Pokémon Go Player’s Guide to Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America is literally swarming with Pokémon! With three training facilities (gyms) and over 30 different Pokéstop scattered all over the park, Six Flags Great America is one of the best places within a 50 mile radius to find and train all of your Snorlaxes, Jigglypuffs, and Ponytas. To assist you in your Pokémon training efforts, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you level up as quickly as possible during your visit to the park.
Before You Arrive
- Update your app. Make sure you have the most current version of the Pokémon app (currently 1.01). The newer version is more secure, and crashes less often.
- Bring an external battery pack. Pokémon Go has been said to use a lot of battery life, but with a good external battery you should be able to keep playing all day.
- Set your phone to use as little battery as possible. Lower your screen brightness, mute the volume, and disable background apps. Turn off bluetooth and wi-fi. If your phone has a built in power saving mode, test it with Pokémon Go before you get to the park -- some people have found that it can interfere with the app.
- Turn on the game's built in power saving mode. When in the game, click the Pokéball, click Settings, then check the box next to "Battery Saver." This will dim the screen on your phone whenever it is upside down (in your pocket).
- Wear plenty of sunscreen. Nobody will be impressed with your skills as a trainer if you come home from the park looking like Crawdaunt or a Corphish.
- Stock up on Poké-supplies. Make sure you bring plenty of Pokéballs, Great Balls, Master Balls, Incense, Lures and a (virtual) bag big enough to carry everything.
At The Park
- Turn off augmented reality. AR makes the game more fun, but it also makes it harder to hit the Pokémon with your Pokéballs and it uses up more battery.
- Visit every Pokéstop you see. You get 50XP for every PokéStop you visit, even if you don't pick up any items.
- Don't waste time at PokéStops. After you spin the sign you don't have to click all of the bubbles to claim your loot -- just click the (X) at the bottom to collect the items.
- Keep only the Pokémon with the highest CP. Depending on how much you play, you will collect dozens of Pokémon during your visit. If you are running out of room, save only the Pokémon with the highest CP. Transfer the rest to the Professor.
Make the Most of Your Visit
- Look for floating leaves. That's where you can find the closest Pokémon.
- Keep an eye on the tracker. It's in the lower right corner of your app. It tells you how close nearby Pokémon are. Each footprint is approximately 100 meters.
- Showering petals at a Pokéstop means that someone has activated a Lure! Head over to benefit from their generosity. Conversely, activate a Lure of your own at a Pokéstop and you'll be surprised at how many friends you make.
- Use good Poké-targeting skills. The last thing you want to do when you're far away from home is waste valuable Pokéballs. Always wait until the green, yellow or red target circle is at its smallest size before you throw.
- Did you miss? Grab that Pokéball! If you get it before it disappears it will be returned to your inventory.
- Don't forget to go on a ride every once in a while.
Exercise Safe Training Practices
- Don't go into unauthorized areas. Under no circumstances should you go into any areas that aren't clearly open to the public. Don't go backstage, don't crawl past any barriers. It's a matter of safety*.
- Don't try to collect Pokémon on rides. Besides the fact that it is really dangerous, you could lose your phone and that will be the end of your training for the day. Plus, if a Team Member sees you doing it (and they will!) you will be asked to leave the park.
- Be aware of your surroundings! Always keep one eye on the path ahead of you.
Pokémon Gyms at Six Flags Great America
- Six Flags Concert Center
Pokéstop at Six Flags Great America
- Fairground Junction
- Camp Cartoon
- High Striker
- County Fair
- Gotham Arcade
- Yankee Clipper Water Ride
- Kick it Up
- El Chubasco
- Raging Bull
- River Rocker
- Ghost Train Crossing
- Fog Horn Leg Horn
- Buccaneer Battle
- Pirates Alley
- The Dark Knight
- King Chaos
- Gotham City Park Fountain
- Ace Roller Coaster Landmark
- Grand Music Hall
- Six Flags Park Welcome Display
- Riptide Bay
- Pink Flamingo Café
- Mardi Gras Park Entrance
- American Eagle
- X Flight
*Six Flags did not choose or otherwise select the placement of any Pokéstops or Gyms within our park. While we are very glad to have you play during your visit it is important that you stay safe at all times. Pokéstops and Gyms located in inaccessible, off limits or unsafe locations are not included on the list shown above and we've requested to have them removed from the game for your safety. Do not attempt to access Pokéstops or Gyms in non-guest areas or you will be asked to leave the park. Pokémon and Pokémon character names are trademarks of Nintendo.