In order to advance quickly, it's important to know a few essentials about locations and items. Firstly, if you see rustling grass on the map, this indicates an area in which a wild pokémon has a higher chance of being encountered. If there are pokémon nearby, the wise hunter knows to consult the graphic at the bottom-right of the screen. This shows which types of pokémon are in the vicinity, and roughly how far away they are from your current location. Expand this graphic and analyse the footprint icons: If there are three of them, it means the pokémon is a fair distance from you. Two, you're getting warmer. One, prepare your poké balls. Zero footprints means that your prey is most definitely within capturing distance and at this point you can feel like a real apex predator by imprisoning it within your solitary confinement sphere.Most pokémon can be caught with a single poké ball (just chuck it at its face with some degree of accuracy) but if you're lucky enough to stumble upon a rarer or more evolved pokémon, it may take several poké balls to take it down.If you want to track down specific pokémon, a general rule of thumb is to remember that pokémon are element-based, and they tend to spawn near corresponding real-world elements, like lakes, grass, atop volcanoes, or inside the MI5 building. Different pokémon also appear at different times of day, so venture out around midnight with some snacks if you want to catch a Haunter or a Golbat.
The general consensus seems to be that battles can be won by effectively mashing your screen as fast as possible
However, this is a very unwise thing to do if you want to keep your account. "Using tools or techniques to alter or falsify your location" is defined as cheating under the Pokémon Go trainer guidelines, so in doing so you could face the wrath of the Niantic banhammer. Also, if you're not at all familiar with jailbreaking and the like, you may accidentally wreck your phone trying to configure these settings.In-app purchasesIf careful resource planning and strategic poké-warfare isn't your thing and you wish to advance at a staggering rate with no effort or risk whatsoever, you can of course use the greatest cheat of all: in-app purchases. Virtual currency packs exist and range from about $1 to $99. These packs come in the form of the game's main currency, pokécoins, which allow you to purchase nearly all of the most useful items, including Lure Modules and poké balls, meaning you will no longer have to walk around for hours looking for certain item drops.Freemium games are often cynical pieces of work and we must deduct Pokémon Go some points for that, but thankfully it does seem that all of the game's features can be fully enjoyed without the need for spending real money, at least at this stage.Taking all of this into account, it appears that it's not easy to become the world's greatest Pokémon Master unless you use shenanigans of some form to reach the top. That being said, even if the entire in-game world is monopolised by a single super-team of spoofers who have spent thousands on virtual currency, you can still go about your personal quest of catching every single pokémon, which is most definitely what it's all about. Just try not to fry your phone by walking directly into a lake to catch that Magikarp.