Pokemon, short for Pocket Monsters, are the various creatures you can find and capture in the Pokemon game franchise. Pokemon Trainers use Pokemon to battle other Pokemon owned by opponent Pokemon Trainers. Additionally, your Pokemon can be left to defend a Pokemon Gym that is held by your Team.
In Pokemon GO, the objective is to capture as many Pokemon and hatch as many Pokemon Eggs as possible. After successfully capturing a Pokemon, it is best to Appraise it. This can be done by clicking the green button on the bottom-right corner of the screen to show a menu with four options. Click Appraise to see the Pokemon’s stats rated from 0-3 stars.
If the Pokemon doesn’t have good stats, it’s best to Transfer it to your Team Leader. The Transfer option can be found in the same green button menu at the bottom-right corner of the screen when viewing a Pokemon’s summary screen. Transferring a Pokemon will free up a slot in your storage, and you will receive a Pokemon candy unique to that species.
Pokemon Stats and CP
A Pokemon’s power can be seen at a glance by the CP (short for Combat Points) at the top of its summary screen. The higher the Pokemon’s CP, the stronger the Pokemon will be. However, Combat Points aren’t the only thing to look for when capturing Pokemon. Appraise the Pokemon to see its true stats, and its overall potential.
Pokemon have three basic stats in Pokemon GO: Attack, Defense, and HP (short for Hit Points). The overall rating of a Pokemon will be shown by three bars and three stars. It’s possible, though rare, to capture a Pokemon with maxed out stats – also known as four stars or 4*. Pokemon hatched from high KM Eggs, Pokemon captured from Raids, and Pokemon from Field Challenges are more likely to be rated three stars.
Let’s say you capture two Charmander. One Charmander has 500 CP but only a 1 star rating, and the other Charmander has 30 CP but a 3 star rating. The Charmander with 500 CP will be stronger in battle, but the Charmander with a 3 star rating can be powered up using Charmander candies and Stardust to increase its CP higher than the 1 star Charmander.
A half-circle, white line will be shown above the Pokemon on their summary page. This indicates how much more you can power-up a Pokemon using Candies and Stardust. The CP limit will increase as your Trainer level raises. Evolving Pokemon will give an instant boost to their CP. Becoming best buddies with your Pokemon will also give a boost to their CP.
Keep the Combat Points in mind when creating your Pokemon team. There are three Pokemon Battle leagues in Pokemon GO with CP limits:
No CP limit
Each Pokemon has two attacks that are used in Gym battles, Raid battles, and Trainer battles; though the moves for Trainer battles might be altered when battling in Gyms and Raids. A Pokemon’s first move is the fast attack, which is used multiple times by tapping the opponent on screen.
The second move is the more powerful charged attack. The charged attack will only become available after using enough fast attacks on an opponent in battle. Furthermore, charged attacked that do more damage often take longer to charge up and use.
A second charged attack can be unlocked using a specific amount of Pokemon Candy and Stardust on the Pokemon’s summary screen. Both attacks will simultaneously charge while fast attacks are being used, but only one charged attack can be performed before both attacks reset.
Fast attacks and charged attacks can be overwritten using Fast TMs or Charged TMs. These are rare items that can be obtained from challenges and Raids. If the Pokemon has two charged attacks, the Charged TM will allow you to choose which charged attack to forget.
Both fast attacks and charged attacks will change when a Pokemon evolves, unless the attack is Return or Frustration from a Shadow or Purified Pokemon.
Although all damage from charged attacks can be blocked with a shield during battle, stat modifications will not be blocked. Make use of attack and defense modifications!
Remember, all Pokemon are made-up of one or two types, and all attacks are made-up of one type. Pokemon GO has set type advantages and disadvantages that must be noted when battling other Pokemon.
A type that is super effective against another type will cause double damage (2x). An example is a water attack on a fire-type Pokemon.
A type that is not very effective against another type will cause half damage (0.5x). An example is a grass-type attack on a fire-type Pokemon.
A type that was historically immune to other types will now cause half damage (0.5x), even if the Pokemon has a second type that is weak and would normally cause double damage. An example is an electric-type attack on a ground/water-type Pokemon.
In Pokemon GO, type advantages play a role in how quickly charged attacks will become available. Attacks will receive an extra boost depending on the type and the weather. Refer to the table below: