If you aren’t already playing, surely you’ve heard of the craze that has finally lured smartphone screen-bound people out of their homes and into the real world! Let me tell you – it’s not just for tweens and fans of the original Pokémon. And Beaver County is full of Poké Stops, Gyms, and – of course, adorable little battle creatures to capture!
- Download the Pokémon app from iTunes or the Play Store onto your smartphone.
- Either log in via Google or create a Pokémon Trainer Club account
(TIP: use your Google credentials if you can – the PTC servers have been so overwhelmed that they keep going down & people like me can’t log in to play!)
Create your avatar, and get familiar with Professor Willow – he’ll give you your first Poké Ball to capture a nearby Pokémon:
In augmented reality mode, you’ll see these cute little guys in your environment through your phone’s camera! That’s the best part! Just look how annoyed terrified our dog looks…I had to save him! But how?!
- It’s easy – when you see a Pokémon, tap it to zoom in. Snap a photo if you like.
- Hold your finger on the Poké Ball, and flick it towards the creature. (TIP: throw the ball when the target ring is at its smallest for the best chance to capture the Pokémon)
- If you’re successful, you keep the Pokémon, earn candy to evolve it later, & gain XP points to advance in the game as a trainer.
OK, you caught the one in your living room. Now what? Go outside! They’re everywhere:
They’re in Beaver…
In Sahli Nature Park…
Trying to steal our food at Wendy’s & making sure no one takes propane tanks into the Chippewa Giant Eagle…
Downtown Beaver is a Pokémon GO player’s dream! It’s full of Poké Stops and Gyms:
- Poké Stops appear in the distance as floating cubes. This is where you replenish your Poké Balls and pick up other items, like incense (to lure Pokémon), potions, & eggs.
- When you’re in range, the cube turns into a disc. Tap on it and spin the photo to collect items.
- Gyms are available to train your Pokémon (once you reach Level 5). You’ll join one of 3 teams: Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue), or Valor (red) to try to control the gyms.
Next thing you know, you’ll be asking your significant other to take a different route to GetGo so you can pass by the lure module set up at the Community Life Center in Chippewa – thanks, honey!
Seriously, though – I was never a Pokémon fan, but this game is fun for all ages. It’s like geocaching, but with instant gratification. Best of all, people are up and moving around the community. LOVE THAT!
Where are your favorite Pokémon GO hotspots in Beaver County? Share them in the comments!