Pub renamed Pokémon Arms as gamers swoop
A PUB was renamed The Pokémon Arms after being flooded with players of the Nintendo mobile phone game which has taken the world by storm.
The Panton Arms in Pentraeth, Anglesey, is opposite a “Pokéstop” where players can collect “pokéballs” on their smartphone – but the area is a mobile notspot and the pub’s wifi is crucial for players who struggle to get a 3G signal.
Landlord Ed Griffiths, after being egged on by a tech-savvy friend and Pokémon Go addict, decided to rename the boozer in honour of the new customers – for a few days only. Ed said: “There’s a Pokéstop over the road and one of my mates is massively into Pokémon.
“We joked we could change the name of the pub into the Pokémon Arms so we had the sign printed. It’s been a laugh, it’s got a bit of interest.”
The game sees Pokémon characters appearing on streets and at landmarks. The app allows players to go about their everyday life, and their smartphone will vibrate to let them know when a Pokémon is nearby.
Players can then touch the phone’s screen to throw a Pokéball to capture the wild Pokémon. However the app requires a strong mobile internet signal, something which can be rare on Anglesey.
Other Pokémon hotspots in North Wales include Portmeirion and Caernarfon, which is said to be a goldmine for the rare Pikachu.
In fact, the town’s Church Street has become so busy residents have got “sick and tired” of gamers trying out the craze, claiming they leave litter and block the road with parked cars.
One resident said up to 50 people can be seen tapping away at their phones throughout the day since the street became a hotspot for the game.
Fans of the game were spotted playing it “in the middle of the A55” at Holyhead, leading police to warn that the busy dual carriageway is not a playground.
The Panton Arms and its new name (far right)