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Pokemon Go catch tips – How to increase your capture rate

Published: 7/Sep/2020 1:14 Updated: 7/Sep/2020 1:15

by Paul Cot


The core premise of Pokemon Go is to catch Pokemon, so you may as well give yourself the best chance of doing so with our capture tips below.

How you throw Pokeballs determines the likelihood of the capture. Different Pokemon will be harder to catch than others depending on their strength and rarity.

What is consistent though, is certain types of throws, how accurate they are, the ball you use and the use of berries, all increase a player’s chances of capturing that Pokemon.

Let’s go through how each of these affect the odds of a successful capture. All of the below odds are in comparison to using a Pokeball with a straight throw and no accuracy bonus.

Type of throw

There are two ways to throw a Pokeball which will produce one of four different levels of accuracy. Those two ways are straight ball (known as a normal throw) or a curveball – the latter is slightly harder to pull off but is rewarded with a higher success rate of capture.

  • Curveball: 1.7x – 70% increase

Accuracy multiplier

Depending on the accuracy and timing, each throw will either be Normal, Nice, Great or Excellent. Each of these increasingly add to the likelihood of capture.

The improved odds of these are as follows but actually depend on the radius of the circle when the Pokeball hits. Therefore, the multiplier can range anything from 1 to 2:

  • Nice throw: 1x to 1.3x – 0% to 30% increase
  • Great throw: 1.3x to 1.7x – 30% to 70% increase
  • Excellent throw: 1.7x to 2x – 70% to 100% increase

Pokeball changes the odds

It will come as no surprise that using a Great or Ultra Ball also increases your chances of capture. The increased odds are fairly significant too and are as follows:

  • Great Ball: 1.5x – 50% increase
  • Ultra Ball: 1.5x to 2x – 50% to 100% increase

Use Berries for an extra boost

Much like Pokeballs, using Berries is another way to increase the odds by simply flicking the screen. There are two types of Berries that will boost your chances of capture – Razz Berry, Golden Razz Berry and Silver Pinap Berry. Those odds are:

  • Razz Berry: 1.5x – 50% increase
  • Golden Razz Berry: 2.5x – 150% increase
  • Silver Pinap Berry -1.8x – 80% increase, as well as double Candy
Ultra Balls are twice as likely to capture a Pokemon as standard Pokeballs…

Percent chance of capture

All of these factors can be combined to significantly increase your chances of capturing a given Pokemon. The likes of Pidgey and Rattata can often be caught by simply throwing a normal Pokeball.

However, encounters with Legendary Pokemon warrant taking the time to make your throw accurate. Often you will have limited Premier Balls to make the capture, so each throw is very important.

If we give throwing a normal Pokeball, thrown in a straight line without the use of berries or any accuracy bonuses, an index number of 1 then we can compare it to various other combinations.

The easiest way to increase your odds every throw is using a curveball. It isn’t a difficult skill to master and when you have done it enough times, it will become second nature.

It also isn’t difficult to consistently hit Nice and Great throws while doing it. For the sake of this example though, we’ll use a nice throw. Additionally, we’ll throw in the use of a Great Ball. These will combine to give you a 3.31x (221%) higher chance of capture – this highlights the significance of the above multipliers.

If we put absolutely everything in our favor – the use of an Ultra Ball, curveball throw, Golden Razz Berry and Excellent accuracy – then this will give you 14.45x chance of success, which equates to 1345%.

Berries, especially of the golden variety and higher level Pokeballs can be a scarce resource in Pokemon Go, so use them accordingly. Throwing a curveball and doing so accurately are two things that can be done every throw, though.


Niantic seemingly gives up on revamping Pokemon Go’s PokeCoin system

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:54

by Paul Cot


Niantic have been testing an alternative Pokemon Go Pokecoin system for several months. They have now announced those tests will be discontinued and subsequently revert to the original system.

“Based on Trainer feedback and collected data, this PokéCoin-rewards test will be discontinued in all test countries (Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan),” Niantic revealed via an update on the official Pokemon Go blog.

“The PokéCoin-rewards system in those countries will revert to the existing system on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.” That existing system is the one most trainers have come accustomed to.

Pokemon Go Gym Coins
Defending gyms is currently the only way to get PokeCoins without buying them in Pokemon Go…

Keeping gyms relevant

Judging by the majority of feedback, trainers enjoy the simplicity of leaving a Pokemon on a gym to earn their 50 Pokecoins for the day. For those of you who don’t know, you earn one PokeCoin for every 10 minutes you have a ‘mon defending a gym.

That means to earn the maximum of the 50 coins you’ll need one on there for 8 hours and 20 minutes. That sounds difficult but over time gyms have become less competitive and you can often get the full amount in one attempt.

The system that was being tested gave trainers additional ways to earn those PokeCoins. Despite Niantic’s best intentions though, trainers were quick to criticize the new system and some cynics even believed it was a way for Niantic to sneakily increase revenues from die-hard players.

There’s always two sides to a story, however. Some trainers believed the new proposed PokeCoin system was actually more inclusive. The logic behind this was it would help trainers in competitive gyms areas but as mentioned above these areas are becoming less frequent.

Future changes to come?

It looks like the majority of trainers have got their way in regards to the old PokeCoin system, at least for the moment. Niantic didn’t close the book entirely on adjusting the system, saying: “We appreciate Trainers’ participation in the test, and we’ll continue to look for ways to improve how players can earn PokéCoins.” Hopefully the next one will be more popular.