I have mentioned PC Game Trainers once or twice in my articles, only now I decided to write a whole post about it.
You may think that cheating while playing is awful, to the point you won’t even enjoy a game for what it is and for the challenges it offers; you are definitely not wrong, my friend. But if you look at it from a different perspective you’ll see that using Trainers is not always as bad as it looks.
Help, I’m stuck!
In my The Last Remnant article/review I explained what happened to me once when I didn’t keep a previous save because I thought it wasn’t necessary. Now that I ‘ve got a few years of experience I of course know all too well that the more you save the better will be in case something wrong happens, but what if you accidentally overwrite your progress or simply save way too early and find yourself forced to do the latest part all over again?
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In my case, not only I couldn’t go back anymore due to a locked door but I also was completely stuck against a Boss I wasn’t able to defeat because of my low battle rank. For a moment I accepted the idea of re-playing everything from the start since I didn’t really have any other choice, but then I thought I could at least try and seek help on a forum to preserve my hours of work. That’s when someone suggested me to download a specific Trainer in order to activate a sort of super power and kill my opponent with just one hit and normally continue with my playthrough.
Needless to say that even if yes, I cheated, I felt like I wanted to kiss that person for offering me this kind of solution. I play video games because they are fun, especially if they have a good plot and an interesting gameplay with epic Bosses and good side quests. I generally do not cheat because I wouldn’t be able to enjoy them in their entirety… still, if I have to choose between a quick kill to move forward and lose my latest achievements I surely won’t think about it twice.
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This is actually something I never considered, until an online friend told me she had to use a Trainer to keep her character’s health frozen on the maximum level in order to play without straining her injured arm too much.
Games with melee combats and combos require a lot of energy in your hands and sometimes I might get inflamed nerves just pressing my controller’s buttons for too long or unceasingly clicking with my mouse. I would literally explode if I had to avoid video games completely until my pains are gone, thus I think this would be the best solution as long as I don’t exaggerate and take my needed breaks (take note kids!)
Jeez, I need a Time Turner!
Many games offer a lot of different options you can pick for alternative endings and/or character’s personalities. RPGs like Mass Effect or Dragon Age even give you the chance to romance various characters with your protagonist, picking different races and classes at the beginning. In that case you certainly want to start new playthroughs just to test the many possibilities, but when the game is huge and needs you to do tons of missions before getting where you want to be it could become a bit problematic and force you to stop playing to concentrate over something else.
Your first, complete playthrough lasted months and you’re currently too busy to do everything a second time (not to mention the other characters you have planned to make!). You have a fulltime job perhaps, many other games in your list and family matters… yet you really want to try a new romance or a class variation! Oh it would be so great if you could just rewind your day, am I right?
In this case a good and functional Trainer will definitely come in handy; activate the God Mode to make your characters immortal and avoid game overs, give them experience points to unlock new skills quickly, turn the One Hit Kill on to easily defeat your enemies, proceed with the next cutscenes without wasting too much time and have fun.
Where and how
First of all you have to be sure the Trainer version you are about to download is compatible with your latest game’s patch, otherwise it will simply be unusable or directly crash your game when you launch it.
The second thing you should know before panicking in case your Antivirus marks the Trainer as a potential malware is that these programs are generally safe (it of course depends on where you get them) and everyone usually suggests to deactivate your protection or put the .exe under the exceptions directory. I personally do not like to close my Antivirus, so I basically pick the second choice or search for another Trainer to avoid any form of issue.
Cheat Happens is one of the most used sites for this stuff, followed by GameCopyWorld. The first one is sadly quite limited because you have to own a Premium membership to download some of the best and latest Trainers posted there. The second is completely free but a bit bothersome; all the links bring you to ad.fly and make you wait a few seconds before redirecting the page.
Another thing used by many gamers is a program called Cheat Engine. For available Cheat Tables created by a bunch of talented programmers you can visit the official forum and browse through the available topics (or type your game in the Search section).
Trainers are always quite easy to use. The standard ones generally need a simple key for the activation (Insert) and the numpad to select the effects you want.
Cheat Engine asks you to open a process (active game), then you can click on the Open button to select one or more Cheat Tables from your downloaded list. The creators always include some quick instructions which explain what their cheats do and which key they require to work.
Warning: CE may crash your game from time to time (but again it may or may not happen depending on the running application).
