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EDITOR’S NOTE: With winter coming in the northern hemisphere, we’ve decided to publish Yao’s great guide on how to stay warm and keep playing in winter. We tried to decorate the guide with pictures where applicable. Enjoy the read and stay warm! ☃️

TL;DR: Wear a breathable base layer and water-resistant Thinsulate windbreaker / jacket / pants, 2 pair of thin, 2 ply socks (REI Wrightsock) w/ waterproof Salomon or Merell boot / hiker / runner, North Face Denali digitized gloves, get a backup battery and don’t get sweaty under your base layer.

Head and Core: To stay warm while playing outside in the winter, I use Under Armour cold gear leggings and tops as a base layer (can’t be beat) and as a bald guy, I wear a balaclava and a hat in the really stinging cold & wind. The face part can be pulled down and used as a gaiter if you need more air, but most heat transfer / loss is through the scalp, so for baldy the top is essential. That and any Thinsulate wind breaking jacket/pant are good enough down to around 0 degrees, even with wind.

Feet: 2 layers of REI Wrightsock. Each is very thin, but 2 ply – so you end up with 4 layers of thin enough fabric that you can get your feet into even sneakers and have a lot of warmth and cushion – my toes do not get cold. For shoes I’m partial to just about any Salomon or Merrell waterproof boot/hiker/runner, they’re warm and have good traction on ice/snow. The kind I have, has 4 tiny metal spikes that retract into the rubber sole when walking on normal surfaces, but will push out/through ice for grip.

Hands: this is the hardest part because to play, you need them out so much. North Face Denali gloves are tight enough to tie your shoelaces in, but warm enough to keep your hands outside your pockets for the first hour or so of cold before you need to start doing pocket shifts and blowing into your closed fists to keep digits warm. Works on touchscreen (look for E-Tip).

Buy ’em a size too small so they’re nice and snug, I hate when the fingertips are big and bulky so you have no accuracy, but these are just right. Use a Pokemon Go+ or Go-Tcha…keep your bag space relatively free (almost no hands out of pockets!) and/or use a stylus …hard to buy them one at a time, gift them to your friends as stocking stuffers for Christmas!)

Phone: I notice my phone battery plummeting from 100% to shutdown in less than 45 minutes once it got really cold, so I sucked it up and got a Getihu 13.6k mAh charger, with a 4.8A output (charges the phone faster than I can drain the battery even with PG running). I have yet to even challenge the depth of this backup battery.

Common mistakes

One mistake that’s easy to make is OVERdressing for the cold. You’re gonna be walking, that will warm you up a bit – take that into consideration. If you sweat under your clothes, and catch a chill, you’ll never get warm again until you get inside and get your outer clothes off so the sweat can evaporate. Your base layer has to breathe or you’re gonna FREEZE, baby.

That was probably way more than you asked for, but I moved to Chicago from L. A. so I HHHHAAATTTEEE the cold, and do all I can to avoid it but still be outside!

Amazon Note: everything here except perhaps hat is available in women’s cut’s & sizes, and “normal” men’s sizes.

Bonus, in full regalia:

  • Cooper McCollum

    From Go hub to Drac hub to Wizard hub to Winter hub

    • Hubmeleon!

    • Abhinav Kumar

      then go to a pub a chill bro

    • Piotr Krzywicki

      And hopefullys from Winter hub to Slavic hub. New PoGO-like game, Slavic Monster, is on the way, already in open pre-beta, and features turn-based fight and building your own base. Not much to do yet, beside fighting and catching monsters (if you defeat them, they will join you), but same is still in the heavy dev (big UI rework is expected to come in soon).

      • hkmaly

        Wait … is the base building already available?

        • Piotr Krzywicki

          In very limited form. After you hit 6 monster cap (max number you can have in hand at once, rest of your catches is available to swap into hand in any moment), you can set up a tower on map, visable for every player, and you can put anywhere from 1 to 6 monsters to defend it. After that, it can be raided by other players for exp (both player and monsters), and you will get some exp each time when your monsters sucessfully defend tower from enemy, but not much more beside that (for example, mechanics of taking some of enemy monsters as war spoil if PvP is on isn’t implemeted yet, or at least I think so).

          • hkmaly

            Uh … another question: how can I install it?

          • Piotr Krzywicki

            It’s currently in pre-beta, available unfortunatly only in Poland and Switzerland. If you live there, you have to wait until new spots for testers are opened – that happens from time to time (I waited 2 days after posting on official FB page and then managed to jump into open spot). But tbh, there is no much to do in game yet, it’s pre-beta after all (only like 10 monsters implemented, resistance system partially implemented – attacks use different “elements”, but monsters don’t have vurnabilities/resistances yet, and spawns, altought pretty decent compared to rural PoGo, are completly random atm). It’s developing all the time, but very slowly, there are only 4 people in dev team.

    • Finn Brown


    • Finn Brown

      what about sun and moon hub?

  • Slaine

    Good thing i just wear the same boots as i do all year around. Jumper boots ftw

  • Antonio Mercurio

    Summer here next month 🙂 im all set

  • SayTen666

    So a typical robber from Philadelphia??? Are you trying to lose players by getting us all shot

  • Dawe

    And a heated case for iPhone users

  • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

    Haha! I live in Hawaii! No snow for me! PoGo all year round. (Unless it isn’t appealing. Didn’t play from like late May till early June)

    • Edwin Fung

      Nor do Hong Kong.

    • Dimas Aditya S

      Haha… Same here in Java brother. Ma tropical brother 😀

      • Ali Habsy

        Asal mana mas? Saya dari solo

        • Dimas Aditya S

          Saya jogja mas, salam kenal

      • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO


    • Nuno Gomes

      Same here in the Azores, Portugal. Middle of the Atlantic its either nice weather or rain..

  • Le Gardien de nuit.
  • Le Gardien de nuit.

    Four catalytique qui chauffe votre manteau à 65 deg. celcius pour 12 heures pour 12 ml d’essence à briquet…
    Brûle l’essence sans flamme… Réutilisable tout les hivers pour chasser les pokémons au chaud!

  • Nguyen Ngoc Tu

    Sorry, but what is this post for ???

  • Matt Azmy

    For the past few months, NZ Raiders have been battling the cold during winter. We are now carefully choose and plan certain raids. Please make sure you have numbers for each raid and do come on time. Most of us raids in the cars especially in South Island. As summer approaching, we are looking forward for more raids in the sun.

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  • Tobias Brüning

    it is 2.4A Output for each 2 USB ports,not 4.8A

  • greengaloup
  • Fak off

    -7c Help