Players of the popular Pokémon GO mobile game have discovered a new PokéBall throwing technique that doesn’t really do anything special.
The idea is to throw the PokéBall and have it bounce off a Pokémon twice before catching it. It doesn’t increase the odds of catching it and it isn’t a technique required to catch anything rare. It’s all style and no substance, but that hasn’t stopped Pokémon GO players from trying to replicate it.
The key to perfecting the double bounce is throwing a curveball at a Pokémon as it’s attacking. The spin of the PokéBall will cause it to bounce off the Pokémon and into the air. It will then come back down, hit the Pokémon once more, and capture it.
The double bounce isn’t as easy as it sounds and requires accurate timing. The technique has been rumored to be possible for a while, but many players didn’t believe it existed due to lack of sufficient evidence. However, the double bounce was captured on video and posted to YouTube recently by user Ron Fox. The footage is even slowed down at one part so viewers can see exactly what’s happening during the technique. From the looks of it, the technique is as described.
Again, the double bounce does absolutely nothing and is purely for show. If rewards are more your speed, then perhaps engaging in the ongoing Pokémon GO Equinox Event might be the ticket. During the event, players have opportunities to hatch rare Pokémon from special 2 km eggs earned at PokéStops and Gyms. The eggs will hatch Pokemon that range from common, like Slowpoke, to very rare, like a Snorlax.
If a player registers one of these new Pokémon to their PokéDex, they will earn triple the normal XP. This makes earning and hatching eggs a large part of the event. Fortunately, for those who want to speed the process up a bit, Niantic is offering three special event boxes to players willing to fork over the dough. Each box will contain a number of Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, and all-new Super Incubators. These new incubators will hatch Pokémon at 1.5 times the normal rate and can be a big help during the event.