There has been confusion if catching a wild Pokemon with Pokemon Go Plus would earn XP and Stardust.
The Pokemon Go Plus is on sale today and you can reserve a Pokemon Go Plus at your local GameStop Store online now and Pick it up when the store opens. The first owners of Pokemon Go Plus around the world share their experience using the device and there has been some confusion early on about catching wild Pokemon.
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Initial reports said that catching a Pokemon on Pokemon Go Plus will not earn you XP, startdust and candy. These early observations have likely been a bug on Niantic's side. New reports of Pokemon Go Plus owners say that you earn the same XP, stardust and candy as using the phone to catch.
If you succeed to catch a Pokemon by pushing a button on the Pokemon Go Plus you earn 100XP, 100 stardust and 3 candy. If the Pokemon runs you get 25XP.
Some users report a delay of the display of the earned XP for a catch through Pokemon Go Plus. Looks like the Pokemon Go app needs some more optimizations to make using Pokemon Go Plus more seamless.
Other reported capabilities of the Pokemon Go Plus have been confirmed. The Buddy and Egg distances are updated while the smartphone is in locked mode, conserving significant battery charge. Why distance tracking is not working on the Pokemon Go App in lock mode without the Pokemon Go Plus is puzzling. This would be a nice time for Niantic to chime in and explain the details. This special feature of the Pokemon Go Plus has been missing from all announcements and product descriptions.
Redditor Zyb0r observed catch rates that are basically the same as using the phone. Initial reports pegged the capture rate at 30%, which would be lower than normal. It does not make sense for Niantic to have different capture rates for the Pokemon Go Plus and the app.
The Pokemon Go Plus is limited enough. You don't know which Pokemon is here and it only uses standard balls. If you do not have standard Poke Balls in your things than it will not throw when pushing a button. It will not use any of your great or ultra balls.
The Pokemon Go Plus will alert you first of Pokemon and then about a nearby PokeStop. All in all, the Pokemon Go Plus seems at $35 a good accessory for Pokemon Go to own. Pokemon Go Plus works with the latest Pokemon Go app updates 0.37.0 (Android) and 1.7.0 (iOS).
The best chance to buy a Pokemon Go Plus today is to reserve it now on Gamestop and Pick it up in the morning at a local store.