Questions tagged [pokemon-go]

A 2016 location based augmented reality game for Android and iOS by Niantic. Players utilize their GPS and (semi-optionally) camera to locate, battle, capture, and train Pokémon whist walking around. Use this tag for questions about the Pokémon Go app and/or Pokémon Go Plus, the Bluetooth wristband peripheral. For general Pokémon questions, please use the [pokemon-series] tag

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Is there any special benefit to defending a "tall" gym?

Sometimes the map icon of a gym is taller than usual. Based on what I've found online, this means that the total CP in the gym is at least 8000. I've also seen it implied that this is highly desirable,...
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Can I log back into my Pokémon Go account if I'm told it doesn't exist? [duplicate]

I normally use Facebook to sign into Pokémon Go. However as of today I couldn’t sign in and a pop up keeps saying that the account does not exist. So I tried going in as a new trainer with the same ...
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Can a Pokemon that I tried to capture from field research run away?

I've completed one field research that has Sableye as a reward and when I throw my first Pokeball, it ran away. If I'm not mistaken I got Sableye as a reward after I used 7 charged super effective ...
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Are Field research Pokemon influenced by anything?

In certain Field Research quests, the reward for completion is a mystery Pokémon encounter. I have been doing the last stages of the Let's Go Meltan quest, and one is to catch an Aerodactyl; and ...
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How can I turn on Adventure Sync?

Maybe this question fits better into https://apple.stackexchange.com/, but it will probably help more people in this area: I have iOS 13 and the newest version of Pokemon Go installed and when I try ...
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What type of Pokémon does Incense attract?

So, incense is primarily used to increase Pokémon encounters while moving, but can be used in conjunction with lures. However, new lure types have been released, that attract specific Pokémon types. ...
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Glacial, Magnetic and Mossy Lures; what Pokémon do they attract?

So the new Lures modules will attract specific types of Pokémon, based on the Lure you use. Glacial Lure Module - A frosty Lure Module that attracts Water and Ice Pokémon for 30 minutes. ...
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New task not visible

I have completed all the following quest: A troubling Situation Jump-Start Research A Mythical Discovery A Ripple in Time A Thousand-Year Slumbler Let's go, Meltan After all this task completed, I ...
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Are unknown Pokemon guaranteed to show up in Nearby list?

The Nearby feature will show only the silhouette of unknown/uncaught Pokemon. I noticed that those silhouettes are always at the top of the Nearby list, which is nice if you want to complete your ...
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What's the benefit of keeping a Shadow Pokemon?

Since the Update that gave us Team Rocket encounters, Shadow Pokémon have become a thing. Aside from looking cool, and the option to "Purify" them (which leads to a badge, making the capture ...
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Cannot sign in because game asks for my date of birth and I cannot remember which date I had written [duplicate]

Trying to make AR work on my mobile,, I cleared data and cache of my Pokémon Go app on my mobile. After that, when I tried to sign in as a returning player, I was asked for my trainer's club code and ...
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Does catch streaks increase the odds of finding a shiny in Pokémon go? [duplicate]

I can’t find a clear answer to whether catch streaks increase or do nothing to the odds of finding a shiny
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Do snapshots only work with AR turned on?

I have the Research Task to "Take a Snapshot of a Dratini", as part of the "Jumpstart Research" challenge. I found a Dratini, and took a photo (using the camera icon in the capture minigame screen), ...
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How accurate is the new appraisal system?

So I say "new", but I've been out of the loop for a little bit. I used to use a third party app called "Pokegenie" to appraise my Pokemon. This would give me a rough guide on how good the Pokemon is ...
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Why would a Pokémon's silhouette appear on the nearby list, despite already owning it?

When I loaded up Pokémon Go today, I noticed something that was out of the ordinary. At one of the pokéstops in the nearby list, there was the silhouette of a Turtwig, as if uncaught, despite having ...
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Can't Send Friend Gift

I've historically been able to send gifts to a particular friend, but now some days I've been unable to send gifts to that friend. Why is that?
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How are trainers in the TL40 leaderboard doing more than 100 trades per day?

TL40 is an organisation that collects statistics on level 40 trainers (thus TL40). One of the statistics is the Gentleman badge, which tracks the number of trades a person has done. The game limits ...
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Are there account age or level requirements for obtaining special research?

My coworker created his account about a week ago and only got three special research tasks. The newest one, "A Thousand Year Slumber", was not among them. What are the specific requirements for ...
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Can anybody tell me who this Pokemon is?

I’ve been looking everywhere for it online and I can’t figure out who it might be. Thanks!
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Pokemon Go: Gym Badge Over-completed?

Despite having already filled the status bar under Sugar Creek Country Club, it's back at zero. It seemed to have lapped or "overcompleted" itself and started again. Is this possible?
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Why does my purified Pokémon need to be healed?

I was purifying a few of my Shadow Pokémon when I suddenly noticed the Zubat I had purified apparently had taken 1 damage somewhere. I had literally just purified it, I was still in the Pokemon ...
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How do I battle another Trainer in the Great League?

In the Special Research section in Pokemon Go, I need to "Battle Another Trainer in the Great League". So I go to "Pokemon>Party>Great League>Create Team & Select My Pokemon>?" but what happens ...
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Special Tasks, but no XP

In the above image, there is the Special Field Research page open, notice on the side there are 3 different tasks, which you can earn 5000 XP (each) by completing. However, when I've completed tasks ...
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Why does this Pokémon I just hatched need to be healed?

