Okay, Pokémon trainers, let’s talk about those moments when your beloved battle buddy bites the dust (or rather, faints dramatically with those swirly eyes.)

Here’s your primer on why fainting happens and how to get your Pokémon back in tip-top fighting shape.

So, Why Do Pokémon Faint Anyway?

Think of your Pokémon’s health like a fuel tank – we call it HP (Hit Points). Gyms, Raids, those pesky Team Rocket battles… they all chip away at those HP points. Once that tank hits zero, it’s nap time for your Pokémon until you revive them.

Revives – Your Pokémon’s BFFs

Revives are the magic tickets to wake up a fainted Pokémon. Important note: They don’t heal your buddy all the way. Think of them more like an energy shot – enough to get back in the fight, but you’ll likely need Potions afterward for a full recharge.

Finding Revives: Your Acquisition Guide

All my Pokemon with Full Health
All my Pokemon with Full Health

Revives aren’t exactly growing on trees in Pokémon GO, so knowing where to hunt them down is key. Let’s break down your Revive supply chain:

  • Spin to Win: Poke stops and Gyms
    Your bread and butter for Revives is spinning those Photo Discs! Both Poke stops and Gyms can drop Revives, but there’s no guarantee. Just gotta keep at that daily grind.
  • Trainer Level-Ups: Goody Bags
    Hitting those trainer level milestones rewards all sorts of goodies, Revives included. The higher you climb, the better the loot – motivation to keep catching and battling!
  • Friendly Neighborhood Gifting
    Got generous friends on your list? Gifts have a chance to contain Revives. Send out gifts yourself to open up more – teamwork makes the Revives flow!
  • The Shop: Cashing in When Desperate
    Ran dry on Revives and facing a big Raid? The in-game Shop has your back. Keep in mind, this costs Poke Coins, either earned through Gyms or (let’s be real) sometimes bought with real-world money.

Additional Notes:

  • Raid Rewards: I put this tip in a previous draft, but here’s a reminder – those tough Raid battles are well worth it for potentially snagging a pile of Revives.

Reviving Fainted Fighters: A Step-by-Step Guide

Alright, you’ve got Revives in hand, and a stable of fainted Pokémon who need them. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the reviving process:

  1. Your Pokémon Menu: This is where the action happens. Tap the Poke ball icon on the main map, then hit “Pokémon” to see your full roster.
  2. Spot the ZZZs: Fainted Pokémon will have a little “zzz” symbol by their portrait and be grayed out, making them easy to identify.
  3. Item Time: Tap the fainted Pokémon. A screen pops up with their info – hit the “Revive” button, then choose which Revive you want to use.
  • Standard Revives: The most common type. Your Pokémon wakes up with about half its HP – so grab some Potions after to top them off.
  • Max Revives: The deluxe spa treatment! These instantly get your Pokémon back in fighting shape – full HP and raring to go. However, they’re rarer than standard Revives, so save them for your VIP Pokémon.

Important Details to Remember:

  • Can Only Revive Once:
    Once a Pokémon is revived, you can’t give it another Revive (though you can fully heal it with Potions). Choose wisely!
  • Don’t Panic After Raids:
    Sometimes, ALL your Pokémon in a Raid team will faint. The game makes it super easy to revive and heal the whole crew at once, saving you those individual taps.

Beyond the Basics: Reviving with Smarts

Okay, now you know the “how” of reviving. But being a savvy Pokémon GO trainer is all about knowing the “when” and “why” too. Here’s how to revive strategically:

  • Gym Battles: Sometimes Less is More It might seem counterintuitive, but you don’t always need to revive after taking down a Gym. If you’re just claiming a Gym for the daily PokeCoins, sometimes leaving in a low-HP defender makes it easier for someone on your own team to kick them out, letting you reclaim quickly. Sneaky, but effective!
  • Raid Time = Revive Time Those big, high-level Raids require strong teams. Unless you’ve got a massive roster of maxed-out Pokémon, there’s gonna be fainting. Prioritize using your Revives BEFORE the Raid to build your strongest team possible.
  • Play Favorites Revives can be scarce, so think before using them. A rare, legendary Pokémon you use all the time is worth reviving ASAP. That Pidgey you caught 5 minutes ago? Maybe use some Potions if you truly need them, otherwise… it’s transfer time.
  • Know Your Limits No shame in playing smart! If you’re low on Revives during a challenging Gym battle or Raid, it might be worth waiting for reinforcements (aka other players). No point spending precious resources on a likely loss

Revives – Not the Whole Story

Think of Revives as your Pokémon’s “get out of jail” card. They bring them back, but those HP points will likely stay low. That’s where your healing workhorse comes in… Potions!

