One of the most pleasant surprises of Pokemon Go is the tips and tricks that players can employ in the game that helps them achieve better results. It’s even been found that there’s different ways to throw Pokeballs that arguably help the capture rate of certain creatures.
There is a non-stop stream of hidden little ways players are bettering themselves in the game. The most recent tip: increase the chance of capturing a Pokemon with a higher CP before you even throw a Pokeball.
Although this method is not guaranteed to work every time, it does seem to increase the chances somewhat nonetheless.
A user on reddit has described how he employed this tip while playing Pokemon Go recently. The process seems simple: flee, then re-engage the capture process which then boosts the CP of the intended Pokemon that the player is trying to nab.
The reddit user tried to capture a Dratini and employed the tip detailed above. Flee, re-engage and hopefully the Pokemon’s CP has boosted higher. The user went into more detail regarding his story:
I walked to a Dratini spawn tonight with a group and was behind the leading folks, who had already ascertained that the Dratini was 95% IV (15/15/13) and worth keeping. I engaged it and it was 250ish cp, so I fled, evolved a Pidgey to level up since I was right on the cusp of leveling, and reengaged it at the new level/cp of 556, saving myself quite a bit of Dratini candy and stardust down the road when I evolve this guy into a Dragonite.
Definitely an uncommon corner-case scenario where you encounter a pokemon that you know a priori that you’d like to keep and happen to be close to a level, but it wasn’t something that I was sure would work until I tested it out.
It appears that the game generates Pokemon randomly. Each wild Pokemon encountered is not necessarily the same for every player, or even at any time or place. Thus, if a player can engage a Pokemon, flee and re-engage, the chances are that the player will encounter a different – and potentially higher – version of that Pokemon.
The discussion on reddit notes that this does not mean that the player will always encounter a Pokemon with a higher CP. But it’s probable. Of course, the Pokemon can always make its own getaway essentially leaving you with nothing but a confused frown.
The method seems a great way to level up too. Capturing a Pokemon with a higher CP seems to have more benefits than just the benefit of adding the powerful creature to your library.