By now, if you’re not playing Pokémon GO, you’re likely the only one of your friends not out hunting small creatures on your phone. Niantic has provided this generation with what we’ve wanted since we were in elementary school: The chance to be the very best, like no one ever was…to Catch ‘Em All… to actually be a Pokémon trainer. It’s a great reason to take a walk, but it can also be a great drinking game when you’re staying in.
- I’m bolding staying in because the last thing this game needs, or we are promoting, is some drunk idiot walking into someone else’s home or the street because of this drinking game. BE RESPONSIBLE. THIS IS A DISCLAIMER.
Everyone playing will have their phones open to PoGO for the duration of the game, so it’s good to play during another activity that doesn’t require the use of your phone. Some great options are another drinking game (like Circle of Death), watching a show/movie, or playing a console game like Final Fantasy XV.
You Spot a Pokémon
As part of the game, you MUST attempt to capture every Pokémon that you have the opportunity to. When you attempt to capture the Pokémon, you take 1 drink for each time the Pokémon breaks out of the ball, and 2 drinks for each time you miss the Pokémon completely. Check your aim!
You Catch a Pokémon
Give drinks according to the rarity of what you caught. Use this list from Eurogamer.net as a reference guide – it’s currently the best I can find including the newly added second generation. If a second or third evolution appears, take the given drinks times 2 or 3, respectively.
Everywhere – 1 drink
Common – 3 drinks
Uncommon – 5 drinks
Rare – 7 drinks
Very Rare – 10 drinks
Epic (Very Rare Section 2) – 1 shot
Special/Region Exclusive – Finish current drink
Not Currently Available – Drink everything else in the house. Everything. Even the mustard.
Congratulations, you’ve got a new Poké AND one of your opponents is drinking to your victory.
Optional: All given drinks must go to someone on the opposing team. Valor shall not give to Valor, etc.
The Pokémon Escapes
Take a shot! This isn’t amateur hour; if you have trouble with aim and successful captures, you’re going to be drunk… soon.
You Evolve a Pokémon During Game Play
Give a shot! Have a bunch of Weedles saved up to evolve with a lucky egg? This may be a great time to use it.
Using a Lure
If you’re lucky enough to be able to play at/next to a PokéStop, then using a Lure will absolutely intensify the game. Everyone take a drink (or a shot) to celebrate the placement of the Lure!
Leave us your best catches while playing the game in the comments below. Or just report to us how many Pokeballs you wasted on this stupid drinking game and how many Rattatas you managed to let escape.