The Pokéwalker is a Key Item available to all farmers on PokéFarm Q. It is a device that allows you to stroll with a Pokémon anywhere you like. This is based off of the Pokéwalker that was included with copies of Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version. A Pokémon obtained and transferred from the Pokéwalker is designated with a Pokéwalker icon next to its gender.
It functions as a webpage in your browser, just like any other page of the website. You do not need to download an app to use it.
The Pokéwalker allows a user to transfer Pokémon to their mobile device and journey with it by their side, accumulating Watts along the way. One Watt is earned for every 20 steps recorded.
Watts can be spent on two minigames.
One minigame, Poké Radar, allows users to hunt for and catch wild Pokémon, at the cost of 10 Watts per game. The user must first find a Pokémon, which is hidden behind one of four bushes. A speech bubble with an exclamation point reveals the Pokémon's location. It may need to be tracked to another bush if it evades confrontation. When the Pokémon is found, a battle sequence begins. The user can choose to Attack, Evade, or Catch. Critical hits randomly occur and deal 2 bars worth of damage. Wild Pokémon can also Attack and Evade and have a chance to die or flee during battle. They may also run away if a Catch attempt fails.
The other minigame offered is Dowsing, which lets users search for items of various rarities at the cost of 3 Watts a game. In each game, the user has 2 tries to successfully find an item behind 6 bushes. Choosing an incorrect bush on the first try will result in one of two messages: "It's near!", which indicates that the item is in a bush adjacent to the one chosen, or "It's far away...", indicating that the item is 2-5 bushes away. Items that can be found while Dowsing include berries, evolution stones, treasures, gems, and boxes.
In both cases, the rarity of what users find will increase the further they have walked so far in the day. Both the Pokémon and items collected can be transferred to a user's PokéFarm Q account, and will be ready for pickup in the Collection Area.
Areas are unlocked by transferring unused Watts back to Pokéfarm Q.
Below is a list of known Areas and the Pokémon that can be found there. Each area has six possible Pokémon to catch, and they are divided into three tiers (A, B, and C). The more steps you have taken within the day, the rarer the tier of Pokémon you can encounter. Please note that each time you send a Pokémon out into the Pokéwalker, the types of wild Pokémon you will find are randomly generated as a group of three, with one Pokémon from each tier. Therefore, if you would like to find all Pokémon within one area, you must retrieve and re-send your Pokémon to the area more than once.
|Area||Tier A Pokémon||Tier B Pokémon||Tier C Pokémon|
- Some Pokémon appear in different tiers within the same area. They differ in level and must both be caught to complete the Dex for that area.
The Pokéwalker rewards Watts based on your distance traveled. This information is collected by using the GPS in a user's mobile device. However, the GPS is disabled when the screen is off, as well as when the user is navigating the menu or playing a minigame. To conserve battery, try to check in on your phone every once and a while. This way, some of your distance traveled will be counted.
Since this is a feature that makes use of mobile devices, battery life and mobile data are two concerns that users may have. To avoid issues with these factors, the entire Pokéwalker is technically only an image, specifically an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). This allows the entire Pokéwalker to take up only about 16KB. To conserve battery life, you can turn your phone off and still receive credit for distance, provided you check in every so often.
For more detailed information, please visit Niet's announcement about the Pokéwalker