‘Pokemon GO’ Has Now Launched in America and Internationally!

Update #2 (Wednesday, 6:00 PM) – It’s now out in America! Go download it! It’s still not out in Europe, unfortunately.

Pokemon GOAs of this hour Pokemon GO is live in the Google Play and iTunes stores for Australia and Japan! It is likely the game will be released for the United States and other countries very soon, so keep checking back here for updates!

Niantic has published an official guide for the game to help get you started.

In the game you can join either Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct, which are represented by the colors red, blue, or yellow (obvious throwback). Which house will the Sorting Hat place you in?! Just kidding, you can pick!

Candela: I’m Candela–Team Valor’s leader! Pokemon are stronger than humans, and they’re warmhearted too! I’m researching ways to enhance Pokemon’s natural power in the pursuit of true strength. There’s no doubt that the Pokemon our team have trained are the strongest in battle!

Blanche: I am Blanche, leader of Team Mystic. The wisdom of Pokemon is immeasurably deep. I am researching why it is that they evolve. With our calm analysis of every situation we can’t lose!

Spark: Hey! The name’s Spark — the leader of Team Instinct. Pokemon are creatures with excellent intuition. I bet the secret to their intuition is related to how they’re hatched. You never lose when you trust your instincts!

Team Pokemon GO

Update #1: I was able to download the game in the United States early. Here’s some notes:

  • As soon as the game starts, you can catch either Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.
  • To throw a Poke Ball you tap it, then fling it at the Pokemon. It takes some getting used to. I believe I started out with 50 Poke Balls.
  • It took about 4-5 minutes to encounter my first wild Pokemon. I encountered both a Cubone and Nidoran F next to each other.
  • Usually, you can hit the Pokemon by using 1-5 Poke Balls. All of my Pokemon were caught once they were hit with the Poke Balls, though I’m sure sometimes the Poke Balls will fail.
  • I caught Eevee, Cubone, Nidoran M, Nidoran F, Paras, and Rattata in about 40 minutes of jogging through my neighborhood and the local park (the park has a huge power plant, but there were no Electric Pokemon or Zapdos nearby – lame!). I encountered 2 PokeStops and 1 Gym within the park – parks and other landmarks will likely host in-game facilities to encourage people to pay them a visit. You tap on their icons on your map when you are within range to visit them.
  • My battery lost 40% in 40 minutes. If you keep the screen on, the game will murder your battery.
  • At the entrance of the park I jogged to, I was able to receive 3 Poke Balls for free.
  • You can’t enter a Gym until you reach level 5. I was level 2 when I caught my first Pokemon, then level 3 by the end of the night.
  • You use coins to buy additional Poke Balls and items. 100 coins cost $1, 550 coins cost $5, 1200 coins cost $10, 2500 coins cost $20, 5,200 coins cost $40, and 14,5000 coins cost $100.
  • 20 Poke Balls cost 100 coins, 100 Poke Balls cost 460 coins, 200 Poke Balls cost 800 coins, one Incense costs 80 coin, 8 Incense cost 500 coins, 25 Incense cost 1250 coins, one Lucky Egg cost 80 coins, 8 Lucky Eggs cost 500 coins, 25 Lucky Eggs cost 1,250 coins, a Lure Module cost 100 coins, 8 Lure Modules cost 680 coins, an Egg Incubator cost 150 coins, a Bag Upgrade cost 200 coins, and a Pokemon Storage Upgrade cost 200 coins.
  • You’ll see patches of grass in certain areas. The patches of grass themselves do not denote where a Pokemon is – rather, the area the patch of grass appears in means you will randomly encounter Pokemon within that area.

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  1. bbninjas Ready or Not!
    bbninjas

    Advanced Member Member

    Australia got something before America and Europe? What is this. xD

    EDIT: Aww, my phone is flat. v.v
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016
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  2. yu6 Demon Buster Trainee
    yu6

    Member

    So... in a few of days they will release it worldwide? :suspect:
    My phone is ready! XDD
     
  3. Hemos The demonic Shadow Lugia/Mystical Raven Witch
    Hemos

    Member

    Awesome, i'll have to check my Play Store when I get up in the morning.

    After this it's a matter of waiting to see when Go Plus is ready to ship.
     
  4. SpunkyBandy Aspiring Trainer
    SpunkyBandy

    Member

    I can't wait to see it bomb in the next few weeks. :v)
     
  5. bbninjas Ready or Not!
    bbninjas

    Advanced Member Member

    I find it surprising you took 4-5 minutes to encounter your first wild Pokemon. I haven't left my house yet because my cellular data does not work properly, and have caught about 10 Pokemon from staying inside (xP) . I caught my first Pokemon within a minute.
     
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  6. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.
    TokenDuelist

    Member

    How much mobile data does it take up as you walk around?
     
  7. sheld999 Aspiring Trainer
    sheld999

    Member

    it came out to nz first saw it in my playstore says andorid 4.4 plus mines 5.1.1 and says not compatible with device
     
  8. kangle4 Aspiring Trainer
    kangle4

    Member

    Having a heap of fun with it here in Aus.
     
  9. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
    OVERGRO

    Member

    It's already almost 9am here in the EST! I am getting impatient, and fast!

    I'm hoping theyre not going to spend a couple of days "testing" in Aus and Japan before slowly rolling it Westward. I want to go hunting now!!!
     
  10. treyh37 Watcher of Thorns
    treyh37

    Member

    which team to pick... valor, mystic or instinct... leaning toward mystic (go blue!)

    As I expected I've heard from a beta tester my league has a gym in it (or close enough it doesn't matter) which is nice as I can train/check my team is in control of it most of the time.
     
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  11. chella182 Aspiring Trainer
    chella182

    Member

    Soo do you HAVE to pay for coins to get more Pokéballs or can you get them / find them for free in the game? I know WPM said he'd found some, just wanna get a feel for how common that is. If I like the game I don't mind putting a little money into it, but I don't want to be spending money every day on more Pokéballs.

    Also 40% in 40 minutes?? Oh boy :eek: seems like this Bluetooth watch thing they're releasing will be a must, again if I like the game enough.
     
  12. Tehepicguy101 Aspiring Trainer
    Tehepicguy101

    Member

    Everyone go see PdWinnall's newest video!He made a short two minute tutorial on how to install Pokemon Go from any country!
     
  13. Keeper of Night Heart of Gold, Just as Cold
    Keeper of Night

    Member

    And thus PokeBeach was divided into three teams across the globe.
    #TeamBlue
     
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  14. punchayobuns94 Aspiring Trainer
    punchayobuns94

    Member

    I tried evolving a caterpie and the game crashed, then I got a server error message, it was fun for an hour though! Can confirm just because you hit them with a poke ball doesn't guarantee capture
     
  15. Zielo Caught 'em all.
    Zielo

    Member

    Pokemon Go has just released in America now! Starting download!
     
  16. Raigetsu Lightning Trainer
    Raigetsu

    Member

    I uninstalled the APK and installed from the store, and the app strangely responds much better
     
  17. Kurtbusch Soon-to-be Pokémon Master
    Kurtbusch

    Member

    YES! 'MURICA! Too bad I have to go to bed :(

    ... But tomorrow, watch out, 'cause I'm gonna be the very best, like no one ever was!
     
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  18. I'm trying to log in using my pokemon trainer club account and It won't allow me.
     
  19. Scubasage Aspiring Trainer
    Scubasage

    Member

    It's not America, just the US. Us Canadians can't get it officially :(
     
  20. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
    crystal_pidgeot

    Member

    Time to get a bunch of Pidgey!