Some Crazy Stuff Has Happened Since Pokémon Go Launched

We Canadians are patiently waiting for Pokémon Go to launch as we watch our neighbours to the South catch ’em all—and do some really strange stuff trying. The augmented reality game requires players to do something they’ve never been able to do in past Pokémon games: physically explore areas in order to catch as many Pokémon as possible.

It’s been 20 years since Pokémon launched on Game Boy and no other release has been able to cause quite a stir as this version. Since its release last week in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, app analytics firm SimilarWeb reports it’s been downloaded more times than Tinder and has the same amount of active users as Twitter.

Since everything in life needs balance, the good also comes with the weird. Not even a week after its release, there have been news stories surrounding the robberies and solved crimes caused by people exploring their environment through the eyes of a Pokémon trainer. Check out all the crazy stuff we have to look forward to when the app eventually drops in Canada.

Sometimes You Have to be Ash, Other Times You Have to Be Sherlock Homes


You wouldn’t think you’d find a scene of a crime when hunting down Pokémon, but 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins from Wyoming did just that. When she hopped over a fence to catch a Pokémon near a natural water source, she spotted a dead body near the shore. “I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water,” Wiggins said. “I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body.”

“Beacon of Hope” Gets a Sinister Meaning


There is nothing more devastating than when someone ruins a good thing. According to Independent, four armed robbers lured victims to a trap by placing a “beacon” to signify a PokeStop at a car park. This allowed them to see other players’ locations within the app and thus rob them of their belongings. Walking around by yourself in an isolated area during the wee hours of the morning is never advised no matter what Pokémon your hunting.

Your House May Become Prime Real Estate

Some would call Boon Sheridan really lucky, while others would see his situation as unfortunate. Sheridan’s home used to be an old church, but now it is known as a Pokémon Go Gym.

Gyms are used to train Pokémon and have caused a flood of people to flock to Sheridan’s home on a regular basis.

Luckily, Sheridan finds the situation amusing and has even met the man that virtually owns his house.

Why Walk When You Can Drone?


Why walk around your neighbourhood when you can use your drone to find Pokémon? Though it was a good idea, Tumblr user Perchbird told Gizmodo he didn’t have much luck with his search because of a limiting Wi-Fi radius and the phone turned off the GPS mode on his drone. Does this prove that cheaters never win in a game of Pokémon?