The “correct” way?

With the recent release of Pokemon Go, it has completely altered the way of outdoor activities. Dare I say that it is revolutionary? That being said, Poke’ Goers have been able to fully utilize the exploratory requirement of the game – particularly in the case of hatching eggs which is obtainable at Poke Stops. There were and are many efficient and creative ways people have done this. Whether it is using a drone or any other creative hacks, everything is done for the benefit of gaining more and exerting less effort – which is essentially the same idea or motive for the progression in technology. Though, people have not become too creative by the ignoring what I would call the “speed rule” – which is basically a mechanism that the developers placed to ensure some level of difficulty of hatching eggs.

Being aware of this makes you think of the motives and experiences that would enable Poke Goers to seek out alternatives to walking. Of course, there are numerous of reasons such as not having the time to walk, trying to win a competition of who can catch em’ all, being lazy, or maximizing efficiency. All of these are most likely the motives behind seeking alternatives. The question is does it defeat the purpose of what the game was designed for? Or how the game is meant to be played?

Surely, we can conclude that the game was designed for by simply reading Niantic’s blog, but what about how it is meant to be played? This is a topic that is certainly up for debate. One could say that it is meant to be played like how it is portrayed in the anime. Another can say that the way it is portrayed is unrealistic.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Pokemon Go: New Buddy System Feature Revealed

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Pikachu or Charizard, walk right along side you as you walked to the supermarket or just hung out at the park? What it would be like, to have your favorite Pokemon as an everyday companion in your day to day life? Well, wonder no more my fellow Pokehunters. Niantic, the power house company behind Pokemon Go, has just confirmed the rumor, that a new “Buddy” system will be implemented sometime this fall. Allowing that dream to become a reality.

This new feature will allow you to take your favorite Pokemon with you anywhere and everywhere you wish. And, you aren’t limited to only one Pokemon either. You will be able to switch them out as you please. But, you will only be able to have one with you at any given moment. If you feel that Pikachu best suits your walks in the park and Charizard best fits your morning walk, then you will be entitled to do just so.

By allowing your Pokemon to walk with you, you will be able to unlock “Unique in-game rewards and experiences”, from what Niantic says. One feature that has been announced, allows you to gain candy for the Pokemon you have walking along side you. Essentially, it is the same aspect as hatching an egg. The further you walk, the more you obtain for said task. More than likely though, Niantic will put a limit on how much candy each Pokemon can acquire in a 24 hour period. Doing this, will stop your more active and athletic players, from becoming extremely overpowered, in a relatively short span of time.
On the visual side of things, you will also be able to see your Pokemon traveling along side your on screen avatar. This will be a very interesting to see. For, it will show the relative size of each Pokemon compared to the average size of a human. Also, depending upon the Pokemon, their movement style will also change their animations as well. Butterfree will fly side by side with you, while Pikachu would just hobble along in his merry little way. Whether or not earth or water type Pokemon, will have their own style of visuals, is still to be seen. In my opinion, it would be really neat to see Geodude burst out of the ground and dive back in as if he was a dolphin at play. Now, how they will address the water type Pokemon visuals, is going to be interesting, to say the least.
What do you think about this new feature? Anything you would like to see implemented? Any interesting takes on what the animations of different base types should be? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear your personal take on it.
And, as always… GO TEAM MYSTIC!!


Beginners Corner: Have you noticed those pink leaves surrounding some Pokestops and wondered what it meant? Well, it means that someone has used a “Lure Module” on that specific Pokestop. This causes more Pokemon to flock to that certain area, increasing your chances at acquiring that rare Pokemon you been keeping your eye out for.


“A Major Name Changer.”

In July of 2016, Pokemon Go was released to the public and took the world by storm. Since then, it has acquired 5 world records, countless amounts of controversy and has caused mass gatherings of gamers unlike anything that we have ever seen before. Not only has it surpassed expectations, it has taken communities of like-minded Pokemon lovers and made them into a family, and that family, has a few secrets to share. And it just so happens to be, that one of those secrets involves the cutest little Pokemon you will ever see. Eevee…
Not only is Eevee the cutest, but also, the only Pokemon capable of evolving into 3 different types. An electric type (Jolteon), a water type (Vapereon) and a fire type (Flareon). The chances of your Eevee evolving into your favorite, is only 33.33%. I know what you’re saying… “So, I have to catch 3, and hope and pray that just one of those evolves into Jolteon?” And to that, I say nay my fellow Pokemaster!! How, do you ask? Simple… nickname it. And no, I don’t mean nickname it Fido, Killer or Bobby Sue. The name you choose is very specific for the base type you want her to evolve into.
Before we get into the base type and the name associated with it though, let’s talk about how to nickname Eevee. First, go into your Pokemon list and find her. Once you have selected Eevee, just tap on the pencil icon next to her name and you’re all set. Easy breezy so far, right?
Okay… Now that you’re ready, you’re going to want to change her name depending upon the evolution you want her to go through. For Jolteon, you must give Eevee the nickname, Sparky. If you’re feeling hot and want to go with her fire type evolution, Pyro is the nickname you must use. And last but not least, for her water type evolution you’re going to want to nickname her Rainer.


