You want a RARE POKEMON, you have to work for it
Part of the thrill of Pokémon Go is never knowing what might be lurking around the corner. Hanging around canals hoping a Lapras will rear its mythical head, doing a few more laps of the local Pokéstops in the hope of stumbling across a Scyther – the fun is endless. But you will want to see this to grab the rare pokemon.
But wandering around aimlessly will lead only to disappointment. And Rattatas. So many Rattatas. Of course, you catch them anyway because you really can’t say no to that extra stardust, but you’ll never master your local gym with a Raticate. To get your hands on the really rare Pokémon, you need to hatch eggs.
Eggs, which you can get from some Pokéstops, are activated when players put them into an incubator. After walking a required distance, either two, five or ten kilometres (1.2 miles, three miles and six miles) with the app open, the egg will hatch and reveal a Pokémon along with a generous smattering of stardust and candies.
The rarest Pokémon – like Electabuzz or Jynx – require players to walk the furthest distance. Snorlax and Eevee also require players to walk the full ten kilometres. The choice of top-tier Pokémon is a little questionable (does Omanyte really deserve to be there?) but so far, walking the distance seems to be the best way to guarantee a decent Pokémon.
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That’s not to say that the two-kilometre eggs aren’t worth hatching. These relatively easy-to-hatch eggs will yield Pikachus, Charmanders and Clefairies – Pokémon which WIRED would gladly hold up foot traffic in a busy street to fling a few Poké Balls at. Less illustrious members of the two-kilometre club include Weedle, Zubat and Sparrow. In WIRED’s experience these are ten-a-penny in the game anyway so it’d be a disappointing hatch that revealed any of those Pokémon.
The Pokémon Go app will only register distance walked while the app is open, which can be a big drain on battery. To combat this problem, Niantic has included a battery saving mode in the settings menu – select it and the screen will black out when the phone is being held by a player’s side in their pockets.
To access your egg menu, swipe left from the Pokémon menu. All players start the game with one incubator (which can be used infinite times) and more incubators are available as level-up bonuses or from the in-game store.