The new Pokémon Go Plus accessory, which looks like a Pokéball mixed with a Google Maps pin, will officially be available for purchase starting September 16. It costs $35.
Pokémon Go Plus is designed to work in tandem with the app using Bluetooth, taking care of some of the game’s more basic functions so you don’t have to keep glancing down at your phone.
Here’s everything we know.
The little button will vibrate and light up green when you encounter a Pokémon. You can click the button to throw a Pokéball. If you catch it, it will light up and vibrate! If it flashes red, the Pokémon escaped.
- Nintendo America
It will also blink and vibrate blue when you are near a Pokéstop. If you click the device’s main button, the Pokéstop’s items will be added to your inventory.
It will only throw standard Pokéballs, which will probably result in a lot of fleeing Pokémon. Also, you can only throw one single Pokéball at each Pokémon. If you don’t catch it on your first try, you’re out of luck.
Reddit user Brichs uploaded the above image, showing that several Pokémon in a row fled from capture – probably because the Pokémon Go Plus can only throw normal Pokéballs.
Good news: It will track the distance you travel, even while your phone screen is off. That means no more draining your phone’s battery while you’re hatching eggs or earning candy with your Buddy Pokémon!
- The Pokemon Company
It will technically be available for purchase starting September 16, but it looks like it’s all sold out for the time being.