With Japan having had its turn and sign-ups for beta testing Pokémon GO in Australia and New Zealand over, Niantic have already taken to sending out the invites for the game. Have you checked to see if you’ve received yours?
Should you find yourself being one of the lucky few to get an early insight into the workings of the game, just bear in mind that any and all findings you may have, you are not allowed to share outside of the field tests. To do so would result in removal from the beta testing, although that didn’t stop a few beta testers from Japan’s field testing to getting their reveals out onto the world wide web. Details such as:
- Attacking: Tap the screen for a quick attack, or hold your finger on the screen for a charge attack.
- Stamina: There is a stamina bar, which is displayed beneath your health bar. Stamina is consumed when attacking and refills 20% every second.
- Being Attacked: Incoming attacks are indicated by a red crosshair, which closes in on your Pokémon, thus giving you the chance to dodge the attack, by swiping left or right.
- Type Advantage: As expected from a “main” Pokémon game, type advantage is still a thing and will enable your fire-type to do more damage against an ice-type. Also making it into the game is text messages such as: “It’s not very effective” and “It’s super effective!”
- Health Recovery: Damage sustained from during training battles is not recovered immediately after so you will need to heal up after the battle. The same is expected with standard battles, but nothing has yet been said.
- Training Battles: Players are pitted against compute player Pokémon, and all battles take place in real time. So if you’re expecting battling like we’ve seen from all the main games, wipe that thought as these battles are an all-out brawl.
- Taking a Gym: If a Gym has yet to be claimed, you can easily drop off one of your Pokémon to claim it for yourself. You can even fight yourself by taking on the Pokémon you chose to leave behind in order to train your other Pokémon. Just be sure to not leave your strongest Pokémon at the Gym, otherwise training will not go as you planned.
- Catching a Pokémon: Berries can be used to feed the Pokémon you intend to catch to raise your chances of catching it. Berries can only be used once per encounter. There are even different colours for the shrinking rings to indicate the difficulty of the catch.
- Gym Levels: Any Gym you claim for yourself, or already claimed by those on the same team of you, can be levelled up by reaching a set amount of Prestige Points. 500 Prestige points will make a Level 1 Gym Level 2. For Level 3 you need 1000 points and 2000 for Level 4. Beating an opposing team’s Gym will lower the Gyms Prestige Points. The field testing is set to occur this very month of April, so if you happen to be in Australia or New Zealand, now is the time for you to sign up to be a beta tester. To sign up, all you need is a gmail account and pay a visit to the official site, which you can do with the link below:
Now for hopeful beta testers lurking in North America and Europe, beta tests are still planned for those regions, which provided Niantic and The Pokémon Company continue to follow suit, could just see beta tests beginning in both regions simultaneously next month, with South America the month after. So sit tight, because your time will come and even if you don’t strike lucky to be one of those who do get to be a beta tester, give it a few more months and you’ll be able to play the full version!