If you haven’t already noticed, the world is going insane for Pokémon Go. Nearly everyone you see walking around the streets of Houston has their eyes glued to their phone, and are ready to do just about anything—from taking 20 minute detours zigzagging through neighborhoods on the way back home from work to scouting out cemeteries at 2 a.m.—to be the very best pocket monster-catchers in the city.
It can be difficult to know where to go to find the best Pokémon, especially considering Houston is one of the biggest cities in the country, but lucky for you, we’ve scouted out the best locations and even included some pro tips.
1. Hermann Park/Houston Zoo
Main Sightings: Ponyta, Magikarp, Eevee, Rhyhorn, Krabby, Pidgey, Oddish
2. Museum District/Rice University/Rice Village
Main Sightings: Squirtle, Eevee, Jigglypuff, Pidgey, Caterpie, Venonat, Grimer, Seadra
3. Kemah Boardwalk/Nassau Bay/Clear Lake Park
Main Sightings: Horsea, Onyx, Staryu, Tentacool, Magikarp, Gyarados, Drowzee, Magnemite, Paras, Poliwag, Dratini, Voltorb, Kabutops
Main Sightings: Caterpie, Nidoran, Poliwag, Doduo, Krabby, Tangela, Horsea, Goldeen, Scyther, Magikarp, Eevee
5. Discovery Green
Main Sightings: Magmar, Psyduck, Poliwag, Dratini, Pinsir, Gastly, Kingler, Squirtle, Nidoran
Main Sightings: Pikachu, Scyther, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Venorat, Exeggcute
7. Oyster Creek Park, Sugar Land
Main Sightings: Eevee, Vaporeon, Slowpoke, Psyduck
8. Galveston Pleasure Pier
Main Sightings: Ponyta, Staryu, Meowth, Oddish, Magnamite, Magikarp, Horsea, Goldeen
9. Spring Branch
Main Sightings: Venonat, Pinser, Paras, Pidgey, Weedle, Vaporeon
10. The Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion, The Woodlands
Main Sightings: Electabuzz, Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Meowth, Exeggcute, Beedrill
A General Guide to Spotting Pokemon Around Town
Fire Type: gas stations and on sunny days
Water Type: Near lakes and other bodies of water or while it’s raining
Electric Type: near transforming stations and during thunderstorms
Grass, Bug, and Normal Types: near parks, neighborhoods and green landscapes
Ghost Type: Cemeteries, nighttime
Normal Type: urban areas
Assorted Other Pro-Tips
When catching a Pokémon:
- Add spin to your Pokéball to increase XP. Hold your finger down on the Pokéball then move in rapid, tight circles to increase spin. Be careful though, it’ll curve when you throw it
- When throwing a Pokéball, wait until the ring around the Pokémon is at it’s smallest circumference
- The color of the ring will tell you how difficult it will be to catch the Pokémon
Keep an eye out for colors:
- Green: easy, use a regular Pokéball
- Yellow: medium, might need to use a berry or Great Ball depending on how badly you want it
- Red: difficult, you’ll definitely need to use berries and Great Balls for this one
Ready, aim, fire:
- Turning off the AR (Augmented Reality) when catching Pokémon will turn off the “real life setting” so the background is a generated landscape instead of your real life surroundings. Turning this off will make it a lot easier to aim at Pokémon and won’t make you rotate your phone this way and that to find them on the screen.
- If you have a friend with you that’s on the same team, you can double-team a gym and both battle at once. Just click on the gym and battle at the same time.
- The Immortal Boss Glitch: Lately, there seems to be a problem when battling a gym that the defending Pokémon just won’t die despite the fact that you’re wrecking it. It seems that no matter how many times you hit it, the life doesn’t go down past a certain point and you end up losing the battle even though you know you should have won. The only way to bypass this (and it doesn’t work all of the time) is to make sure you don’t rapidly tap on the screen. Although this means you can’t attack as fast and you might end up losing a couple more of your Pokémon during the battle, it will allow the server to keep up with your hits so it doesn’t overload and glitch.
- Once you’ve taken a gym or you see a gym that your team has taken, battle it yourself a few times to up the prestige
- Since you get to use six of your own e to battle an enemy gym, take the time to research and find out which of your Pokémon would match up best against the enemy Pokémon. For example, water Pokémon are best against fire. Being conscious of which Pokémon you match up will help you have more effective hits.
- To take down a gym you need to bring down it’s level to 0. Beating the Pokémon won’t mean you automatically get to take over.
- Pokéstops with petals fluttering around them signify a lure set up at that location. Anyone can benefit from the lure and the Pokémon that are attracted there so stick around for a bit!
- If you’re driving from one stop to another, find areas where you can drive at a slower pace because it will count the kilometers you travel and count towards the eggs you have in your incubator. Traveling at high speeds will stop the incubation process and won’t count.
- The index in the bottom right corner will tell you which Pokémon are nearby and how far away they are. The number of paw prints correlates to distance, so the more paw prints there are, the farther away it is. When you find a Pokémon you want to track, click on its image in the index and walk until the image “pulses” or disappears. If it pulses and drops a paw print, you’re going in the right direction; if it disappears, go back to where you started and go in the opposite direction. It’s not the best tracking tool, but at least it’s something.
- If you’re looking at the map, you might see little leaves pop up from time to time. Those leaves indicate that a Pokémon is near that area, but not exactly in that very spot.
- IMPORTANT: If you’re driving around, make sure you have a partner in crime—as in, one of you drives, and one of you catches! Houston has bad enough drivers as it is, the last thing we need is for someone to cause a pile up trying to pull over in the middle of a highway to catch a Pikachu…
For more Tips and Tricks, you can join the Pokemon Go: Houston Community Facebook Page.