I've come across a wild Pokemon with a red circle around it and it broke out of the Pokeball rather quickly. Is there something I can do next time to increase my chances of capturing it?

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How to capture Pokemon

  1. Use the Item bag to toss Pokeballs or use items (like Razz berries) to make capturing a Pokemon easier. Improved Pokeballs such as Great Balls, Ultra Balls or Master Balls will also improve your chances.

  2. The targeting circle tells you how tough the capture will be. A green circle is best, following by a yellow, orange, and red circle. Yellow circles, in our experience, are a pretty tough capture — orange and red? Wait until you’ve got the right items to make capturing easier.

  3. Wait until the targeting circle is at its smallest before flinging a Pokeball. The smaller the circle, the better your chances of capturing will be.

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    One thing that confused me - it's not just when the colored targeting circle is smallest - it's the smaller it is such that you still hit inside the targeting circle. If the targeting circle is small but you hit outside of it, there's no bonus.
    – Nathan
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 14:16

Yes, as you progress further into the game you will find Berries which will make it easier for you to catch Pokémon during encounters.

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