Apparently I can't get out of it yet, but here are some things I learnt about life from PokemonGO.
Inspired by the Magikarp to Gyrados story, what seems like a splash of hopeless situation can magically take a 180 degrees turn when the time is right (i.e. when finally you have 400 magikarp candies).
2. Don't underestimate the weak
I'm sure most of you know by now that the quickest way to level up is by evolving your Pokemons.
While some of the stronger Pokemon (like Sandshrew, Dratini, Evee) may take 25 to 50 candies to evolve,
Pidgeys, Caterpies & Weedles, the ones that people would usually consider weaker Pokemons, only require 12 candies to evolve.
Each evolution rewards you with 500 XP (1000 XP if you're using a lucky egg), regardless of whether you're evolving a Pidgey or a Dratini.
So think again the next time you walk away from a Caterpie or scorn at the spawning of a Pidgey.
3. Power in numbers
When there are more players gathered at an area with lure, the rate of spawning is usually a whole lot quicker.
So if you're looking to level up quickly, gather your friends and look for public areas that are popular among players so that you guys can help each other out in leveling up.
4. Nobody stands at the top forever
What goes up, must come down.
See that CP 2500 Snorlax standing there basking in spotlight at the top of the gym looking all indestructible?
Don't worry if your Pokemon's maximum CP is 1000.
Because the game is fair in a way that it doesn't allow anyone to dominate a particular gym forever.
You are allowed to battle a gym alongside a friend or another player to take down the gym TOGETHER, and that greatly increases your chances of winning.
Also, when you are fighting a gym with a strong Pokemon, remember to swipe your Pokemon left & right to avoid the enemy's attacks.
5. Not every battle is yours to fight
In PokemonGO, or in life, you choose your battles.
Time is limited, Pokeballs are limited, sleep is limited...
You don't have to catch every single Pokemon that spawns in your way.
Why would you want to catch 5 high CP Pinsirs that appear when you won't be able to evolve it to gain XP, it's not very strong in battles, and would be a waste of your stardust even if you were to power it up anyway?
Instead, why not spend your Pokeballs on Pidgeys (that give you easy & quick XPs during evolution) and Dratinis (that results in a powerful final evolution - Dragonite)?
Not every battle is yours to fight.
And I know it's tempting to start swiping up your Pokeballs at whatever Pokemon comes your way whenever your phone vibrates, but sometimes you just need to learn when to close your eyes and let it go.
I learnt this the hard way when I was totally left with only 6 Great balls, no Pokeballs and no Ultraballs. LOL.
6. When you don't have a plan, you plan to fail
My friend told me this quote the other day, and I think it really applies to life in general, and PokemonGO of course.
Plan the perfect timing to use your Lucky Egg only when you've amassed a sufficient amount of candies & Pokemons to evolve, with no distractions in the background (eg. lots of good/ rare Pokemon spawning).
Otherwise you're just wasting all the potential XPs, or will be torn between gaining XPs from evolving or missing out on completing your Pokedex.
Also, downloading apps like GoRadar to show you which Pokemons are spawning near you (plus exact location) prevents you from going on wild goose chases.
7. Money helps, but it ain't everything
Sure, spending money would help you with getting more Lucky Eggs and Pokeballs etc which will greatly aid in you leveling up.
But even with all those game credit, if you have nobody who wants to be by your side to train with you or fight a gym with you, you'll very quickly lose motivation and interest in the game.
Same goes for life.
Money can buy you fair-weather friends. But when sh*t happens and things go bad, ask yourself deep down if anyone would stand by your side unconditionally.
I think this is actually a huge factor when it comes to PokemonGO.
You can be out the entire day walking/ driving slowly across Singapore in search of rare Pokemons only to see a heap of Zubats, Goldeens or Psyducks,
but someone can be walking home after grocery shopping and chance upon a Dragonite because it randomly spawned there.
So you know, sometimes whatever will be, will be.
How to gain better luck in life... I can't say for sure.
But I'd think it definitely helps if you're a nice, sincere and honest person who helps others, and don't do things against your conscience.
I hope this little PokemonGO rant of mine helped you a little bit, be it about the game, or about life in general.
Heading back into my otaku mode now.
Thank you for reading! :)