Ruby is a third year student studying a Bachelor of Science (Biotech) and a Diploma of Languages (Japanese), but is currently considering a professional career as a Pokémon Master.
When I wake up, I hit the gym. Instinct takes over and off I go.
Yeah, I’m that kind of person.
You see, I wanna be the very best, like no-one ever was.
To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you would have heard about the world’s latest craze: Pokémon GO. It’s been estimated that the app has been downloaded over 75 million times since its release on July 9th.
If you’re tired of just catching Pidgeys and haven’t yet dropped out of uni to kickstart your new career as a Pokémon Master (believe me, I was tempted!), you probably want to know one important thing: Where are the best spots on campus to catch them all?
I’ve been playing during breaks, lunch, tutorials and lectures, so I think I have a pretty good idea.
Best campus catches
Uni is a great place for catching Pokémon. With PokéStops around every corner and Lures on many of them, finding that Ponyta you’ve been hunting down or that Scyther everyone seems to have shouldn’t been too difficult. Some of my best catches have been on campus. So far, I’ve managed to haul in a:
- Slowbro (South Lawn)
- Kabutops (Doug McDonell building)
- Vaporeon (Monash Road)
- Hitmonlee (outside Castro’s)
- Bulbasaur (North Court)
- Ponyta (Baillieu Library)
- Gastly (Baillieu Library)
As well as some pretty strong Exeggcute, Eevee, Koffing and Jigglypuff.
The most consistent PokéStops with Lures seem to be:
- on North Court,
- at the Asia Centre/Swanston Street tram stop,
- around the Brownless Biomedical library,
- across at the Law/Medical buildings,
- and outside the Baillieu Library/South Lawn.
If a rare Pokémon appears on your map, it’s probably best to head to one of these places.
Best coffee (Poké)stops
While the stop is recharging, you can too!
Ten tips for catching Pokémon
- Look for people on their phones, especially groups or those with battery packs!
- If you have friends in your classes who play, get a group together and consider organising Lures during lectures/tutes where you can reach PokéStops.
- Strangely enough, Pokémon often appear where you have a weak GPS signal, or when your phone is confused as to where exactly you are. (I can attest to this, as the Doug McDonell building has very low GPS signal and this is where I caught my Kabutops!)
- Pay attention to rustling grass – a Pokémon is nearby!
- Notice the colour of the circle change as you change Poké Balls. If it’s red, you may need to upgrade to a higher Poké Ball type, such as a Great or Ultra Ball.
- Try out campus at different times of day to maximise the variety of Pokémon you catch.
- If you run out of Poké Balls and your bag is full, discard less useful items such as Revives, Potions or Razz Berries.
- Plan your route to class – obviously, take the one with the most PokéStops!
- Don’t risk running out of battery on a rare Pokémon, make sure you turn on battery saver mode and bring a battery pack (or three!).
- PokéVision: see what’s in the area, what’s likely to spawn, and how long it will be there. Note though that Pokémon you see when you’re using a Lure or Incense are not shown on PokéVision, because those Pokémon are unique to your map.
OK now, this has been fun, guys, but I’ve been inside far too long. Time for me to head back out and clock up some kms!