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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pokemon Go Singapore - Tips, Tricks and Best Locations



Pokémon Go is undeniably the biggest smart phone game to hit Singapore. Since its launch in August, people have been hooked on this innovative and conceptually different game. Well, i say 'different' because unlike the typical computer game, it actually requires you to go outdoors to play!

If you are a newbie like me, then lets get started on some of the tips, tricks and best locations that i have to share!

Radars


PokemonRadarGo

Aside from the regular 'hot' locations, one way to find out where the rare spawns will occur is by using an online tool called PokemonRadarGo. There is a caveat for this tool - Since it relies heavily on user logins and submissions, there may be a chance that user submitted entries are not accurate. 

It is the ultimate tool to finding the location of the next Snorlax or Dragonite spawn!

*Do not login to the website or app using your pokemon credentials.

Note: Pokemon Radar Go Alternative - When you need a second opinion :)
- SG Poke Map http://sgpokemap.com/
- Skiplagged https://skiplagged.com/catch-that/#1.303,103.862,16

Update (10-Oct-16): Due to changes in the Pokemon Go APIs, all trackers are down! :(



My Favourite Spots:

1. Custom House

Dratini / Dragonair (Hot spot)
Magikarp



2. Vivocity (Highly recommended!)

Aerodactyl
Magmar
Dratini
Kakuna
Magikarp

2-3 Poke-stops within close proximity.

3. Ion Orchard

Clefairy
Ivysaur
Eevee

3-4 Poke-stops within close proximity.



4. Blk 401 Hougang Ave 10

Snorlax
Dratini

3-4 Pokestops within close proximity



5. Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park

Meowth
Onyx
Diglett



6. Bishan Active Park

Sandshrew (Nest)
Snorlax (Caught it on 24 Aug)

Snorelax Location At Bishan




7. Universal Studios / RWS

Meowth
Pikachu
Magnemite
Voltorb


8. Marina Bay Sands (Highly recommended!)

Gyarados
Hitmonchan
Hitmonlee (Hotel/Rise buffet side)
Graveler
Seal
Seadra




9. Esplanade

Dratini

At the bay area towards the floating platform.


- Special Mention:

Abra (Nest) - Pearls Hill Park at Outram
Charmander (Nest) - Open field beside Marina Bay Financial Centre
Clefairy (Nest) - Milenia Walk, underpass towards Suntec
Exeggcute (Nest) - Botanic Gardens
Horsea (Nest) - East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Omanyte, Omastar (Nest) - Bukit Batok Nature Park


As you probably already know, the rare spawns of Snorlax and Dragonite are pretty much random (I personally caught a Snorlax in Punggol, and another one at my house). So just get out there, enjoy the walks and happy catching - who knows you might just get lucky!

Incense (30 minutes)


Use when walking - A Pokemon will spawn every 200m

When stationary - A Pokemon will spawn every 5 minutes

Tip (Incense Trick): There has been various reddit users that have found an interesting incense trick. This trick helps you to catch more unique/rare pokemons. 

In order to use this trick, you will need to find a location that does not show any gyms or Pokestops in its vicinity - ideally somewhere isolated. Pop your incense and start walking around. Uncommon and Rare Pokemon will reveal themselves. 


At the moment, i have not tested if this trick works. Perhaps i can find time to try this trick out on one of the coming weekends.


My brother managed to test and prove that this trick actually works. (Incense was used at Sungei Gedong). Give it a try !

Caught: Alakazam, Weepinbell x2, Bulbasaur, Exeggcute, Tentacool

Pokemon Incense Trick
Rare Pokemon Incense Trick

Lucky Egg (30 minutes)


Lucky egg grants you double XP for 30 minutes.

Use when you have at least:

250 Rattata candies and 10 Rattata
120 Pidgey candies and 10 Pidgey
120 Weedle candies and 10 Weedle
120 Caterpie candies and 10 Caterpie

Evolve the Pokémon in this order:
- Pokémon that are new (Not in Pokedex)
- Pidgey, Weedle, Caterpie, Rattatas (Just to remove the 'pests')

Exp List
Catch a Pokémon: 100 XP*
Evolve a Pokémon: 500 XP*
Hatching a Pokémon: 200 XP
Heading to a Pokéstop: 50 XP

*(New Pokémon you haven't captured before will give you an added 500 XP bonus.)

