A Pokemon Go trainer has been taking turns with a stranger holding a gym, but his job change has him seeking the perfect way to bid his friendly rival adieu.
Gyms are a key part of Pokemon Go as they are the only way trainers can earn Pokecoins for free. However, players are only allowed to earn 50 coins a day which also makes it important to get knocked out of a gym.
Some players are kind enough to allow players to stay in a local gym until they’ve earned all 50 coins. There have been several instances on Reddit where a player claims they won’t take over a gym if they know the trainer hasn’t earned their coins.
For Reddit user BubblezTron, he and a fellow player have been sharing a gym, knocking each other out on a rotating schedule. The problem is, Bubblez is moving to another country and he doesn’t know how to say goodbye to his anonymous Pokemon pal.
Pokemon Go player seeks help
BubblezTron posted to the r/pokemongo subreddit writing, “My office is located on a gym. For the last year, precisely at 9:30 PM every night, another player has knocked out my Slaking and replaced it with their own Slaking. I then return the favor the next morning…and therefore we’ve been receiving 50 coins almost every day.”
He then broke the news that he had just accepted a new job that will take him to a different country, nowhere near his old office or gym. So, he turned to the internet, requesting suggestions for how he can say goodbye to a complete stranger.
Some suggested saving their username, replacing the normal Slaking with a Ghost-type, or changing their own username to their friend code. One response proposed a more dramatic departure, beating the strangers Slaking and leaving the gym empty.
This bittersweet story also highlighted one of Pokemon Go’s – and Nintendo’s – greatest flaws. The lack of a traditional username system makes it so that, while Bubblez knows the stranger’s username, they can’t add them as a friend.
We will be looking out for the conclusion to this Pokemon Go story. Hopefully, this “goodbye” can turn into a “see you around.”