At the center of the Pokemon Go game is definitely catching Pokémon. After initiating your Pokemon Go accounts, here is everything you have to know to catch them all.

Catch a Pikachu: Like what you get with the original games, at the start of your Pokémon Go quest, you may go for one of these three Pokémon as your initial companion: Squirtle, Charmander, or Bulbasaur. However, there’s a hidden fourth option, as well: Pikachu. To obtain a Pikachu, all you need is some patience. It’s better to keep away from the initial three Pokémon given to you by Professor Willow and just walk away. The three Pokémon would follow you around for some time and then disappear before reappearing. If you do this four times, a Pikachu would definitely emerge. You can then catch it. Catching Pikachu doesn’t seem to offer any strategic benefit since you would eventually meet with stronger ones later on, but why miss the chance to hang out from the beginning?

Locate nearby Pokémon: To check out what Pokémon are around the corner, check out the bottom-right part of your screen. Pressing that menu would reveal outlines of up to nine neighboring Pokémon alongside one to three footprints beneath each one. The fewer the footprints, the closer the Pokémon would be. The Pokémon in this menu is sorted by distance as well. The one on the bottom-right is farthest to you while the one on the top-left is closest.

How to throw a Pokéball: Unlike what’s obtainable with the real games, you don’t contend with wild Pokémon in Go. Rather, you jump immediately to catching them, which truly just means tossing a Pokéball on your device screen at a Pokémon. Toss it too far or too near, and the Pokéball will not do anything. You need to get it just right by truly hitting the Pokémon. When you click on a Pokéball, a ring emerges around the Pokémon. The green ring means that the Pokémon is not difficult to capture, while a red one indicates that it is tougher to capture. The rings change in size too as you pin down a Pokéball. The odds are boosted, particularly for harder-to-capture Pokémon, whenever the ring is smaller when the Pokéball is released.

Throw a curveball: Curveballs are not stylish alone, they also boost the experience points of a player if the technique results in a catch. To create a curve ball, move a finger in little circles on the screen when tapping the ball and then flick it. It is still not clear if curveballs really boost the chances of catching a Pokémon, though they do certainly provide you with an XP bonus. Some users say that’s the situation, while others report it’s more difficult.

Supercharged Pokéballs: Once users move beyond level 11, they will begin to collect Ultra Balls and Great Balls at PokéStops, which are more efficient and effective at catching wild Pokémon, especially the more scarce ones.

Turn off AR: Switching off the camera (the augmented-reality layer) has assisted some players to catch Pokémon in a more successful way. With AR off, Pokémon is revealed in the center of the screen thus making them easier targets. It is less fun, though.