This page includes Cheats and Secrets discovered in Pokemon Go, including XP grinding exploits, unlockable Pokemon, new starting Pokemon, and other tricks.
Evee Evolution Trick
This trick is both a secret tick and an awesome reference to the Pokemon animated series. With it, you can select which type of Pokemon you want to evolve your Evee into.
Before evolving your Evee, change it’s name to the corresponding evolution you want:
- Pyro: Flareon
- Rainer: Vaporeon
- Sparky: Jolteon
Some players have claimed this only works for the first time you evolve an Evee into each type – so if you already have a Flareon, the Pyro trick won’t work.
At Comic Con, Niantic’s CEO confirmed this is an intended trick an homage!
How to Catch Pikachu as Your Starter Pokemon
Though most Pokemon found in the game are semi-random, there’s a way to catch Pikachu as a starting Pokemon.
Video Guide: How to Catch Pikachu Starter
You will notice upon creating your character that Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle will appear around you.
However, if you refuse to catch these three starting Pokemon, and ignore them long enough, Pikachu will appear on your map alongside the others, ready for you to catch!
You’ll need to refuse these Pokemon at least four times before Pikachu will appear. Once you see Pikachu, zoom and catch him and he’ll be yours forever!
Play Pokemon Go in Landscape Mode
Video Guide: How to Play in Landscape Mode
If you want to try playing Pokemon Go in another angle, you can force the game to play in landscape mode – playing horizontally instead of vertically. To enable this, you need to make sure you are holding the phone horizontally, before you start the following steps.
- From the main map screen, tap the menu icon at the bottom to bring up the list of options, and tap on the Settings button at the top.
- In the Settings screen, scroll down to “Report High-Priority Issue”. It will ask if you are sure you wish to proceed out of the game. Hit yes. Don’t worry, you won’t actually be reporting anything.
- The game will open up the internet to load the page for reporting issues. Don’t wait for the page to load, and tap the home screen to return to your iPhone’s main screen. You should still be holding the phone horizontally.
- Now, from the home screen, tap on the Pokemon Go App again. If all goes well, the page will stop loading and return to the setting menu – only this time the aspect ratio of the game will change to fit the landscape mode! Exit the setting to see the world in a much wider view!
Of course, this game doesn’t have an easy way to play the game in this mode for a reason. While the map looks great, you may run into some odd glitches and weird scaling in other menus, PokeStops, and especially catching pokemon and gym battles.
Gym screens may have trouble showing your list of pokemon correctly, though the battles themselves still work well.
As for wild pokemon – with the game struggling to show a different view, pokemon may be harder – or even impossible to catch if the camera zooms past them. AR mode will also make things different, but if you’re lucky, you may be able to orient yourself very close to a pokemon for an easy catch. Depending on these factors, pokemon may be easier or harder to catch, so use this mode at your own risk.
Of course, if you grow tired of this new format, simply quit the game and restart to change it back to its normal vertical format.
How to Track Rare Pokemon on Your Map
You can successfully track specific Pokemon if you keep your eye on the Nearby Pokemon list, located in the lower corner of your Map. As you can see in the video above, if the Pokemon icon is moving up the list to the top left spot, that means you’re getting closer to it! Try going in different directions until it gets less foot prints and moves up the list. You may find yourself right next to that elusive Scyther soon!
Also keep in mind that Pokemon will generally spawn in the same exact spot for everyone! So if you see a crowd of Trainers intensely staring at their Pokemon GO device, odds are they’re catching a rare Pokemon.
XP Trick for Lucky Eggs – The Pidgey Exploit
What you may not know is that evolving a Pokemon grants you the most XP out of anything in the game, and Lucky Eggs actually double your normal 500 XP reward to 1000XP for each Pokemon you level up.
To really reap in the benefits, you should capture a lot of common Pokemon, likePidgey or Caterpie, that require relatively few Candy to evolve. This has been referred to as the Pidgey Exploit, as Pidgey are very common for some people, and only cost 12 Candy to evolve for 1000 XP. Even better: If you’re evolving a Pokemon into one you haven’t caught before, you’ll get 2,000 XP!
The Step-by-Step Process to the “Pidgey Exploit”:
- Step 1: Don’t Transfer Pokemon
Collect easy-to-catch-and-evolve Pokemon, like Pidgey. Pidgey are easy to come by and only cost 12 Pidgey Candy to evolve. The more the better. Save them for a Lucky Egg evolution binge. Favorite all the Pokemon you want to evolve with a star to keep things in order.
If you have Pokemon that you know will evolve into something you haven’t caught before, save them for your Lucky Egg XP spree, too.
- Step 2: Plan for After Your Evolution Spree
You have 30 minutes to exploit the Lucky Egg, so only use it when you can also go out and catch Pokemon, using a lure or incense.
- Step 3: Activate the Lucky Egg
You will now get double XP for every thing you do for 30 minutes.
- Step 4: Get to Evolving!
- Step 5: Use your remaining time to catch Pokemon
As mentioned above, if you have any time left over after your evolving-spree, go out and attach a Lure Module to a PokeStop, activate an Incense, and get to catching. If you have the resources and are in a spot with multiple PokeStops next to each other, use a few Lure Modules to maximize the amount of Pokemon that appear! You can do this same thing pre-Lucky Egg as a way to stock up on Pokemon and Poke Balls, too.
Use HTML to Change Pokemon Names
When choosing what to nickname your pokemon, there are more subtle choices than you might think. While you edit a name, you can insert specific HTML code to change how your pokemon’s name looks, making the name either bold oritalic.
To make a pokemon’s nameitalicized,enter <i>nickname</i>, and the pokemon’s name on its personal page will have the altered font. However, it won’t change when looking at the list of pokemon in your storage, instead showing the full string of HTML formatting.
To make a pokemon’s name Bold, enter <b>nickname</b>, and the pokemon’s name will be noticeably more bolded in their own page. Again, it won’t change when looking at all the pokemon in your storage, instead showing the brackets until you tap on that pokemon.