows how close particular Pokmon are to your current location. Tapping on it will bring up a list. Any silhouettes are those Pokmon you havent encountered yet, while the footprints demonstrate relative distance to you. Tapping on a Pokmon in the listing puts them in the corner so you can try and see if you can get closer to them.

3) Turn off AR

Using the camera on your smartphone to place Pokmon in the real world use augmented reality is fun, but it attains capturing Pokmon much harder. Turn it off to stop them moving around when you move your telephone. It can be hard enough to reach them with Pokeballs when out on the street.

4) Hold your thumb on the Pokeball

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The smaller the green circle the easier it is to capture a wild Pokmon. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

When trying to capture a Pokmon, hold your thumb on your Pokeball before you throw it to watch a small reticule appear on the Pokmon.

Its colour and sizing indicates how easy or hard capturing it will be.

Green is the easiest, orange medium and red hard. The smaller the circle the better the chance you will have to capture that beauty, so wait until its at its smallest before releasing and land it inside the circle.

5) Plough your Stardust and Candy into one or a few Pokmon

Candy can only be used to upgrade a Pokmon of the same type. Pick your champ wisely, particularly at the beginning. Selecting one to beef up that has plentiful duplications within your normal walking routes allows you to use the stardust and candy you gain from capturing and transferring duplications to power up a single or a few brutes to higher levels which will help you greatly in battle.

6) Dont evolve your Pokmon too early

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Its seducing to use your Stardust and Candy immediately, but as your trainer levels up and you travel farther afield, youll find higher starting level Pokmon. The higher the starting combat power( CP) of your Pidgey the stronger your evolved Pidgeotto will be, for instance.

7) Find Pokmon in their real-life habitats

Youre more likely to find rare Pokmon close to the environments in which they might live. Water Pokmon are more common near bodies of water, Ghastlys in grave yards, grass-types in parks, etc.

8) Evolved Pokmon are more powerful than their wild equivalents

A Pokmon evolved from its lowest to highest form will be more powerful than a wild Pokmon of the same class, so its worth capturing and working on a low-level Pokmon and levelling them up.

9) Dont put your Pokmon into gyms too early

Putting weak Pokmon into gyms does no one any favours. You might hold it for your squad initially, but merely until its beaten by the opposition. You cant develop it up or swap it out, so youre more likely to simply have it beaten and taken over, booting everyone out of the gym.

10) Hit PokeStops faster with the X

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Hit the X at the bottom to quickly collect all the item bubbles. Photo: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

When youve made a PokeStop and spun the sign you can just hit the X at the bottom to collect the items, you dont have to burst each bubble to grab them.

11) The train or bus is a great way to stock up on items

Most of Pokmon Go requires you to be on your feet out on the street, but public transport is excellent for stocking up on items such as Pokeballs. All youve got to do is keep your telephone open and start spinning a PokeStop before you get there. By the time your bus or train pass the PokeStop you will be spinning it, reached the X to collect all the items and onto the next one.

A 30 -minute commute in a major city should be enough to fill all the space in your container so that you always have enough Pokeballs to capture what you need. If you initiate an encounter with a Pokmon before you get too far away, you can also capture the mini beasts.

It doesnt count towards your strolling distance though; youll have to get out on the street to incubate those eggs.

12) Visit every PokeStop

Even if your pouch is full, you still get 50 XP from each visit to a PokeStop, which is quite a small amount, but can be very useful for levelling up when you first start. You need to reach level 5 before you are allowed to visit a gym.

13) Enable battery-saving mode and extend your screen off time

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