Pokémon GO logo

Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, mobile application developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. The game was initially released in July 2016.


In Pokémon Go, players catch various Pokémon, evolve them using candies, and power-up them in order to take over gyms for their chosen team. These Pokémon are mapped to locations in the real world using GPS technology. PokéStops located at various real-world landmarks aid in this by distributing items for use in catching and battling with Pokémon.

Two most recognisable screens of the game are Map View and Wild Pokémon Encounter Screen.

Map ViewEdit

Main article: Map View

Map View basically is home screen of the game after loading screen. Most of the game elements are accessible from this screen.

Main MenuEdit

Main Menu of the game is accessible from Map View and allows player to enter such game elements, as: collection of Pokémon and their eggs, in-game Shop, Pokédex and bag with Items. It also lets player to go to Settings Screen, check out Tips and News on the game.

Game beginning Edit

Game beginning (also called Intro or Tutorial) is the part of the game, where Professor Willow introduces himself and shows beginner player a basic game mechanics and elements. In this part of the game Trainers select their Starter Pokémon and nicknames.

Game elementsEdit

Below there is the full list of major game elements and mechanics in Pokémon GO.

Game settingsEdit

In-game tipsEdit

In-game newsEdit

Despite social media channels, creators of the game inform players about updates and news about events and releases of new Pokémon within the game itself with News module. It has been introduced to the game after main release of Johto-region Pokémon in February, 2017 and later reworked to display more than one new update at time in early February, 2018.

Publisher information screenEdit

After the game is launched, the very first thing that is seen by player is white screen with logo of Niantic and Pokémon Company.

Loading screenEdit

The loading screen, or splash screen, is the first thing players see while logging into the game—following the developer and publisher information screens.[1]

Original loading screenEdit

It is the very first loading screen, used since the game release. It shows male trainer on the bridge and Gyarados. Whole design of the graphic seems simplistic, flat and might be made as vector graphic prior the using in the game. This loading screen graphic was used from July 2016 to October 2016.

Halloween 2016 loading screenEdit

Loading screen graphic was changed for the first time in October 2016 for Halloween event. This loading screen introduced more artwork theme of the graphics for splash screen. It shows male trainer and Gengar, also out-of-range PokéStop can be seen in background.

Holiday 2016 loading screenEdit

For Holiday event in 2016 there was yet another loading screen graphic introduced. For the first time it included more than one Pokémon and female Trainer. This loading screen shows PokéStop being decorated with Christmas lights that are powered by Pikachu in holiday hat. Also there are Snorlax, Eevee and Squirtle standing next to the PokéStop and Clefairy on the ladder leaning against the PokéStop.

Speed LimitEdit

Screen top noticesEdit

Augmented realityEdit


Main article: AR+

Pokémon GO PlusEdit

Main article: Pokémon GO Plus

Easter eggsEdit

Main article: Pokémon GO/Easter Eggs

Known issuesEdit

Main article: Pokémon GO/Known Issues


Main article: Pokémon GO/Development


Main article: List of game updates

Just like manny others online games these days, Pokémon GO, since the release of the game had numerous updates both client side - updates of game application on players' mobile devices and server side - updates of available content such as Pokémon, events and eggs.


Main article: Pokémon GO/Timeline

Since the very first days of Pokémon GO lunch until now, there were manny historical events related to game, such as releases of Pokémon from more regions or in-game events.



Main article: Global release dates for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go first launched on July 6, 2016 in the United States, Australia and new Zealand, before releasing in other countries around the world. It is currently not available in some countries such as China and Russia.

Technical IssuesEdit


Device compatibilityEdit

There are few technical requirements that devices have to met to be compatible with the game. [2]

Devices with AndroidEdit

Following requirements apply to all smartphones, phablets and tablets running on Android operating system:

  • Android 4.4 or later;
  • Preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet);
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G);
  • GPS and Location Services.

Rooted devices are not supported.

Devices with iOSEdit

Following requirements apply to iPhones and iPads running on iOS:

  • iPhone 5s or later, [3]
    • The iPhone 5c, although newer than the iPhone 5s, is not supported;
  • iOS 9.0 or later, [3]
    • Devices need to be capable of running iOS 11 as this is the preferred OS version;
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G);
  • GPS and Location Services.

Jailbroken devices are not supported.

Apple WatchEdit

Pokémon GO is also available for Apple Watch of Series 2 and later, that are running on WatchOS. [4]

Game promotionEdit


Main article: Official Partners

Promotional picturesEdit


There were three cinematic style trailers of the game.

Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO!

Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO!

Pokémon GO - Adventure Together for Legendary Pokémon!

Pokémon GO - Adventure Together for Legendary Pokémon!

Pokémon GO - More Pokémon, More Adventure

Pokémon GO - More Pokémon, More Adventure. Now with Dynamic Weather Gameplay!



  1. Developer Insights: A look into Pokémon GO Loading Screens. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-12-21.
  2. Niantic, Inc. - Supported devices
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pokémon GO to discontinue support on Apple devices that are not capable of upgrading to iOS 11. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-01-10.
  4. HEADS UP!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2016-09-07.

External linksEdit

Official downloadEdit