Pokestop Trick


This trick will double your experience gained from spinning Pokestops, lots of items and an egg (if you have an empty slot)

Step 1: Locate an area with more than 10 Pokestops within walking distance (Close enough to reach within 10 minutes)
Step 2: Spin each unique Pokestop and move on to the next. On the 10th unique Pokestop, you will get >6 items (Potions, Balls, etc), 100XP and an egg.

* You can catch Pokemon along the way, but make sure you complete spinning 10 unique pokestops within 10 minutes.


Appraisals


The latest update (24 Aug) includes an exciting new appraisal feature. It allows trainers to check the IV (Internal Values) of their Pokemon - or at least a rough gauge. Trainers can now request for an appraisal of their Pokemon from their Team Leaders (Valor, Mystic and Instinct).

To get an appraisal done, go to your Pokemon screen and tap on the Pokemon you would like to know more about. Tap the round button in the lower right-hand of the screen to open the menu. Instead of trading the Pokemon in for candy, tap the Appraise option.

Your team leader, Candela, Blanche or Spark (Depending on your allegiance) will pop up on the screen and will ask if you want to know more about the Pokemon - he/she will then proceed to give you the appraisal.

The appraisal will come in the form of a comment and varies depending on the Team (Red, Blue, Yellow). You can use the following tables below to infer and find out the IV range as well as potential base stats. Sometimes they would tell you how fat/small they are - not like we do not already know! :)

Red (Valor)

Phrase:IV Range
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything!
82.2%-100%
(37/45 - 45/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is a strong Pokemon. You should be proud!
66.7% - 80.0%
(30/45 - 36/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is a decent Pokemon
51.1% - 64.4%
(23/45 - 29/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) may not be great in battle, but I still like it!
0% - 48.9%
(0/45 - 22/45)
Pokemon Stats Analysis
Its Attack or HP or Defense is its strongest feature.
If a Pokemon's other stats are equal to its best stat, and then followed by...
I'm just as impressed with its Attack or HP or Defense.
PhraseReason
I'm blown away by its stats. WOW!Pokemon has perfect IVs in at least one base stat.
It's got excellent stats! How exciting!Pokemon has IVs of 13 or 14 in at least one base stat.
Its stats indicate that in battle, it'll get the job done.Pokemon has IVs of 8 to 12 in at least one base stat.
Its stats don't point to greatness in battle.Pokemon has IVs of 0 to 7 in at least one base stat.
if it's large or small...
PhraseSize
Your (Pokemon Name) is gigantic—the largest I've ever seen!XL
Your (Pokemon Name) is rather sizable, that's for sure!Large
Aww, what a small (Pokemon Name)! It's rather cute, I'd say.Small
Your (Pokemon Name) is so tiny, I almost didn't notice it!XS
Candela leaves you with...
Hope I was able to help. Take care!


Yellow (Instinct)

Overall Pokemon Analysis
Phrase:IV Range
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) looks like it can really battle with the best of them!82.2%-100%
(37/45 - 45/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is really strong!66.7% - 80.0%
(30/45 - 36/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is pretty decent!51.1% - 64.4%
(23/45 - 29/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) has room for improvement as far as battling goes.0% - 48.9%
(0/45 - 22/45)
Pokemon Stats Analysis
Its best quality is its Attack or HP or Defense.
If a Pokemon's other stats are equal to its best stat, and then followed by...
Its Attack or HP or Defense is great, too!
PhraseReason
Its stats are the best I've ever seen! No doubt about it!Pokemon has perfect IVs in at least one base stat.
Its stats are really strong! Impressive.Pokemon has IVs of 13 or 14 in at least one base stat.
It's definitely got some good stats. Definitely!Pokemon has IVs of 8 to 12 in at least one base stat.
Its stats are all right, but kinda basic, as far as I can see.Pokemon has IVs of 0 to 7 in at least one base stat.
if it's large or small...
PhraseSize
Your (Pokemon Name) is just HUGE!XL
Your (Pokemon Name) is a BIG one!Large
Your (Pokemon Name) is a little small for its kind, don't you think?Small
Wh-whoa. That's the tiniest (Pokemon Name) I've ever seen!XS
Spark leaves you with...
That's what I think! See ya!

