Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus
- The Pokémon GO Plus is a small device that lets you enjoy Pokémon GO while you're on the move and not looking at your smartphone
- The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth low energy and notifies you about events in the game, such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby using an LED and vibration
- The Pokémon GO Plus will begin to blink and vibrate whenever you're within range of a PokéStop; Press the Pokémon GO Plus button to search the PokéStop for items; If you find any items, they'll immediately be added to your inventory
- When a Pokémon is near, the light on the Pokémon GO Plus will flash; It will also flash and vibrate when you pass a PokéStop;Not compatible with Android devices that use Intel Atom processors
- Once a Pokémon is close, press the button on the Pokémon GO Plus to throw a Poké Ball ;The Pokémon GO Plus will flash and vibrate to let you know if you were successful in catching the Pokémon
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*Please refer to compatibility information on the Pokémon GO Plus Support Site.
**Pokémon GO Plus is unable to provide an alert for any Pokémon attracted by the in-game item Incense.
Please note: Pokémon GO Plus cannot be used on its own.
Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus
Enjoy the Pokémon GO experience without looking at your smartphone.
Pokémon GO Plus, the small wearable device that lets players interact with Pokémon GO without looking at their smartphone.
Compatible with both iOS and Android*, Pokémon GO Plus connects to smartphones via Bluetooth low energy and notifies players about nearby Pokémon and PokéStops. When a Pokémon is near, the device will vibrate and its LED will flash green**. Players can press the button on the device once close to throw a Poké Ball. A successful catch will result in the device flashing and vibrating.
Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus
The Pokémon GO Plus device will vibrate and flash blue whenever in range of a PokéStop, allowing players to receive items with a simple tap of the Pokémon GO Plus button. Pokémon GO Plus can also be used while Pokémon GO is running in the background on smartphones. Pokémon GO will track distance even while running in the background, allowing you to hatch eggs and earn candies for a Buddy Pokémon.
The Pokemon GO Plus accessory can be used with any compatible smart phone that has the Pokemon GO application installed. After the Pokemon GO Plus is paired via Bluetooth LE and a brief setup process is completed, players can encounter and catch Pokemon like never before. When the smart phone with Pokemon GO and the paired Pokemon GO Plus accessory are within range of each other, both will begin to vibrate when a Pokemon is close by. With the convenience of not having to look at your smart phone, simply press the button on the Pokemon GO Plus to attempt to catch a Pokemon while you are out and about.
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- I was hatching eggs WAY faster as it was always counting my distance walked even when I had Pokémon go minimized and was using another app which is nice.
- plus seems to make my character in the app walk back and forth a bit more.not sure why, but the extra walking motions in game result in some km progress on eggs while I'm sitting still which is appreciated.
- You can set it to only go off for pokestops so you dont have to pull your phone out at all if just your goal is to walk (to hatch eggs) and hit up pokestops along the way only. (Not looking to hunt Pokémon)
- the range for pokestops seems further than when using the app alone, meaning you can be further away from a pokestop and still hit it with the watch most of the time which is nice.
- you can hit up pokestops when traveling a faster speed than with the app alone. While using just the app it will tell you "try again" if you're going more than 15MPH or so. With plus you can go about 35-40MPH and still hit up the stop which is nice if you're a passenger in a car and driving past lots of stops.
- the strap that comes with it doesnt stay clamped very well. The little tab is constantly flipping open for me.
- if you decide you want to try to catch Pokémon with plus you'll notice it only throws regular poke balls and there's no way of choosing to throw a better ball.
- you throw only 1 ball and either it captures the Pokémon or it fails and the Pokémon flees and the capture rate is AWFUL. While using the app I have a 90% capture rate using 1 throw of a regular pokeball, but I have a 75% FAILURE rate throwing 1 regular pokeball using plus.
- related to the above... plus seems to register a Pokémon before it even appears in the app. With the app open I hit the button on plus as soon as it lit up to say a Pokémon was nearby and in the app it just showed a pink arrow but no Pokémon physically there. This resulted in a failed FLEEing Pokémon. I believe this is the reason for the high failure rate. Pokémon don't appear in the app for another 10 or so seconds AFTER plus goes off to say a Pokémon is near, so in order to successfully capture the Pokémon you need to wait a bit and THEN try hitting the button, which kind of eliminates the convenience of using the plus.
