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Pokemon GO Glossary Database: Key Terminologies You Should Know to Crack the Game

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Here is a glossary of Pokemon GO gaming terminologies.

The Pokemon GO gaming app has virtually beaten every noteworthy app in the Play Store including Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat. While the original Pokemon game from the 90s needed handheld consoles, this one can be downloaded in smartphones powered by Google?s Android and Apple?s iOS free of cost. Meanwhile, the developers at Niantic are reportedly testing ways to monetize this free-to-play game by allowing ?sponsored locations.?

While this company mulls plans to take the game mainstream, many new players are getting added as we speak. Not to forget, this game has been officially released in a total of 27 new countries already across the globe, other than the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. Therefore, it?s only obvious that new players from these countries would like to learn about the game-specific terminologies and jargons to sail through the game as smooth as possible.

Here, in this post, The BitBag has listed down the popular Pokemon GO glossary collated by?Niantic Labs.


When in Gym, players can fight (or battle) other teams? Pokemon in order to get a chance to claim the Gym. Every time a player defeats a rival Pokemon, his Gym?s Prestige and level gets reduced. Upon cutting down the Gym?s prestige to zero, the Gym becomes the winning player?s property. ?


Candy is all a player gets when he/she catches Pokemon, hatches Eggs, and also when transferring Pokemon to the Professor. Candy helps Pokemon to evolve and beef up.

Combat Power (CP)

As the name implies, a pocket monster?s (aka Pokemon?s) strength is calculated as Combat Power. More power translates to better performance/battle.

Defender Bonus

Players that defend a Gym are eligible for a daily reward (like per diem) of Stardust and PokeCoins. To claim the Defender Bonus, players should head to the shop. ??????????


The Pokemon Eggs are found in PokeStops. Upon placing the Egg in an incubator, followed by a walk to a specific distance, the Egg will hatch into a pocket monster.


As the name implies, Evolution changes a pocket monster into an individual of an evolved species of Pokemon with the help of a Candy.

Experience Points (XP)

A player?s progress in the game is quantified as Experience Points (XP).

Hit Points (HP)

A Pokemon?s (or pocket monster?s) health is calculated as Hit Points (HP).

Fainted Pokemon

A Pokemon faints when there is zero Hit Points (HP). The Fainted Pokemon can only be revived with the help of items called ?Revive? or ?Max Revive.? ?????????


Gyms are nothing but locations where a player can battle the Pokemon belonging to rival teams. The other purpose of Gyms is to train the player?s own Pokemon by getting into a fight with the Pokemon assigned by other members in the same team.

The player?s Gyms are referred as ?friendly Gyms,? while the ones with other teams are called ?rival Gyms.? The ones that have not been claimed thus far are referred as ?open Gyms.?

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Like a bait, Incense draws wild Pokemon to the player?s location with the help of aromatic scent.


Incubator helps hatch Eggs and in turn, convert them into Pokemon as the player walks some distance.

Lure Module

Players can attract a wild Pokemon to a PokeStop with the help of the Lure Module. However, it is applicable only for a limited period of time.

Lucky Egg

Players can double their gained Experience Points (XP) with the help of a Lucky Egg.


As the name implies, Medals are given to the players for a streak of gameplay achievements.

Poke Balls

Items like Poke Balls are utilized by the players to capture a wild Pokemon. These items are available in PokeStops and can be bought in the shop.

For instance, Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls are high performance Poke Balls, which can be used as an added boost to catch a wild Pokemon. ??


It goes without saying that PokeCoins are nothing but currencies. These can be used to purchase premium items from the shop. Technically speaking, PokeCoins can also be purchased in the shop.


Pokedex is a place where players can look for information about all the pocket monster species that have been caught or bumped into.


PokeStops are nothing put pit-stops where the players can collect items like Poke Balls, Potions and Eggs. As the player nears the PokeStop, it changes shape. To collect items, players need to touch the PokeStop to enquire and spin the Photo Disc to gather items.


Potions are used to heal Pokemon. Upon using this item, Hit Points (HP) can be restored.


This terminology refers to boosting the Pokemon to increase Combat Power (CP) and Hit Points (HP). This can be achieved by making use of Stardust and Candy.


Prestige is used to measure the progress of the Gym. Prestige can be earned when pocket monsters train at the Gym.

Razz Berry

Razz Berry is like a forbidden fruit that can be fed to a wild Pokemon to make it easier to catch.


Stardust can be collected by catching Pokemon, hatching Eggs, and also by garnering Defender Bonus. All these have the ability to strengthen the Pokemon.


When in friendly Gyms, trainers can fight Pokemon assigned by their own team members. This helps in increasing the Experience Points (XP) and Prestige of the Gym.


Pokemon GO players are called Trainers.

Wild Pokemon

A Wild Pokemon refers to the bunch of pocket monsters (or Pokemon) that have not been captured yet.


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