How to make excellent throws in Pokemon Go

Last Updated: September 3, 2022 @ 21:07
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Written By Anastasios Antoniadis

(Former) Computer science Ph.D. student, amateur photographer, passionate blogger, SEO-nerd, and tech-enthusiast, Anastasios is the creator of BORDERPOLAR back in October 2020.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game created and published by Niantic and the pokemon company with a motto similar to all previous pokemon games, capture and collect a variety of Pokemon.

To unlock different areas and levels in the gain, you need to gain XP. You can gain XP by capturing, and the amount gained can be increased substantially by getting an excellent throw. A perfect throw depends on many factors, such as speed, time, distance, and swipe angle, to make an excellent throw.

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We need to discuss the different throws and how they work to discuss having an excellent throw. Unlike the previous Pokemon games, this game focuses more on catching the Pokemon based on your aiming and timing skill.

Different throw types carry different XP bonuses. A Nice Throw that catches Pokemon awards you 10 bonus XP. If you make a successful Great Throw, you will gain 50 XP. An excellent throw catching a Pokemon earns you 100 additional XP.

The more efficient the throw, the higher the outcomes of successfully capturing the pokemon, especially the higher tier ones. You will gain multiplied XP, but you will also complete several field research and special research goals.

Below are the steps to achieve an excellent throw. 

  1. Aim for the center of the ring: Every time you face a wild pokemon, there is a ring that shrinks and becomes normal back again very rapidly. The smaller the ring you land your ball, the better the throw. A ‘nice' throw lands in the circle's center at its widest point. Throws that land correctly when the circle is about half-size will be considered “great.” Finally, an Excellent throw occurs when the circle is small and close to the middle. Here's a tip, don't worry about the Pokemon; focus solely on the rings, and release the Pokeball when it closes so you can get it. The moment you release the Pokeball, the ring freezes, so do not try to throw beforehand; instead, aim at the ring correctly, and if it hits the spot, you'll have an excellent throw.
  2. Practice on easier targets: Go easy on yourself and understand the mechanics by going for Pokemon like Snorlax, Ratatta, and Pidgey as practice targets as Pokeballs are limited and shouldn't be wasted.
  3. Disable AR mode: The experience of trying to catch pokemon with AR mode is fun, but at the same time, there is a higher chance of a better throw with the mode disabled as it allows you to solely focus on the pokemon without the camera shifting on any other nearby pokemon, As it's often said, one can only aim properly when the focus is solely on one thing.
  4. Use upgraded Pokeballs if you must: If the pokemon is being mischievous or rather tricky, then you should use higher-tier Pokeball because if you use a normal one, there is a high chance that the pokemon will breakout( which means the efficiency of throw wouldn't matter nor any XP will be gained).
  5. Berries: Another way of increasing the probability of catching the pokemon is feeding them berries, making them less hostile and easier to capture especially aggressive ones. Razz berries and golden razz berries increase the chances of catching, while Nanab berry calms the Pokemon down, making it less aggressive.
  6. Curveballs: curveballs are somewhat trick-shots in Pokemon Go. Excellent Curve Throws are a great way to score a lot of XP per catch, and they're about as close to a guaranteed catch as you can get with most creatures. Hold the ball motionless in front of you with your finger on it and spin it around while maintaining contact with your smartphone's screen. When you toss, the ball will curve left for a clockwise spin and right for an anti-clockwise spin, depending on how much spin you put on it. To send the ball to the center of the screen, throw it in the opposite direction of the spin.

The target's ring color also demonstrates the difficulty of catching them. Red means it is harder to catch, and green (or closer to green) means the catch will likely be a sure success. The preliminary rule before all these steps is practicing. To get better at throwing, practice is essential as it will allow you to be better at landing excellent throws. You can read the rest of our Pokemon Go guides for more extensive info regarding leveling up and progressing with the game.