How to Heal Pokemon in Pokemon GO

Tough battles require trainers to learn how to heal Pokemon in Pokemon GO.
Tough battles require trainers to learn how to heal Pokemon in Pokemon GO. / Niantic Labs

Tough battles require trainers to learn how to heal Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

Healing in Pokemon GO differs greatly from its mainstream series predecessors. In order to make the mechanic work, Niantic Labs had to streamline the process by both removing some aspects and adding a few restrictions. This can make it a bit confusing for new trainers trying to switch over to the popular augmented reality title. Fortunately, keeping one's Pokemon in fighting shape is much more simple than it appears.

How to Heal Pokemon in Pokemon GO

There are two key differences between healing in Pokemon GO and healing in other Pokemon titles:

  1. Pokemon no longer have status conditions.
  2. Pokemon cannot be healed between rounds in trainer battles.

So, while Roselia can not longer sustain the constant burned condition eating away at its heal, it also can't return to the battle once its foe knocks it down. This latter rule doesn't apply to raids, however, as trainers can choose to revive their fainted teammates and rejoin the fray if their party are all knocked out. Within these guidelines, any combination of healing is permitted.

In order to heal Pokemon, trainers will need to have either potions or revives--or both, depending on the condition of the Pokemon. These will be stocked in their inventory, accessible via an Items tab on the main pop-up menu, and should be clearly labeled.

Potions can be used to heal a single injured Pokemon who has not fainted or has just been revived. There are four types of potions to mimic the variety found in the larger games:

  • Potion—Restores 15 HP
  • Super Potion—Restores 50 HP
  • Hyper Potion—Restores 200 HP
  • Max Potion—Restores all HP

Meanwhile, Pokemon GO only has two types of revives: standard and Max. Both will restore a Pokemon from fainting, but standard Revives only heal half the Pokemon's maximum health while a Max Revive brings them to full health.

Low level trainers may not be able to find higher tier healing items until later in the game. Super Potions, Hyper Potions, and Max Potions only unlock at levels 10, 15, and 25, respectively. Max Revives don't become available until level 30.