  • Potion Power Levels: There are a few kinds:
    • Standard Potions: Basic HP boosters – good for topping off after a revive.
    • Super Potions: More bang for your buck if your Pokémon is seriously injured.
    • Hyper Potions: Serious wounds after a tough battle? These pack a big healing punch.
    • Max Potions: The ultimate, full-HP reset. Rare, so use these wisely!
  • When to Skip the Revive? Think your Pokémon will faint again in the next battle? If the injury isn’t huge, and you have the Potions to spare, sometimes reviving is less efficient. Just heal what you need for the current fight.
  • Berries Matter Too! Don’t forget about Golden Razz Berries! One of these fully heals and revives a fainted Pokémon – great if you’re juggling low Potions and Revives.

Key takeaway: Revives and Potions are a dynamic duo. Knowing when to use one or the other, or even pull out that precious Berry, makes you a truly resourceful Pokémon GO trainer!

Powering Up vs. Reviving – Which Comes First?

So, you’ve caught an amazing Pokémon – maybe it’s rare, it’s got great stats (those IVs!), or it’s key for taking down Gyms. You’re facing a choice: Power Up to increase its CP… or save those Stardust and Candy for Revives in case that powerhouse faints?

Here’s a decision aid – no easy answers guaranteed!

  • Revival Priority Cases
    • Raid Ready: Got a Raid lined up where that specific Pokémon is MVP? Revive priority if needed, as winning earns you way more Revives down the line.
    • Gym Defender: Taking over Gyms is easier with strong defenders. If your Pokémon might not make it through the first fight, a Revive ensures it lasts longer.
    • Low Stockpile: Few Revives on hand? It’s best to be able to revive your existing favorites than have super strong Pokémon you can’t use if they faint.
  • Power Up Priority Cases:
    • Glass Cannon: Some Pokémon hit hard, but are low defense. Power them up if the extra CP adds crucial survivability – no point reviving something that instantly faints again.
    • Long-Term Investment: A rare Pokémon worth maxing out eventually? Go ahead and Power Up while you can. A stronger Pokémon is less likely to need Revives often.
    • Meta Relevance: Top Raid picks for your roster often need levels. Powering up is worth it – you’ll get more mileage (and Revives as rewards!).

It’s Always a Balancing Act: No single strategy is best. Assess your Pokémon GO goals, what resources you have, and where those fainting issues are most common

Frequently Asked Questions

I have ZERO Revives – how do I revive a Pokémon?

Sadly, you gotta get spinning Pokestops, opening gifts, or levelling up, as those are the main Revive sources. In a super pinch, a Golden Razz Berry can bring a fainted Pokémon back too!

Max Revive vs. regular Revive – is it always better to use Max?

It depends! A regular Revive is fine if you’re about to toss Potions at your Pokémon anyway. Save those Max Revives for Pokémon needing instant full health in the middle of a tough battle.

Can a fainted Pokémon keep defending a Gym?

Yep! It acts a bit like a scarecrow – looks impressive but won’t actually fight back if challenged. A strong defender is usually revived first so it can get back to work.

My Revive only brought my Pokémon back with half HP… Glitch?

Nope, that’s how it works! Revives get ’em back in the game, but Potions are always needed for a full recovery.

Help! Do Potions or Revives expire?

Good news – they don’t! If you’re a bit of a Pokémon item hoarder, these stay in your inventory until you use them.

What happens if I transfer a fainted Pokémon?

It’s gone forever! Always wise to revive if there’s any chance you might want it down the line (even if it’s just for Pokedex completion).

Are certain Pokémon tougher and therefore easier to revive?

Absolutely! Think tanky Pokémon like Blissey and Snorlax – they have high defense and HP by nature, making Revives less essential for them compared to weaker ones.

My Revives don’t seem to be working – what gives?

Are you sure the Pokémon is fainted and not just badly injured? Potions are the solution if they still have some HP. If it’s truly fainted, that might be a temporary glitch – force-quitting the app usually fixes it.

Is there a quick way to revive everyone, not just one by one?

Yes! After Raids or tough Gym battles where your whole team goes down, the game makes mass-reviving easy with just a few taps.

Does spinning certain Pokestops mean more Revives?

Not really. There’s no ‘secret revive hotspot.’ It’s more about consistently spinning frequently – and yes, luck and randomness play a part too!