Fans who are waiting for the mobile game that is Pokémon Go are already at the edge of their seats in anticipation, and the excitement looms even further as more information was just released on how to play the mobile game. Recent updates from both the Pokémon Company and Niantic has just provided more details on how the geographic feature of the mobile game will play out. The game will use “landmarks” that will affect different aspects of the upcoming Pocket Monsters game for iOS and Android devices.
Pokémon Go Uses Landmarks as Part of its Geographic Features
Just like with Niantic’s other mobile game entitled Ingress, Pokémon Go will take advantage of common travel patterns. It will encourage players to discover new routes and places with the use of the app. True to the Pokémon franchise, most of the action will focus on discovering new Monsters that are hidden around the world. Captured Monsters would then be trained to reach their full potential.
When a Pokémon is found, your phone will vibrate to notify you that one is within your immediate area. Capturing a Pokémon in the Pokémon Go app is very simple as it will only require you to aim your smartphone screen to where the Monster is hiding before tapping on the display to throw a Poké ball at it.
Once again, as true to the Pokémon franchise, Poké Balls come in all sorts of “flavors.” Some are more effective than others depending on the target. These balls can be replenished at PokéStops, which is just the game’s term for the landmarks that you should go to.
These PokéStops are found by going to “interesting places,” within the app. Niantic Labs and the Pokémon Company explains this in separate posts, but it all boils down to these landmarks being prime locations within the area such as “public art installation, monuments, and historical markers.” Also available in these locations are Pokémon Eggs, in which users are able to contain special rare Pokémon. These eggs will only hatch when a player has traveled a certain amount of distance on foot.
It should also be noted that Pokémon Go has more in-store as it adapts to real world exploration by way of capturing Pokémon in their natural environments. Therefore, you are more likely to catch a water-type where there is plenty of water nearby, a grass-type in an open field, and perhaps an electric-type from your local power company.