- With more and more people downloading the app, the Pokemon Go hype doesn't look like it will subside anytime soon
- For people who are not familiar with Pokemon, the frenzy may be strange and unreasonable
- This article is a quick primer, in the form of question-and-answer, on the wildly popular app
'Pokemon Go' was a craze long before it was even available in the Philippines. The hype is real, guys! However, if you aren't a 90s kid or you've been living under a rock up 'til this moment, don't you fret - here's a quick briefing on the app, answering all the tita questions about Pokemon Go you were too ashamed to ask.
1. Is this 'Pokemon' male or female?
The term Pokemon, short for Pocket Monsters, refers to the group of creatures collectively. Unless it's been specified, their gender is ambiguous.
2. What sort of creature is a Pokemon?
The character designs differ from Pokemon to Pokemon. Some - such as the Rattata - are inspired by real-life animals, while others - such as the Charizard - are inspired by mythical creatures. They also come with elemental powers like earth, fire, water and others.
3. Is the Pokemon with or against us?
It depends - if it's from the wild, or if a different trainer owns that Pokemon, then it's the enemy. You'll know when it's yours because it shows up in your Pokedex, a catalogue of all the Pokemon you've got as well as others you have seen but were unable to catch.
4. Is it like Tamagotchi?
Kiiiind of - except it's a lot more epic! They still require some baby-sitting, like when you need to heal them after a rough battle or walk a certain number of steps to hatch an egg. If you fail to administer healing potions to them, don't worry - they don't die like a Tamagotchi would. They just faint.
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5. Does the game have a team player mode? Like Clash of Clans?
Nope, they don't exist here - at least, not yet. However, there are teams you can choose to join - Mystic, Instinct and Valor. Once you choose one of those, you'll be playing with other players so your team can conquer the world.
6. These teams sound like they're from Harry Potter. Do I need to consult the Sorting Hat?
You get to choose which team you join the moment you reach Level 5. Thecolor of your outfit will then change to reflect the team you chose - Mystic is blue, Valor is red, and Instinct is yellow. Team leaders allegedly give you advice later on in the game as well.
In a nutshell, the difference between the teams is this: Mystic focuses on the evolution of Pokemon, Valor is all about strengthening them, and Instinct wants to understand why and how they hatch.
7. Where do we find Pokemon?
Everywhere! They just randomly pop up - you might even find one lounging around your office.
8. And how do these developers know where to place the Pokemon?
Niantic Labs, the organization behind Pokemon Go, managed to gather intel from players of their previous game, called 'Ingress'. It's also GPS-based, and they managed to obtain information on popular places and other landmarks from countries all over the world. Don't be surprised to find an abundance of Pokemon at the local mall!
9. Do they run around like Mario?
No, only your customised character does - once you start walking, you can see them walking as well. No crawling or jumping, though.
10. Is it like Grab or Uber?
A bit. Like these transportation apps, the game's radar picks up on nearby Pokemon. You can't really ride a Charizard to work, though.
11. What are these gyms? Are you calling me fat??
Pokemon Gyms are special places that any trainer can own - if it's undefended. Once you own the place, you become its official Gym Leader. Other trainers from your team can fortify and strengthen the gym by leaving their Pokemon to guard it. If the gym you encounter is taken, then you can challenge the Gym Leader.
12. How tough is the app on my battery?
Well, it uses most of your smartphone's heavy functions, such as the camera, graphics, GPS, and wifi or mobile data. Simultaneously. Also, you can only find Pokemon when you're online. We advise you to bring along a powerbank for your next hunt.
13. Umm doesn't it have dirty connotations?
In our native language it may sound a bit dirty - but Pokemon is anything but. It's a great family-friendly game that encourages players to stay out and about, enjoy the scenery, and even interact with other people.
14. And what's a Pokestop? Are you sure that's not suggestive either?
Pokestops are places where you can get items or Eggs and heal your Pokemon. You can usually find other players hanging around these places so...who knows? It might also be a place where you can heal your broken heart.
15. Wait, how do you catch a Pokemon in the first place?
First off: do not throw your phone. You throw the Pokeball by tapping and holding it when it appears on your touchscreen, and then swipe it toward the wild Pokemon.
And those are the basics of the game! Comment any tips and tricks you may have heard of, down there in our comments section. Now go out there and catch 'em all!