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Greg’s Cheers to Gaming: Pokémon GO And Drink

/ Aug 19th, 2016 No Comments

Pokemon GO

Throughout time, man has pondered ways to make videogames more enjoyable. Like most things, alcohol was the answer. Greg’s Cheers to Gaming is a series of pieces in which editor Greg Johnson combines gaming with alcohol to make an even more interesting game.

Pokémon Go has generated millions of players and is now considered the most popular app of all time. Together, mankind has scoured far and wide to discover small creatures through the camera lens on their phones.

By now, you’ve probably uncovered most of the Pokémon your area has to offer, and the tragic loss of tracking services makes it difficult to capture any new beasts. So what next? Well, time to Pokémon Go and drink — but remember, do not attempt to catch Pokémon or drink while driving.

Have You Heard about Pokémon Go?

Unless you’re completely in the dark ages, you’ve at least heard about Pokémon Go. The app, available for free on iOS and Android devices, lets players catch and battle fictional creatures in real-world locations on their phones.


Pokemon Go

Hey kids, you hitting them clubs tonight? (But actually, underage drinking is incredibly illegal, don’t be daft.)

Pokémon Go has inspired the young, the old and everyone in between to venture to outside locations in real life in order to find Pokémon and hatch eggs. It became an incredible phenomenon in a quick manner. So, now is a good time to add some drinks to the mix (if you haven’t already).

Turntémon (or Pokéturnt?)

In this version of Pokémon Go, we add some alcohol to the training. To really get into the Pokémon master spirit, prepare some of these concoctions inspired by the game:

Team Instinct
– 1/3 lemonade
– 1/3 Maker’s Mark
– 1/3 ice, allow to melt slightly

Team Valor
– 1/2 Fireball cinnamon whiskey
– 1/2 Coke
– sprinkle with cinnamon

Team Mystic
– 1/3 blue curacao
– 1/3 London gin
– 1/3 Sprite

Professor Willow
– 1/2 Oolong tea
– 1/2 Ty Ku Junmai sake
– heat both to desired temperature, then mix. Best in sake cup

Don’t be afraid to try the drink inspired by one of your rival teams. But please do be careful where you play the game, as alcohol consumption is not allowed everywhere.

Safe Pokémon-ing

To be safe, meet at the home of someone who lives near a Pokéstop. This will allow you to enjoy your drinks and the game from the comfort of a safe place while you lure creatures.

Here are some additional ways to experience Pokémon Go and Drink:

– Find a bar that is also designated as a Pokéstop.
– Split a hotel room in Vegas and go nuts! Drinks can be enjoyed in public.

So how does Pokémon Go involve drinking? Well, here is when you drink (from shots or any amount from your cup of the mixed drinks above):

– Take a drink when you catch a Pokémon. Take two gulps if it is an evolved form.
– Take a drink when a rival gym is taken down.
– Chug your drink to completion if you get it into your head that catching a Zubat is a good idea.
– When you evolve a Pokémon, drink continuously from the moment you press Evolve to the moment your new Pokémon is revealed.

Variations and house rules are what truly make drinking games fun, so feel free to tinker with the rules to your liking.

Pokémon No End?

With trading, potential events surrounding legendary Pokémon, and the possibility of adding more characters to the game, this drinking game has a ton of longevity. Just remember to be safe and “do not trespass while playing Pokémon Go.”

Cheers Pokémon trainers! And may a Zubat never block your sight again — who are we kidding?


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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