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Holiday Party Tournament Rules

The SPLI Holiday Party is SUNDAY 12/18 starting at 4PM at AON Gaming! (RSVP here if you haven’t already!)

We’ve announced a lot of fun activities, including TWO Tournaments! Now is the time to share the format and rules for the tournaments, so read on for all the details!

Amiibo Only Tournament

Ever since Amiibo figures hit store shelves, SPLI has been one of the few groups on Long Island to run “Amiibo Only Tournaments.” Since it’s been a few months since our last tournament, we decided to bring it back for the Holiday Party!

Amiibo Only Tournament Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Level 50 Amiibo recommended
  • Doubles format: teams of 2 amiibo vs. 2 amiibo
  • 3 Stock
  • 5 min time limit
  • Stages: Battlefield or Miiverse (competitors decide on omega)
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Musical Master Sword Amiibo Stand

Don’t have 2 amiibos to battle with? No worries – SPLI will provide ‘rental’ amiibo that you can borrow, while supplies last.

Pokémon Sun and Moon Tournament

The latest installments in the Pokémon series are Sun and Moon, and the games introduce a new battle style: The Battle Royal! We thought it would be fun to try out this new format for the Holiday Party! If you need some tips on this new battle format, check out this guide!

Battle Royal Holiday Party Ruleset:

  • Pokémon Sun/Moon required
  • Level 50 Pokémon recommended
  • Special Pokémon: Banned
  • Tournament format based on number of participants
  • 1st Place Prize: Eevee Knit Beanie

If you have any questions about the rulesets, please feel free to contact us! Remember, while tournament participation is encouraged, it’s definitely not required. All we want is for everyone to have a great time and collect StreetPass tags!

StreetPass Meetup Panel

StreetPass Long Island made a surprise announcement this morning! We will be hosting the StreetPass Meetup Panel at Winter Con NY this Saturday, December 3rd! Find us at 4pm in the Panel Room! RSVP to our event page so we know you’ll be there!

Our casual panel will consist of lots of StreetPass tags, chatting about the latest Nintendo games, speculation about the upcoming Nintendo Switch next year, and of course we’ll be playing some Pokemon Sun and Moon too!

Here’s a description of the panel from the Winter Con website:

Did you bring your Nintendo 3DS system to Winter Con? Are you looking for StreetPass tags? Would you like to battle against other players in the new Pokemon Sun and Moon? Join the StreetPass Meetup Panel, hosted by StreetPass Long Island! Come to our panel to hype about the Nintendo Switch, chat about your favorite games, learn whats new in the gaming community, and of course to get some StreetPass tags!


Tickets are required to attend! Don’t forget your 3DS!

SPLI Holiday Party 2016

StreetPass Long Island is getting in the holiday spirit! We’re hosting a Holiday Party on December 18th at AON Gaming!

At our party, we will be playing lots of fun Nintendo games (as usual) but we are adding some festive activities! For the first time, we’re going to do a SPLI Yankee Swap! (Read up on the rules for the Yankee Swap here.) Bring a wrapped “Mystery Box” worth $10-$20 and see what you gift you take home at the event!

If you have any used video games lying around, please bring them to our Used Game Drive benefiting Operation Supply Drop! We will not discriminate – please feel free to donate games from any video game system! As long as your used games are still working, please consider donating them to our Used Game Drive to help a troop overseas have a brighter holiday.

More Holiday Party activities will be announced as the event approaches, so be sure to RSVP on our Event Page to get the latest information! We can’t wait to see you there!

Holiday Party: Yankee Swap Rules!

To get in the holiday spirit, SPLI will be hosting a Yankee Swap at our Holiday Party at AON Gaming! (Click here to RSVP on our event page and get all the party info!)

For those who haven’t played before, Yankee Swap is a fun way to get a mystery holiday gift! If you aren’t familiar with how Yankee Swap (also known as White Elephant) works, check out these general rules here.

Since we’re gamers, of course we’re going to use a CUSTOM GIFTING RULESET! Check out SPLI’s Yankee Swap Rules:

  • Participation is optional, but you must bring a gift if you want to participate.
  • Gift value should be between $10 – $20.
  • No gift cards or cash!
  • Nothing USED please!!! (Would you want to receive a dingy old used plush as a gift? No? Neither would anyone else lol!)
  • You are not allowed to choose the gift you bought during the Swap round!

