Pokémon GO is all about exploring the world and catching them all. Gradually, the studio behind the augmented reality game is announcing new features, and we are positive that the title will get more expansive in the future. That won’t change the fact that at its core, the mobile game is all about going on an adventure and uncovering all of its mysteries and Easter Eggs. In comparison to many other current games, Pokémon GO didn’t come with a thorough instruction manual or precise walkthroughs. In a similar fashion to the original Pokémon Game Boy games, the augmented reality game is truly all about exploration and partially about the unknown. We decided to clear up a few of the app’s mysteries and point out a few of the bigger Easter Eggs in this small overview.
It goes without saying that Pikachu is the most iconic Pokémon of them all. Thanks to a small trick, you can actually choose him as your starter-Pokémon at the beginning of your journey. You are made to think that you can only choose between three starter-Pokémon (namely Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle), but if you ignore them and simply start walking with your smartphone, you can catch Pikachu. All you have to do is ignore the three aforementioned monsters for as long as it takes for Pikachu to appear. Catch it and welcome it to your team!
On a side note, Pikachu is the only Pokémon in the game that actually speaks when you click on it in the Pokédex. All the other monsters only make their characteristic sounds.
As you might know, Eevee can evolve into various different Pokémon. They don’t have anything to do with the team you choose, but with the nickname that you give your Eevee. Based on an episode in the anime, you have to give it the following three nicknames to evolve it into the right Pokémon:
- Sparky for Jolteon
- Pyro for Flareon
- Rainer for Vaporeon
There are a few Pokémon that are only available in certain parts of the world. The only way to get them, if you don’t live in that particular region, is by hatching them in an egg. This will save very ambitious players a journey across the world, but also requires a lot of luck. These are the four regional Pokémon:
- Farfetch’d: Asia
- Kangaskhan: Australia and New Zealand
- Mime: Europe
- Tauros: North America
You can influence how many experience points your caught Pokémon will have by throwing your Pokéball in a certain way. If move your finger in a circular motion before letting go of your Pokéball, you will throw a so called Curveball. Keep in mind that the trajectory will be very different. If successful, your caught Pokémon will have more experience points than it would've had with a regularly thrown ball.
Pokémon Buddy on Your Shoulder
With the Buddy Update, Niantic added a brand new Easter Egg to Pokémon GO. As soon as you’ve walked around with your small (!) Pokémon friend for more than 10 kilometers, it will jump on your shoulder. This trick works with Pikachu for example, who will sit on the trainer’s shoulder just like in the anime. It goes without saying that this Easter Egg doesn’t work for bigger Pokémon. It would look somewhat ridiculous if Snorlax tried to jump on your back.
If you can think of any other Easter Eggs, feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.