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Sprint, Starbucks and Pokémon Go: What you need to know!

Pokémon Go wants to keep going and that means following up on its first three events with its first promotions. What kind of promotions? Sprint, Boost, and Radio Shack stores are becoming PokéStops or Gyms, and so are Starbucks in the U.S.!

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What's the deal with Sprint?

From Pokémon Go:

[We] are thrilled to announce that we are working with Sprint to create a special Pokémon GO experience at over 10,500 Sprint locations around the United States. As part of this collaboration, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at RadioShack stores will become PokéStops and Gyms, giving you even more places to stock up on Poké Balls and Razz Berries and to battle your friends. Sprint locations will also feature in-store charging stations to keep your Pokémon GO sessions going even longer. Sprint also brings a great network and an unlimited data plan to support your search for Pokémon no matter where they are hiding.

And Starbucks?

Starbucks Pokechino with Pokemon GO

From Starbucks:

People across the country have been playing Pokémon GO since its release and Starbucks customers and partners (employees) are among them. To join in with the fun and excitement, starting today (December 8) at 11 a.m. PST, approximately 7,800 Starbucks® stores in the U.S. will begin to turn into PokéStops or Gyms.

There will also be an exclusive Pokémon GO Frappuccino...

Pokémon GO Frappuccino? Is it made from Razz Barries?!

Starbucks Pokechino

Close! It's based on a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with raspberry syrup blended with freeze dried, whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream.

Sugary enough that you'll be seeing Stardust!

Will this be international or U.S.-only?

So far, yes. Sadness.

So, way more PokéStops and Gyms? And in warm places?

Way, way more. And for anyone who lives in a place where winter means cold temperatures, snow, and ice, going into a store, especially a Starbucks, will be welcome respite.

What should I do now?

Save your items! If Gen 2 is coming next week or soon thereafter, you'll want plenty of balls to catch them, Stardust to power them, and candy to evolve them!

Also, your Lures, so you can drop them while sipping your Starbux and bring the Pokémon to you!

What candy should I save?

  • Zubat, so you can evolve Golbat into Crobat
  • Onix, so you can evolve into Steelix
  • Scyther, so you can evolve into Scizor
  • Horsea, so you can evolve Seadra into Kingdra.
  • Porygon, so you can evolve into Porygon2
  • Chansey, so you can evolve into Blissey
  • Oddish, so you can evolve Gloom into Bellossom (split from Vile Plume)
  • Poliwag, so you can evolve Poliwhirl into Politoed (split from Poliwrath)
  • Slowpoke, so you can evolve into Slowking (split from Slowbro)
  • Eevee, so you can evolve into Umbreon or Espeon (split from Vaporeon, Flareon, and Jolteon)

There will also be some pre-evolutions you won't need candy for, but could help you get candy for the higher evolutions:

  • Pichu, which can evolve into Pikachu
  • Cleffa, which can evolve into Clafairy
  • Igglybuff, which can evolve into Jigglypuff
  • Tyrogue, which can evolve into Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, or the Gen 2 Hitmontop
  • Smoochum, which can evolve into Jynx
  • Elekid, which can evolve into Electabuzz
  • Magby, which can evolve into Magmar

Anything else we need to know?

There'll likely be a Christmas/Holiday event of some sort, similar to the Halloween (double candy) and Thanksgiving (double XP and Stardust) events. Stay tuned for details!

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

7 Comments
  • Thanks Rene.
    Any word on when the Apple Watch will get Pokémon Go?
  • Supposedly soon!
  • Pretty much stopped playing until the Watch app is released. Hopefully that's enough to get me back into the game, especially if it counts steps instead of relying on GPS data - perfect for gym workouts.
  • For me it'll depend on how the Watch app works. For Workouts, okay, but if it's like Pokemon Go dongle, not sure if that'd be as fun as catching.
  • I thought it was confirmed that all catching would still require the full app on the phone? But I agree, if I never even needed to pull out phone for Pokemon, it would lose a lot of the fun. Always a balance.
  • I seriously wonder how much this will interest the average player. I know plenty of people who played because they had played red and blue back in the day, but a lot less played gold and silver. It's my personal favorite gen, so I'll be all in on building a gym of Miltanks Sent from the iMore App
  • I found Picachu in the wild with a santa hat on 12 dec (the blind Pokemon[ Sent from the iMore App