How It Works:

  • Player 1 selects a gift from the pile, opens it, and shows it to everyone.
  • Each player after player 1 can either pick an unopened gift from the pile, or choose a gift to steal from another player.
  • If a gift is stolen from you, you get to either pick an unopened gift from the pile, or choose a gift to steal from another player. However, you cannot steal back a gift if it was stolen from you during that same round.
  • Each gift can only be stolen 3 times total. After that, it is considered “locked” and can no longer be stolen.
  • At the end of the game, player 1 can choose to either hold on to their gift, or swap it with any gift that is not locked.

In addition, we will be collecting USED GAMES to donate to Operation: Supply Drop! This charity accepts used games and consoles and sends them to our troops overseas for a bit of escape from their difficult jobs. For more information accepted donations for Operation: Supply Drop, please visit their donation list here! Please consider bringing a donation for OSD in addition to participating in the SPLI Yankee Swap!

Got questions? Comment on our blog, or visit our event page on Facebook! We’re here to help!

Pokemon Sun & Moon Launch Party

Pokemon trainers have been waiting all year for the launch of the newest games – Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon! The release date is finally upon us, on November 18th. To celebrate this highly anticipated game, SPLI is throwing a Pokemon Sun and Moon Launch Party!

Join us at AON Gaming for a party celebrating the new games on Sunday, November 20th starting at 4PM! We encourage everyone to come join us to battle and trade Pokemon, get StreetPass tags and make new friends!

If you don’t play Pokemon, that’s ok too! We can play other multi-player games such as the new Mario Party: Star Rush, Animal Crossing: Welcome Amiibo, Mario Kart 7, Tetris, Smash Bros. and more!

DATE: Sunday, November 20th


WHERE: AON Gaming – Deer Park, NY

RSVP: Click here for our Event Page on Facebook

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Tournament Rules

Is your costume ready? The SPLI Halloween Party at AONGaming is coming up THIS SUNDAY 10/30! We hope to see you there! Here’s what you need to know about the Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Tournament!

What You Need: A Nintendo 3DS system. Game cartridge not required! (Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon supports download play!)


  • Specific ruleset (# of people on teams, etc.) will depend on attendance
  • Game: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Mode: Scare Scraper (download play) Hunter Mode
  • Top 2 players from each round will progress in the tournament


Yes there will be a prize! We can’t tell you what it is (what would be the fun in that??) but we CAN tell you that it’s a 3DS game!

SPLI Halloween Party

StreetPass Long Island has been buzzing the past few days with the recent release of the Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo, as well as the news of the upcoming Nintendo Switch!

That means there’s no better time to get together with fellow Nintendo fans! Luckily, SPLI is hosting a HALLOWEEN PARTY on Sunday, 10/30 starting at 4pm! Our party is going to be at AONGaming in Deer Park, NY. RSVP to our event page for the most up-to-date party info!

Here’s some of the fun Halloween Festivities you can expect to find at our party:

  • Costume Contest
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  • NintendoLand: Luigi’s Ghost Mansion
  • Mario Party 8: Haunted Trail
  • Spirit Camera
  • Bring Your Own Spooky Games Too!!
  • Pokemon Go Halloween Photo Contest

You may have noticed not one but TWO contests listed here! We already announced the rules for the Pokemon Go Halloween Photo Contest, but you can view them here.

Costume Contest Rules:

You must be attending the party to enter! Nintendo costumes are NOT required but certainly encouraged! SPLI Founder Gluxbox will be judging. The winner will be announced approximately 6pm, to allow as many people as possible to enter. To be entered, simply speak to a SPLI Admin at the event!

Got Scary Games?? Feel free to bring them! AONGaming has lots of Nintendo consoles that we can use. Don’t forget your 3DS for StreetPasses and to play Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon!



4th Anniversary Party at Q-ZAR!!

It’s August! You know what that means… SPLI’s Anniversary Event is right around the corner!


RSVP on Facebook HERE!

Join StreetPass Long Island as we celebrate not only our 4th year running local meetup events for Nintendo enthusiasts… but also the launch of Metroid Prime: Federation Force on Nintendo 3DS! We’re hosting a special group rate event on Friday, August 29th, at Q-ZAR in Carle Place – that means that you pay only $15 for unlimited laser tag game play from 8pm to 1am!

If you are a Metroid cosplayer, don’t be shy! Cosplay is encouraged, as long as it doesn’t hinder the laser tag equipment.

We will also have access to the private party room, so we can hang out and play Metroid Prime: Federation Force, check StreetPasses, and compare medals in Pokemon GO!