Note: I do not recommend random sites where they ask you to fill a survey in order to download their Trainers, those are scams and won’t give you anything at all. If you see a bunch of positive comments on their pages chances are all of those are fake and put there simply to convince you that doing as they ask you’ll receive what you came for. All lies, step back and close the tab.
Do NOT use any Trainer nor Cheat Engine if you play a Multiplayer session, you could be banned if they find out you are cheating!
Oh look, what a cute deer!
Err… yes… that’s a glitch. Using Cheat Engine in certain games might also do this, but hey at least it makes you smile! 😉
At the end of the day, Pokemon GO is here for your enjoyment. How you want to spend your time playing the game is up to you, but here are a few things you might want to do:
Find Other Players!
Pokemon GO has a huge worldwide player base, and making friends with others will help you make trades, hold gyms, and complete raids
Use resources such as Facebook or Discord to coordinate meetups
Pokemon are everywhere, but do be aware of your surroundings
DO NOT play Pokemon GO while operating any kind of vehicle
Should I Invest?
A Pokemon GO Plus and a portable power bank could facilitate easier play
Most premium items don’t ever need to be bought with money if you battle Gyms
Tickets to some special events require a cash-purchase to join
Three Part Guide
Hello New Trainer!
This guide will not assume anything about your prior experience with Pokemon GO or the Pokemon franchise. We want this tutorial to help anyone who has a compatible phone and a desire to play one of the most popular mobile phone apps around the world.
We’ll talk about getting started, catching Pokemon, trainer levels, items, gyms & raids, and how to have the most fun playing the game.
Before we get started, you should know that Pokémon GO is made by the company Niantic, and their support page has a lot of great info for new trainers.
After you read up on the basics of how to play, be sure to check out the above tips!
To start the game, you must first register using one of a few different options:
- A Google Account
- A Pokemon Trainer Club Account
- A Facebook Account
- A Niantic Kids Account
In general, Google and Facebook seem to be the most reliable options. Note that near the start of the game Pokemon Trainer Club Accounts were notorious for not letting players log in, though this issue has been largely fixed. Should you choose to use a Pokemon Trainer Club account or a Niantic Kids account, a Google or Facebook account can be linked for future logins.
After meeting Professor Willow for the first time and catching your first Pokemon (you can start with Pikachu), you can enjoy the Pokemon GO experience! Well, a little bit of it. To have it all, you have to get to level 5. And to do that, you’ll have to catch Pokemon.
You’re given a short tutorial in-game that gets you your first Pokemon. After that, you’re on your own! So what do you need to know?
Some Pokemon Are Hard to Catch
Pokemon of a higher CP or rarer Pokemon will often break out of their Poke Ball.
If a Pokemon breaks out, they have a chance to run. If they don't, you can throw another ball.
Some Pokemon will move or attack, so be patient! Throw your ball right as they stop moving.
Increase Your Catch Success Rate
Upgrade catch medals through catching Pokemon of a certain type
Aim for curveballs and the inner catch circle for extra success rate
Wait to Power Up Your Pokemon!
Don't power up a Pokemon until you absolutely have to!
Try to find Pokemon with naturally high CP and good IVs
When you encounter a Pokemon in the wild, its max Level will be your level +2
Before lv.30, all Pokemon stats are randomized just for you. Once you hit lv.30, the pokemon that you catch in the wild will have the exact same stats as the same Pokemon caught by another player Lv.30 or over
Use Berries for Bonuses
Pinap Berries increase candy earned
Razz Berries increase catch success
Nanab Berries keep the Pokemon from moving and attacking
Golden Razz Berries are primarily earned from raids, and give a larger bonus to catch success rate than normal Razz Berries
Silver Pinap Berries are primarily earned from events and research, and increase both candy earned and catch success rate
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Use Your Nearby Radar
The bottom right tab shows nearby wild Pokemon and Raids
Nearby Pokemon are generally connected to a specific nearby Pokestop, though if none are around it can show Pokemon in the general area, though these tend to be far harder to locate.
Hunt for Specific Pokemon at Nests
At a “nest” (often in parks), there will be many of the same Pokemon species spawning in one place
Nest species change every 2 weeks, with some exceptions
Eggs are obtained randomly after spinning a PokeStop or Gym or opening a Gift
You have to walk 2 km, 5 km, 7 km, or 10 km to hatch an Egg in an Incubator
The orange Incubator is unlimited; Blue and Super Incubators break after 3 uses
Only certain Pokemon can be hatched from an Egg, depending on when you acquired it
Wild Pokemon yield 3, 5, or 10 Candy when caught, depending on their evolution stage
You can double the Candy amount by using a Pinap Berry
Transferring a Pokemon to Professor Willow yields 1 Candy
Setting a Buddy Pokemon will grant 1 Candy of that species per amount of distance walked
Hatching an Egg produces Candy for the hatched species
Once you get enough Candy, you can evolve or power up Pokemon, or even unlock a second charged move!