I just hatched this Pichu, and while I was checking the stats, I noticed that it was missing 27 HP. I haven’t used it battle, or anything, so why does it need to be healed?
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If I evolve a Pikachu wearing a Party hat does the Raichu still wear the hat? [duplicate]

I've been catching Pikachus wear some spiffy looking hats on Pokemon Go. Some of them have party hats, while others have Santa hats. If I decide to evolve them into Raichus, do they get to keep their ...
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In Pokémon Go, why does one of my Pikachu have an option to evolve, but another one doesn't?

Why does one of my Pikachu have an evolve option, and the other doesn't? Does this mean that I cannot evolve the other one?
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How does trading work?

During the last event (The one that spawned a ton of Ralts with increased shiny chance) I got multiple shiny Ralts. My friend didn't get any so I wanted to trade him one of mine. But when I tried it ...
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Do legendary skins count as unowned in trades?

I have found this article about the cost for trades. It states that: Standard Pokémon Trades: Regional exclusives Forms you don't have in your Pokédex (think Unown, Alolan and Castform) Any other ...
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Is there a way to know the composition of a Team GO Rocket before going into the fight?

Yesterday during the GO Rocket event, I had something annoying. Not knowing the composition of an opponent before going in meant I could wipe only because I came in with a few water types only to face ...
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Are there Pokemon Centers in Pokemon Go?

In both Pokemon Go and the main series Pokemon games, I can use Revives and (various types of) Potions to revive and heal my Pokemon while I'm out in the wild. The main series also has Pokemon Centers,...
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Is there a level restriction on the Pokémon that can be used to battle Team Rocket?

I have some friends who are able to use Pokémon who are 2000 CP+, but I have only been able to use my “Great League” battle combos.
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Is there a way to log in to the same Pokemon GO account using more than one of the sign in options?

I signed up with Pokemon GO back when it first came out using my Gmail account rather than a trainer account. However, I do also have a Pokemon Trainer Club account that shares a username with my ...
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How do I get the hero and purifier bonuses when capturing shadow Pokemon?

This morning, I encountered my first Team Rocket grunt at a black pokéstop. Upon spinning the spot, I became engaged in a battle with the grunt and battled their shadow Pokémon. After I defeated them, ...
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Does Pokemon Go skew item drops?

Recently I have been playing a fair bit of Pokemon Go. I have noticed however that I am not really getting the items that I am low on. I am low on healing items like potions, yet I rarely see them ...
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What happens when I team swap while I have Pokemon inside a gym?

I am toying around with the idea of swapping teams however the gym nearby was just taken over by me. I am the sole trainer at that gym currently. What were to happen if I swapped my team in the ...
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Can’t claim my reward in Pokémon Go

I can’t claim my reward. I checked my storage for both bag and Pokémon and there’s plenty of room.
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Once they release a shiny is it always in the game?

Outside of events like go fest, once they release a shiny version into the game will you always have a small chance of getting it if the pokemon is available?
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Changed email address

I'm trying to help my friend retrieve his account. His account was under an old email address that does not exist anymore. Is there anyway his account can be retrieved and update the email address? ...
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Change age in current account

Is it possible to change the age of the user in Pokémon Go? My son would like to add friends to his current Pokémon Go account. I would supervise the friends he accepted and am not concerned about the ...
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Pokemon Login keeps going back to enter age screen

I have cleared my Pokemon App cache and cleared all data, but it still keeps going back to the input screen. I have also deleted Pokemon Go several times and after inputting the age, it will allow ...
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Can I get candy for a Pokemon I haven't caught yet?

Since you can get candy for feeding Pokemon in gyms, I tend to favor feeding Pokemon for which I need candy over feeding my own Pokemon. These are generally Pokemon that I have caught, but haven't yet ...
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How can someone sell their Pokemon Go account? [closed]

I have seen on some sites that you can purchase a Pokemon Go account. But if we cannot reassign the account to another person or link it to a different email, how is this possible? How can someone ...
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Why Won’t My Pokémon Evolve

Since I updated 2 days ago none of my Pokémon will evolve Scyther, Anorith, Caterpie just to name a few. I deleted the app and reinstalled it that didn’t help! And yes, they are all ready to evolve! ...
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Lucky Egg timing for increasing friendship level?

I'd like to use a Lucky Egg right before my friendship with another player levels so I double the significant XP boost. How do I time it so that I trigger the level with when the Lucky Egg is active? ...
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What does the shaded pokéball icon mean?

I'm not able to catch any Pokemon, I feed them but my pokéball icon is shaded! What does this mean, and why won't it let me catch any pokémon?
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Will number of steps recorded on FitBit/any fitness tracker add up distance in PokemonGo?

I have a FitBit Inspire HR fitness tracker. I play Pokemon Go on my phone. Will the steps that the FitBit detects, get added to towards the distance covered to hatch eggs in the game, if I do not have ...
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Account does not exist when logging into Pokemon Go

I tried logging into Pokemon Go after not using my account for a few months, but I found myself unable to login - apparently my email address does not exist! I even have a screenshot of my ...
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What are these groups in Pokémon Go?

I was poking around Pokémon Go and noticed the Pokédex Pokémon are in groups: What do these mean?
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What Does the Heart In Gyms Mean?

I have been playing Pokemon Go for a while now, and I am quite new to the new gym style. Whenever I battle another persons Pokemon, the heart inches down a little. What does it mean?
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How do you catch Smeargle in Pokemon Go?

There is a new Pokemon released in Pokemon Go named Smeargle, how do you catch him? He's not available in the wild.
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