To join our event and get the special group rate, come to Q-ZAR at 8pm and let them know you are with the StreetPass Long Island group! Then come find us, join a team and shoot some lasers!!

*pew pew*

Getting Started: Monster Hunter!

Monster Hunter Hunters Guide for Beginners

(Written by Veteran Monster Hunter Tom V.)


Welcome Monster Hunters one and all! Whether you’re a new player to the Monster Hunter series or a player who has played before but feels they need tips and tricks to perfect their game play, this handy guide I’ve complied is sure to help you out in all your hunting endeavors. Please be aware before reading this guide that this is not a weapons guide. Depending on the particular game, the controls and play styles for the weapons in Monster Hunter may vary greatly. This guide is meant to be solely a beginners’ guide for general tips, tricks and handy hunter-know-how to improve one’s game play.

Before reading this guide know that Monster Hunter is by no means an “easy/I can learn this game in a day” type of game and that the start of any game may appear confusing, daunting or even downright unplayable to some. From my personal experience I can say that anyone who puts the time and effort to learn how play this game (you need to put a lot of hours into this game if you want to succeed so if you don’t like grinding for gear this may not be a game for you *warning 1*) you will find that once you learn all the basics in this guide and basic weapon controls that this game is by no means impossible to play. I hope that you find this guide to be helpful and hopefully all that you will need to succeed as a hunter/huntress in the world of Monster Hunter!

-Monster Hunter Gale


Monster Hunter in a Nutshell- Part 1: Basics

Monster Hunter is a game defined by its name: you are a hunter that hunts monsters, but there’s a lot more to that, of course. As a hunter you collect items and carve off monster parts to create better gear to make hunting easier next time and the for future hunts. If you just play the demos for Monster Hunter, you’re not getting the full Monster Hunter experience. The demo merely allows players to hunt and kill the monsters given to the players but it doesn’t explain the point of the game at all! You must hunt monsters to:  (1) obtain parts from said monsters to create better gear and (2) generate income by completing quests to buy the necessary gear and items to continue playing. I will lay out what I personally find to be very efficient, cut/clean hunter tactics for beginning and experienced hunters below.

1: Gathering – Gathering is one of the most fundamental aspects of Monster Hunter and at the beginning you must gather EVERYTHING in sight! No matter what item you may find at the beginning all items gathered are useful to beginning hunters. For example: Dung?! Monster dung is useful and you should keep it when found?? The correct answer is yes, due to the fact that it can be utilized in many ways. When it is combined with a bomb casing, you can create a dung bomb which can be used to repel large monsters from an area or create specialized ammo that weakens monsters’ stamina! Very few items in Monster Hunter are considered “useless,” as even then they can be sold for pocket change to further your hunt. Gathering provides not only basic items for current and future hunts but also a means to create newer and better items through combining (details and example combinations can be found at the bottom of the guide). As a final note on gathering, the more you gather, the more funding you will obtain if you have an excess of monster materials for example which can be sold. Rule number 1 for beginning hunters: gather, gather, GATHER!

2: Hunter funds – Monster Hunter games require that you, the hunter/huntress, gain income by completing missions in the game called quests which can range from gathering a number mushrooms to hunting an elder dragon. The rewards for completing these quests vary greatly. Gathering mushrooms is much easier than hunting a large monster and thus the reward is usually very small in comparison so you can’t get away with just gathering for the entirety of the game. Carving off parts from monsters is considered “gathering” too! Usually you’re given a small amount of funds at the beginning of the game. These are used to start off your quests which have a small fee to initiate them (varies depending on the game,) but if they are successfully completed you will receive the quest reward and the fee back in full. Generally you don’t have to worry about funds too much as long as you follow a basic rule, in this case, Rule number 2 for beginning hunters: Set a limit to the amount you will NOT spend not matter what! (Example: I have 300,000 Zenny and I want to purchase a weapon upgrade to improve its damage output which costs 250,000 Zenny. However my “limit” is 100,000 in my pocket that I cannot go below. Complete more quests to obtain an excess of 50,000 Zenny to avoid falling below your limit and thus ending up with 0 Zenny!).