PokeStops, Items, and Leveling Up
After you finish off the last of the Poke Balls given to you by Professor Willow, getting more is as simple as finding a PokeStop. There are tons of PokeStops, concentrated in urban and suburban areas, that will let you replenish your item stock. Tapping on a PokeStop and spinning the disc will grant you 3-5 items.
Gyms also function as PokeStops! You can spin their Photo Discs for items. As you do more activities at a Gym, you earn badge points (BP) which level up that Gym's badge. A higher level Gym badge produces more items per Photo Disc spin! Compared to regular PokeStops, Gyms yield more Revives and Potions.
The items you’ll get will vary as you level up your account. Once you hit level 30, you’ll have unlocked all the items.
Managing limited bag space can be challenge. Tailor your items on hand based on what you do in-game. If you battle or raid a lot, keep more healing items. If you're more of a catcher, keep more balls and berries. Extra bag space can be purchased in the shop; any half-serious player should invest in several of these bag upgrades. Niantic occasionally updates maximum bag space.
Gyms, Raids, and Battling
Once you have caught enough Pokemon to reach level 5, you can join Team Valor, Mystic, or Instinct, at which point you’ll gain access to Gyms. Gyms are the only way to receive Pokecoins without spending money, so using them will greatly benefit you!
Gyms can hold six Pokemon of the same team. If a Gym is controlled by your team and doesn't have six Pokemon, you can place one there! Pokemon in a Gym possess “motivation”, represented by a heart icon above their head. A Pokemon’s CP decreases as motivation decreases, which happens over time or after a battle. Once the motivation for a Pokemon falls below 0, they’re removed from the Gym.
Until you hit level 25, you shouldn’t worry too much about Gym offense. Taking down a fully loaded Gym can be challenging until you have a solid team of 6 healthy, high-CP Pokemon. If you see a Gym with some Pokemon with very low CP, you can give it a shot. Ultimately, what matters is placing the Pokemon in a Gym and remembering to feed it berries.
A Gym Pokemon's motivation can be restored through feeding it with berries. Simply tap on a Pokemon to bring up the feeding interface. Each berry fed restores some motivation and generates 20 Stardust. You may even get a Candy of the species of Pokemon that you fed! You can feed any Pokemon in the Gym as long as your team controls that Gym. A Pokemon will only accept 10 berries every half hour.
You can view your current defenders, their motivation, their total defense time, and your current Pokecoin earned count in the Today tab, which can be accessed by tapping on the Research button in the lower right corner of the map.
Once your Pokemon is knocked out of the Gym, that Pokemon may return with PokeCoins. PokeCoins are earned at a rate of 1 coin per 10 minutes spent in a Gym, and you can get up to 50 per day.
Sometimes at a Gym you’ll see either an egg or a giant Pokemon with a timer above its head. That means a Raid is taking or will take place. Raids are accessible after level 5 and allow you to fight a high-CP Pokemon alone or with fellow trainers! Raids also grant exclusive items such as TMs that let you change your moves, Golden Razz Berries to bolster catch rate, and Rare Candies that can act as any species’s Candy.
Only a certain set of Pokemon are available at a time in Raids. Raids come in tiers: Tier 1 raids contain weaker Pokemon and grant fewer rewards, while Tier 5 raids contain legendary Pokemon and grant the most rewards.
Some advice for newbie raiders:
Try to arrive at a raid at least 10 minutes beforehand to coordinate
Use your best Pokemon and try to do as much damage as possible
Be nice to your fellow raiders! You’ll probably see them again.
When you enter a Gym or encounter a Raid, it's time to battle! Battling against another Pokemon is very different from other Pokemon games. Your Pokemon has two moves. One move is performed by tapping on the screen, and using it charges up the second move. The second move can be used by tapping the button when it’s charged. You can also dodge the enemy's moves by swiping to the left or right. Dodging a move greatly cuts the amount of damage taken.
Battles in Pokemon GO are mechanically simple, but when you get into type effectiveness, perfect dodging, breakpoints, bulkpoints, and more, you’ll find there’s plenty of depth to it. Check out our various articles to learn more!