(Location of your nickname button)

Once you have done this, your next step is to simply restart Pokemon Go. That’s right… Just a simple restart. Once you have done this, go back into your Pokemon list and find the Eevee you nicknamed, evolve her and your all set.

(Photo courtesy of VGU)

Eevee evolutions

(From left to right: Jolteon, Pyro and Rainer)
By being able to control which type she evolves into, this gives you the capabilities of a well rounded team, with little effort and a bunch of hitting power. But, you will always want to level up your Pokemon before evolving. This allows you to have an extremely high CP base before evolution. By doing this, you allow the evolved form to start off stronger and to be way more efficient in your never ending battle for domination over your local gyms. And that my friend, is how you evolve the cutest little Pokemon, we will ever set eyes on.
Before I go, I must say one last thing… Go Team Mystic!

Beginners Corner: Are you tired of running out of Pokeballs during your adventures? Does it make you want to cry when that rare Pokemon you been chasing finally comes around and you are left with nothing to do, but watch, as it laughs at you for not being prepared? Well, worry no more my fellow Pokemasters! Simply tap the Pokeball if it misses the Pokemon you’re trying to catch. This allows you to pick it back up and use it again. By utilizing this technique, you will maintain a lot more of them, giving you that little extra you need, to catch ’em all.

Augmented Reality Makes Pokémon GO Hands-Free

Pokémon Go is one of the most popular games of all time. Being that it gets folks outside, it’s unlike any other video game we’ve seen in the past. No consoles or computers are needed, just your mobile phone or tablet and for serious players, an external battery for Pokémon Go.  It’s not uncommon to see people walking through the neighborhood or into the street with their eyes glued to their screen in an attempt to catch ’em all.

Unfortunately, doing so has already led to accidents and will likely lead to more in the future if players don’t come up with a better way to visually multi-task.  That’s exactly why Recon has ported the popular game to the Recon Jet Smart Eyewear, a pair of Android-based smart glasses the company released last year. The setup leaves much room for improvement, but so far, it’s a great example of what we have to look forward to in the future of augmented reality.

Pokémon Go, as seen on the Recon Jet

Given the Jet already has GPS, WiFi and a fully baked operating system, it wasn’t difficult for Recon software developer, Patrick Cho, to move Pokémon Go over to it as a standalone app. The caveat here is that the Jet doesn’t have LTE, so you’ll have to figure out how to get WiFi if you’re out and about. Using a hotspot connection to a phone for your internet connection is a good idea, but that requires a second device. Cho also had to reorient the Pokémon Go screen from portrait to landscape mode to accommodate the Jet’s 428 x 240 resolution display.

Recon Jet for Pokemon
Recon Jet for Pokemon Go

Being an unofficial port, there’s a need for optimization as there’s a feeling of lag in the app, which is prone to stalling and even crashing. So far, the app feels like a good proof of concept, but definitely needs some more work before it’s ready for prime time. The best part is that the game takes up only a small corner of the wearers peripheral vision. You can still see and interact with the world as you play the game. This way, you can track monsters and still be aware of your surroundings.

Of course, the potential downside here is that the Recon Jet’s battery life likely isn’t long enough to withstand hours of play, but we’ve already written about some good battery solutions that can charge any USB device, so that could be an option as well. Being able to play Pokémon Go without having to keep your eyes on your phone is much safer, either way. Maybe with enough tweaking, it’ll be a real solution in the future of AR and mobile gaming.

Battery Guide for Pokémon on the GO

In a world of mobile devices, one thing we all could use a little more of is power. With the rise of gaming, maps and augmented reality, phone and tablet batteries are going to need to step it up on capacity, but for now, there’s portable charging docks. Batteries come in a whole array of sizes, shapes, capacity, and amperage options. Some charge one phone while others can be used to charge a phone and tablet simultaneously. We’ve gone through and collected the best ones for Pokemon GO players. All of these are small enough to fit in your pocket or a small bag, are lightweight and work for both Android and iPhone.

Anker PowerCore+ mini 3350mAh

Anker PowerCore
Anker PowerCore- Lipsticks Sized Battery

Pros: Inexpensive, adds roughly one full charge to most iPhones and Android phones, PowerIQ Fast Charging up to one amp

EasyAcc Monster 20000mAh Power Bank

EasyAcc Monster
EasyAcc Monster Battery with Light

Pros: Charges up to 4 devices at once, Fast charging for phones up to 7.5 times, Smart shut-off prevents over charging, Duel input reduces charge time by 50%, small built-in flashlight, 18 month warranty

EMTEC Power Pouch 6000 mAh for Apple iPhone (Android sold separately)

EMTEC Power Pouch
Emtec Power Pouch Battery

Pros: holds and protects phone when not being used, clips to belt loop or lanyard for safety, up to 2 full charges

Neptor 2800mAh 1.0A Clip On Lipstick External Battery

Nestor Clip On
Nestor Clip-On Battery

Pros: Very small, loop can be attached to keychain, fast charging, flashlight with SOS and solid illumination, least expensive

Mophie Juice Pack Air – Slim Protective Mobile Battery 

Mophie Juice Air
Mophie Juice Air Battery

Pros: Protects phone from scratches, no cables to carry with you in order to charge, looks much sleeker than most external batteries