Pokémon Go Evolution Guide: How to Hatch Eggs in Pokémon Go?
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Pokémon Go Evolution Guide
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As Pokémon Go continues to be the biggest thing since sliced bread, many people are beginning to reach the point in the game where they can no longer coast, requiring a Pokémon Go guide. In particular, people are curious about the nature of Pokémon evolution, as well as acquiring Pokémon via eggs. Are you curious about the Pokémon Go evolution list or about how to hatch eggs in Pokémon Go? Read on for our Pokémon Go evolution guide and egg tutorial, as well as info on where to find a Pokémon Go evolution chart.

Pokémon Go Egg Hatching Guide

After leveling up a few times just from catching Pokémon near your home, you’re likely to have required at least one egg as a level up bonus; perhaps as a reference to one of Nintendo’s other franchises, they look kind of like Yoshi eggs. However, many novice players simply leave the eggs alone, thinking that they’ll hatch on their own or require some sort of additional item. Well, those people are half right; they don’t need to pay the eggs much attention but they do require a specific item.

Are you wondering how to hatch eggs in Pokémon Go? Well, the good news is that you already have everything you need to do it. To hatch an egg, you first need to put it in an incubator. To do so, go to your list of acquired Pokémon in the main menu and swipe left to be taken to your collection of eggs. Click on the one you wish to hatch and choose to begin incubation. You’ll be taken to a list of your incubators; simply choose one and you can begin the hatching process. The game gives you one incubator with infinite uses, while others can be received as leveling rewards or by purchasing them in the in-game shop. Keep in mind, however, that these ones will have a limited number of uses.

Once in an incubator, a Pokémon egg is hatched by walking the distance indicated on the egg: either two, five or 10 kilometers. And yes, you have to walk, as the game can tell when you’re moving faster than human legs can possibly move, so you can’t cheat by using your car! The Pokémon found in each egg differs by the distance required, with only initial, non-evolved forms being available. For example, you can hatch a Charmander, but not a Charmeleon or Charizard. A guide to which Pokémon are available from which eggs can be found here.

Pokémon Go Evolution Guide

Rather than eggs, those unfamiliar with the mainline Pokémon games may be looking for a Pokémon Go guide to get a better grasp of how evolution in the franchise works. At its core, it’s rather simple: certain Pokémon can evolve to specific, stronger forms when certain conditions are met. For the majority of Pokémon, including the “Generation One” original 150 found in Pokémon Go, evolution simply happens at pre-set levels, though other means exist, by trading, or even from having a high friendship level.

But in Pokémon Go, it works a bit differently, as Pokémon evolve by using a set amount of candy. Candy is acquired by catching Pokémon or transferring the ones you already have. Candies are tied to each Pokémon’s evolutionary line; using the previous example, Charmander, Charmeleon and Charizard all use Charmander Candy. For those lacking the Pokémon knowledge necessary to know which Pokémon evolves into what and require a Pokémon Go evolution chart, there’s a handy Pokémon Go evolution list right here.

And like the Nintendo handheld games, an evolved Pokémon sees a significant stat boost compared to its previous form—and also like the other games, it can be somewhat manipulated. A Pokémon’s combat power (or CP) is based on several factors, including your level when it’s captured. Keep in mind, its level at the time requires hidden base stats and a little bit of pure luck. Several Pokémon Go evolution guides have been written by players in order to help explain exactly how to get the highest CP possible and how to determine what a Pokémon’s CP will increase to upon evolution. For more information, check out this handy Pokémon Go evolution calculator, though be ready to take out a calculator and crunch some numbers.

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