Got a Go Plus to help with dust

Updated on September 14, 2017 in General Discussion
19 on August 3, 2017

I just hit level 39, and to celebrate, I bought a Go Plus.  My main goal in buying it was to gather stardust more easily, which I’m finding in short supply lately.  I tested it out last night, and it *is* going to help with that dust collection.  I didn’t realize how much it helps with XP collection until I tried it, either.  Now I understand how some people get to 40 so quickly. 

 

I’ll be cruising slowly but steadily to level 40 using this device, but I’ll drop the Go Plus like a rock as soon as Gen 3 drops.  I like catching the old-fashioned way better.

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0 on August 3, 2017

I love my Go Plus because I can idly spin Pokestops when I’m out and about. I don’t really bother with it for catching except on really rare occasions, but it’s gotten me plenty of items without even having to glance at my screen. It also seems to work at higher speeds. I’m pretty sure that I’ll keep using it for as long as I play Go. 😛

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0 on August 3, 2017

I stopped using mine, because it was a pain in the butt, but maybe the fixed the bugs in it?

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0 on August 3, 2017

Thanks for the info! I might try it too! I ordered one from Amazon last year & never got it so I just got a refund. I see them at Toys R us & Best Buy.

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0 on August 4, 2017

I got one a few weeks ago after seeing some of The Woodlands group using them. I bought one and it definitely make a difference.You have to accept the fact that you are going to be more indiscriminate in what you catch and you catch rate seems to be about 50%. Worth it? Abso-freaking-lutely! Except around the water where there might be a Shiny… At least until I catch one. Will be in Cleveland all next week. Maybe I can bring back a Lake Erie Shiny for show and tell.

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0 on August 4, 2017

Hope you find some Ohioans to raid with… ZAPDOS is finally coming!!

 

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0 on August 4, 2017

Might have to try one. Sounds like a good way to get some dust. Does it work better than the phone at times. Maybe less lag?

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3 on August 5, 2017


Losing my enthusiasm for the Go Plus. I like it in places like Walter Hall Park where spawns are crap anyway (but there are a lot of them) and I’m there to refill the bag. I hate it in places with good spawns. It’s regular ball only, so such a crappy catch rate

Trainer
on August 5, 2017

Ouch.

Trainer
on August 5, 2017

Negative dayam. 🙁 I have been thinking of getting one, but need to think more.

Mod
on August 7, 2017

Put it on the floor and stomp it, it’ll work better.

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6 on August 10, 2017

OK Dos, you have further insight in that brain of yours. Please share. I’ve been tempted to buy one for a while but haven’t pulled the trigger.

Trainer
on August 11, 2017

I don’t regret buying it, but I’m going to be a bit more careful about when and how I use it.  It tends to lock onto the pokemon before you have a chance to see what it is, so you can get screwed if it’s something that you actually care about.  You can set the device to just catch or just spin, if you want.  It’s immensely useful when you want to refill your bag — the speed cap for grabbing stops does seem to be slightly higher than with the regular game (somewhere between 25 and 30 mph, it seems to me).  I use it when I’m doing my nightly gym rounds, just to collect dust while I’m battling, and I use it at Walter Hall Park by letting it do the catching, while I do the spins manually (to speed things up).  I guarantee that the people who get stuck driving behind me prefer that I have the Go Plus now, because I can now go 10 mph through the park, instead of an uneven ~5 mph when I want to catch things.

 

I haven’t had any disconnection problems that I here people complain about, but I have purposely not updated to the latest iOS version because I’ve heard people complain that they have connection problems after the update.  I bought extra batteries because I’ve heard people complain about that, too, but I haven’t had to use them yet.

 

There’s also a slightly more expensive device out there called Go-tcha that is more automatic (doesn’t require you to push a button), which is very popular right now.  It’s not put out by Niantic, though, so I always worry about the ban possibility.  Given the number of people using it now, it would likely be a soft ban or temporary ban (like the IV checkers), if anything.

 

Trainer
on August 11, 2017

Oh, and it only uses regular balls, so the catch rate is not great, and it can wreak havoc with your bag management strategies because you’ll be running out of regular balls often.

 

Trainer
on August 11, 2017

Got one yesterday. Fiddled with it a little. It is amazing for spinning. Doesn’t spin the new gyms though. That would have been nice. I’ll tell you where it did help though. Most of the gas stations I go to are loaded with pokemon. This of course causes me to stay longer than I should. With the plus, I cleaned out the parking lot with out a thought. Saved me a ton of time.

This was a good time to purchase a Go Plus because I can’t think of anything I really need to catch. Especially with the new raid system. I mean who needs a Larvitar when I can just catch a Tyranitar at a raid. So even if I larvitar runs from my Go Plus, whatevs. I don’t prefer to feel this way, but that’s how Niantic seems to want it. When I go somewhere to catch mons, I still prefer to catch them myself. But for all the play in between and for spinning while I’m catching, Go Plus was pretty cool on my trial run.

Trainer
on August 12, 2017

When Niantic finally ups the level cap, you’ll already be at the new max.  That would be hilarious.

 

Mod
on August 12, 2017

It’s a sad day when pokemons have been so normalized by the new gym system that a rattata is a preferred encounter over Larvitar 😥

Trainer
on August 12, 2017

Right you are Zed. And Ghost, your level cap scenario sounds good to me.:-)

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1 on September 13, 2017

OK Dos and Gerd, you’ve had a month. Any more input?

Trainer
on September 14, 2017

Still haven’t needed to replace the battery, and I still use it every night.  I hear that it lasts for months and given you an indication when it runs low.  The Plus does seem to “miss” targeting more pokemon lately.  The pokemon pops up on my phone screen, but for some reason, the Go Plus doesn’t try to grab it.  That’s starting to get a bit more annoying.  It’s still awesome for automated stop spinning if I’m driving or riding my bike, though, especially with the new cell phone laws in effect.  The vibration buzz is annoying to my car passengers… lol.  Wish I could turn that off.  If I were to do it again, I might do the Go-tcha, but I would just feel bad about supporting someone that basically hacked the game for profit.  Bag management is an issue because I’m always running out of regular balls.

 

I don’t know.  It’s definitely useful for dust when I’m not specifically out there hunting, but it’s doesn’t give you that same feeling of being involved in the game.  Given that I’m not really as involved in the game anymore, I’m okay with that.  I’ll switch back to regular hunting when Gen 3 comes, but I may still use the Plus when driving to passively catch/spin while I’m otherwise occupied.

 

Gerd switched to the Go-tcha, so maybe he’ll tell you why and how he likes it.

 

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