Tuesday, July 12, 2016

100 Facts about Pokémon Go That You Don't Know

Too busy Catching Them All? Here's your digest - see what the news and rumors about Pokemon Go are saying.

  • Updated August 2 2016: surprisingly Pokemon Go is slipping in ranking in its native country - Japan, a lucrative mobile gaming market. App Annie. Article from Bloomberg
    • Nintendo reported earnings for the period before Pokemon Go. Its net loss is quite larger than analysts projected. Nintendo is going from "Pokemon Go to Pokemon No". Probably not a good time to buy its shares.
    • The Pokemon wearable would have affected the Nintendo bottomline, but it is delayed to at least September.
  • Updated August 1 2016: new strategy - hatch eggs to get rare Pokemon not wasting money on lures or modules. Use lucky eggs for better bag management and level up quickly and efficiently.  
  • Pokémon Go: What I’ve learned from spending more than $50 on in-game purchases via VentureBeat
    • The gist is you don't need to spend a penny but if you do have a strategy that focuses on hatching eggs and leveling up via lucky eggs which double XP within 30 minutes. 
  • Pokevision, the amazing map that reveals rare and common Pokemon locations is shutting down citing that it will "respect the wish" of Niantic and the Pokemon Go company.
  • Some media sites have called the Pokemon Go abusive - an exploitation of animals. Some went further saying that the Pokemon world is animal slavery. The problem with Pokémon Go no one is talking about via The Daily Dot
  • It may be true that one fan has Gotta Catch 'Em All!  And supposedly he has won a big prize as a result. source article
  • With Pokevision down and Pokemon Go native tracker malfunctioning and buggy, players have resorted to searching for "pokemon tracker" apps in Apple app stores and Google play store. Some apps such as PokeDetector on Android even promises Android watch notifications. Be care of spams, fees, charges. Any unauthorized use of the game's copyrighted information will likely be shutting down soon. Here's a video demo of the app 
  • The end of July update has left the Pokemon tracker broken still, and some players very confused. The new app is a blank slate, upon launching the app, users may be accidentally logging in using another gmail account (already active on their cell phone, likely their primary gmail account) and may not be the google gmail account they have been using to play the game. Select the correct Gmail from the top right dropdown menu and you will resolve this Pokemon Go resets user level to 0 requires new account set up update problem. It's not really a problem, but it's not a great User Experience (UX) as it confused many, include a few of my friends.
  • Did you know that the Hitmonlee fighting Pokemon may be named after Bruce Lee and Hitmonchan likely named after Jackie Chan? These are two Pokemons named after celebrities in the USA.

  • There's a shortcut to the Pokemon menu. Tap hold the menu button swipe up to access Shop, hold and swipe left for your Pokemons and hold swipe right for your items. Can come handy when there are lots of Pokemons to catch. 
  • There are easter eggs in the game. If you name your Eevee after the original owners Rainer, Pyro and Sparky it is guaranteed that you can evolve the Eevee into Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon respectively. 
  • Eevee is eevee spelled backwards. Ekans is snake spelled backwards. Arbok is Kobra spelled backwards. Mind blowing!
  • Chanseys can indeed be found near medical centers like hospitals. 
  • Water animals do spawn near water sources. 
  • Lures and incense spawns many additional Pokemons for your personalized experience. The actual system spawning isn't numerous everywhere. In fact, it can be sparse.
  • is a website that displays real time real life system spawning of all Pokemons. Searchable world wide. Each Pokemon has a timer, and you will indeed find the Pokemons at the exact location.
  • Pokemon Go source code hints potential partnership with McDonald's and monetization of custom gyms, pokestops and more.
  • It is finally released in Japan but it is yet to go live in many countries. In fact, the native birth country of Pokemon is not the first chosen place of the game. United States is the first country to play Pokemon Go!
  • Pokemon Go Plus wearable will be released later on. It will pair with your phone to help you catch pokemons without looking.
  • Yes a dead body was found by a hunter near a river
  • Different cities may offer different pokemons. You may have to travel the world to collect them all.
  • Pokemon Go monetizes by selling gold coins which can buy items
  • Pokemon Go gym owners get rations for holding a gym or helping out a gym
  • Some churches including past church locations are labelled as gyms. A guy whose house was previously a church saw large of amount of people gathering outside his home via buzzed
  • People have called police on hunters thinking they are burglars scouting out homes to target
  • Rose pedal signposts attract a large number of pokemons including rare ones
  • You are likely to meet fellow players at rose pedal signpost and modules
  • Pokemon Go made an "honest mistake" getting access to your entire google account though they claim they only want basic info, but Google has automatically downgraded the permission to protect you 
  • Lots of app crashes while capturing pokemon. Make sure you have good reception when approaching a rare pokemon
  • It's not that hard to find Pikachu near downtown area. Collecting them will get you special medals
  • Pokemon Go is not released in China yet
  • Nintendo stock saw a 10% jump and then subsided 2-3% in the first week following the game going viral
  • Other Augmented Reality companies like Google and Facebook are also on the rise
  • Niantic is the game studio, created Pokemon Go in collaborations with Pokemon International a private company that Nintendo owns a stake in and in turn owns a revenue share in Niantic's game
  • Niantic also created the AR game ingress but didn't receive much attention especially compared to PG.
  • Some areas in downtown will attract rarer pokemons on a daily basis
  • In order to play Pokemon GO your phone must have access to internet and the GPS enabled
  • Some people found that traveling via a car is too fast and will be prevented from getting points, but cars in heavy traffic will do, biking, rollerblading ... but remember in almost all places using a phone while transporting is illegal and dangerous
  • We know some of the mythical creatures exist because people have been stationing them at gyms to show off
  • Different cities, districts offer different pokemons. For example, San Francisco Ferry Building has a lot of water pokemons such as Magikarp, Tentacool, tentacruel, psyduck and squirturl, which are hard to catch inland. 
  • VentureBeat article says PokemonGo grosses around $1.6 million from Apple App Store daily

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