September 29, 2016

Pokémon Go – What a Great Way to Have Some Fun with the Family!

Pokémon Go – What a Great Way to Have Some Fun with the Family!

If you think you’re too old to play Pokémon Go…think again!  Attention Parents:  This is a great activity that you can play with your kids!  You’ll ALL get some exercise too, and you’ll get to visit some significant local sites.  And then there’s just the fun of catching these little critters and having some friendly competitions in the gyms (optional).

Check out what THIS Baby Boomer accomplished in just 5 days!

If you don’t already know HOW to play, you can use this link to learn the basics:

Now until you begin to play, the rest of what I have to say will probably not make too much sense, so pass this on to the Pokémon Go players in your family so that they know what a Pokémon “gold mine” we have at the Calypso and Pier Park.

There are about 30+ Pokéstops in the Calypso & Pier Park area.  This is where you collect most of the items you need to play the game, especially eggs and Pokéballs.  Some of these stops are so close together you can collect items from more than one at a time.  My favorite Pier Park restaurant, The Back Porch, has a Pokéstop, and if you sit out front you may even be able to reach the Pokéstops across the street.

As for the Pokémon in the area, I collected so many in just a few days, I was more than impressed.  I kept track of the ones that I collected and you can see them in the chart below.  My findings included rare ones that popped up like candy.  For the most part, I ignored all of the ones I could find at home (Pidgey, Rattata, Caterpie, Weedle, and their evolved forms).  I marked them with an X on the chart to indicate that I saw them, but they were ignored to save Pokéballs.  There were so many rare and uncommon Pokémon popping up, that despite 30+ Pokéstops within walking distance, Pokéballs were still my scarcest commodity.

I did learn that mornings (around 6am – 2pm) were probably the scarcest for Pokémon sightings.  The findings were mostly the basic and common ones.  From 2pm to 8pm, they increased in frequency and I found them to be the more uncommon, evolved forms or rare ones.  After 8pm and through the night, was when I found the best selection.  You could always see 8-9 sightings in the area, so if you were up for a walk, you’d find something without going far.

The real challenge was having enough Pokéballs to catch them all!  I quickly scouted out a 1.8K walk that hit many of the major Pokéstops (twice), and let me have my Starbucks treat!

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-44-40-pmWalking to the Pier, crossing at the far crosswalk, and then proceeding to Starbucks, you can reach nearly all of the main strip stops.    You can hit all of them if you want to pop back and forth across the street for a block or two.  I walked to the Grand Theater, and walked the circle.  I’d get my Starbucks, and repeat the walk in reverse.  This let me hit each Pokéstop twice in the 1.8K walk, and collect about 50 Pokéballs, potions, and goodies for my backpack.  I made this walk every morning, and then again in the evening after dinner.  But the more Pokémon you want to catch, the more you’ll need to walk, or hang out between the Starbucks and the Grand Theater.  You can sit on the picnic tables and reach 3 Pokéstops and a gym all at once.

The most popular places to find people using Lures were the Pier, the Back Porch restaurant, and the eating area between Starbucks and the Grand Theater.  Every night you’d usually see all of these Pokéstops lit up with lures.

I didn’t spend any time in battling in the gyms because frankly, I’d just learned how to catch these little fellows.  But my daughter plans to teach me how to battle in the gyms before I return in November, so perhaps Part 2 will be an update on what’s happening in the gyms!

So now is the time to learn the game, and get ready to play in Panama City Beach!  It’s great family fun and great exercise!

But do remember to exercise caution on your walks.  With so many critters everywhere, be sure to keep your eyes up and watching where you’re walking!  If you need to catch a few critters, step aside or rest on one of the many benches available along the way.

H A P P Y   P O K É M O N   H U N T I N G !

If you catch one that I don’t have on my list below, send me the photo with the condo or Panama City Beach background!

