The Mercury guide to Pokémon Go in Weston-super-Mare: 8 of best places to go in town
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 July 2016
Wondering where you can find yourself a Pikachu or Dratini in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset? Or are you totally bemused by Pokémon Go - the latest phenomenon gripping the nation? Either way, this is the guide for you.
The odds are you have probably heard of Pokémon Go, but if you are still confused, here is a quick rundown.
The game, created by Niantic, introduces a revolutionary new genre to gamers – augmented reality, where your mobile phone introduces fictional creatures, big and small, to the real world using the camera and map functions on a smartphone. Your quest is to catch ‘em all.
Pokémon was a phenomenon in the early 2000s after the release of series of video games and trading cards, plus an animated TV show, which caught the imagination of children and adults around the world.
More games and cards have followed in recent years, maintaining a hardcore group of fans, but this week’s release of the free-to-play game has once again appealed to the masses.
How do I get Pokémon Go?
All you need is an up-to-date smartphone and an internet or mobile data connection. Download Pokémon Go from your app store, set up an account, create your character and you’re ready to begin your quest to be a Pokémon master.
How does it work?
The game places your character on a real world map of Weston and North Somerset, encouraging you to walk around and explore your surroundings. When a Pokémon appears on the map, the camera on your phone imposes an animation of the creature on your surroundings. The aim is to catch the beast by throwing Poké Balls at it. If successful, the Pokémon joins your team.
Where can I play?
Anywhere! But there are a few hotspots you might want to visit.
Gyms and Poké Stops are placed at landmarks across the town, encouraging you to visit so you can collect useful items and test your Pokémon’s ability against other people.
Gyms allow you to battle against other Pokémon trainers, while Poké Stops give you a variety of goodies that will help you along the way.
Here are the hotspots in Weston you should probably visit:
Grand Pier – Gym
While you are queuing up for the rides, why not test your Pokémon against others?
Sky View Observation Wheel – Gym
While you are taking in the beautiful sights of Weston’s coastline, why not take on other Pokémon players?
Silica – Gym
Need to kill some time while you wait for a bus? Train and battle at this gym in the town centre.
Town Hall - Gym
Recent events may have rekindled your interest in politics – the same can be said for Pokémon.
Cabot Court Hotel
Chill in the sun with an ice-cold beverage and wait for the Pokémon to come to you.
Take a seat on a bench, watch the world go by and collect the useful items which will help you help you become a Pokémon Master.
Take a picnic and explore the park for rare creatures.
Lots have people have been spotted around Marine Lake since the game was released, and rumour has it some rare water-based Pokémon can be found here.