What is the Pokéball Plus and where can I buy one?

How the Pokéball Plus works in games in Pokémon: Let's Go and Pokémon GO and where to purchase one.

Announced in conjunction with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee was a cute Poké Ball peripheral called the Pokéball Plus. The Pokéball Plus is designed to work with not only Pokémon: Let’s Go, but also Pokémon GO on mobile.

Naturally, people have been wondering what exactly the Pokéball Plus is, how it works, and how to buy one following its appearance in yesterday’s Pokémon reveal trailer. To help, we put together a quick guide on the Pokéball Plus!

What is the Pokéball Plus?

The Pokéball Plus is a new peripheral from Nintendo that’s compatible with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on Switch, as well as Pokémon GO on mobile. Using the Pokéball Plus, you’ll be able to capture Pokémon in compatible games, and take your Pokémon along with you.

The device reportedly weighs around 65g and measures in at 48mm. It runs using a Lithium Ion 220 mAh battery, which is non-removable. The battery life for the Pokéball Plus is listed at around 3 hours. It can be charged using the Nintendo Switch AC adapter HAC-002, though the Pokéball Plus also comes with a USB charging cable.

How Does the Pokéball Plus Work?

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The Pokéball Plus features motion controls. When a wild Pokémon appears, you can capture it by readying your Pokéball Plus and moving it as though you’re throwing it (without actually throwing it, of course). When you successfully capture a Pokémon, the Pokéball Plus will light up and vibrate in addition to the Pokémon you’ve captured letting out a cry.

Similar to the Pokémon GO Plus, the Pokéball Plus will notify you of nearby Pokémon in Pokémon GO by vibrating. What’s more, you can capture those Pokémon without ever having to open the game in your phone. When the Pokéball Plus notifies you of a nearby Pokémon, simply press the button and use a throwing motion.

The Pokéball Plus has various LED light patterns to let you know whether or not you’ve captured that Pokémon, along with the previously mentioned confirmation via lights, vibration, and Pokémon cries. By connecting the Pokéball Plus to your phone and the Pokémon GO app, it will help count your steps even if the Pokémon GO app isn’t running which helps with hatching Eggs and earning Candy for your Buddy Pokémon.

When Can I Buy the Pokéball Plus and How Much Does it Cost?

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Similar to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the Pokéball Plus will be available for purchase on November 16, 2018. As of right now, no price point for the Pokéball Plus has been announced. However, rumors suggest the device may cost upwards of $50. Alternatively, it could wind up being priced similar to the Pokémon GO Plus, which retails for $34.99.

The Pokéball Plus will also likely be available at the same retailers the Pokémon GO Plus is available at. These retailers include the Pokémon Center, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart. For more info on the Pokéball Plus, be sure to check out the official product page via Nintendo.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. When she's not gaming or caffeinating, you can reach her at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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