Jenny's Pokémon Go: 5 day tally - September, 2016
# Pic Pokémon Caught Evolved Hatched
#001  001-bulbasaur Bulbasaur 4
#002  002-ivysaur Ivysaur
#003  003-venusaur Venusaur
#004  004-charmander Charmander 1
#005  005-charmeleon Charmeleon
#006  006-charizard Charizard
#007  007-squirtle Squirtle 4
#008  008-wartortle Wartortle
#009  009-blastoise Blastoise
#010  010-caterpie Caterpie X
#011  011-metapod Metapod X
#012  012-butterfree Butterfree X
#013  013-weedle Weedle X
#014  014-kakuna Kakuna X 1
#015  015-beedrill Beedrill X 1
#016  016-pidgey Pidgey X
#017  017-pidgeotto Pidgeotto X
#018  018-pidgeot Pidgeot X
#019  019-rattata Rattata X
#020  020-raticate Raticate X
#021  021-spearow Spearow X
#022  022-fearow Fearow X
#023  023-ekans Ekans 16 1
#024  024-arbok Arbok 3 1
#025  025 Pikachu Pikachu 9
#026  026 Raichu Raichu
#027  027 Sandshrew Sandshrew 7
#028  028 Sandslash Sandslash
#029  029 Nidoran (Female) Nidoran♀ 13
#030  30 Nidorina Nidorina 1 1
#031  031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
#032  032 Nidoran (Male) Nidoran♂ 14
#033  033 Nidorino Nidorino 1 1
#034  034 Nidoking Nidoking
#035  035 Clefairy Clefairy 1
#036  036 Clefable Clefable
#037  037 Vulpix Vulpix 7
#038  038 Ninetales Ninetales
#039  039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff 7
#040  040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
#041  041 Zubat Zubat 13
#042  042 Golbat Golbat 3 1
#043  043 Oddish Oddish 14
#044  044 Gloom Gloom 1 1
#045  045 Vileplume Vileplume
#046  046 Paras Paras 17
#047  047 Parasect Parasect 1 1
#048  048 Venonat Venonat 24
#049  049 Venomoth Venomoth 3 1
#050  050 Diglett Diglett 7
#051  051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
#052  052 Meowth Meowth 10
#053  053 Persian Persian
#054  054 Psyduck Psyduck 16
#055  055 Golduck Golduck
#056  056 Mankey Mankey 7
#057  057 Primeape Primeape
#058  058 Growlithe Growlithe 7 1
#059  059 Arcanine Arcanine
#060  060 Poliwag Poliwag 8
#061  061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl 1
#062  062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
#063  063 Abra Abra 5
#064  064 Kadabra Kadabra
#065  065 Alakazam Alakazam
#066  066 Machop Machop 3
#067  067 Machoke Machoke
#068  068 Machamp Machamp
#069  069 Bellsprout Bellsprout 18
#070  070 Weepinbell Weepinbell 1
#071  071 Victreebel Victreebel
#072  072 Tentacool Tentacool 11 1
#073  073-tentacruel Tentacruel
#074  074 Geodude Geodude 10
#075  075 Graveler Graveler 1
#076  076 Golem Golem
#077  077 Ponyta Ponyta 7
#078  078 Rapidas Rapidash 1
#079  079 Slowpoke Slowpoke 11
#080  080 Slowbro Slowbro
#081  081 Magnemite Magnemite 5
#082  082 Magneton Magneton
#083  083 Farfetch'd Farfetch’d
#084  084 Doduo Doduo 2
#085  085 Dodrio Dodrio
#086  086 Seel Seel 4
#087  087 Dewgong Dewgong
#088  088 Grimer Grimer
#089  089 Muk Muk
#090  090 Shellder Shellder 2
#091  091 Cloyster Cloyster
#092  092 Gastly Gastly 7
#093  093 Haunter Haunter 1
#094  094 Gengar Gengar
#095  095 Onix Onix 1
#096  096 Drowzee Drowzee 8 1
#097  097 Hypno Hypno
#098  098 Krabby Krabby 13
#099  099 Kingler Kingler 1
#100  100 Voltorb Voltorb 7
#101  101 Electrode Electrode
#102  102 Exeggcute Exeggcute 8
#103  103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
#104  104 Cubone Cubone 1
#105  105 Marowak Marowak
#106  106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee 1
#107  107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan 1
#108  108 Lickitung Lickitung 2 1
#109  109 Koffing Koffing 5
#110  110 Weezing Weezing
#111  111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn 4 1
#112  112 Rhydon Rhydon
#113  113 Chansey Chansey 1
#114  114 Tangela Tangela
#115  115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan
#116  116 Horsea Horsea 6
#117  117 Seadra Seadra
#118  118 Goldeen Goldeen 18
#119  119 Seaking Seaking 1
#120  120 Staryu Staryu 21
#121  121 Starmie Starmie 1
#122  122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
#123  123 Scyther Scyther 1 1
#124  124 Jynx Jynx 3
#125  125 Electabuzz Electabuzz 1
#126  126 Magmar Magmar
#127  127 Pinsir Pinsir 8
#128  128 Tauros Tauros 2
#129  129 Magikarp Magikarp 33
#130  130 Gyarados Gyarados
#131  131 Lapras Lapras
#132  132 Ditto Ditto
#133  133 Eevee Eevee 16X*
#134  134 Vaporeon Vaporeon 1
#135  135 Jolteon Jolteon
#136  136 Flareon Flareon 1
#137  137 Porygon Porygon
#138  138 Omanyte Omanyte 1
#139  139 Omastar Omastar
#140  140 Kabuto Kabuto
#141  141 Kabutops Kabutops
#142  142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl 1
#143  143 Snorlax Snorlax
#144  144 Articuno Articuno
#145  145 Zapdos Zapdos
#146  146 Moltres Moltres
#147  147 Dratini Dratini 1
#148  148 Dragonair Dragonair
#149  149 Dragonite Dragonite
#150  150 Mewtwo Mewtwo
#151 151-mew Mew

X = unknown # ignored.

16X* = I caught 16 so that I would have candies to evolve, but ignored all others after that.

Photo Credit for Pokémon character images:  www.pokemongodb.net

 

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