Pokémon GO has now introduced social and trading features that allow Trainers to connect with each other by adding friends, sending Gifts, and participating in a new Friendship level system that unlocks bonuses. Trainers can now trade Pokémon with other Trainers nearby, earning a Candy Bonus for the Pokémon received.
Join Trainers across the globe who are discovering Pokémon as they explore the world around them. Pokémon GO is the global gaming sensation that has been downloaded over 800 million times and named "Best Mobile Game" by The Game Developers Choice Awards and "Best App of the Year" by TechCrunch.
Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered!
Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!
Search far and wide for Pokémon and items
Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops and Gyms—found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments—to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.
Catching, hatching, evolving, and more
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind. Choose a Buddy Pokémon to walk with and earn Candy that will help you make your Pokémon stronger.
Compete in epic Gym battles
You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side. As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.
Team up to defeat powerful Raid Bosses
A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with up to 20 other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. If you succeed in defeating it in battle, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!
It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!
- This app is free-to-play and offers in-game purchases. It is optimized for smartphones, not tablets.
- It is recommended to play while connected to a network in order to obtain accurate location information.
- Compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi networks.
- Compatibility information may be changed at any time.
- Information current as of June 18, 2018.
- Compatible with iPhone® 5s / SE / 6 / 6s / 6 Plus / 6s Plus / 7 / 7 Plus / 8 / 8 Plus / X devices with iOS Version 9 or later installed.
- Not compatible with 5th generation iPod Touch devices or iPhone 5c or earlier iPhone devices.
- Please visit www.PokemonGO.com for additional compatibility information.
- Compatibility with tablet devices is not guaranteed.
- Compatibility is not guaranteed for all devices.
- Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically reduce battery life.
- If you use Pokémon GO with your Apple Watch, with your consent we use the Apple HealthKit APIs to read and/or write certain data (such as Step Count, Calories Burned, and Distance Walked) to the Health App Database on your device (the "Health App Data").
- PokéStop nominations will be available to level 40 players in Brazil and South Korea
- You can now remove Pokémon from your Favorites while in the trade interface
- You can now share an Exclusive Raid Pass with one friend
- You can now swipe to dismiss in-app notifications
- Various bug fixes and performance updates
Ratings and Reviews
Little bit too mileage dependant
(First off the most recent change to pixelated Pokémon in the menus was a terrible backward step and I insist that is reverted)
Besides that, my only big issue with the app, having played it since its release, is the mileage needed to really play / really progress in the game. It's not easy to explain in non-boring terms to those who've not played, but at times you can resort to using Pokemon Go as a very battery-exploitive pedometer, simply turning it on whenever you walk just to make progress. And this can be the only real way available to you to advance, too often the game is near meaningless unless you play it while walking 3km or more. Even then I find many localities offer next to nothing in terms of activity in the game (no Pokémon to catch or Pokéstops) so become uninteresting, cities seem to be the only places that offer an experience of the game that provides plenty to do all the time.
I played and watched Pokémon games, cartoons and cards all through my childhood and am definitely biased in favour of anything Pokémon. However, even taking Pokémon Go purely for what it is at this time, rather than what it could be in the future, there are significant fundamental alterations which I believe should be made (as I have mentioned) and plenty more less crucial ones too. A good app. And a great start to the endless potential that this concept has, but still needing significant revision.
Has improved a lot
My first review I said about how terrible this game is and how terrible niantic is as a company but I am going to have to admit that since gen 3 they have been making good progress on this game . For starters they have been adding many events such as the popular community days where for 3 hours 1 Pokemon spawns , it has a huge shiny chance and evolving one into its final evo grants you a special move it can only learn during this day . Other cool events recently have been the fighting event and the world day event . The game seems to be much more stable iv only had problems with it in huge crowded spots and that is huge improvement from just me and my friend playing it and getting errored out of gyms . As well as a much more stable gameplay . Everyday is now diffrent with weather . Weather makes certain types spawn more , makes them have higher iv and can be caught higher rewarding playing in diffrent weathers . Overall I feel they have improved a lot . What stops me from giving it a 5 at the moment is it needs to keep this up and keep adding good features . Maybe also allow Pokemon go players to be able to submit pokestops for those rurel players and such (I know a few spots anyway that would make good pokestops) . Either way if you like Pokemon or just like walking around I would say it’s worth giving this a go
Level 40 and over 13 - friends feature
Second edit: Surely you can have setting that allows the adult to be able to give authority to let an under 13 see the new social feature instead of making this unavailable to them? Or that the adult has to authorise friends. This is totally going to ruin the enjoyment of my nephew playing alongside me, which actually helps keep him active as he comes on walks with me. Even at least let the adult that their account is linked to and child be friends (even if the child can not add anyone else) so at least the child can benefit from this new added feature. C’mon these are surely better options that simply not letting an under 13 being able to see the feature and ruin their play, alongside the adult that they probably play with.
Edit: interestingly the please come back when you hit be level 40 to access social feature! Has gone this morning and I can now access it on adult account. Still not visible on child linked account.
To be able to use to the added social feature?! You don’t mention that in the update notes. How to ruin the excitement for the change to us more casual players (30 mins to an hour a day) , level 32 going to be a good few months before get to level 40. Also hoping that the roll out is gradually and you haven’t stopped child linked to adult accounts from having this as will totally ruin my nephew playing along side me (currently me adult can see feature but child nephew can’t)
- Niantic, Inc.
- 249.3 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation) and iPod touch (6th generation).
- English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2016-2018 Niantic, Inc. © 2016-2018 Pokémon. © 1995-2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
- In-App Purchases
- 100 PokéCoins £0.79
- 550 PokéCoins £4.99
- 1,200 PokéCoins £9.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.