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Pokémon Go: everything you need to know in nine minutes

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So you wanted to check out what all the fuss was about and downloaded Pokémon Go. The game is intuitive enough, but it doesn't go out of its way to hold your hand and explain all of its features to you. But we will! Sorry for the sweaty palms.

We're not kidding around. You think this is some kind of game? Well, yes. Yes it is. But it's a game that we here at The Verge take very seriously.

Whether you're just starting out in Pokémon Go or you've been playing obsessively to the point that it hinders your life productivity, this video tutorial will have something for everyone. In it, we'll answer questions like:

  • What's stardust? And what the heck are all these candies?
  • What do the different colored rings mean?
  • How do I use items?
  • How do I conquer gyms?
  • Is Team Mystic the best team? (Yes.)

So let us take you through our expansive overview of the game. Who knows, maybe you'll pick up some tips and tricks you may have overlooked while you were heads down, searching for a Pikachu.


HOW TO GET PIKACHU AS YOUR STARTER IN POKÉMON GO