Inventive And Lazy ‘Pokémon Go’ Players Are Using Dogs, Drones And Other Cheats To Avoid Walking

07.12.16 2 years ago


Pokémon Go may be a phenomenon, but the real-world Pokémon catching app isn’t without its drawbacks. For instance, the game requires you to do a lot of walking. Like, with your actual legs and stuff. Ugh! You have to trudge all over to find Pokémon and hatch eggs, and the game is very insistent that you actually walk. Pokémon Go uses GPS rather than a pedometer, so you can’t fool the game by running on a treadmill, or leaving your phone on a vibrating washing machine. The game also registers your speed, so getting around in a car or bus doesn’t count – you actually have to be outside walking somewhere on your own two feet.

Or do you? Since its release, inventive gamers have been coming up with ways to get around Pokémon Go‘s draconian walking requirements, because that’s the American way, dammit. And hey, considering some Pokémon Go players are getting robbed or tripping over corpses, maybe a little less walking is a a good thing.

First off, one modern obsession meets another, as Redditor Hyperion995 strapped his phone to a droid to avoid having to stomp around. Hyperion had a few technical issues with his setup, but if you could find the ideal combination of droid and phone, there’s no reason this wouldn’t work.

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