Pokémon GO Glossary: All the Terms You Need to Know Before Diving into Pokémon Go

Learn about all the terms you need to know in order to get most out of the Pokémon GO games if you have just started to play it.

If you grew up in the 90s and waited anxiously to see Pokémon on TV regularly, complete your very own sticker album of the game or even collected Tazos to compete others in school, certainly waited too long for this: becoming a real Pokémon master, something that is now possible with Pokémon GO. Developed by Niantic, this game brought an augmented reality experience that combines the addictive mix of Pokémon games with immersion to perform the game's actions in the real world. In other words, this is the most realistic way possible to capture the Pokémon right on our world. At this stage of the game, it's likely that most of our readers are already an expert in Pokémon GO. As the game became a real addiction in all over the world, it is difficult to find someone who has not downloaded the game immediately upon its release and became addicted to walk to and fro in search of the most powerful creatures.


But if you are just starting to have fun with the newest work of Niantic Labs, it is very likely to be a little confused about some terms and concepts of the game. After all, Pokémon GO is focused heavily for the people who considered themselves as hardcore fan of Pokémon and the game doesn't come with a decent enough explanation of it.

Thinking about it, we at ABC Trick have prepared a short glossary of key terms you need to know to be a successful trainer. Have a good time!

Pokémon GO Glossary

Battle: A Pokémon can battle against other teams Pokémon at a Gym to have a shot at claiming the Gym.

The Gym’s Prestige are lowered for each of the rivals Pokémon that has been defeated by you and potentially lowers the Gym’s level also. To claim a Gym for you team, you have to lower the Gym's prestige to zero.

Combat Power (CP): A unit of measurement that indicates the power level of a Pokémon. If your Pokémon has more CP than the opponent, there is a high chance that your Pokémon will win the battle.

Defender Bonus: Daily and random reward (as PokéCoins and Stardust) granted to the trainer who is currently defending a gym.

Eggs: Items found throughout the game (can be obtained for free from PokéStops as well as can be bought from the shop) and that, when hatched, give life to a new Pokémon. To hatch an egg, you must insert it into an incubator and then walk a specific distance.

Evolution: It's the process in which a Pokémon becomes a stronger version of itself, increasing its CP and changing appearance. To upgrade a Pokémon, you need to spend a specific amount of candy.

Candy: Item used to evolve and raise the level of your Pokémon. Each Pokémonworks exclusively with its own candy, which can be obtained by capturing the same Pokémon repeatedly as well as by selling the repeated Pokémon to Professor Willow.

Experience Points (XP): Unit of measurement that indicates your progress as a trainer in the game. You can gain experience by capturing and evolving Pokémon, defeating other players and claiming gyms, as weel as by other activity like hatching eggs, collecting from PokéStops. Upon reaching certain number of points, your character levels up.

Fainted Pokémon: Status granted to Pokémon that has lost all it's HP in battle. It can be reanimated with items such as Revive or Max Revive.

Gyms: Gyms are specific locations in Pokémon GO in which players can battle for claim the Gym, representing one of the three teams available (Valor, Instinct and Mystic).

Hit Points (HP): Unit that measures the health of a Pokémon. To defeat a Pokémon, you must cause enough damage using your own Pokémon so that the HP of rival Pokémon is reduced to zero.

Incense: Item that, when used, attracts wild Pokémon to your location, making it easy to capture. You can buy Incense Shop in for 80 PokéCoins. Each Incense lasts 30 minutes.

Incubator: Essential item to hatch Pokémon eggs. Once an incubator is incubating an Egg, you must walk through the distance specified by the egg for it to hatch.

Lure Module: Item that can be used by any trainer in a PokéStop. Once active, the module will increase the number of wild Pokémon appearing in the area. Unlike incense, however, a lure module benefits all players who are close to PokéStop where the lure module is used.

Lucky Egg: A Lucky Egg can double the number of XP you earn when performing any action. The item is only unlocked when you reach level 9 as a Pokémon Trainer and each lasts only 30 minutes.

Medals: Collectible trophies awarded to the player upon fulfilling certain achievement throughout the game. Medals have no practical effect on gameplay, serving only for purposes of collecting.

Pokeballs: Item used to capture wild Pokémon and add them to your collection of Instinct.Poké Balls can be acquired for free at PokéStops or purchased in store. It is important to note that there are different types of Pokeballs, each with its own level of capability (Normal, Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls).

PokéCoins: Currency used in the world of Pokémon GO. You can buy more PokéCoins with real money through a micro transactions system.

Pokédex: A virtual encyclopedia carried by all Pokémon Trainer. It contains information about all captured Pokémons as well as basic data of Pokémons that were seen, but were not captured.

PokéStop: Points of interest on the map where the trainer can get free items and use a Lure Module to increase the number of wild creatures around.

Potions: items used to regain health (ie HP) from one of your Pokémon.

Power-Up: The process in which a Pokémon gets stronger with greater CP and HP, but not necessarily evolve into another form. You must use Candy and Stardust to increase the level of a Pokémon.

Prestige: Equivalent to unit of experience points (XP) but that measures the progress of Gyms. To defend a gym of your team, you and your teammates have to gain more prestige and eventually level up, allowing more trainers on the same team to defend.

Razz Berry: Item that, when used against a wild Pokémon, makes it easier to capture. Especially useful for the times when you find a rare creature. You can not purchase Razz Berry in the shop, you must earn it throughout the adventure.

Stardust: Item used to increase the level of your Pokémon. It serves universally for all creatures and can be obtained by hatching eggs, capturing Pokémon and also from PokéStops.

Training: At friendly Gym, you can battle against a Pokémon put up by your teammates to increase your XP as well as to increase the prestige of the Gym .

Trainer: Nickname offered to Pokémon GO players. Trainers are those who catch wild Pokémon and domesticate them to battle against other Pokémon.

Wild Pokémon: A Pokemon that has not been captured by a trainer. You find them in Pokémon GO to simply by walking through in the real world.


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