PokemonGO hits Canada!
As you’re probably aware, PokemonGO has been officially released in Canada on Android/iOS. Our previous blogpost is now pretty much useless, but, hope it helped! Now.. for some new info! Get Pikachu! Pokestops in Calgary! See Pokemon locations REAL TIME! Gym battling! How to extend the life of your battery while playing! Squeeeeeee!
Catch a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon
This only works if you’re new to the game sorry. Basically, when you’re presented with the 3 initial Pokemon to catch, Bulbasaur, Squirtle or Charmander, you simply walk away from them. Do this 4 times and Pikachu will also show up alongside them! Pikaaaapika! Here’s a video showing how it’s done.
Pokestops in Calgary
If you live out in the suburbs in Calgary and you’re playing PokemonGO.. it’s a less than stellar experience. The non-downtown Pokestops in Calgary are few and far between and you’re likely going to have a hard time keeping Pokeballs in stock.
If you live downtown, you’ve had a much different experience. Pokestops are everywhere! There are so many clusters of stops, it’s incredibly easy to fill up on Pokeballs and potions without having to go far. Most of all, Eau Claire is especially good.
A few spots I recommend;
Due to the sheer amount of people in the area, someone is usually lighting up the lures in these spots. You may notice it in person as there will be 50 people standing around.. it’s quite something to see.
In addition here is a user-submitted map of Pokestops in Calgary, including gyms and possible ‘nests’ (where the same type of Pokemon spawn regularly) http://www.pokemongomap.ca. As you can see below, there are quite a few.
There is also https://pokemapper.co but it’s not as filled with content yet.
See Pokemon in real time on a map
Pokevision is a website that pulls info from the Niantic API, showing where Pokemon are located on a map in real time, including their ‘despawn’ timers. Below is a screenshot of the Santa Monica Pier. I can’t post a screenshot of anywhere in Calgary because their servers are getting destroyed by so many people trying to access it right now. It was working early this morning. It won’t show you the Pokestops in Calgary, just the Pokemon.
Okay, as you probably already know, Pokevision has been taken down by Niantic, with a cease and desist. Sucks! — HOWEVER! THERE IS A NEW ALTERNATIVE SITE! https://fastpokemap.com. It does the same thing. Go catch’ em all!
Here is a link to Pokevision, centered in on Prince’s Island. Hopefully when you’re trying to view it, it works. It’s very cool. Good way to find what you need. Until Nintendo/Niantic send them a cease and desist haha 🙂
Okay.. Pokemon Maps no longer work, any of them 🙁 Niantic changed their algorithm and killed all of the Pokemon mapping services. Sorry.
Gym battles aren’t as straightforward as you would think, in my opinion anyway. You need to be level 5 to battle or even access a gym. Once you are level 5 and do hit up a gym, you’ll be presented with 3 teams you can join. Valor, Instinct, Mystic. It doesn’t really matter which team you go with, but we rolled with Mystic so they’re the best 😀
- Gym level depicts how many Pokemon you need to defeat to take it over. Level 5 gym? You’ll have to defeat 5 of them to claim it for your team.
- Gyms technically have a ‘leader’, whomever has the highest CP attack power is leader. They’ll have a little crown beside their name in the gym Pokemon list.
- To battle, you keep tapping the screen as fast as you can. Doing this will get your Pokemon to do their normal attack. They have a secondary ability! You ‘charge’ it up by doing normal attacks.
Once your ability blocks are full, rather than just tapping, tap + hold to use the secondary attack.
- You can dodge attacks! Swipe left or right and your Pokemon will jump to the side. Do it when your opponent’s ability appears above it’s head. For example: “Pidgeotto used Air Cutter!” – swipe!!
- To level up your own team gym, you’ll need to battle it and defeat them over and over until the level increases. Just like saiyans! Once the level increases, more of your teams Pokemon can be added.
Extend your battery life while playing Pokemon GO in Calgary
PokemonGO demands you walk around with your phone out, screen brightness is pumped to full, and it sucks your battery dry. Even those of us with beefy batteries don’t last very long without a USB backup while out and about. PokemonGO does have a ‘battery saver’ option within the settings, but it only dims the screen if you flip the phone upside down.
There is a solution.. for Android only. GO Extender. It works in a couple of neat ways. It’ll turn the screen black (disabling the GPU) if you hold your phone upside down, and/or use a ‘proximity sensor’ (using the selife camera) to turn the screen off while it’s in your pocket. Most noteworthy! Not only does it save battery life, while it’s in your pocket, eggs will still hatch! Your steps will still count.
Also? it disables the touch screen so you won’t accidentally tap out of the game or bring up other apps.
Here’s a video of how it works, from Phandroid.
Get a USB Battery
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time walking around catching Pokemon in Calgary, you’re going to want a solid USB battery back up to keep you charged the whole time. Anker makes really high quality stuff and it’s not overly expensive either. Avoid getting those little ‘pill bottle’ shaped tube batteries – they’re tiny and they don’t last. You really get what you pay for with USB batteries.
Pokemon GO Calgary Subreddit
The Pokemon GO Calgary subreddit used to be really active when the game launched, however now that the novelty has died down for most people, it’s rather quiet and not very active.
Pokemon GO Calgary Facebook Groups
The subreddit might be dead, but the Facebook groups are alive and well! And you have a few to choose from.
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/pokemonyyc (5.4k members)
Bringing together players of Pokémon GO in YYC (Calgary, AB) and area. Please feel free to share anything and everything about your Pokémon GO adventures throughout the city!
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/pokemongocalgary (2.9k members)
This group is for Calgary Pokémon Go trainers who would like to share location in which they found Pokémon. Use Facebook to share locations you found uncommon or rare Pokémon. Feel free to invite all your friends(All teams welcome).
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/241559476340783/ – Pokemon Go Calgary Raids
- This group is meant to share information on where and when raid bosses appear in Pokemon GO around Calgary. Some bosses require a bunch of people to fight it at the same time, so having a group of people interested in doing that = win.