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Best Auto-Catcher for Pokemon Go!

Best Auto-Catcher for Pokemon Go
Written by Louise Vee

When you’re on the hunt for that rare Ditto, or you’re looking for the holiday Pikachu, hands-off is an advantage. These are 4 auto catchers that can improve your Pokemon Go adventure. Let’s dive in!

Nintendo Pokemon Go Plus


Nintendo’s Pokemon Go Plus is an easy choice for the loyal Nintendo fan. It is a plastic red and white Pokeball map pin, and the whole thing is about the size of an Oreo. The small device allows you to interact with the Pokemon Go virtual world without looking down at your phone.

It connects via Bluetooth to an android or Apple smartphone, and using a low energy signal, notifies you of nearby Pokestops with vibration and a notification light. The auto catcher will also flash a small green LED light when a Pokemon is close! With the press of a single button on the auto-catcher, you can automatically throw a Pokeball. A successful catch is indicated by another buzz and LED light flash — Gotcha!

The catcher can be worn as a bracelet or clipped to your clothing, making it a versatile pick manufactured by a trusted brand. As a downside, the device is admittedly incompatible with Android devices running an Intel Atom processor.

Pros:

  • Cheapest of the options
  • Good intro auto catcher
  • Easy to use

Cons:

   
  • Incompatible with some phones
  • Catcher is semi-automatic – you still need to press the button for every single catch.
  • Takes physical batteries and cannot recharge.

Nintendo Pokeball Plus


The Pokeball Plus is another official Nintendo product. This device is about the size of a clementine fruit, and it’s styled to look like an actual pokeball.  The Pokeball Plus comes with a rope-type wrist attachment and a little finger clip as alternative.

It will buzz and light up to notify you of nearby Pokestops. When you’re ready to catch a new Pokemon, the device will alert you to the presence of a Pokemon by vibrating and lighting up. Press the white button and the catch is attempted. An alternative is to hold down the red button to continuously catch pokemon. A hack by some players are to put a tight rubber band around the Plus that permanently depresses the button while they are walking around to auto catch.

You can use the Pokeball plus with a friend, making the game a two-person adventure. As another bonus, the Pokeball is compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhones, and it can be used in any of the Pokemon Let’s Go games. This means that you can toss your pokeballs in the Pokemon Go app, or in Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee. Give the Pokeball a shake, and you’ll even hear your Pokemon making noise inside. (You can only load a Pokemon onto the ball with one of the Switch games just mentioned. With Pokemon Go you cannot do this.)

Pros:

  • Relatively affordable
  • Cute, realistic Pokeball design
  • Can be recharged by a USB-C port in the back

Cons:

  • Still not a full-auto catcher, need to press a button for the actual catch

Pokemon Go-Tcha


The Pokemon Go-Tcha Pokemon Go Plus Accessory is a small touch-screen device embedded in an adjustable, gender-neutral wristband. When you are out hunting for Pokemon, the Go-Tcha can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. It will vibrate and flash an animation on the screen to notify you of nearby Pokemon Go Pokestops or Pokemon.

Use the simple touchscreen to collect your Pokemon with a single tap. The winning feature of this device is the Auto-Catch mode which is fully hands-off! It will collect Pokeballs, Potions, Eggs, and other Pokestop items without your interaction. When you’ve completed your adventurous day of Pokemon-catching, it’s easy to charge the wristband. Pros:

  • Hands-off auto-catching
  • Rechargeable
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Not manufactured by Nintendo
  • Wristband design is limiting, rather get a key chain type of holder

MEGACOM Pocket Dual Catchmon


The most expensive of these four options is the MEGACOM Pocket Dual Catchmon. It’s main selling point is the ability to connect it to two accounts simultaneously, but most solo catchers do not need this functionality. It is not rechargeable, so you’ll need to keep a steady supply of AAA batteries around.

Pros:

  • Can be used with 2 accounts

Cons:

  • Not rechargeable, needs AAA batteries
  • Large Size
  • Confusing disc design
  • Most expensive

About the author

Louise Vee

Tech Geek and Traveler by heart. Loves Wildlife, Nature and Street photography. Cancer survivor.

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