Pokemon GO: News, tips and tricks! [15 Sept 2018]


Pokemon GO is a mobile app that allows you to wander around your neighbourhood and catch your own pocket monsters. But if you’re here, you should already know that. This guide is not for players just starting out who are wondering how to throw a PokéBall. If you do need help with the basics, check out Niantic’s FAQs or this handy starter guide.

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Potential egg hatches
Gen 4 evolutions and potential candy amounts

Kanto event
September 2018

Tips and tricks

If you see a PokéStop with a white ring around it, that means you haven’t spun that PokéStop since Pokémon GO update 0.67.1/1.37.1. The ring will go away the first time you spin it, and give you some bonus XP for your trouble! It is designed to encourage you to explore new areas.

A coloured ring around a Pokémon can tell you something about the reason it has spawned. Those with a white/light blue ring around them (see above image) indicate a Pokémon that is spawning because of the current weather boost, while those with a pink ring around them are due to you currently having incense activated. If it has a pink ring, chances are the people you’re playing with won’t see that Pokémon, so keep it to yourself (if you’re being nice) or brag about it incessantly.

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You can use the ‘appraisal’ feature in Pokémon GO to determine which of your Pokémon are best to evolve based on their stats. (That is, if you haven’t downloaded an IV overlay app for your phone yet.) Appraisals vary from team to team, with only overall and individual stat analysis really making any difference to Pokémon performance (i.e. don’t worry about the size of your pocket monsters).

Team Mystic
Phase #1: Overall Stat Analysis
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon! (82.2%-100%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] has certainly caught my attention. (66.7% – 80%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is above average. (51.1% – 64.4%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is not likely to make much headway in battle. (0% – 48.9%)

Phase #2: Individual Stat Analysis
Its stats exceed my calculations. It’s incredible! (Stat bonus of 15)
I am certainly impressed by its stats, I must say. (Stat bonus of 13 – 14)
Its stats are noticeably trending to the positive. (Stat bonus of 8 – 12)
Its stats are not out of the norm, in my opinion. (Stat bonus of 0 – 7)

Team Instinct
Phase #1: Overall Stat Analysis
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] looks like it can really battle with the best of them! (82.2%-100%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is really strong! (66.7% – 80%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is pretty decent! (51.1% – 64.4%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] has room for improvement as far as battling goes. (0% – 48.9%)

Phase #2: Individual Stat Analysis
Its stats are the best I’ve ever seen! No doubt about it! (Stat bonus of 15)
Its stats are really strong! Impressive. (Stat bonus of 13 – 14)
It’s definitely got some good stats. Definitely! (Stat bonus of 8 – 12)
Its stats are all right, but kinda basic, as far as I can see. (Stat bonus of 0 – 7)

Team Valor
Phase #1: Overall Stat Analysis
Overall, your (Pokemon Name) simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything! (82.2%-100%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is a strong Pokemon. You should be proud! (66.7% – 80%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] is a decent Pokemon (51.1% – 64.4%)
Overall, your [Pokemon Name] may not be great in battle, but I still like it! (0% – 48.9%)

Phase #2: Individual Stat Analysis
I’m blown away by its stats. WOW! (Stat bonus of 15)
It’s got excellent stats! How exciting! (Stat bonus of 13 – 14)
Its stats indicate that in battle, it’ll get the job done. (Stat bonus of 8 – 12)
Its stats don’t point to greatness in battle. (Stat bonus of 0 – 7)



Potential egg hatches

[Updated Sept 2018]

Pokémon marked with an asterisk (*) have the potential to be shiny.

2km eggs


5km eggs


7km eggs

[not counting updates for the Kanto ‘Ultra Bonus’ event]
Grimer (alolan)
Meowth (alolan)
Sandshrew (alolan)
Vulpix (alolan)

10km eggs




[Updated Sept 2018]
1. Magikarp + Gyarados
3. Sableye
5. Duskull + Dusklops
7. Absol (raid)
9. Aron + Lairon + Aggron
11. Luvdisc
13. Dratini + Dragonair + Dragonite
15. Magby (egg) + Magmar
17. Wynaut (egg) + Wobbuffet
19. Murkrow
21. Wailmer + Wailord
23. Meditite + Medicham
25. Charmander + Charmeleon + Charizard
27. Omanyte + Omastar
29. Shellder + Cloyster
31. Larvitar + Pupitar + Tyranitar
33. Articuno
35. Plusle
37. Zapdos
39. Snubbull + Granbull
41. Natu + Xatu
43. Pineco + Forretress
45. Growlith + Arcanine
47. Geodude + Graveler + Golem
2. Pichu + Pikachu + Raichu
4. Shuppet + Banette
6. Mawile (raid)
8. Snorunt + Glalie
10 Swablu + Altaria
12. Poochyena + Mightyena
14. Lugia (raid)
16. Togepi (egg) + Togetic
18. Bulbasaur + Ivysaur + Venusaur
20. Mareep + Flaaffy + Ampharos
22. Makuhita + Hariyama
24. Ho-oh
26. Kabuto + Kabutops
28. Aerodactyl
30. Kyogre
32. Roselia
34. Squirtle + Wartortle + Blastoise (all with or without sunglasses)
36. Minun
38. Houndour + Houndoom
40. Eevee + Vaporeon + Flareon + Jolteon + Umbreon + Espeon
42. Sunkern + Sunflora
44. Wingull + Pelipper
46. Moltres
48. Grimer + Muk


