Now that you have your starter and you made your very own character, you are ready to start hitting the town and starting your Pokémon collection. There is no special tactic to collecting Pokémon as they appear almost randomly, but there are special locations where you can collect items. You will see different points of interest on your map. The Poké Stops are the blue (or purple) rings on your screen. You must be in the vicinity of the Poke Stop in order to receive any items from it.
You will notice that it changes purple after you have successfully gotten items from it. Poké Stops are extremely useful because here you will get Poke Balls, Eggs, and all kinds of other items that you will need on your journey. The biggest tip I can give you if you are just starting out is to catch every Pokémon that you encounter because in the end, you will need the resources that it will provide you with.
Now that you have some Poké Balls, you can start catching your very own Pokémon! Pokémon appear randomly so make sure you are on the lookout while you are out and about. You will see Pokémon pop up on the map and your phone will actually vibrate. When this happens, simply tap on the Pokémon and that will bring you into your camera’s point of view. Simply aim your camera at the Pokémon and swipe the Poké Ball towards the Pokémon that you are trying to catch.
You might notice a ring around the Pokémon that gradually shrinks, the smaller that circle is, the better chance you will have of catching that Pokémon! The color around that circle also has a special meaning. A green ring signifies an easier to catch Pokémon, while orange is slightly harder, and red being the hardest. You can than see all of the Pokémon that you have collected by tapping the Poké Ball in the center of your screen, and tapping Pokémon. You will notice whenever you select a Pokémon that scrolling to the bottom of the screen will give you the option to transfer that Pokémon.
Only transfer Pokémon that you wish to get rid of permanently. Doing this will send the Pokémon to the professor and granting you 1 Pokémon Candy and stardust. Make sure you keep the highest level Pokémon that you have and transfer the rest, you will want the highest leveled CP Pokémon to evolve into even more powerful Pokémon!
You might be tempted to level up all of your newfound Pokémon and evolve them, but I highy suggest waiting to do so! The higher level that your character is, the higher level the Pokémon you can capture will be. It is certainly tempting to evolve that Pidgey you caught, but trust me, you will thank yourself for saving up as much stardust and candy as you an. You will also notice that each Pokémon has a CP.
CP stands for Combat Points and is basically equal to what level that Pokémon is. The highly level the CP, the stronger the Pokémon will be and the harder it will be to catch. CP plays a huge role in determining whether or not you can defeat a Pokémon at a gym, but that is something you will not have to worry about until you are a much higher level.
Lastly, it is important to have a wide range of Pokémon because like the other Pokémon games, types do matter in this game! For example, electric type Pokémon do deal more damage against water type than they do against steel type. Expect an in depth look at all of the available moves and what type of Pokémon are great against others. Having a diversified roster of Pokémon is important because you will be able to handle any situation that is thrown at you and be able to deal with a lot of pesky trainers at the gyms.
One tip for finding specific kinds of Pokémon is to visit that type of area. For example, you are far more likely to find water Pokémon whenever you are near a body of water. That is how this game works, so if you are looking to find a grass type, odds are, a woodsy area is the place to be!