Blue (Mystic)

Overall Pokemon Analysis
Phrase:IV Range
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon!
82.2%-100%
(37/45 - 45/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) has certainly caught my attention.
66.7% - 80.0%
(30/45 - 36/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is above average.
51.1% - 64.4%
(23/45 - 29/45)
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is not likely to make much headway in battle.
0% - 48.9%
(0/45 - 22/45)
Pokemon Stats Analysis
I see that its best attribute is its Attack or HP or Defense.
If a Pokemon's other stats are equal to its best stat, and then followed by...
It is matched equally by its Attack or HP or Defense.
PhraseReason
Its stats exceed my calculations. It's incredible!Pokemon has perfect IVs in at least one base stat.
I am certainly impressed by its stats, I must say.Pokemon has IVs of 13 or 14 in at least one base stat.
Its stats are noticeably trending to the positive.Pokemon has IVs of 8 to 12 in at least one base stat.
Its stats are not out of the norm, in my opinionPokemon has IVs of 0 to 7 in at least one base stat.
if it's large or small...
PhraseSize
The size of your (Pokemon Name) is... colossal. This is indeed exceptional. Fascinating!XL
Your (Pokemon Name) is above average in size.Large
Your (Pokemon Name) is below average in size.Small
Your (Pokemon Name) is tinier than any we have on record. Astounding.XS
Blanche leaves you with...
This ends my analysis. Farewell.


The PERFECT (95-100% IV) Pokemon is found when you have the following combination:

Example: Blue (Mystic)

1. Overall, your (Pokemon Name) is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon!
2. I see that its best attribute is its Attack.
3. It is matched equally by its HP
4. It is matched equally by its Defense.
5. Its stats exceed my calculations. It's incredible!


Pokemon Buddy


The latest updates on 13-Sept, allows you to walk your Pokemon! More reasons to hit the road with your favourite Pokemon. According to a patch release by Niantic, your Pokemon buddy grants you helpful bonuses like candies.

Here's a few screenshots of the new Pokemon Buddy feature.

Add a Pokemon Buddy
Adding a Pokemon Buddy

Swap out a Buddy
Swapping out my Dratini
Walking your buddy
Walking around (check out the dratini)
Getting Candies from walking your buddy
Walking your buddy for candies

New Minor Updates - Happy Halloween (23-Oct-16)


The latest updates on 23-Oct, promises more Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar, Zubat (Too many!), Golbat, Drowzee and Hypno encounters. You will earn double the amount of Candy every time you catch, hatch or transfer a Pokémon. Your Buddy Pokémon will also earn Candy four times faster than normal.

There are also some minor updates to the visuals of 2km (green), 5km (yellow) and 10km (purple) eggs. Element icons have also been added to the Pokemon information page.

Can't say i am too excited about this update...

Yet Another Minor Update - 1.15.0 (03-Nov-16)


Hey Pokemon Trainers ! This update features a daily reward for Pokemon trainers.

500XP
600 Stardust

If you catch a Pokemon for seven days straight, you will earn a bigger bonus of:

2000XP
2,400 Stardust

You also get additional bonuses on your first Pokestop spin. On top of this, there is a built-in pause to prevent your gym from being stolen (after you defeat it).

Update - Ditto! 1.17.0 (20-Nov-16)


Hey Pokemon Trainers ! Have you caught your Ditto ?

This Ditto did not show up on my map like how a typical Pokemon does. In fact, it was actually a Pidgey ! (Sneaky) 

It took 10 Great Balls before it got caught. After catching it, the screen shows 'Oh?'

Then this appears !!!

Ditto Pokemon Go
Ditto Pokemon Go

CUTE !!! :) Time to catch those annoying Pidgey & Rattata!!!

Update - 100s of New Pokemon! Coming Soon


Stay tuned for the December update by Niantic - Sources have confirmed that 100s of new Gen2 (Silver/Gold) Pokemons will be released in this update!

Niantic will release more information on their social media channels on December 12th for details about the first addition of more Pokemon to PoGo! :)


Have fun and go Catch Em All!