An Autumn / Winter Survival Kit for Pokémon GO

5 Nov

pokemon-go-logoBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

When the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, not everyone will be truly outdoors playing Pokémon GO. Only the hardcore will be and it’s a safe bet some will be playing in the comfort of their warm vehicle. There’s nothing wrong with that even though it defeats the spirit of what the developers intended with the game — but what else can they do? Nobody wants to get sick while playing the game. Freezing to death to catch an Ice type (fortunately there’s only a few, like the Jynx, in generation one) is not worth the effort. The myth of pocket monsters appearing during certain extreme types of weather is debunked over on The Silph Road.

Some areas can become vehicular disaster zones as a result of everyone wanting to stay cozy. I have talked about this problem in an earlier entry. In summary, these folks need to be considerate so the parks can be enjoyed by all.

For those willing to brave the elements, the following is just common sense:

Touchscreen Gloves / Hand warmers / Toque / Scarf / Thermos with your favourite hot beverage

Most smartphone users own a pair, and this grouped list goes without saying. But if a player does not, investing in a unisex pair, like this set by Metog (available for purchase on Amazon) is worth the few dollars. Instead of being ill-prepared for an evening of hunting, my advice is to be very prepared. In the warmer months, some might want to insure they have insect repellent in their kit.

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(Head-mounted) Flashlight

Playing Pokémon GO with one hand is possible but for those difficult beasts determined to escape, a player will want to use both. One to steady the mobile and the other to swipe away. To have extra light is important when playing at night. Cellphones have one built-in but to have that always on usually puts an extra drain on the battery. In times of danger or personal injury, having a flashlight with an S.O.S. signal can be handy. To preserve night vision, a brand that comes with a filter to create a red light (like Aennon’s) is very helpful. This suggested item can be found on Amazon.

Reflective tape or Glow-sticks (on cell phone and clothing)

Making sure you are visible to others is very important, especially at night. Some players favour the quietness of this time to take on gyms without fear of a rival faction taking it over right away. However, for some drivers making that long commute home or to work during this time, they should be aware you are out there. While the downside is that someone inside a house can notice who is nearby, perhaps suspicious of the gamer’s nocturnal behaviour and phone the police, this habit is up to the player to decide if finding that Dragonite is worth the effort or not.

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Ziploc bag

Putting a cell phone into a protective wrap is needed for any wet day. Not every device is waterproof and the worse thing that can happen is to short the electronics. While this option is simple, pricier options exist like Loksaks (available to purchase on Amazon), which are designed for all-weather (like keeping phones safe from dust or sand) use.

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One Response to “An Autumn / Winter Survival Kit for Pokémon GO”

  1. Paul-NL 2016-11-07 at 3:45 am #

    Any list with a head mounted flashlight is a good list :P It’ll be interesting to see if Niantic does anything to reward players who are willing to face subzero temperatures to continue playing.

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