Niantic is paddling back on their description how catching Pokemon on the Pokemon Go Plus bracelet works.
Niantic announced that the Nintendo made Pokemon Go Plus Bluetooth wearable will ship on September 16. In the announcement the company said that you can push the button on the Pokemon Go Plus to try to catch it, and then continue on your way. Later, you can check your Journal to see which Pokémon you’ve just caught. The last sentence isn only present in the announcement on Niantic's site. It is not in the description on the PokemonGo site.
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The description on the Pokemon Go Plus page is even more restrictive: "Once a Pokemon is close, press the button on the Pokemon Go Plus to throw a Poke Ball. The Pokemon Go Plus will flash and vibrate to let you know if you were successful in catching the Pokemon."
This means you throw a Poke Ball without knowing the capture rate of the Pokemon you just encountered. You are basically playing roulette. If it is a basic Pokemon you might catch it. If it is Snorlax you might just missed a life time opportunity to catch the big fellow.
This fact makes the Pokemon Go Apple Watch App even more attractive. On the Apple Watch you can see right away which Pokemon is here. Then you can make an educated decision what to do.
The ever changing description about how the Pokemon Go Plus works in respect to catching Pokemon is confusing. Nintendo Australia had a wording that said that you can only catch Pokemon with the Pokemon Go Plus that you already have in you Pokedex. That wording just changed over the past couple of hours.
The Pokemon Go Plus is going to ship on September 16. The price is still unclear. Initially it was sold for $34.99. In Europe, retailer have hiked the price by 5 Euro and began taking pre-orders last week.
So far no US retailer has started to take pre-orders for the Pokemon Go Plus device.
Niantic is announcing a lot these days. Last week Niantic announced Pokemon Buddy. It will be the biggest update after the appraisal feature. While the Buddy Pokemon feature is neat, what is more anticipated is the in-app Pokemon Go tracker. Niantic has not made any comments on when to expect the new nearby tracker.
As the Pokemon Go Plus wearable requires a tracker functionality to work, the nearby feature needs to be released latest September 16 as well. The first stores have started to take Pokemon Go Plus pre-orders and on the weekend the Pokemon Go accessory appeared on Amazon in Germany, but with a September 30 release date.
While the in-app Pokemon Go tracker is still in the works you can use these Pokemon Go maps and tracker apps that do not require a login. See also our complete Pokemon Go Tracker Round-up.
In the last eight weeks, Pokemon Go surpassed 500 million downloads around the world and players have collectively walked 4.6 billion kilometers, which is the distance from Earth to Pluto. Niantic's CEO Hanke announced these stunning milestones at the Apple Event on September 7.
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