3: Understanding the flow of the game – At its core, Monster Hunter follows this cycle: Gather, Hunt, Craft, and Collect which is important to know because this is about 90-95% of this game. Note: Again, this game is heavy on grinding for funds, monster parts and gear which can take days to complete certain armor sets and weapons. If you thought this game was all about just hunting monsters in epic/anime battles with instant crafting and no grinding for parts and gear this may not be the game for you. Plan on spending hours/days on this *warning 2*. On average if a group of experienced hunters are even moderately armed with gear that matches the monster rank (more on this in a bit!) a quest usually lasts 5-10 minutes, if everyone knows the basics and the monster tactics. As a beginning hunter, if you’ve fought (or tried to fight) a monster offline you noticed that it may seem almost unfair: you as a hunter born human must face a monster maybe 3-5 times your size and strength and kill it or capture it within 50 minutes (the usual time limit for hunting large monster quests) with barely any armor and a somewhat unwieldy weapon. This is not an uncommon reaction to beginning hunters and many find this too daunting and simply give up calling this game “unplayable, too hard, crazy, etc.” though it simply requires you to play differently than a typical game! You have to pay close attention to how a particular monster acts and attacks, while also managing how much HP and stamina you have left to avoid fainting on a quest. It may seem like a lot to do but it just takes time and practice to make sure that you are always prepared for the hunt. Fainting as a beginning hunter is not uncommon but it’s also not the end of the world as long as you continue to practice to avoid this occurring again. As you continue to hunt and carve off monster parts you will eventually start to build up enough funds and materials to create new armor and weapons, which is the core aspect of this game! The following guidelines are what I as a hunter have done since my earliest days as a greenhorn:

  • Gather in every spot in each area every quest.
  • Hunt large monsters until I have enough parts to create an armor set and weapons from said monster.
  • Craft 1 – 3 armor sets at most per rank up until the last rank where the most funds and the best parts may be obtained to create top tier gear. This is efficient and I do this to avoid excess low rank armors as higher ranking armors usually have better skills and armor defense than low rank gear (Explained in detail further down in the guide).
  • Collect armor and weapons to ensure that in future hunts you as a seasoned hunter will avoid fainting more often with better armor and to more efficiently hunt and capture monsters with better weapons of the hunt.

Rule number 3 is to simply follow the cycle: Gather, Hunt, Craft, and Collect.

Monster Hunter in a Nutshell- Part 2: Hunter Tactics, Monster Awareness and Efficient Armor and Weapon Crafting tips

1: Hunter Tactics – At first you might think that even though monsters have size and power you still have the advantage of intelligence over said monsters to slay or capture them and finish a quest. This is a good mentality to possess in Monster Hunter, however it is a mistake to assume monsters are just simple beasts that only want to kill (or eat) you. You may find yourself pondering this at base camp early on after you first faint to said monster if you don’t know how to properly maneuver your avatar in game. Maneuvering is not just simply controlling your avatars movements, but rather managing your HP meter with potions, your stamina meter which depletes over time, and knowing when to sheathe your weapon and dodge. It’s a lot to manage at first and something as simple as scrolling through items to heal yourself or others around you may in fact put you in a terrible position for a monster attack due to the fact that when you use an item you are essentially a sitting duck for a few seconds which is all a monster needs to land an attack. An experienced hunter knows not only when to use an item but more importantly when NOT to use an item. Here are some general guidelines I follow when I’m using items on the hunt:

  • My item pouch is always sorted with HP potions at the top of the list and stamina restoration items below them for ease of access.
  • I do NOT use well-done steaks to restore stamina during a hunt as this makes you an easy target for almost 8 full seconds as your avatar eats and pats their stomach in gusto (followed by a Rathalos fireball hitting him/her directly). Only during the beginning of the game and only outside of the area where a large monster is found do I use steaks to restore stamina.
  • To restore stamina on the hunt and in the same area where I’m hunting a large monster, I use Energy Drinks which only make me a target for a maximum of 4 seconds (half the time it takes a hunter to eat a steak and much easier to make too!). It also has utility in that if the said monster I’m hunting tries to put me to sleep I now have a countermeasure! Combine Honey and a Nitroshroom for 1 Energy Drink or a Sleepyfish and Hot Pepper for the same combo (gather gather GATHER!).
  • I gauge when to use certain potions based on the damage I receive from said monster attacks. For example, sometimes it’s better to be conservative with your potions and mega potions especially if you’re having trouble avoiding monster attacks and it seems like you’re his only target. I carry Mosswine Jerky on every quest for its ability to heal red damage (temporary damage that heals slowly on its own: I call it recoil damage) in full and thus making a mega potion injury sometimes into a regular potion injury! Note: If your HP is very low and you feel like you might not survive even with a mega potion, use a max potion to avoid fainting. It’s costly but the quest reward is reduced every time someone faints and after 3 that’s quest failed, so it can make a difference!)

