Recent years have seen huge strides in computer technology, and it’s only natural that some of these advancements would relate to pokémon training. Perhaps the most obvious example is the Pokégear. This electronic device has been around since the advent of cellular phones, but much like cell phones, its capabilities have grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades. The modern Pokégear is a sleek-looking touch-screen device available in handheld or wristwatch form. While its primary functions are gauging pokémon power, logging training data, and serving as a Pokédex, it has countless other uses. It can be used to access the internet, navigate by GPS, hold voice and video calls, and much more.
Along with the Pokégear’s default programs, trainers can also download various add-ons. There are apps for training tips, trading posts, breeding prospects, rare pokémon sightings… And, of course, battling. The most popular battle-related app is “VS Seeker,” which matches trainers with opponents in their area. Trainers can narrow their options based on skill level or allow the app to select an opponent at random. Once a match is made, the two parties meet up at a predetermined public area and battle.