You Can Play "Pokémon Go" Without Moving

by Caitlyn Callegari

Fellow Pokemon masters, or, for the more humble among us, masters-in-training, have you ever wondered, can you even play "Pokemon Go" without moving? It's honestly a great question, but, it's one that doesn't have a straight answer. That's because you first have to define what "moving" constitutes exactly.

As you know, in order to find different Pokemon, go to Pokestops, and battle at gyms, you need to movie from one spot to another. But, that doesn't mean you can't take alternative routes to get there. For instance, you can, in fact, be stationary and play "Pokemon Go." How? Well, for instance, if you are on or in a moving vehicle, your app will register your movement and you can catch Pokemon along the way. How do I know this? Because I have done it and unfortunately watched on as my friends did it better than me. Whatever, though. The point is you don't have to physically move your limbs (just your fingers) and you can still play the game. I mean, just don't do it as you're driving. That's kind of a big, fat, obvious no-no. One that shouldn't really have to be said, but alas sometimes we all need a reminder that driving and Pokemon-ing is not a good idea.

I know, I know. You're probably still wondering whether or not you can play "Pokemon Go" from your bed, sofa, chair, bathtub, hammock, floor, etc. Don't worry, I am getting to it. After doing some digging, I found out you can. There are ways to play without moving that the Tech Insider has reported on. The publication explains that you can "insert a lure model into a nearby Pokestop" or use incense. They explain that it brings the Pokemon to you and gives you, "half an hour of Pokemon-catching magic."

But, if you don't have any lures or incense and don't want to shell out real dollars to buy some, there are some other hacks to play the game while staying inside. According to the Coventry Telegraph, there is a loophole that lets you, at the very least, hatch your Poke eggs, "without moving an inch." The publication reports that "gamers have worked out that placing your device on top of a record player, and letting it spin around, will increase your walking distance in no time at all."

Simply put, the answer is yes. You can play the game without moving. Stationary or not, "Pokemon Go" is about determination and desire to catch 'em all, and even staying inside can't prevent you from doing that.