- it disconnects... A LOT and it doesn't always tell you. Sometimes it'll blink red and vibrate to tell you, but sometimes the app will just crash because of plus and there's no notification. The app seems to crash at least 3 or 4 times per 1 hour session using the plus. (Yes, I've used the plus through 3 updates so far and it's still an issue unfortunately)
- The battery it comes with lasts only about 2 weeks with occasional use. (Luckily Amazon sells a 10 pack of the battery for about $5 and they last way longer, so it's just the battery that comes with it that isn't too great)
Overall it's great if you're someone who walks or bikes a lot and your goal is just to hatch eggs and hit up pokestops. It's not very good for catching Pokémon though. I'd pay $15/$20 max for this, however I personally don't feel it's worth the price for all the issues it has currently.
To summarize, the PoGO+ is terrific for tracking distance for egg hatching, and makes it much faster to capture Pokémon and grind for XP, though it's not as great at spinning Pokéstops. The ability to play the game with the screen off greatly improves your smartphone battery life, and a single button makes it easy to use while on the GO. The main downside is that a lot of Pokémon (especially rare/high-CP ones) will run away, and you will quickly deplete your stock of Red Pokéballs.
Here are the good things about this device:
+++Tracks distance even while the screen is locked or off, as long as the app was not closed. This means your battery won't drain nearly as quickly, and egg hatching / buddy walking is more accurate (still restricted by the 10.5km/h or 6.5mph speed limit).
+Allows wild Pokémon to be captured, and Pokéstops to be spun, as long as they are in range. I was able to spin Pokéstops and capture Pokémon while biking at about 10-15mph.
+Blinks green for Pokémon you've already encountered (vibration pattern: 6 long buzzes), yellow for Pokémon that are not in your Pokédex (vibration pattern: 4 short buzzes, then 1 long buzz)
+Blinks blue for spinnable Pokéstops within range (vibration pattern: 2 short buzzes, repeated 3 times)
+Vibration is strong, so you can have it in your pocket and still feel it
+Both a clip and an adjustable watchband are included in the box (screwdriver is needed to swap the backplate between clip or watchband)
+Sends notifications when a Pokémon are caught / flee on your smartphone
And the bad things:
---Attempts to catch each Pokémon only once, after which it will flee. The ball will be thrown without a curve, and will not receive a Nice/Great/Excellent bonus. This is a problem at higher trainer levels, because Pokémon with higher CP, as well as evolved forms, become more likely to break out of Pokéballs. On the bright side, you still get the 25XP for Pokémon that flee.
---When capturing Pokémon, it will only use Red Pokéballs, and will not use Great/Ultra balls when you run out of Red ones. It will not use Berries either.
-The Android app does not always display Pokémon detected by the PoGO+ (I cannot say whether the iFruit version has this issue)
-Automatically disconnects after about an hour (power saving feature, cannot be disabled)
-Limited 3-month warranty (same as video games, but much shorter than the typical 1-year warranty for electronic hardware/consoles)
Some of the initial drawbacks were since fixed in newer versions of the app:
-PoGO+ can only issue one action at a time, and seems to give higher priority to catching Pokémon over spinning Pokéstops. It's still much faster to use your phone to spin multiple Pokéstops that are located within a small area. EDIT1: starting with the 0.41.2 version of PoGO, you are now able to choose to be notified for only Pokéstops, or only Pokémon, or neither if you are just using the device for egg hatching. The prioritization still favors Pokémon over Pokéstops, which can't be changed at this time.
-Automatically disconnects if a Pokémon is tapped in the app, and does not automatically reconnect. Fortunately, spinning Pokéstops on the phone doesn't cause the PoGO+ to disconnect. EDIT2: Starting with the 0.41.2 version of PoGO, the PoGO+ will now stay connected even after tapping on Pokémon or tapping on Gyms.
-There is no "low battery" warning, the only indication is that the device blinks the white LED, and tries to connect to your smartphone but is unable to complete successfully. The battery lasted exactly one month for me with about 2-5 hours of daily usage. EDIT3: Starting with the 0.43.3 version of PoGO, the app displays a low-battery icon when the PoGO+ has less than 30% battery life remaining.
Not every change was an improvement, some things took steps backward:
--PoGO+ will no longer capture Pokémon or spin Pokéstops when travelling at a speed of around 25mph or faster (the speed at which the "should not be used while driving" message appears on the app).
