First things first, you would require the Pokémon Go app, available for Android and iOS in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States and new Pokémon go accounts. If you are not in the aforementioned areas, hang tight, as Ninantic is extending to other areas with time.

Once you have been logged in, you would get a short introduction by the dreamy Professor Willow, who would provide you with an introduction to the game, and take you through catching your option of the three starter pokémon — either a Squirtle, Bulbasaur, or Charmander that should not be strange to Pokémon regulars.

After that though, the game relatively much leaves you alone, aside from a small tips aspect that often explains normal map icons.  But there are three fundamental parts to the game of Pokémon Go namely visiting pokéstops, gym battles, and catching Pokemon.

Catching pokémon functions mostly like you would expect: you simply move around with the app open on your mobile phone, that would buzz when pokémon are around. Click on the pokémon on the map, and you will switch to the catching interface. The color of the ring around the pokémon helps in determining how effortless it is to catch — red the most difficult, yellow intermediate, and green is easiest.

Pokémon is discovered at various Combat Power (CP) levels, that more or less determines how potent the pokémon would be. To accelerate a pokémon’s CP, you would require two resources: Stardust, a common item you receive with every pokémon that you capture, and the specific candy of the Pokemon that could be received by catching duplicates of the pokémon you would like to level up.

For instance, to level up a Zubat’s Combat Power, you would require Zubat candies and Stardust. Similarly, to improve your Pokemon, you would be required to use more of the candies of that Pokemon that will also dramatically accelerate the Combat Power of that Pokemon. As your character level improves, you will meet with higher level Pokemon in the wild and be able to accelerate the Combat Power of your Pokemon more.