Pokemon Go Hunting Guide

This is my first and introductory guide to the game Pokémon Go by Niantic Labs for Malaysian especially covering the Klang Valley. First of all, this is not a guide about basic game mechanics or tutorial like what’s a CP, how to train in gym and etc. You can find plenty of those by googling them out now.

Pokémon Go in Malaysia

Pokémon Go in Malaysia

My guide is more for those whom already hunted down all the basics and common Pokémon (you know – Zubats, Ratata, Evees, Pidgeons, etc) and wanted more special / unique ones but don’t know where to start.

I’ll be also focusing in hunting techniques and tracking down specific Pokémon. Before that let us begin with…

The Fundamentals 

  • Whats a Spawn area and spawn time?
  • Avatar and player line of sight radius.
  • Using the sightings tab.
  • Server update.
  • Lag and gps latency.
  • Getting your device ready
  • A Spotter and the hunter
  • Usage of incense and lures.
  • Throwing techniques – the curve ball.
  • What is IVs
  • Behavior pattern of the Pokémon.
  1. Spawn area is an area by radius (circle) of a particular Pokémon. Over certain period of time given by the game Server, a Pokémon will appear in random location within the boundary of this area. Each Pokémon spawn is unique to each player and will linger around that same spot for given 15 – 20 minutes. Identifying where this circle IS – leads to a successful and more efficient hunt! Spawn area are normally located close to a Pokéstop / PokéGym. Howver, there are also sightings of spawn area reported in the middle of golf field without any Pokéstop / PokéGym. They are usually larger than the circle radius when you are close to the Pokéstop – you just have to imagine that there’s an invisible ring surrounding that Pokéstop. See illustration below. I’ll be using this term a lot for my coming hunt guide; be sure refer to this first guide as point of reference in the future.
  2. The player avatar is the characters that walks around the map in the game. A player line of sight radius (see pic below), is the white line that appears every 1-2 secs surrounding the avatar.  When you walk around with the area, notice two field radius will appear every secs – the purple and the white. It is very important to pay attention of the white circle. If the white circle intersects a spawn area in the correct given time, the Pokémon will appear.

    line-of-sight

    Line of Sight / Sight Radius

  3. The sightings tab is the tab that appears at the right hand corner below the screen. It will display the first 3 Pokémon nearest to you. (Can be around approximately 10 – 300 steps away from you).  Pay attention to this tab when you are hunting for a specific Pokémon. This tab will re-update itself every time you move around. If you suddenly see, the wanted Pokémon disappear from the list, don’t panic, you probably when out from the sighting range, backtrack a little. See point 4 for more detail.

    Sightings Tab

    Sightings Tab

  4. A server update will happen every time you change a location and stop. Ever notice, a white Pokéball spinning indicator? It indicates data exchange process from and to the server. Also notice when you are moving around, the player radius will expand and fade – this is known as a cycle. What’s the big deal on these two you say? Well, a server update happens for every 2 consecutive cycles and when it does, your sightings and map location data will be refreshed. Take note, when you area about to visit a suspected spawn area; always make sure you wait for server update to complete before walking away. Take your time – circle around the suspected spawn area slowly for few cycles before walking away – this process is call a Sweep.

    Pokéball Spinner Indicator

    Pokéball Spinner Indicator

  5. A lag – is a term we use when your Internet connection is not fast enough to reach the server to update. When that happens, the white Pokéball indicator will spin a little while longer. While a gps latency is when your device losses connection with the gps location system, this could either prompt a GPS Signal Not Found, or throws your avatar way off course from your original position. Both are quite disruptive when it comes to hunting process.
  6. Getting your device ready for some series hunting is important; especially you are only hunting for specific Pokémon, you go in fast grab some and go out and still have some quality time at the end of the hunt. For Android users, some of the device may face gps latency causing a lot of mis-positioning of your avatar. This is because, Android O/S tries to save your battery by toning down the frequency of the gps thus, your gps update will happen a bit slower than usual. Best tips for this is to install some gps fixers (I’m using one myself too – Gps Status & Toolbox); Don’t get me wrong – this is not a gps spoofer or faker app that will get you ban. GPS fixers is a special app that amped up all the gps connection methods be it Satellite or Assisted GPS and refreshes the location more frequently. Using this app along with Pokémon Go does improve the gameplay and positioning update – its not perfect though but, better than nothing. The cons of it – well it will suck up the battery fast; please always consider bringing along your power bank.  iOS users may face the same gps latency problem but not as bad; as long you don’t stand in the shade much it should be Ok (shades like trees and roof tend to weakens the gps signal). I do recommend playing this game with iPad Mini (with sim card) as they have bigger antenna and do not have additional computation burden such as telephony signal to handle thus, making their battery lifespan way much longer than other device.
  7. A Spotter – is a player of Pokémon Go and the same time uses another community driven app/website service called Pokémon Radar to share the findings.  In earlier days, Pokémon Radar/Finder app are considered illegal to Niantic Labs because it pulls data directly off their server to generate the map of all Pokémon spawn areas. However, spotters nowadays uses community driven data to help each other; sharing the location and type of the Pokémon they caught. Take note when using public services like this, do NOT use your real ingame ID or email associated with it – as this will attract hackers.

    a_spotter

    Pokémon Spotter

  8. Usage of incense and lures – be it the incense or lures, using them is a different strategy by itself. Do not confuse yourself thinking Pokémon that appears around you from the lures with the ones coming from spawn areas. They can be identified as the colors of their tiny ring below them, if it’s pink means this Pokémon is just appearing because of the lure. Pokémon that appears due to lure or incense effect has nothing to do with the ones coming from spawn area nor are they moving nearer to your location. They are simply a unique new Pokémon by itself. If you see a Squirtle nearby in sighting tab and another one just appeared with pink colored ring ; catching lured Squirtle doesn’t count for the one in your sighting tab. Meaning there’s still one more nearby.
  9. Staryu is Lured

    Staryu is Lured

    Share white circles only

    Share white circles only

  10. Throwing a curve ball might be a fun way to or a stun to get extra points however, what I’m about to share with you there’s more than that. You also have to take note when the targetting ring gets smaller in size. The smaller the ring size is the better.  You need to master this throwing technique to catch some rare Pokémon. To throw a curve ball you can view it from this video. See point 10 for more detail.
  11. IV stands of Individual Value, a hidden stats for each Pokémon in the game. There are 3 IV’s that we know of; Attack, Defense, and Stamina. Defense and Stamina are important when it comes to defending in gym battles, and Attack and the move you are attacking with’s base damage and attack speed are important for attacking gyms.
  12. Behavior pattern of the Pokémon – during Pokémon hunting days, I’ve observed and recorded my findings along with other hunters nearby. In my coming guide, I will use these behaviour pattern terms a lot so be sure stay tuned. We categorized some of our findings into behavior patterns listed below :-
Aggressive Always seen fending Pokéballs away from itself. Needs to be calmed down before catching it.
Normal This is very common for all Pokémon spawns especially the common and ones lower than 200 cp.
Playful These Pokémons are special, they escape very often and have short attention span. These Pokémon cannot be easily charmed with RazzBerries.

 

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