PokeWorld Terminology for the Entrepreneur

1.Eggs: The closest animals Pokémon can be compared to are dinosaurs. No, seriously, eggs hatch into Pokémon. You will have to incubate them by walking, which is why there are so many players on the streets. All Pokémon have their own unique incubation cycle before they hatch. Typically the longer you have to walk for an egg to hatch, the rarer the Pokémon you’ll hatch. Yes, the game rewards you for being patient. Those you get without much effort are great, but you’ll need to invest a lot more in them to make them useful. So if you have to walk 2 km while your friend has to walk for 10 km, don’t laugh at her. Hers will probably be much more difficult to come by. Remember to place eggs into Incubators, because they don’t hatch on their own. You start the game with one Incubator which has unlimited uses, but you may want to purchase more to make your egg-hatching efforts as efficient as possible.

2.PokéStops: This is where you get eggs and important items, like Poké Balls, from. It’s also a hotspot for wild Pokémon. If your business is a PokéStop you must be a very lucky person. It doesn’t happen to everyone. Players are always searching for eggs and items so being a PokéStop on your local area map could be your ticket to recognition and making some solid dough! You’ll have to invest in the PokéStop though, for it to be attractive (to wild Pokémon!). More about that later.

3.Pokémon: Pokémon are the “pocket monsters” everyone is hunting. They hatch from eggs and can be found randomly in the wild. Catching them requires Poké Balls, and you can attract more of them with Incense (they like nice smells, remember that when you take off your shoes after walking all over in summer looking for them,) or with Lure Modules. The Lure Module attracts more than one Pokémon, and can only be used by attaching it to a PokéStop.

4.Incense: You guessed it. Used to attract Pokémon to you. Incense lasts for 30 minutes, but unlike Lure Modules, only work for the person who activated it.

5.Lure Module: This is a major attraction for multiple Pokémon, but is limited to PokéStops. You buy Lure Modules and attach them to PokéStops to attract Pokémon. Lure Modules have the best return on investment for a business that is lucky enough to be marked as a PokéStop, as we will see later. They are by far the most valuable investment in Pokémon Go for you as a business, and the general rule with Lure Modules is: the more the merrier.

6.Gym: This is where battles take place. The Colosseum of Pokémon Go, this is the ultimate test of a player, attracting everyone like a magnet. If your business is a Gym you must have bribed the Pokémon gods because this doesn’t happen to mere mortals. With the craze that we’re witnessing for Pokémon Go, it’s almost equivalent to winning the lottery.

7.PokéCoins: The currency of the game, you can use it to buy Lure Modules for your business.

There are many other terminologies but we’re focusing on only the most relevant and productive ones here for you. Because of the importance of the Gym and PokéStop we’ll spend a little more time on them. But before we do, notice a pattern:

If you are a PokéStop then you have the option of investing in cost effective Lure Modules. If you are a Gym you don’t have to invest specifically in Pokémon Go. Everything has been done for you. All you have to do is invest in marketing your newly-earned badge to increase engagement with your clients, which you should also do if you are a PokéStop. If your business isn’t a PokéStop or Gym, there are other things you can do to get on the Pokémon Go train, which we’ll discuss later, until Niantic introduces the option to become a PokéStop or Gym through Sponsorship.

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