1. You can spin your Poké Ball for a nice curve.
When you’re capturing a Pokémon, draw a little circle around your Poké Ball to give it some spin. That will give you a curveball bonus for even more XP.
2. There’s a little icon in the bottom-right corner that tells you how close wild Pokémon are to you.
A silhouette indicates a Pokémon that you haven’t caught yet, and the paw prints indicate how close that Pokémon is. Three paw prints means they’re far away, while one paw print means they’re just a short walk from you.
3. To catch Pokémon properly without wasting Poké Balls, make sure you tap and hold.
Tapping and holding will bring up a green circle around the target Pokémon. That circle will change in size; swipe when the circle is smaller to get a better chance at a capture.
If you time it just right, you’ll get a “nice” or “excellent” throw, which will give you extra XP!
4. If you see a yellow circle, that means you’re looking at a Pokémon with higher CP.
CP stands for combat power, and the higher it is, the stronger your Pokémon is. However, high CP Pokémon are also harder to catch. These might swat away your Poké Ball or jump back out of it after a shake or two.
5. Once you get to higher levels, you can use get Razz Berries and Ultra or Master Balls to increase your capture chances.
These items will start appearing for you at Pokéstops once your level is high enough. Razz Berries can be fed to Pokémon to make them easier to catch, and the higher-level Poké Balls will lower their chances of escaping.
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