Most of you saw a great free game, tried it out, and had a lot of fun catching Pokemon. Then you checked in at a bunch of PokeStops, your bag filled up with PokeBalls and Potions, and you got some Pokemon Eggs too. You probably discovered how cool it is to set a Lure at a PokeStop or use an Incense module when you’re walking around. Like all good things, the first one is free, but buying things at the Pokemon Go Shop can get expensive, and fast.
What do you really need, when you’re using a Level 20 strategy? Bag Upgrades and Egg Incubators are the two must-have items. If your budget can handle buying 2,500 PokeCoins for $19.99, you’ll be all set. Your cost per PokeCoin will be 0.8 cents. Here’s the shopping list:
3 Bag Upgrades, at 200 coins each, total 600 PokeCoins.
9 Egg Incubators at 150 coins each, total 1,350 PokeCoins.
That’s it, that’s all you need. You will have 550 PokeCoins left over, and you might want to spend them on a Lure, or an Incense, or a Lucky Egg. When you’re hanging out with friends at a park with several PokeStops close together it’s great to set off two or three Lures next to each other. So go ahead and buy one Lure from the store and pop it in. If you visit someplace special, like a river that has lots of Magikarp, buy an Incense, which gives you a half hour of good fishing. Don’t buy Lures and Incense in bulk, unless you really have no budget limitations.
Never buy PokeBalls. The primary reason to upgrade your bag is to carry enough PokeBalls so that you never need to buy any. Plus you’ll get potions and more powerful balls that you can’t buy. You never, ever want to discard those items. You start with a bag that will hold 350 items and each bag upgrade adds space for 50 more items. Three additional bag upgrades will get you to 500 items and that’s plenty of space to get you to Level 20.
Incubating Pokemon Eggs is a great way to get rare Pokemon. The Pokemon you hatch will usually be at maximum power for your experience level, and they also include extra candy. You get one free Incubator, with infinite uses, and that one should only be used to incubate eggs that hatch after two kilometers of walking.
Incubators you buy incubate three eggs and then they expire. Only use them for the five and ten kilometer eggs, because that’s where you get the rare and uncommon Pokemon, the ones you may never see walking around town. If you have a bunch of two kilometer eggs sitting around waiting for the infinite incubator, no big deal. Some of them are Pidgey and Rattata, and you’re in no hurry to get more of those. But even then, the extra bonus candy you get from 2 kilometer eggs will be useful.
Lucky Eggs double your experience points for a half hour. You will use one of them every once in while, particularly when you’re going to Evolve a bunch of garbage Pidgey and Rattata for the experience points. Don’t buy Lucky Eggs in bulk, even if you have an unlimited budget. Most of the time they’re not worth the expense. I’ll be posting details about how to get maximum value out of a Lucky Egg soon.
There’s one last item, the Pokemon Storage Upgrade. There is no reason to consider buying one of those until sometime after you get to Level 20. Most of the time when you get more than three of any particular Pokemon you’ll want to transfer the weaker ones to get an extra candy. The only exceptions are Pidgey and Rattata. You’ll want to keep those until you sit down and evolve a bunch of them for the experience point bonuses.