Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns where you live-and even around the globe-to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you walk through the real world, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you're near a Pokémon.

The Map

The map is your main view while playing Pokémon GO, and it is based on the actual real-world map of the streets and pathways where you're standing. The map contains lots of information that's useful when you're exploring. You'll always be in the center of the map. Use it to find PokéStops, Gyms, the location of nearby Pokémon, and more!


Keep an eye out for glowing areas called habitats that indicate where you may find Pokémon. You won't always find a Pokémon in a habitat, but the chances are very good. Pokémon love places like public parks and recreation areas. So get outside and walk around to find more Pokémon!


Catch as many Pokémon as you can to earn Experience Points (XP) and increase your Trainer level! Each capture awards XP based on the kind of Pokémon you've caught, whether you've caught the Pokémon before, and the accuracy of your throw.

At higher levels, you'll have access to stronger items, such as Great Balls, to give you a better shot at catching Pokémon. Keep exploring and encountering Pokémon to raise your level!