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Gotta Catch 'Em All at Elitch Gardens! Our Tips to Playing POKÉMON GO at the Park

Posted by Matt on 07/15/2017

Pokemon GO

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is literally swarming with Pokémon! With over 15 different Pokéstops scattered all over the park, we are one of the best places to catch them all! To assist you in your Pokémon training efforts, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you level up as quickly as possible during your visit to the park. 

Before You Arrive

  • Update your app. Make sure you have the most current version of the Pokémon app (currently 1.37.2). The newer version is more secure, and crashes less often.
  • Bring an external battery pack. Pokémon Go has been said to use a lot of battery life, but with a good external battery you should be able to keep playing all day.  
  • Set your phone to use as little battery as possible. Lower your screen brightness, mute the volume, and disable background apps. Turn off bluetooth and wi-fi. If your phone has a built in power saving mode, test it with Pokémon Go before you get to the park -- some people have found that it can interfere with the app.
  • Turn on the game's built in power saving mode. When in the game, click the Pokéball, click Settings, then check the box next to "Battery Saver." This will dim the screen on your phone whenever it is upside down (in your pocket).
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen. Nobody will be impressed with your skills as a trainer if you come home from the park looking like Crawdaunt or a Corphish.
  • Stock up on Poké-supplies. Make sure you bring plenty of Pokéballs, Great Balls, Master Balls, Incense, Lures and a (virtual) bag big enough to carry everything.
  • Turn off augmented reality. AR makes the game more fun, but it also makes it harder to hit the Pokémon with your Pokéballs and it uses up more battery.
  • Visit every Pokéstop you see. You get 50XP for every PokéStop you visit, even if you don't pick up any items. 
  • Don't waste time at PokéStops. After you spin the sign you don't have to click all of the bubbles to claim your loot -- just click the (X) at the bottom to collect the items.
  • Keep only the Pokémon with the highest CP. Depending on how much you play, you will collect dozens of Pokémon during your visit. If you are running out of room, save only the Pokémon with the highest CP. Transfer the rest to the Professor.

At The Park

Exercise Safe Training Practices

  • Don't go into unauthorized areas. Under no circumstances should you go into any areas that aren't clearly open to the public. Don't go backstage, don't crawl past any barriers. It's a matter of safety.
  • Don't try to collect Pokémon on rides. Besides the fact that it is really dangerous, you could lose your phone and that will be the end of your training for the day. Plus, if a Team Member sees you doing it (and they will!) you will be asked to leave the park.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Always keep one eye on the path ahead of you.

Pokéstops at Elitch Gardens 

  • Elitch Gardens Main Gate
  • Elitch Carousel 
  • Observation Tower
  • Ship Wrecked 
  • U.S.S Elitch Gardens 
  • Trocadero Theatre  
  • Butterfly Paint Splatter Mural (KiddieLand) 
  • Tea Cups
  • Elitches RollerCoaster Goddess (Note: statue is no longer in park. Near Pub.)
  • Skull Mural
  • Gargoyle 
  • SeaDragon
  • Shipwreck Falls
  • Brain Drain
  • Boomerang