“Gotta Catch ‘Em All” has people around the globe seeking out 148 Pokémon characters. Interestingly, although a pure form of entertainment, the application of simple rules for business success also applies to Pokémon players.
Pokémon Go has become a world-wide phenomenon. More than 100 million people worldwide have downloaded the Pokémon Go app. It received more first week downloads in the Apple Store than any other app in history. More than 10% of Android devices have Pokémon Go installed on them.
So what can playing Pokémon Go teach you about how to be a more successful business person? You need to set goals, educate yourself on the market, play the long game and learn how to successfully build teams. Even though Pokémon Go may seem like a simple game to play, keen decision-making skills and long-term strategizing go into making a successful player. Below is some advice on how to be the best Pokémon Go player, and you’ll find that all of these tips have transferable applications in the business world.
Set Your Objectives
1). Collect as many Pokémon as possible.
2). Advance to new levels to gain additional advantages.
3). Use resources wisely.
4). Enjoy the rewards and entertainment gained from a job well done.
The Internet is full of tips and tricks for making you a better player. One of the most accessible sources is YouTube where you can find the latest Pokémon news and advice. For example, when you evolve Eevees, you get one of three Pokemon at random: Vaporeon, Jolteon or Flareon. However, if you rename the Eevee before you evolve it, you can actually choose what they will become. If you don’t know this trick, Google it and educate yourself.
Play the Long Game
It is easy to get caught up in short-term rewards at the cost of losing of long-term gains. Pokémon is a progressive game where the rewards handed to you are sometimes greater than the ones you use resources to obtain. For example, in levels 1 through 15, the Pokémon found usually have low Combat Power (CP) and there might be a temptation to boost this by using valuable Stardust. Imagine catching a Pokémon at level 4, increasing its CP and finding that at level 15, you find the same CP Pokémon just for the catching. Here are a couple of tips for being a successful Pokémon Go player.
1). Use Stardust when you possess at least 50K of it have at least reached level 15, some even say level 20.
2). Some Pokémon have two levels of evolution, these include Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Nidoran (male/female), Oddish, Poliwag, Machop, Bellsprout, Geodude, Gastly and Dratini. Wait until you have enough candies to evolve them all the way. The first level usually takes around 25 candies; the second, 100. Your evolved Pokémon is based on picking the best option and evolving it up to higher levels. You don’t want to evolve at 25 candies only to find the next one you catch is better than the one you just evolved. A complete evolution table can be found here: Pokemongoevolution.com.
3). Use the evaluation tool to determine the potential of your Pokémon. A “perfect” Pokémon character will evolve the most and have the highest potential. You will waste weeks of work if you evolve inferior Pokémon only to find it can’t successfully battle with them.
Teamwork Makes for the Best Earning Strategy
The only way to earn Pokémon gold, which can be redeemed for upgrades, is to participate in Pokémon Gyms. A Gym can have up to ten levels, and the larger the number of Pokémon in the Gym, the less likely it is to be taken over by other players. Seek out Gyms with available openings, or train in a Gym to make an opening and then add your Pokémon to it. You can earn ten gold pieces a day in a Pokémon Gym. If you collect a number of high level Pokémon, you can have several Gyms earning you free income every day. If you take over a Gym, take it over with other people so you can fill as many positions as possible. When you take over a Gym alone and have the only Pokémon there, you are very likely to lose the Gym.
Oftentimes, the same skills that make you successful in the business world, also translate to other areas of your life. Pokémon Go is a prime example of how the same skills that make you a successful businessperson can make you an excellent Pokémon Go player. Learn to set measurable objectives, educate yourself on the playing field, think about the long-term potential, manage your resources in the most efficient manner, and develop effective teams to maximize rewards.