Once you’ve got the basics of gameplay, the next thing to do of course is go out and find Pokémon. While you’re running around in the world, you’ll see your avatar moving along the map using your GPS. When it comes time to capture Pokémon, they’ll pop up on your screen from anywhere.
You will find Pokémon in the wild by physically walking around your city. Since it is dangerous to walk around with your phone in your face, the game is designed to allow you to keep your eyes free while you wander. You can keep your phone at your side while you walk, and when you are near a Pokémon, you’ll get a notification in the form of a vibration and the Pokémon’s unique call. You can then lift your device to try to capture it.
Capturing a Pokémon is fairly simple, but follows a slightly different process than the games have used. When you see one you want to capture, you’ll want to tap on it. Doing this will drop you out of the map, and launch an augmented reality experience with the Pokémon dancing around in realtime. You’ll need to pan back and forth until you find the Pokémon in question around you. Then, you’ll throw a Poké Ball at the Pokémon, by swiping towards it. You’ll need to aim accordingly, or you will miss. Once the Poké Ball hits the Pokémon, there will be a small animation showing it being captured, or escaping the Poké Ball. Be aware though, if you take too many tries, that Pokémon may run away.
More than one person can catch the same Pokémon at the same time. So, if you and your friend see the same Pokémon on the street, you can both capture it on your separate devices. It doesn’t disappear just because another player catches it.