How to train against the computer in Pokémon Go
To particulate in Pokémon Go battles against the computer – also known as ‘training’ – then open the ‘Nearby’ menu, which is at the bottom right corner of the map screen. This will give you a variety of Battle options.
Along the top row is the roster of computer-controlled opponents – specifically the three leaders of Team Valor, Mystic and Instinct, allowing you to get in some practice and earn rewards.null
How to battle and train in Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go battles are restricted to players who are Pokémon Go level 10 or above.
If you’re just starting, it won’t take too long to get there – and means you should have a range of creatures at your disposal to start battling.
Once you have reached level 10, there are two ways to battle others in Pokémon Go.
How to battle against other players in Pokémon Go
There are two ways of battling against others:
- Locally: Open the ‘Nearby’ menu, which is at the bottom right corner of the map screen. This will give you a variety of Battle options. Trap the ‘Challenge a Trainer’ button and scan the QR code on another player’s screen (also found in the same menu). You don’t need to be Friends to battle locally.
Pokémon Go Battle rewards explained
Participating in Trainer Battles results in the following rewards, win or lose:
- 1 in 7 chance of a Sinnoh Stone
Note the above will only be rewarded once per day when training with the computer, or up to three times a day when facing other players. (Thanks to drelin530 on reddit for confirming the Sinnoh Stone drop rate.)
It was assumed these rewards would be equal to both participating players, but signs suggest that’s not the case.
As well as the above, Trainer Battles will progress the long-dormant ‘Ace Trainer’ Medal.
How Pokémon Go Battles work
Here are the essentials of PvP battles:
- PvP parties will compose of three Pokémon, compared to the six as seen in Raids and Gym Battles.
- You will be able to swap between these three Pokémon mid-battle.
- Though battles still aren’t turn based like the main games, they work slightly differently than Gyms and Raids. They are still in real time, where you tap to inflict damage with Fast Moves, but each Pokémon can now have up to two Charge Moves, allowing for more options.
- Additionally, Protect Shields allow you to defend against attacks. You can only use two of these for the entire battle, so choose your timing wisely – do you wait until you’re against a more powerful foe before using them, or deploy them while you know what you’re up against?