Poké Ball Plus and Pokémon Go Plus – how they work, LED meanings and how to pair to your device

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How to get the most out of the new accessories.


Poké Ball Plus

, announced at The Pokémon Company’s big conference in May 2018, is a new peripheral that acts not only as a Go Plus for Pokémon Go, or a Pokéwalker for Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, but a device that adds a range of other benefits, too.


Pokémon Go Plus

, meanwhile, has been selling out more or less since launch, but now stock levels are evening out, you’re probably wondering – what do these two accessories actually do?

The Go Plus essentially allows you to play with your screen off – or if you want the maximum amount of control, while using it – allowing you to catch creatures, spin stops and hatch eggs much faster than you would usually. The Poké Ball Plus is a bit more complex than that, acting as an optional controller as well as an accessory – we explain everything we know below!

What is the Poké Ball Plus and how does it work?

The Poké Ball Plus still hasn’t been completely explained – although there’s plenty we do know already.

We know it’ll function like a Pokémon Go Plus – more on that itself below – when connected to Pokémon Go, allowing you to do all the same things like catch Pokémon and spin stops as you go.




As well as that, we know it’ll have Pokéwalker-style functions for your Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. You can put them “in” the Poké Ball Plus and, by tracking your steps as you walk around with it, it’ll unlock certain unspecified benefits for you or your Pokémon in-game. Junichi Masuda, head of Let’s Go developer Game Freak,

also confirmed to us that there will be some different, special features


“One cool thing if you put your partner Pokémon – so maybe your Pikachu – inside of it, I think maybe there’s some extra things that makes it feel as though the Pokémon is really inside the ball… for example if you shake it, it’ll actually sounds like it’s in there, so things like that – and also some things we haven’t revealed, that are cool that affect the gameplay if you walk around with it,” he said.

We weren’t allowed to touch it out in Japan but, rest assured, were told it felt very nice. It has both a wrist strap and a smaller hoop for you to hook a finger through to make sure it’s secure in your hand – and so no kids go throwing it through the TV.

What is the Pokémon Go Plus?

The Pokémon Go Plus is a peripheral for Pokémon Go which can be worn either on the provided bracelet band, or as a pin on your clothes.

Shaped like a combination of a Poké Ball and the Google Maps pin – because, you know, Pokémon Go is essentially Poké Balls plus maps – it’s around the size of a large smartwatch, although of course only provides functionality when used with the Pokémon Go app.


The main point of the Pokémon Go Plus is to enable you to enjoy the game – or if you’re anything like us at times, compulsively obsess over the game – without having to use your phone.

It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and will notify you of a nearby PokéStop or wild Pokémon with a vibration and blinking LED.

The greatest benefit, really, is the fact that you can do these things without draining your phone’s battery life at quite the same rate as doing so normally – helpful since

battery drain in Pokémon Go

is a recognised issue.

That is, unfortunately, mitigated somewhat by the fact that it’ll be using your phone’s Bluetooth, but it’s still a bit of an energy saver.

Other things to know about using Pokémon Go Plus

There are a few quirks worth knowing about to make the most out of your Go Plus:

Pokémon Go Plus works with Gym Photo Discs

that were added as part of the summer 2017

Gym rework

following an

app update in late August


Pokémon Go Plus will only use standard Poké Balls

, not Great or Ultra Balls. Thankfully this is the most common type from Stops (and conveniently, the only one on sale from the Shop) so you should be able to keep playing most of the time. It helps if you are able to sit in a location at once (say at work) next to a Stop so you can refill your stock on a semi-regular basis.

You only get one shot at catching a Pokémon

. If your thrown Pokéball fails, that’s it, the Pokémon will flee instantly and you won’t get another chance to catch it. If you want, keep your phone open and at hand to check what’s actually appeared, or look at the device in case it’s a yellow light to tell you it’s something new.

Ideally you want to balance knowing when to stop and use better Balls and Berries for things you want to definitely catch, versus simply hoovering everything up in your path without looking at the screen, thus giving you an easy supply of Candy and XP (remember failing to catch anything gives you 25 XP anyway – which adds up if you have the device on you at all times).


Pokemon Go will track steps for both

hatching eggs

and the new

Buddy system


So even if you don’t decide to catch or spin anything, this will come in useful, especially if you want to ‘play’ the game while out running.

This is is a syndicated post. Read the original at www.eurogamer.net

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