ION Orchard is Singapore’s first official PokeStop

Pokemon Go has just barely launched in Singapore, and ION Orchard (a high-end shopping mall in Singapore) has prided itself as one of the first – if not the first – official PokeStop in the sunny island. So what is an official PokeStop? PokeStop are basically landmarks, places of interests, or in this case a shopping mall, where Lures are released to attract virtual Pokemon for walking zombies players to “catch” them.

From today until August 21, ION Orchard will be releasing hundreds of Lures as part of Pokemon Go @ ION Orchard, designed to attract a large number of Pokemon to the mall during designated hours. This will turn the mall into a Pokemon hot spot to attract a large concentration of Pokemon during designated hours – see below. Players in the vicinity will see this through an in-game alert, and can flock to the location to capture their desired Pokemon. Aspiring Pokemon Go players will have an abundance of Pokemon to catch when the Lures are released.

Pray tell we can avoid a Pokemon mall-calypse.

Additionally, as part of the Pokemon Go @ ION Orchard, the mall is also offering shopping rewards for ION members and has partnered its stores to offer even more rewards to Pokemon Go players during the Pokemon hunting season.  Pokemon Go players can also participate in a social media contest by uploading a screenshot of a Pokemon Go capture at ION Orchard to ION Orchard’s Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtag #IONgraphy.

Lucky Pokemon players hunting at ION Orchard will walk away with a $50 shopping voucher each. Photos containing key landmarks within ION Orchard and/or rare Pokemon stand a higher chance of winning.


The #IONFoodieTravels campaign, launched in March offering exclusive gastronomic deals, has been specially extended for the Pokemon hunting season. In this extension of #IONFoodieTravels, diners enjoy three new exclusive 1-for-1 offers from PUTIEN, Savour Art and TWG Tea Salon and Boutique redeemable via the ION Orchard mobile app.

What is Pokemon Go?

In case you have been living in a cave, Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, smartphone-based augmented reality game, where players are required to physically travel the real world in order to “catch” virtual Pokemon within the game. The Pokemon characters appear in locations pre-determined by the game’s developers, usually connected to city landmarks, malls and areas with high footfall. The aim of the game is to collect all the Pokemon scattered across the country, world or an island. Players can challenge other players in Pokemon battles, and ultimately become their respective country’s top PokeMaster.

Source: ION Orchard

Aaron Yip

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