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Pokémon GO Is Live

Jul 07, 2016

By: Max Cannon

Taking Pokémon a step closer to reality, Pokémon GO has finally released on iOS and Android. Breaking down the walls between the virtual world and the real world, you'll run around the real world with your smart phone to capture Pokémon using augmented reality. AR is different than VR, while VR takes place with a screen directly in front of the player's face, AR simulates virtual elements into a real world.

When physically walking around in real life, Pokémon are visible through your smart phone's camera as if they are standing in the real world. By visiting interesting locations like local landmarks or places of historical importance you can find PokéStops. PokéStops are good spots to stock up on more items and Poké Balls to easily catch your Pokémon. 

Traveling across the real world is a neccessity in Pokémon Go!Traveling across the real world is a neccessity in Pokémon Go!Courtesy of Polygon

Travel Across The Land

You can fully customize your trainer avatar and level up as you add more monsters to your PokéDex. If you want to catch a specific kind of Pokémon you'll need to visit locations that are specific to that type of creature. For example a water-based Pokémon may only be found at a nearby lake or river. And if you're having a tough time finding an evolved version of a Pokémon you can evolve them yourself by capturing multiple of the same creature. 

If you're looking to put your Pokémon to use you can have them battle it out at a gym. Specific locations in the world are gyms that can be claimed by victorious trainers. But if you let your guard down, or protect your gym with a weak Pokémon, you can be easily beaten by a stronger, better trainer.

Discover Pokémon in the Real World With Pokémon GO! 


If you're thinking about being the very best Pokémon GO trainer then you'll want to pick up Pokémon GO Plus. This allows players to put down their phones and capture using a Bluetooth enabled device that will tell you about nearby Pokémon or events happening in the game world. You'll have to wait for a bit to pick up the device, as it will release later this month. Or if you're waiting for a more traditional game, Pokémon: Sun and Moon will release later this year.

If you want to pick up the new game you'll need to head over to the App Store or Google Play store to start your download, but be award that many players are claiming the game eats through battery faster than you would think. 

A look at the Pokémon GO Plus accessory to let you caputre Pokémon without your phone out.A look at the Pokémon GO Plus accessory to let you caputre Pokémon without your phone out.Courtesy of The Verge
Have Your Say!

Have you played Pokémon Go yet? Any plans to pick up the Pokémon Go Plus accessory? Let us know in the comments below!