Sigbog is an avid gamer whose passion for Pokémon was reignited by "Pokémon Go" and now "Pokémon: Let's Go" in turn.
Poke Ball Plus Guide
The Poke Ball Plus
The Poke Ball Plus is effectively the Pokemon multi-tool. This device acts as a controller, a Pokemon walking device, and even a Go Plus for Pokemon Go. This incredibly useful device can be purchased separately from Pokemon Let's Go or together in a bundle.
1. Functionality as a Controller
The primary use of the Poke Ball Plus is to act as a controller for the Switch. It has a joystick that can press as a button, a button on top, and an accelerometer. However, this does leave it short several options, including a Y button and a home button as two that are pretty relevant for most gamers. Many people seem to prefer using a regular joycon than the Poke Ball Plus as a result. The control scheme is:
- The joystick can be used to run around
- Press the joystick to use the "A" button
- Press the top button to use the "X" button
- Shake the Poke Ball Plus to use the "Y" button
To check the battery level of the Poke Ball Plus, you have two options:
- If the ball is connected to the Switch, go to "Home" and find the controllers section and you can see the remaining charge from there.
- If the ball is not connected to the switch, hold down the top button and the joystick simultaneously for several seconds. Your Poke Ball Plus will flash a certain color. A green color means you have more than 2/3 charge left; a yellow color is between 1/3 and 2/3, a red color is below 1/3 charge.
2. Walking Your Pokemon Around
The most intriguing functionality of the Poke Ball Plus is that it gives you the ability to carry a Pokemon around with you. Put any Pokemon from your game into the ball, walk it around, interact with it, and even earn experience and items!
To put a Pokemon in the Poke Ball Plus you need to:
- Bring up the menu
- Select the Save option
- Select the "Take your Pokemon for a stroll" option
- Pick whether you want to bring your Partner into the ball or select a Pokemon from your box
Now you can carry your Pokemon around with you! It's worth noting this does not remove the Pokemon from your Let's Go game.
There are a handful of things you need to know about this:
- You can play with your Pokemon by holding the control stick for a few seconds. After this, you can shake your Poke Ball Plus to play with your Pokemon. It will respond, and after enough plays, the ball light up in rainbow colors indicating your Pokemon is satisfied. There are bonuses for this. Hitting the top button will turn this mode off.
- Your Pokemon will occasionally call out to you and if you respond, you will earn some bonuses. To respond you just need to hit the top button or shake the ball when it calls.
- If you use the Poke Ball Plus as a Pokemon Go Plus in Pokemon Go while a Pokemon is in there, you will earn more bonuses for "helping".
- Walking around will also let you accrue bonuses.
- To mute (or unmute) your Poke Ball Plus, simply hit both the joy stick and the top button at the same time.
Rewards for Walking Your Pokemon
Depending on what you do with your Poke Ball Plus while a Pokemon is in there, you can earn more or less rewards. The main thing you're doing is just walking around, but various activities, such as playing with your Pokemon, will grant you more rewards. Below is the list of things you could do to earn more rewards.
- Called out to player
- Enjoyed Playing Very Much
- Helped in Pokémon GO
- Worked Hard in Pokémon GO
- Replied to a Callout
- Walked Together
You earn varying amounts of 'points' for these activities that translate to experience gained as well as various candy and berry rewards.
It's also important to note that you'll receive bonus Candy rewards for the Pokemon you currently have out of it's Pokeball and walking around when you return your other Pokemon from the Poke Ball Plus. This means you can walk an Eevee around in the Poke Ball Plus, then in Let's Go bring a Mewtwo out of the Pokeball to walk with you. Upon returning the Eevee to your game you will get both Mewtwo and Eevee Candy.
3. Using it in "Pokemon Go" as a POGO+
Much to the pleasure of Pokemon Go players, the Poke Ball Plus also acts as a Pokemon Go Plus in Pokemon Go. It operates almost identically to a POGO Plus. To connect it to your phone, follow these steps:
- Open Pokemon Go
- Go to the main menu via the Pokeball icon in the bottom center
- Go to the settings via the menu option in the top right
- Scroll down to the bottom part of the settings where you'll find "Poke Ball Plus" and tap it
- Hit a button on your Poke Ball Plus so that it begins searching for a device
- When the Poke Ball Plus appears on your screen, tap it
- It will begin attempting to connect
- If successful, it will immediately begin working
It's worth noting this process tends to be a little buggy, and may not work 100% of the time. You may have to make several attempts.
Catching Pokemon and Spinning Pokestops
The Poke Ball Plus is almost the same as a POGO Plus, but it does have a few differences.
For one, it spins Pokestops automatically. This is one of the most convenient features of the Poke Ball Plus. However, it will only spin Pokestops automatically if a Pokemon is in the ball from Pokemon Let's Go. This does include the Mew it comes with though. It's unclear if this is a bug or intentional.
Secondly, when a Pokemon is nearby, you have to press the button similar to a POGO Plus. However, only the top button works! You cannot press the joystick for it to attempt to catch the Pokemon. To me, this is one of the most unfortunate and annoying aspects of the Poke Ball Plus as it's difficult to find the top button when fishing for the Poke Ball in your pocket, but it's always easy to identify the joystick.
Otherwise, it's largely the same as a POGO Plus. Some people claim the Poke Ball Plus is a faster and more stable device, others experience similar glitches or issues as with a POGO Plus, so individual experiences may vary. Overall, I'm more concerned about the size of the ball rather than the functionality. For more details on the differences, pros, and cons between the Poke Ball Plus and POGO Plus, check out my guide.
Overall the Poke Ball Plus is a wonderful device. I'm thoroughly enjoying using it. It offers a wide range of functionality which is quite convenient. Different people may find different value from it depending on what they care about most. I personally enjoy it most just to carry around Pokemon and accrue rewards. Secondly, I do use it as a POGO Plus but prefer a regular POGO Plus. As a controller it's underwhelming to me, but I generally prefer handheld mode anyway.
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