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Pokemon Go guide: Everything you need to become a master trainer and catch 'em all

Pokemon Go has an absolute shedload of stuff to do. Of course, catching Pokemon and completing the Pokedex is the main objective, but there's things like raids, trading, eggs, battling Team Rocket, and more. This Pokemon Go guide covers every aspect of the game and answers any potential questions you may have, whether you're a veteran or a brand new Pokemon Go player.

Pokemon Go Tips and Tricks

If you want to be the very best, like no one ever was, then you should take some pointers from experts in the field. We've put in hundreds of hours to bring you the essential Pokemon Go tips you need to know to help you catch 'em all.

Pokemon Go Trading

Pokemon Go trading

The ability to trade Pokemon has been requested since the game first launched, which isn't surprising as it's been a feature of the series since the Gameboy originals. The good news is that Pokemon Go trading is possible, but you'll need to meet certain criteria before you can start swapping Pokemon with your pals, so check out our guide for all the details.

Pokemon Go Community Day

Pokemon Go Community Day

In every month, there's a designated Pokemon Go Community Day where a specific Pokemon will appear with hugely increased frequency for a set three hour period. Keep checking our regularly updated guide to find out which Pokemon will feature, the time and date they'll appear, plus tips for which items to bring for your best chances of capture success.

Pokemon Go Field Research

Every month, there are a number of Field Research tasks available, which are basically quests you obtain by spinning Poke Stops. By completing enough of these tasks you'll achieve a Research Breakthrough to encounter a legendary Pokemon, and we're regularly updating our Pokemon Go Field Research guide with all the current tasks and rewards available.

Pokemon Go Shiny List

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Gyrados

Catching a shiny Pokemon is a highlight for any trainer as they're so rare, with only a 1 in 450 chance that a Pokemon you catch will be a shiny - if it even has a shiny version, as not all of them do. The good/bad news (depending on how you look at it) is that there are over 150 of them to find, so check out our complete Pokemon Go shiny list for everything you need to know.

How to catch an Aerodactyl in Pokemon Go

How to catch an Aerodactyl

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If you're working your way through the Let's Go Meltan task then you'll be wondering how to catch an aerodactyl in Pokemon Go. It's one of the stages of the research task while it's not technically hard, it can be a pain so read up up everything we have here to make life easier on yourself. 

How to catch a Spinda in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Spinda

Spinda is an elusive Pokemon which has over 20 variations thanks to its different patterns, which may sound excessive but compared to the frankly crazy four billion variants in the main games it's a drop in the ocean. To get started you need to find a specific Field Research task, and we've got all the details for how to catch a Spinda in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go Regional Pokemon

Pokemon Go Regionals are specific Pokemon that are exclusive to certain regions of the world. Unless you're an international jet-setter then you may not encounter many of these Pokemon Go regional Pokemon, but handily they can be traded and we've got all the information on their locations in our guide.

Pokemon Go Raids

Raids are battles with oversized 'boss' Pokemon that take place at gyms, and you may need to team up with a group of friends in order to defeat them. These raid bosses change every month, so pay a visit to our Pokemon Go raids guide to find out which battles are currently available and pick up tips for these tough foes.

Pokemon Go Sinnoh Stones

Sinnoh Stones are a type of special item which are pretty hard to come by, as they can normally only be obtained by completing Research Tasks or in PvP battles, though some Community Day events have also yielded them. They are required to evolve certain 4th gen Pokemon, so check out our Pokemon Go Sinnoh Stones guide to see how to get them and what evolutions they are for.

Pokemon Go Legendaries

Legendaries are some of the hardest Pokemon to catch, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise to experienced trainers. To make completing your collection even tricker, not all of the Pokemon Go Legendaries are available at the same time, but if you follow our guide we'll show you which ones are currently around and offer advice on how to bag them.

Pokemon Go evolution items

Evolution items, or special items as they're also known, come in six different varieties - Metal Coat, Sun Stone, Dragon Scale, King's Rock, Up-Grade, and Sinnoh Stone. They are used to evolve specific Pokemon into new forms, along with plenty of candies, and our Pokemon Go evolution items guide will explain how each of these items is used.

How to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Ditto

Ditto can be a really frustrating Pokemon to try and catch, as if you don't have luck working for you then it can take a long time to find success. This is due to Ditto being a mimic, so you can't see it in the wild as it takes on other forms, but if you want to know how to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go then we've got plenty of information about its disguises and techniques to track it down.

How to catch Mew and Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

Mew in Pokemon Go

If you were a collector of the original 151 Pokemon, you'll know just how important it is to add Mew and Mewtwo to your Pokedex. This is a tricky process however, involving an eight-stage quest just to grab Mew, but our guide will show you exactly how to catch Mew and Mewtwo in Pokemon Go.

How to catch Celebi in Pokemon Go

How to catch Celebi in Pokemon Go

Adding the elusive Celebi to your Pokedex is another multi-step process, where you'll need to complete eight stages of Special Research tasks in order to track it down. There's a lot to do and you'll need plenty of time and distance, so pull on your walking shoes and we'll show you how to catch Celebi in Pokemon Go.

How to catch Smeargle in Pokemon Go

It took a while to arrive, but the wait is over and the final Gen 2 Pokemon Smeargle has arrived in Pokemon Go. This cheeky canine loves to photobomb your pictures, so you'll need to use Snapshot Mode to draw it into the wild, and we've got all the details in our how to catch Smeargle in Pokemon Go guide.

How to catch Meltan in Pokemon Go

If you want to grab a Gen 8 Meltan then there are a couple of methods you can use. If you have Pokemon Let's Go then you can get Meltan by transferring any Pokemon over from Pokemon Go, or if you don't have access to the Switch game you can complete a nine stage special task instead. Either way, our how to catch Meltan in Pokemon Go guide will give you all the information you need.

How to get Leafeon and Glaceon in Pokemon Go

How to get Leafeon & Glaceon in Pokemon Go

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Leafeon and Glaceon are the two fourth generation Eevee-lutions, but they're not acquired in the same method as the other 'eons. If you're wondering how to get Leafeon and Glaceon in Pokemon Go, we've got an entire guide dedicated to that subject for you.

Pokemon Go Pokedex

Over three years of Pokemon Go, the Pokedex has continued to expand, now covering four generations and close to 500 Pokemon in total! Keeping track of all those individual Pokemon and their evolutions is a big ask, which is why we have our Pokemon Go Pokedex guide to lay out every one of them for you.

How to change team in Pokemon Go

When you first started out in Pokemon Go, you had to make the difficult choice between Team Mystic, Valor, or Instinct. Previously, you were locked into this decision for the long haul, but thanks to the introduction of the Team Medallion you can now switch sides if you like - though you'll have to play a price. For all the details on how to get a Team Medallion and what you need to do with it, here's how to change team in Pokemon Go.

Feel like you've been doing a lot of walking while playing Pokemon Go? Well, Pokemon Go's community has walked 23 billion kilometers so far, enough to get you to Pluto and back (and there again).

Iain is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 110 Platinum pots in his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.