--PoGO+ often has trouble pairing with the app, the Pokéstop speed lock often results in being out of range by the time PoGO+ flashes blue, and PoGO+ often stops functioning while stationary. EDIT
In the 6 months I have been using this device (since its release in September 2016), the device was very usable through October, but has been very glitchy from November onwards. Since then, I have noticed the PoGO+ often has difficulty pairing with my phone, which can usually be resolved by force closing the app and resetting the cache. Anytime I am moving at a speed over 10mph, the latency of the PoGO+ when approaching a Pokéstop is often bad enough for me to already be out of range by the time the button flashes blue. The PoGO+ will often not trigger while stationary. It works better when the screen is on with the app visible, which negates the power-savings advantage. In it's current state, I no longer consider this worthy of 4 stars, and even 3 stars may be too much. EDIT4: The pairing issues were mostly (but not completely) resolved with the 0.51.0 update.
This review was initially based on the 0.37.0 (Android) version, which was released on September 10, 2016. I have been updating the review as the app continues to evolve, and the current version is 0.57.4 as of March 14, 2017. I hope that some of the issues will be addressed by future updates, but have learned not to expect anything when it comes to Niantic :-)
UPDATE1: The 0.41.2 version (October 11, 2016) of the app resolved a couple of issues with prioritization and disconnections, see EDIT1 and EDIT2
UPDATE2: The 0.43.3 version (October 24, 2016) of the app added a low-battery icon, see EDIT3
UPDATE3: In late October 2016, there was a server-side update which blocked Pokémon from spawning in the app and PoGO+, when travelling at speeds faster than about 25mph. In early November 2016, this "speed lock" restriction was expanded to also block Pokéstops from giving exp/items.
UPDATE4: In the 0.51.0 version (December 19, 2016) of the app, the hatching of an egg no longer blocks the PoGO+ from operating, previously the egg hatching animation had to be viewed or pinched closed in the app for the PoGO+ to resume functionality.
UPDATE5: The 0.55.0 version (January 28, 2017) of the app resolved many of the issues with pairing the PoGO+ device on the Android version. I still occasionally have issues with pairing, and the device still doesn't work reliably when stationary.
UPDATE6: In the 0.57.2 version (February 15, 2017), a 50XP "First Catch" bonus is now given if the Pokémon is successfully caught on the first throw. This effectively increases all successful PoGO+ catches from 100XP to 150XP. (This also happens to be the update which gave us catchable Gen2 Pokémon)
***This tool is NOT good for everything, despite what you may hear.***
Short answer: This is best used for gaining stardust, filling your bag, gaining exp, common Pokemon candy, and hatching eggs.
1) It is great to use this while at work, school, etc. and other times you would not normally be playing. You will return to the app to see your eggs are hatched and you have much more stardust and exp.
2) The gps on this is MUCH better on the app, I hatch eggs within ~1km of their actual read distance, unlike the crappy app which can take almost TWICE the distance you walk for it to record that distance walked.
3) The battery lasts about a month of very heavy use, which to me is fine.
1) The Pokemon Go Plus is TERRIBLE for catching high level Pokemon, the algorithm per catch is the same as one non curved, non special (nice, great, excellent), regular Poke Ball. My average chance to catch Pokemon with this is ~50%. You will mist most, if not all rare and strong Pokemon with this tool.
2) The catching system is one chance only, if the catch fails the first time, the Pokemon will flee.
3) It will only use Poke Balls, not sure if this is to balance or just a technical thing, but it still is annoying.
So before you pay ~35 USD for this, just think if you actually play this game enough, and know what it is good and not good at.
The Pokemon Go Plus is for Veteran/Hardcore players who have most Pokemon and just want the grind to be easier.
It is NOT for completing the Pokedex.
It is NOT for catching 100% IV or rare Pokemon.
There is your warning and a waste of 20 minutes I could spend doing HW.
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HOWEVER being able to claim pokestops without touching my phone is useful, it'd be okay for hatching eggs IF it didn't disconnect from your phone every 30 minutes. i honestly find my Iwatch is better for hatching eggs & this device is only good for Pokestops. i've stopped bothering capturing pokemon and just hatch my eggs.
Stood the test of time (4 years so far) and really convenient. 🤗