Hey, Pokémon fans, you’ve got a new place to try to track down Squirtles, Spearows or Slowpokes.
Starbucks this week announced that it’s turning 7,800 stores into PokéStops and Gyms— hangouts where players can refuel on accoutrements used in the game or discover new Pokémon.
Even better, players can recharge themselves with a newly-launched Frappuccino blended beverage, one that sounds just delightful.
“The Pokémon GO Frappuccino starts with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino blended beverage and raspberry syrup blended with freeze-dried whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream,” the company notes. “It’s the perfect treat for any Pokémon Trainer on the go.”
The beverage does draw some inspiration from the game, since Pokémon trainers typically use Razz Berries to entice the cute little creatures. But it does not come cheap.
No word yet on how the concoction tastes, but we’re going to give it a try the next time we pass a Starbucks here in Seattle. The cost of the Pokémon Frapp varies by market, but a 12-ounce will range from $4.80 to $4.95, the company says.
The buzz around Pokémon Go certainly has fizzled a bit in recent months, but the game is still in the top 30 mobile games in the Apple App Store.
For those who have missed out on the craze, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, created by Niantic, that allows players to walk to various physical locations in hopes of finding the elusive animated creatures.
Niantic is allying with other retailers, and earlier this week the game maker earlier inked a deal with wireless carrier Sprint for a “special Pokémon Go experience” in more than 10,500 stores.
“This collaboration with Pokémon Go brings together two innovative, groundbreaking and creative brands that will offer Trainers greater accessibility and destinations to advance their game,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in a release. “Pokémon Go is one of the most popular mobile games in history, and now players will be able to visit Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores to collect Poké Balls, Potions, Eggs and Razz Berries to make them a top Pokémon Go Trainer. We will also provide charging stations in stores so Trainers never have to worry about losing power.”