Pokemon Go's grim truth about being the bestDo you really want to be the very best Pokemon Go trainer? CNET's Sean Hollister, Caitlin Petrakovitz and Mike Sorrentino go over the true way to get the best creatures in this excerpt from the Pokemon Go special live show: Don't get too attached.
[MUSIC] Let's go over a bit about some advanced Pokemon techniques. So let's say you wanna go beyond collecting, and you wanna take on gems easily. What are some of the best ways to actually power up the team? Cuz the game plays a lot different than it did on Game Boy and DS, where you Caught a Pokemon. You raised it. You got, maybe, trained it with some machines. In this case, it's almost more like trading cards. Yeah, it's- I mean, you still train it, right? You have to train it at a gym. You don't train the Pokemon though. I mean, you're just training up your own level and you're making the gym levels higher. To be honest, this game is a lot like- It doesn't affect my little monsters at all? No. That seems weird. No, it's really weird. Yet another reason why I don't go to gyms. It's more like you're harvesting them. It's kind of like, you remember when the Americans in the wild west, they hunted down all the buffalo? [LAUGH] [LAUGH] And already killed them all and took their skin and their skulls. Piled up the skulls in a big pile. Kind of like that because the objective here is to catch as many as possible and then you need to turn them into candy. In order to power up you Pokemon you need to turn these Pokemon into candy. So you take them to the professor and. Transfer them. You transfer them, and it doesn't actually describe what happens when you transfer them, but you put in a Pokemon, and out comes a piece of Pokemon candy. I think he grinds them up. And then you feed that candy to the other Pokemon of the same type, so it's definitely got this auto-cannibalism thing going on Here. [BLANK_AUDIO] And then after you've powered them up to a certain degree, you can evolve them. Or you can evolve them and then power them up and they become a larger monster ish, much more powerful version of the same Pokemon- Well, sure they've beaten all of their relatives. But then you need a lot more candy to do that. They've basically taken on every single power that their relatives had and ate them in the form of candy. But the weird thing is you can't, if you find the big, powerful Pokemon in the wild, you trade them in for the same amount of candy as the small, little weak ones. So it's kinda like you're thinning out the herd. By killing all the weak buffalo. [LAUGH] That one is a man. Yeah, now, wait- Survival of the fittest, bro. If you have a pidgey and a pidgeotto in the same Pokestop, you're better off just getting the pidgey- [FOREIGN] It's easier to catch the pidgey, you get the same amount of [UNKNOWN] experience for it, and when you get that pidgey into your inventory It's easier to evolve the Pidgey because it only takes, what, you know 12 candies to evolve a Pidgey whereas it takes 25 or 50 I think to turn a Pidgeotto into a Pidgeot so you're better off just thinning out the weak parts of the herd. The other night my- [UNKNOWN] [LAUGH] I had a bunch of Pokemon ready to evolve, and I dropped one of the lucky eggs and just hit evolve on all of them, because then you get double XP. Yeah. And it's sort of weird because I'm growing all these Pokemon but I have no intention of keeping eight of them and they're all getting transferred after they're being evolved. Yeah, I know, the fastest way to level up in the game Is to just get rich. Sever your emotional connection to any of these little monsters. But I've named them. Crack a lucky egg. But I love some of them, like Little Kim. Evolve them, and cut them off. Evolve them and grind them up. And carry the nickname to the new Pokemon that you're actually keeping for as long as you want to. And the reason you do this, the reason you do this is because You're trying to boost your own trainer level. Every time you evolve one of these Pokemon, you get 500 experience points. You get 1,000 if you crack the lucky egg, cuz the lucky egg doubles all your experience points. So, but the lucky egg only lasts 30 minutes. So in that interval, you need to evolve and grind down as many Pokemon as possible to boost your trainer level. And the reason you do that is As your trainer level goes up, you automatically find stronger and stronger Pokemon. That's the best way to advance the game is just to do that. [MUSIC]