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New Details on Pokemon GO

DeathSparks

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Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO will allow players to find and catch more than a hundred different Pokémon as they explore their surroundings.

The Pokémon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. Now the real world will be the setting!

Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you're near a Pokémon. Once you've encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone's touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items.

Customize Your Trainer

When you first play Pokémon GO, you’ll get to customize the look of your Trainer, choosing apparel and accessories to give him or her a cool look. Your customized character will appear as you move around on the map, as well as on your profile page. Plus, other players will see your character when they visit a Gym you control.

Add to Your Pokédex

In Pokémon GO, you will gain levels as a Trainer, and at higher levels you will be able to catch more powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You'll also have access to more powerful items, such as Great Balls, to give you a better shot at catching Pokémon. Keep exploring and encountering Pokémon to raise your level!

There are other ways to add Pokémon to your roster, too. If you catch the same species of Pokémon enough times, you'll get the opportunity to evolve one of them. And as you explore, you may find Pokémon Eggs at PokéStops, which will hatch after you've walked a certain distance. When they hatch, you may find Pokémon you've never seen before!

Some wild Pokémon will appear only in certain places near where you live or around the world. For example, some Water-type Pokémon may appear only near lakes and oceans. If you're away from home, be sure to stay alert for Pokémon you wouldn't normally encounter!

If you catch the same species of Pokémon enough times, you can evolve one of them. This is useful for catching Pokémon you’re having a tough time finding in the wild. For example, if there are large numbers of Poliwag in your area, but no Poliwhirl nearby, catch a lot of Poliwag to eventually gain the ability to have one of them evolve into a Poliwhirl!

Join a Team and Battle

At a certain point in the game, you'll be asked to join one of three teams. Once you join a team, you'll gain the ability to assign Pokémon you've caught to empty Gym locations or to a location where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokémon. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world. Each player can place only one Pokémon at a particular Gym, so you're encouraged to work with others on the team to build up a strong defense.

If a Gym is already claimed by another team, you can challenge that Gym using your own Pokémon. Using the Pokémon you've caught, engage in battle with the defending Pokémon at the Gym. Battles are challenging and fun. Use your Pokémon’s two attacks to battle the defending Pokémon. You can also dodge the defending Pokémon’s attacks by swiping left and right. If your Pokémon wins the battle, then the Gym’s Prestige is reduced. When the Gym’s Prestige is reduced to zero, the defending team loses control of the Gym, and you or another player can then take control of it by assigning a Pokémon to it. Once your team has control of the Gym, you can increase its Prestige (and level) by training your Pokémon with the defending Pokémon. As the Gym gets to a higher level, your team has the ability to assign more Pokémon to defend it. You can also team up with your friends and battle at a rival Gym together to take down stronger Gyms faster.

A wide variety of challenges are available that highlight many different categories, such as catching Pokémon and exploration. By completing these challenges, you'll unlock achievement medals that will appear in your player profile. Try your best to unlock as many medals as you can!

Pokémon GO Plus

A portable device called the Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even while they’re not looking at their smartphones. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device. Pokémon GO Plus will be available soon. Check back for more details.



Free to Play

Pokémon GO will be available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play. Pokémon GO is free to play, with loads of fun things to do and Pokémon to discover at every turn. For players who want to enhance their Pokémon GO experience even more, certain items and features can be accessed via in-app purchases. Players can spend real money on PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO. PokéCoins can then be exchanged for power-ups, extra items, and other enhancements.

An early field test limited to the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand is under way for Pokémon GO while the game is still in active development. The features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not final. Please stay tuned for information about expansion of the field test to other markets.

EDIT: Seems like Field Test invites are going out soon, be sure to check your emails.
https://twitter.com/NianticLabs/status/735486161733357568

http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/
 

Lil'DigiOp

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Im ready to try, I heard its only 151 to start out. Seems like battling is somewhat realtime. Interesting.

Gyms sound awesome, like a defense type game.
 

Nester

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Wonder if the US field test starts today

https://twitter.com/nianticlabs/status/735486161733357568

Sounds like it!

