Poke Balls are a limited resource in Pokémon Go. The more Pokémon you catch, the faster you will run out of Poke balls and unless you live in a college dorm or a cemetery (both appear to be hotspots for Poke Stops), you will find there aren’t enough PokéStops around for you to replenish your stock.
One way to conserve Poké Balls is to get better at catching Pokémon so that you need to use fewer of them. Users are, at present, divided on how best to catch a Pokémon with some even claiming that your ‘aim’ doesn’t matter and it’s totally random which throw works and which doesn’t.
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We have found one trick that can guarantee a catch in most cases. Here’s how it works and what you can do to throw your balls more accurately should you miss.
Catching Pokémon: The Sina Throw
Before you can perform this trick, make sure you do not have any widget, app, or feature active on your phone that is invoked by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen. iPhone users, for example, should turn Off Control Center or it will interfere with the game and this trick. This trick comes courtesy of YouTuber SinaCXVII who has aptly named it The Sina Throw.
Open Pokémon Go and start walking. Wait for a Pokemon to appear and tap to capture it. When you tap to engage a Pokemon, the text ‘A wild [insert Pokémon name here]appeared’ appears on the screen and you get a super close shot of the Pokemon. The thing is, that is not a super close shot of the Pokémon. The Pokémon is that close to you and this is the perfect time to strike.
The second the text appears, swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen repeatedly. Don’t worry if a Poke ball has appeared or not. Keep swiping and on your very first try, you will have caught the Pokémon. We tested this out and it has excellent results. We suspect the one or two Pokémon that got away had more to do with the internet connection than the trick failing.
You can see it in action below.
How To Aim & Throw A Poke Ball
If the trick fails and you don’t catch the Pokémon, it’s time to wind up for the next pitch. As mentioned earlier, users dispute that there is a correct method to throw the ball but everyone agrees that Pokémon that are a higher CP are much harder to catch meaning you will likely use up more balls. To make them all count, make sure you’re aiming and throwing correctly.
Always use your index finger to throw the ball. Using your thumb will work in some cases i.e. when the Pokémon has a low CP but in most case, the throw will not aim well particularly when it needs to be more centered. Make a habit of using your index finger.
Tap and hold the ball, and a green circle appears around the Pokémon. Wait until that circle shrinks to its smallest size and release the ball.
These techniques allowed us to catch fourteen Pokémon in the span of one hour using just twenty Poke Balls.