2: Monster Awareness – In the world of Monster Hunter there are many different kinds of monsters and they are all have different forms of movement, attacks and special moves. As a hunter you need to know everything about the monsters in a current generation, from the smallest of neopterons to the largest of elder dragons, if you want to succeed in this game. I mention small monsters as more often than not they can be more of a problem than the actual monster you’re trying to hunt. For instance, the Bnahabra, which is a small bug that can sometimes paralyze you and leave you wide open for a large monster attack that can be followed up by a stun for more damage! This is why learning about monster habits is extremely important as a hunter and this is something that you must learn through eye contact. Watch a monsters movement very carefully for patterns or feints so you know when to attack and when to counterattack to capitalize on monsters’ missed attacks. An experienced group of hunters that know a monster’s move set very well can easily slay or capture it in less than 5 minutes with the proper gear and take relatively no damage if coordinated properly. This is the type of mastery all hunters should strive for and can be achieved if you watch and learn from hunting monsters numerous times. Be aware, however, as hunter rank increases, monsters adapt and become stronger and their attacks become slightly less predictable which throws off beginner hunters very easily (more on ranks below).

3: Efficient Armor and Weapon Crafting – As you start to gather more and more monster parts and funds, you may notice that some armors have certain defense values above the general armor defense value at the bottom of a set (which shows the elemental weaknesses or strengths of the armor based on the numerical value on each piece). At first you might think it’s better to combine certain pieces of armor with another monster armor to improve or nullify a certain elemental weakness if you’re thinking in terms of pure defense. This is a mistake, however, as the overall elemental defense of an army: (1) depends on the total value the complete armor set gives, and (2) this will hinder your ability to obtain quality skills that will greatly assist you in future hunts. The most efficient path early on is to complete an entire armor set based on one monster (that is to say crafting a Blademaster Rathalos Helm, Rathalos Mail, Rathalos Vambraces, Rathalos Coil, and Rathalos Greaves) to obtain optimal elemental defense values based on the monsters defenses and a good set of skills also based on the monster hunted. Some say the best way to hunt a monster is to wear the armor set created from said monster, though this may not always be the case depending on elemental weaknesses mostly. As far as weapons go, it all depends on your personal play style as a hunter/huntress which is to say if you wish to use dual blades the entire game and feel comfortable collecting all of them then master the weapon controls and craft them when possible (so long as you remember your spending limit!). Note: It’s best to craft an armor that suits a weapons style. For example, building an armor set with the skill Focus is good for weapons with charge up moves and gauges that need to be filled faster to perform certain actions.

Monster Hunter in a Nutshell- Part 3: Ranks, Recommendations and Useful Combinations

1: Ranks – At first all hunters start off in Low Rank or “Village” quest rank and are given basic starting gear and funds as well as short tutorials leading into the plot of the particular game. Low Rank holds quests for beginner hunters and as such the monsters are the weakest in this rank but the least numerous and the rewards are far less than their higher rank counterparts. The gear obtained in Low Rank is useful for village quests and for transitioning into High Rank, which can be achieved by completing certain Guild Quests referred to as “Urgent Quests”. Unlike armor, weapons forged in Low Rank transition rapidly into High Rank but do require higher level monster parts to forge or upgrade (unless the weapon can only be forged it is much better to upgrade weapons since its cheaper and costs less monster parts to create e.g. also less rare monster parts!) and because of this hunters should be encouraged to advance in rank once they obtain a sufficient amount of weapons and armor due to the fact that High Rank gear and G Rank gear are far superior in nearly all aspects to the Low Rank gear. It is not always present in every Monster Hunter game but after High Rank, should a hunter complete a “G Rank Urgent Quest,” they advance to the highest rank called “G Rank” which offers the highest rewards, top tier armor, weapons and skills but boasts the strongest of monsters and elder dragons.

2: Recommendations – For all beginning hunters who continue to practice and grind monsters for parts and rare materials, I recommend that you follow the above instructions as best as possible. For those that know all the above tips and recommendations, there is another aspect of monster hunter that needs to be addressed: dodging. As with games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, there is a dodge mechanic in the Monster Hunter series. If this dodge is performed and the correct time at just the right moment, a hunter can avoid all damage through a frame of invincibility. This is not a cheat or a hack in the game. It is an actual in-game mechanic for experienced hunters that if performed in succession or with proper skills, can increase this window of invulnerability, can complete quests without taking any damage. I do not recommend new hunters trying this out as it will interfere with the above tactics that should be mastered before attempting this mechanic. When a hunter’s weapon is sheathed there is another dodge known as the “Superman Dive” that gives the hunter a few seconds of invulnerability as long as it is being performed away from the monster (the hunter must be running and facing in a direction away from the monster to perform the dive.). This is the safest method to avoid damage, though the time to get back up can leave a hunter open to another attack if done in quick succession.

