My first 24 Hours with the Pokémon Go Plus
If you have been following my Instagram and Twitter feeds over the last day or so, you’ll know that I have just acquired the Pokémon Go Plus. This device is used in conjunction with the Pokémon Go app and it allows you to passively play the game (i.e. without using your phone).
I have been a pretty casual Pokémon Go player since the game came out but have recently started playing it a lot more frequently (This is probably due to the news of the connection between the Pokémon Go and the Pokémon Lets Go games that are coming to the Nintendo Switch this year). Due to my increased play time over the last few months, I decided to take the plunge and invest in a Go Plus to see what the fuss was about.
Pokémon Go Plus – What Is It?
As I’ve mentioned above, the Go Plus is a portable device that you carry around with you that allows you to play Pokémon Go without using your phone. The device currently comes in 2 form factors: 1 as a wrist accessory that you can wear like a watch or bracelet, 2 as a clip on accessory that you can clip onto your jeans, collar, pockets, wherever. The device connects to your phone via bluetooth and once connected you can catch Pokémon, spin Pokéstops and hatch eggs all with the press of a button.
The idea behind the device is to allow you to play the game in a way that keeps you aware of the world around you. Instead of staying glued to your phone and increasing the risk of you walking into a tree, your Go Plus will vibrate when there is something to interact with. Press the button and the interaction will complete. All the while you are tracking your distance towards buddy candies and egg hatches.
While this all sounds fine and dandy, there are some negatives here that should be mentioned before we go any further. During a Pokémon encounter your Go Plus will only throw 1 Pokéball and it will only throw a regular ball, not a great/ultra ball. So, as you can imagine, you will not always catch the Pokémon using the Go Plus. This can be a big deal if you are looking for that elusive Pokémon to complete your Pokédex or whatever the case may be. Not the end of the world though.
How to set it up
Setting the Go Plus up was pretty easy on my Android phone (I assume the iPhone setup is much the same). In order to prepare the device, you need to decide which form factor you want to use, bracelet or clip. Depending on your decision you might need to change the backing. There are lots of tutorials and guides on how to do this online (as well as in the manual which comes with the Go Plus). To swap the plates, and the battery for that matter, you will need a small Philips head screwdriver.
Once you’ve decided that, remove the plastic tab and you are ready to go. Simply turn on your phone’s bluetooth, switch to the Pokémon Go app and go to settings > Pokémon Go Plus. Pressing the button on your go plus should cause the device to appear under Available Devices. Selecting the device on the app will then connect your phone to your Go Plus.
Color combinations and what they mean
OK, so the device is connected to the app and you are on your way to a Pokéstop. Your Pokémon Go Plus vibrates on our wrist in a certain color. What the heck does this mean? The various colors indicate different interactions depending on the color.
Go Plus Flashes Green
If the light is flashing green, this indicates that there is a Pokémon nearby that you have already caught.
Go Plus Flashes Yellow
If the light is flashing yellow, this indicates that there is a Pokémon nearby that you have not caught before.
Go Plus Flashes Blue
If the light is flashing blue, this indicates that there is an available Pokéstop nearby.
Let’s go – Eevee Community Day
It just so happened that my first 24 hours using the Go Plus coincided with the Eevee Community Day event happening on Saturday 11th Aug and Sunday 12th Aug. As good a time as any. So I set up the device and set off in my car to the local park. I already noticed the Go Plus start to vibrate pretty frequently indicating lots of Pokémon nearby.
Once we reached the park, it often became necessary to use the Go Plus as opposed to the phone. This might not sound ideal for shiny hunting but it is worth noting the weather was just awful and seeing as I didn’t bring an umbrella along, this was the alternative to getting my phone soaked. Plus I was able to hatch some eggs I had been trying to hatch for a while.
As the event came to a close, and with no shiny Pokémon in my bag, I headed back to the car. Somehow on the way back to the car I came across my first shiny Eevee! Feeling successful I began to venture home. On the way home I stopped off in a few places to allow the Go Plus to take effect and spin some Pokéstops and catch some Pokémon. I began to understand the benefits of using this device for me and felt that my purchase was well worth it.
Pros and Cons
- A great way to passively play the game if you just want to hatch eggs, catch Pokémon.
- Tracks your distance without having to keep your phone active.
- Nice form factor and extremely portable, either bracelet or clip.
- Looks super cool. Admit it, if your childhood self could see you now you would be so jealous!
- You’re not guaranteed to catch a Pokémon, only one regular Pokéball is thrown and no berries are used.
- The device may disconnect at various intervals and will need to be reconnected.
- The price point for me is a little bit expensive, not for everybody but for me for what it does its a little on the expensive side.
My Thoughts Overall
Overall my first 24 hours with this device have been great! I have been able to play Pokémon Go without having my phone out all the time. This is extremely useful for me as I can still catch Pokémon and work on hatching eggs while I am shopping, doing housework or whatever else I might be doing. Being able to just tap a button and not worry about anything else is such a time saver for me.
If you are still playing Pokémon Go anyway casually to competitively and can afford to, I would highly recommend this device! It is worth noting the negatives that come with this device but if you are willing to look past that then you will have a blast with this.