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Speak a New Language – the Pokémon Language

By Christian Abe Garcia

Pokémon GO is arguably the most played smartphone game in the Philippines today, and while many Pokémon GO players have already played the main games in the past, there are still a lot who are new to the world of Pokémon.  The game has a lot of terms exclusive to it; hence, some players may have a hard time understanding how the game actually works.

Here is a list of the most common terms in Pokémon GO and their functions to help children, parents, and newbies enhance their Pokémon GO experience.  No need to “search far and wide” because a clear understanding of the different terms will help you “become the very best”. So go and “catch them all”.

 

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Poké Ball

It is the most iconic item in the game.  You wouldn’t be able to catch Pokémon without a Poké Ball. Players can get Poké Balls by buying through shops or picking it up on PokéStops. There are also different types of Poké Balls— like the Great Ball, the Ultra Ball, and the Master Ball.   These powerful Poké Balls increase the chance for you to catch a rare or even a legendary Pokémon.

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PokéCoins

PokéCoins are in-game currency that you can use to buy premium items in the shop.  You can buy items like Lucky Eggs (doubles the experience points or XP that makes your Pokemon stronger), Egg Incubators (used to hatch eggs), and a Bag Upgrade (adds 50 more item space in your in-game bag). You can also buy coins in shops using real money.

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Pokédex

The Pokédex is a device in the Pokémon world where you can see information about each Pokémon that you’ve caught during your adventure. You can also see in the Pokédex your Pokémon’s CP (Combat Power).  CP determines how powerful your Pokémon is against other Pokémon.

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PokéStops

PokéStops are where you get free Poké Balls by spinning the icon that will appear once you’ve touched a PokéStop in the map. These stops are found on well-known landmarks or places where many players would often gather. A PokéStop does not only give you Poké Balls, but it also gives other items like potions (which can restore your Pokémon’s health during battle), and eggs (which can hatch into a Pokémon).

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Gym

Gyms are specified locations in the map where you can fight other Pokémon from rival teams.   If your team has a Gym, you can train your Pokémon by battling a Pokémon assigned there by other members. While gyms in Pokémon GO serve a different function from the main Pokémon games, it still retains its main purpose which is to see who has the best Pokémon in battle.

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Razz Berry

To easily catch a Pokémon, a Razz Berry is used.  Pokémons get easily distracted and eat the berry. The item is usually recommended to catch rare or legendary Pokémons that are difficult to catch with just a regular Poké Ball. Razz Berries cannot be bought in shops. They can only be found on PokéStops for free.

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Candy

Candy (called a Rare Candy in the main Pokémon games), is what players use in order to evolve their Pokémon and make them even stronger. Evolution is one of the most exciting aspects of the game, as it shows how your favorite Pokémon transforms into a more powerful and version of itself. You can get candy by transferring Pokémon that you’ve caught to Professor Willow, by catching Pokémon (being awarded with a candy is quite rare), or by hatching an egg.

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Incense

An incense is an in-game item that you can use to attract Pokémon in your area, this item act as a lure for you to catch more Pokémon and possibly catch rare ones. You will be given two incenses on the start of your adventure. You can get more incense by buying it in shops for PokéCoins.

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Lure Module

The Lure Module is a much more powerful version of the incense. This item can be attached to a PokéStop which attracts Pokémon in the area. It affects all players in the area; not just a single Pokémon GO player. It somehow grants players the ability of the incense without even buying an incense. The Lure Module is used by establishments like malls who want to organize a “lure party” for their customers to catch a lot of Pokémon in the location.

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Medals

You can earn medals by accomplishing certain tasks throughout your adventure. There is the “Collector” medal which is given to you when you catch your first Pokémon, and there are also medals which are given when you catch a certain type of Pokémon for the first time, like the “Kindler” medal when you catch a fire-type Pokémon (ex. Charmander) and the “Swimmer” medal when you catch a water-type Pokémon (ex. Squirtle).