3: Useful Combinations – Here is a small list of useful combinations for beginning hunters/huntresses to combine in their item box with the appropriate combo books obtained at the markets (all these ingredients are gatherable but not their combined forms: you have to make them on your own!):

  • Potion – Blue mushroom and an Herb
  • Mega Potion – Potion and Honey
  • Nutrients – Blue Mushroom and Godbug
  • Mega Nutrients – Nutrients and Honey
  • Max Potion – Mega Nutrients and Dragon Toadstool
  • Catalyst – Bitterbug and Honey
  • Immunizer – Catalyst and Dragon Toadstool
  • Ancient Potion – Kelbi Horn and Immunizer (HP and Stamina bars complete heal)
  • Energy Drink – Hot Pepper and Sleepyfish or Honey and Nitroshroom
  • Dash Juice – Rare Steak and Catalyst
  • Mega Dash Juice – Well-Done Steak and Dash Extract
  • Lifecrystals – Godbug and Wyvern Fang
  • Lifepowder – Lifecrystals and Wyvern Claw (Mega Potion effect heals allies around you!)

We hope this guide will help you get started. We know it’s a lot to take in! But the Monster Hunter community is always ready to help out new players, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Pokemon GO Trainer Tips!

Hey Pokemon Trainers! We know you’re all playing Pokemon GO and if you aren’t… well, what are you waiting for??

SPLI is hosting a Pokemon GO meetup on Sunday 7/24 and we wanted to share some tips to help everyone who wants to be the very best, like no one ever was!! There have been a lot of strategies going around, and we are working on making a comprehensive guide for Long Islanders. Since the game is so new, this is a work in progress currently. But until that is complete… here’s some tips we’re working on!

First of all, you’re going to need a smartphone (and a fully charged battery) and the app! Get that before heading outside – it’s hot out there! Pro Tip: Bring your 3DS with you too! It’s very likely that Pokemon GO players will StreetPass you as well. 

Here are some great Pokemon GO Meet Up tips (originally written by Six Flags – how cool! – but we tweaked it) to follow:

Before You Arrive

  • Update your app. Make sure you have the most current version of the Pokémon app (currently 1.01). The newer version is more secure, and crashes less often.
  • Bring an external battery pack (or two). 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 meetup event 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.

At The Meetup Event

  • 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.

Make the Most of Your Visit

  • Look for floating leaves. That’s where you can find the closest Pokémon.
  • Keep an eye on the tracker. It’s in the lower right corner of your app. It tells you how close nearby Pokémon are. Each footprint is approximately 100 meters.
  • Showering petals at a Pokéstop means that someone has activated a Lure! Head over to benefit from their generosity. Conversely, activate a Lure of your own at a Pokéstop and you’ll be surprised at how many friends you make.
  • Use good Poké-targeting skills. The last thing you want to do when you’re far away from home is waste valuable Pokéball. Always until the green, yellow or red target circle is at its smallest before you throw.
  • Did you miss? Grab that Pokéball! If you get it before it disappears it will be returned to your inventory.

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 hop fences, don’t crawl past any barriers. It’s a matter of safety!
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Always keep one eye on the path ahead of you. If something seems unsafe, don’t go there!
  • Keep your head up. While it can be tempting to walk around staring at the screen, this hinders your ability to see where you’re going and staying aware of your surroundings. If you are walking around, keep your phone at your side or in your pocket, and listen to the game with headphones so you don’t pass any Pokémon.
  • Stand still while battling or catching Pokémon! It’s worth stopping and focusing on the game when you are in a battle or trying to catch a rare Pokémon. Don’t do it on the move. Stop and focus so you don’t walk into an unsafe situation by accident!
  • Under 18? Bring a parent. There are a lot of safety concerns popping up in the news, and SPLI is not a babysitting service. We want everyone to be safe but we cannot be held responsible for the safety of any individual. If you are under 18 and you want to participate in one of SPLI’s Pokemon GO meetups, please bring a parent or guardian with you.

If you don’t want to wait to get started on the hunt, here is a map that shows many Pokestop locations! Whoa!

Got any more tips? See a tip that is inaccurate? Please let us know in a comment!