5 Pokémon Go Tips To Become The Very Best in St. Louis

Tuesday July 19, 2016

By Mark

Since launching this July, the mobile game Pokémon Go has become a viral sensation getting players out and about to explore their communities in a new way. And guess what, Pokémon Trainers; there are plenty of opportunities to find creatures and gear right here in St. Louis!

Pokémon GO, which combines a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, allows players to walk around real-life neighborhoods while seeking virtual Pokémon game characters on their smartphone – a new type of scavenger hunt that has become very popular with players of all ages.

St. Louis is crawling with the adorable digital critters (plus lots of trainers looking to add to their collections). The Pokémon can be found inside restaurants, parks, museum and other attractions around St. Louis. Get a leg up on the competition and follow these tips when playing Pokémon Go in St. Louis

1)     Go to Forest Park for Pokémon, Pokestops and gyms.

Forest Park is a gold mine for Pokémon, Pokéstops and gyms.  With 150 different Pokémon characters to add to your Pokédex, you "gotta catch èm all".  With more than 1,200 acres the Forest Park Trolley will get you around easily to many of the Parks attractions like Saint Louis Art Museum, The Muny, Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and more!

2)     Take a ride on the MetroLink through St. Louis

Almost all of the MetroLink stations in the region are Pokéstops and you can access many of them without exiting the train.  Metro St. Louis has tips for you here. In addition to MetroLink, GO Best Express is offering 3-4 hour Special Pokémon Tour Packages that will transport you in style and comfort to all the best Pokestops in St. Louis.

3)     Gather all your Pokémon supplies at various Pokestops throughout the city

In order to be the best, you need to collect Pokeballs, potions and eggs.  You'll discover various Pokéstops to do just that all over St. Louis including well known attractions like the Gateway Arch, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Creve Coeur Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, Six Flags and many more.

4)     Become a St. Louis Expert

As you visit Pokéstops and gyms throughout the city, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about St. Louis. Make sure you read the descriptions at each Pokéstop to find out about the local history and culture.  Visit our neighborhoods page to find some great neighborhoods to explore and learn more about.

5)     Level your Pokémon up and get ready to battle at gyms found at many major attractions.

At level 5, it’s time to pick your team: Team Valor (Red), Team Mystic (Blue) or Team Instinct (Yellow). Once you’ve decided on your faction, then head to the nearest gym to take control of St. Louis. Some popular gym locations are Citygarden and Tower Grove Park. Happy battling!

Alright, now you’re ready to dominate St. Louis in Pokémon Go. Remember to be safe. Look up from your phone when crossing streets and walking on sidewalks, respect local businesses and be on the lookout for other trainers.