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Pokémon Go - You Need to Know

Our guest blogger Naomi has the low down for all new Pokémon Go players and tells us why using your earphones is essential for a better playing experience. Check out her tips and tactics whilst using the dome8 iPhone case for headphones.

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm with players of all ages taking part in the game. Since its official release in July 2016 it has been downloaded by more than 50 million users and still counting. Pokémon Go is a free-to-play game app available on all iOS and Android devices. 

The premise of the game is that you create your own Pokémon character that will be the pointer of your location.  Game players use their mobile devices’ GPS systems to locate, capture, battle and train virtual Pokémon which appear on their device screens as if they are in the same locations as the players themselves.

As you walk around your device will vibrate when a Pokémon is nearby; it will pop up on your screen allowing you to attempt to catch it.  You then catch the Pokémon by throwing Poké balls with your finger across the screen in the direction of the Pokémon.

Pokémon GO has become quite the phenomenon, whilst gaming is notoriously perceived as an indoor, often antisocial activity, Pokémon players are actively encouraged to get outdoors and they are consequently making new friends. Many players have said that they would never have had the courage to speak to a complete stranger until now, thanks to Pokémon Go. I too have become addicted to the game, venturing outside trying to catch them all.

There are alerts and other sound effects which tell you when you are at a poké-stop, a gym or when you are using the radar ring to help discover Pokémon.  The game also gives a sound alert alongside the vibration when a Pokémon is nearby. To be honest when you are out and about searching for Pokémon the sounds are very hard to hear. That is why more often than not I will use a pair of earphones whilst playing the game. Earphones make it much easier to hear the sounds within the game and therefore I can catch more Pokémon.

This is when my dome8 iPhone case that holds Apple headphones comes in really handy. It is a great way of keeping my headphones available at all times. dome8 have come up with a perfect solution for avoiding lost or tangled headphones making it a great companion for playing Pokémon GO! In addition to dome8's undeniable practicality, the design also incorporates shock-absorbing impact protection; providing you with peace of mind should you accidentally drop or damage your device.  This could come in very handy if you get over excited when trying to catch a Pikachu and drop your phone!

Another advantage to using earphones is that you can place your device in your pocket with the game still active in the background, and continue to count the kilometres, however as the alerts are relatively quiet it is a good idea to continue to use headphones so that you don’t miss out on any alerts. You can also play your music alongside the app and still hear the sound effects from the game. I tried this out when I was walking around my local area; I plugged my earphones into my phone then started to play Pokémon Go, I placed my phone in my pocket and started to walk on my route. I had my playlist playing in the background and the sound effects/notifications from Pokémon Go still came through the music so that I could catch the Pokémon in my area without missing any out thanks to the earphones and dome8 case.

Now that I have been playing for a few weeks I have a gathered a few tips to pass on for when you are playing Pokémon Go.

  1. Always Gain Eggs at Poké-stops. These will hatch when you have walked 2km, 5km or 10km. The further you walk the better value Pokémon that you will receive from the egg. This will also gain you some XP or Experience Points, which will help you, go up levels up within the game. Once you reach level 5 you are able to choose which team you would like to be part of, Team Valor, Team Mystic and Team Instinct.
  2. Augmented Reality Off! Although the idea of Pokémon Go is to catch Pokémon in the real world, I would suggest turning off the AR (Augmented Reality) when catching them. This will enable you to catch Pokémon more easily as you will see them on a pre-drawn field of grass rather than what your camera sees. Your screen will not move around as much and it is more battery efficient and you don't have to awkwardly use the gyroscope of your phone to get the Pokémon in sight, making catching easier.
  3. Take a Break! If you are feeling a little bit lazy you can drop lures at Poké-stops. This will enable you to sit there and attract Pokémon to your location. A lure is a powerful and rare item within Pokémon Go; they are used especially to catch Pokémon. Unlike many of the items within the game lures are community items, which means that everyone can use them. You can receive them from levelling up or from Poké-stops. When at a Poké-stop you can place a lure module down for 30 minutes and this will attract the Pokémon to your location.
  4. Play in Pairs if you can. When playing Pokémon Go I would play with a friend, this will keep you safe and make it far more sociable.
  5. Location, Location, Location! If you can get to popular locations, such as, Bristol, London, Cardiff etc. you are going to have access to more Poké-stops. Although, there are a few Poké-stops within rural locations, there are many more in more popular destinations.
  6. Be Safe! Obs when using your earphones to play Pokémon Go, please be careful. You still need to pay attention to the world around you. If you are using earphones perhaps use only one ear bud rather than two and don’t have them at full volume so that you can still hear traffic.
On a final note, check out the dome8 iphone case for headphones, especially if you are one of those people like me who can get really frustrated with lost or tangled headphones! You can buy from their website at dome8. They are also on instagram, twitter and facebook @dome8cases.
By Guest Blogger, Naomi Vlogs and Gaming.