Someone tore through the code for Pokemon Go and there’s 26 things you need to know. Facts

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So far a lot of the knowledge we’ve acquired from Pokemon Go has been down to trial and error, and reading other people’s reports of trial and error. With no ‘official’ guide for the game released, and no real tutorials when you start the app, there’s a lot left to the imagination.

Enter data mining. For those of you not familiar, data mining is a process where people open up the code of something to trawl through it and find out stuff which we may not have known. In a game as ambiguous as Pokemon Go has been, you can imagine how fruitful this would be.

A redditor going by the name of Allancaesar did exactly this, and what he found was a list of some pretty useful information about the game.

Here’s what he found:

  • The Trainer Level Cap is 40.

  • Egg’s cap at Level 20, so if you get an Egg at Level 37 it’ll still hatch at the same quality as if you were level 20.

  • Wild Pokemon cap at Level 30, meaning after Level 30 everyone will find the same max CP Pokemon and it’ll be a matter of spending the candy and stardust to upgrade them to your level’s cap based on their CP arc.

  • There is an achievement/badge rank above gold.

  • Curveballs and Accurate Throws (Nice, Great, Etc) have been confirmed as helping with the capture chance of a Pokeball throw.

  • There may be future Incubators that reduce the amount of kilometers needed before they hatch. (There is an incubator called “distance” in the code)

  • Moves have an Accuracy and a Critical Hit Rate.

  • Each unique Pokemon has it’s own Capture and Flee rate.

  • Move Damage may go up with Trainer Level.

  • Pokemon do become harder to catch as you level up.

  • Mewtwo, Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno are Legendary.

  • Mew is Mythic.

  • Farfetch’d is out there… can be hatched from an EGG / Found in the wild in Asia

  • The Charge Meter is filled 0.5 for each 1 HP of damage dealt. This means a super effective move that does more damage will charge the special attack faster – that is actually really important to know.

  • To level from 39 to 40 takes FIVE MILLION EXPERIENCE, and going from 1 to 40 takes Twenty Million.

  • Pokemon have a base Attack, Defense and Stamina (HP) – thus they do not have a Attack and Special Attack stat like in the 3DS games.

  • Dragonite has the strongest base attack for non-legends, at 250.

  • MewTwo has a base attack of 284.

  • Moltres has the highest base attack of the three legendary birds.

  • Articuno has the highest base defense of the three.

  • Zapdos is almost as high as Moltres in base attack but is likely lower due to Type Advantage.

  • Pokemon have an evolution modifier AND a HP modifier when they evolve both CP and HP go up a set multiplier.

  • Defending Pokemon at a Gym attack every 1.5 seconds.

  • The Master Ball is in the game, no clue where it is found.

  • The Legendary Pokemon do have a spawn rate – BUT – they have no capture rate, could this mean they require a Master Ball?

  • STAB is present in the game, giving a 25% Bonus to an attack move. STAB stands for “Same Type Attack Bonus” and means if a Grass Pokemon uses a Grass move it will hit harder than if a Ground Pokemon used the same Grass move.


There’s a lot of really great information in here, starting with the max trainer level. Perhaps like me, you’ve started to notice huge differences in your Pokemon’s CP compared to other Pokemon in gyms. If the levels begin to plateau as you go higher as stated above, we can expect that battles will get a bit more even as you go up, and will instead rely on you using your stardust for levelling up wisely.

Confirmation of the masterball, and elusive Pokemon like the legendaries and Farfetch’d and Ditto are also great to know. The question on everyone’s lips is when and where any of these will show up, although many expect these will come through special events hosted by Niantic.


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