1 Check the sidebar for Pokémon. If Pokémon are nearby, you’ll see a gray sidebar on the bottom-right corner of your screen that displays the silhouettes of the Pokémon near you.
2 Watch for rustling grass. On your screen, look for a set of leaves moving around in the distance. When you see some, you are receiving an indication that there may be a Pokémon there.
3 Walk to the rustling grass. Yes, literally walk, with your feet, to where you see the rustling grass on the map! When you approach the spot, a Pokémon may appear on your screen.
4 Tap on the Pokémon. When you get close enough to a Pokémon, tap on it to enter the game’s “capture” mode. It’s battle time.
5 Check the Pokémon’s CP level. A Pokémon’s Combat Points, or CP level, is the number shown in the grey bar above its head, and it denotes their strength. A Pokémon with a low CP level will be easier to capture than a Pokémon with a high level.
6 Use the right type of Pokéball. There are different types of Pokéballs you can use to capture Pokémon, and they yield different levels of effectiveness. A Pokéball is the most basic and weakest kind of ball to use – it’s also the kind of Pokéball you receive as you start the game. You can stock up on Pokéballs at a PokéStop, which will be discussed more in this article.
7 Wait for the right moment. Look for the ring that sits inside the circle where the Pokémon is standing. It’ll be red, orange, or green depending on how difficult the Pokémon is to capture. It’ll also change in size; when this ring is at its smallest, the Pokémon is most vulnerable and your chances at capturing it are highest.
8 When you’re ready, tap on the Pokémon to capture it. You’ll throw a Pokéball at it. If you miss, or the Pokémon bursts out of the Pokéball, you can try again until it flees. If it runs away, don’t fret – return to your map, and move on to your next attempt at finding and capturing a Pokémon!
9 Master your throwing technique. The single most important factor that affects your ability to successfully capture Pokémon is the technique you use to fling a Pokéball at it. To throw a Pokéball, simply use your finger to flick the Pokéball towards the Pokémon on the screen. To improve your throws, be sure to:
- Get your angle right. If you accidentally throw your Pokéball too far to the left or right, you’ll miss the Pokémon.
- Use the right amount of force. A slower, shorter flick will cause you to throw the ball with less force. A quick, longer flick will cause the ball to fly faster and longer. Try to throw the ball with some force, but be sure not to overshoot the Pokémon during your throw!