Gen 4 evolutions and potential candy amounts

Mamoswine (from Piloswine, 100)
Rhyperior (from Rhydon, 100)
Roserade (from Roselia, 100)
Ambipom (from Aipom, 50)
Mismagius (from Misdreavus, 50)
Honchkrow (from Murkrow, 50)
Weavile (from Sneasel, 50)
Magnezone (from Magneton, 100)
Lickilicky (from Lickitung, 50)
Tangrowth (from Tangela, 50)
Electivire (from Electabuzz, 100)
Magmortar (from Magmar, 100)
Togekiss (from Togetic, 100)
Yanmega (from Yanma, 50)
Leafeon (from Eevee, ??)
Glaceon (from Eevee, ??)
Gliscor (from Gligar, 50)
Porygon-Z (from Porygon2, 100)
Gallade (from Kirlia, 100)
Probopass (from Nosepass, 50)
Dusknoir (from Dusclops, 100)
Froslass (from Snorunt, 50)

New babies

Budew (Roselia baby)
Chingling (Chimecho baby)
Bonsly (Sudowoodo baby)
Mime Jr (Mr Mime baby)
Happiny (Chansey baby)
Munchlax (Snorlax baby)
Mantyke (Mantine baby)

[Source: Ranked Boost & GamePress]



Kanto ‘Ultra Bonus’ event

Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos are now available in 5-star raid battles (13 Sept – 20 Sept). After that, Mewtwo will appear in raids (20 Sept – 23 Oct). This is your opportunity to pick up a shiny legendary bird, or your first Mewtwo!

From 13 Sept – 30 Sept, Kanto spawns are increased in the wild, including the elusive Lapras and Chansey, among other interesting Gen 1 Pokémon.

Five new shinies were made available at the start of this event: Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Grimer, and Muk.

Gen 1 regional Pokémon (Kangaskhan, Farfetch’d, Mr Mime, and Tauros) been made available in 7km eggs. These eggs can only be received through gifts from friends, so make sure you have space in your inventory before accepting gifts over the next couple of weeks. The chance of a regional hatch is approximately 13%, which is 4% per specific regional. 7km eggs can now also contain Tangela and Porygon, as well as the original Alolan versions of Gen 1 Pokémon.

Raids have changed during this event. Raid eggs now only take 15min to hatch, and raids last for an hour and a half. The raids list is as follows:

Tier 1 : Bulbasaur, Charmander, Dratini, Magikarp, Squirtle

Tier 2 : Electabuzz, Lickitung, Magmar, Magneton

Tier 3 : Alakazam, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Machamp, Scyther

Tier 4 : Golem, Lapras, Rhydon, Snorlax

Tier 5 : Articuno, Moltres, Regirock, Zapdos

[Sources: 1, 2, 3]


September 2018

Field Research

Battle Field Missions & Rewards

  • Battle in a Gym: Mankey encounter
  • Win a Gym Battle: Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle encounter
  • Win 3 Gym Battles: Jynx encounter
  • Win 5 Gym Battles: Machop encounter
  • Use a Super-Effective Charge Attack 7 Times: Electabuzz encounter

Catch Field Missions & Rewards

  • Catch a Rattata or Pikachu: Phanpy encounter
  • Catch 5 Fire-type Pokemon: Silver Pinap Berry
  • Catch 10 Pokemon: Magikarp encounter (shiny chance)
  • Use 10 Berries on Pokemon: Growlithe encounter
  • Catch 5 Pokemon with Weather Boost: Vulpix or Poliwag encounter (shiny chance)
  • Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon: Dratini (shiny chance)

Raid Field Missions & Rewards

  • Win a level 3 raid or higher: Dratini (shiny chance)

Pokeball & Throw Field Missions & Rewards

  • Make a Great Curveball Throw: Spinda encounter
  • Make 5 Nice Throws: Voltorb encounter
  • Mike 3 Great Throws: Gastly encounter
  • Make 3 Great Throws in a row: Onix encounter
  • Make 3 Excellent Throws in a row: Larvitar encounter (shiny chance)

Pokemon Management Field Missions & Rewards

  • Power up a Pokemon 3 times: Koffing encounter
  • Power up a Pokemon 5 times: Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle encounter (shiny chance)
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon: Misdreavous encounter
  • Earn 1 Buddy Candy: Numel encounter
  • Send 5 Gifts: Roselia encounter

Pokemon Egg Hatching & Evolution Field Missions & Rewards

  • Evolve a Pokemon: Eevee encounter
  • Evolve 5 Fire-type Pokemon: Ninetales encounter
  • Hatch an Egg: Exeggcute encounter
  • Hatch 3 Eggs: Magmar encounter
  • Hatch 5 Eggs: Chansey encounter

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