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How to Safely Hunt Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Updated on July 14, 2016

Where to hunt

University campuses offer plenty of landmarks that are Poke Stop locations.
University campuses offer plenty of landmarks that are Poke Stop locations. | Source

Know your area

Yes, it's fun to follow a GPS to track Pokemon all over, but stick to areas you know are safe. Choose areas that are populated and have good lighting if night-hunting. Want an adventure outside your own community? Visit a Pokemon friend in another town for a guided tour of his/her community (and offer the same for your friend). Ultimately, never hunt Pokemon in an area in which you have never previously felt safe.

Use the buddy system

Your mom told you to do it. Your teacher told you to do it. Always pair up with another person before going on the hunt. The more the merrier -- make it a group event. If you cannot pair up with someone, make sure someone else knows your hunting itinerary and check in frequently. If they don't hear from you within a scheduled time frame, they can alert authorities or come find you.

Look where you're going

Numerous injuries have been reported from players not watching where they are walking. Doors, trees, poles, potholes, etc., can't move out of your way just because you are tracking a Pokemon.

Don't Pokemon hunt and drive

If you are driving to a Pokemon location instead of walking, pull over in a safe area to throw out your Pokeball. Don't try to do it while driving.

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Always be aware of your surroundings

Even if it's a place you know well, keep in mind that this game is drawing a lot of people out to play...or to take advantage of those who do. If someone looks suspicious, follow your gut instinct and leave.

These few, common-sense tactics will help you have a ton of fun with Pokemon Go. Remember all the safety rules you learned as a kid and apply them now. There's no reason to let a few negative experiences keep you from enjoying this augmented reality game.


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    • Ronna Pennington profile image

      Ronna Pennington 7 months ago from Arkansas

      Thank you, Tamara!

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      Tamara Moore 7 months ago

      I find this article adorable! I have always liked This is not only a fun read, but a unique one, as well. Thank you, my dear friend.



    • Ronna Pennington profile image

      Ronna Pennington 21 months ago from Arkansas

      Thanks, Moonlake! It's common sense stuff that parents take for granted their children will know.

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      moonlake 21 months ago from America

      It sounds like fun for everyone. Your advice is so right everyone should be careful.