Some of you have been in the kitchen with us. You’ve have done a great job of guiding us so far. Across Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Pokémon GO field testers have been collecting and battling with impressive regularity and we’re learning a lot from them. And today, we’re expanding that field test to the United States to get more feedback to improve the game.
 

singhr1

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engage in battle with the defending Pokémon at the Gym. Battles are challenging and fun.

Use your Pokémon’s two attacks to battle the defending Pokémon

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OrionsNebula

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I'm still confused about how this is going to work at all in the American market.. I mean I live in a city with a population of 400,000 people, and can't get a single streetpass even when going to malls and stuff.. What are the chances I'm going to find other people who are interested in this? Maybe I'm just missing the point of this app/game still though.
 

DrROBschiz

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weird... only two attacks

why not just emulate the full games combat wise CMON

Pokemon is already simple as fuck to play as it is
 

SoulUnison

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I wonder if GO only has "attack moves?"

Like... Why would you dedicate half your move set to a "stat move" like Harden or Swords Dance when it only leaves you with a single damaging move to use?
End up with a bad type matchup and you might have a Pokemon who can do literally nothing to the opponent. (EG: Electric -> Ground, Ground -> Flying, Poison -> Steel, etc..)

Wonder if the battle system will even have STAB?
It'd be silly to put anything on a Mon except moves it gets the bonus damage from, especially if they're dual-typed - that's both your move slots, right there.
 

Daft Punk

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I'm still confused about how this is going to work at all in the American market.. I mean I live in a city with a population of 400,000 people, and can't get a single streetpass even when going to malls and stuff.. What are the chances I'm going to find other people who are interested in this? Maybe I'm just missing the point of this app/game still though.

I will travel across the land, searching far and wide.
 

Barrylocke

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weird... only two attacks

why not just emulate the full games combat wise CMON

Pokemon is already simple as fuck to play as it is

Gotta appeal to the casual mobile crowd, I'll give it a shot but will probably put it down after 1 day.

Reposting this from a prior thread:

Barrylocke said:
For what it's worth, there are multiple potential moves that each Pokemon can have. There seems to be over 130 Charge type moves and over 40 Quick type moves so far. Moves have varying types (for super/not very effectives), power, and seemingly accuracy and critical chances. Each pokemon can learn different moves at higher levels or on evolution.

That sounds pretty Pokemon to me.
 

Chase17

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I get that they probably can't start with hundreds. But I wish they took some from every gen instead of just gen 1.
 

Symphonic

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I get that they probably can't start with hundreds. But I wish they took some from every gen instead of just gen 1.

They'll expand over time. Still don't understand why people think this is a bad thing. Mobile games are infamous for doing free updates with chunks of content like that; keeps it fresh when it updates fairly regularly.
 

RedFyn

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I'm still confused about how this is going to work at all in the American market.. I mean I live in a city with a population of 400,000 people, and can't get a single streetpass even when going to malls and stuff.. What are the chances I'm going to find other people who are interested in this? Maybe I'm just missing the point of this app/game still though.
People don't carry their 3ds everywhere they go. They do however always have their phones.
 

JoeM86

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I wonder if GO only has "attack moves?"

Like... Why would you dedicate half your move set to a "stat move" like Harden or Swords Dance when it only leaves you with a single damaging move to use?
End up with a bad type matchup and you might have a Pokemon who can do literally nothing to the opponent. (EG: Electric -> Ground, Ground -> Flying, Poison -> Steel, etc..)

Wonder if the battle system will even have STAB?
It'd be silly to put anything on a Mon except moves it gets the bonus damage from, especially if they're dual-typed - that's both your move slots, right there.

You are correct. There are very few status moves. I think the only one datamined was Rest?
 

Qwark

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I'm still confused about how this is going to work at all in the American market.. I mean I live in a city with a population of 400,000 people, and can't get a single streetpass even when going to malls and stuff.. What are the chances I'm going to find other people who are interested in this? Maybe I'm just missing the point of this app/game still though.

It's not really like streetpass though. It's not 2 random people passing by each other, it's people deliberately (or not, if they're just wandering I guess) congregating in areas. Plus, like others said, it's a phone, and it's free, so there's going to be a lot more customers.