Millennial singles, rejoice! The insanely popular Pokémon GO app—an augmented-reality game where players roam the outdoors to collect and train Pokémon—has partnered with website Project Fixup to start a companion dating microsite, PokéDates. And we’re in love.
Forget Netflix and chill: PokéDates is designed to get solo folk off the couch with the lure of fitness-tracking and meeting cute new peeps IRL to catch Pokémon together—and potentially feels. It’s easy to sign up, too: all you have to do is create a Project Fixup account, answer a questionnaire, input when you’re free and then meet up with prospective Pokématches to catch ‘em all together at a nearby PokéStop.
Pokémon GO-addicted single writer Sarah Brown shares her predictions for the eight types of PokéMates you’ll meet on PokéDates:
Everybody loves a free spirit. Except when they’re living at home, unemployed, and rocking a two-star Uber rating. Disguised as an artiste, the freeloading Butterfree is annoyingly enchanting. This flakey player will flatter its prey with big eyes and cute vibes, all the way to you paying for drinks and dinner—every time.
It’s level-one of this romance, and you’re on a date with a slimy worm, disguised as a lovely Catarpie. You thought you’d matched with a like-minded sweetheart, but instead, you landed yourself a hunting date with a short-sighted player that loves to Shield Dust, prone to running away like a coward when things get serious. Ick.
There’re no labels when it comes to love, especially when it’s a PokéMatch. This partner has lots of cuddles and affection to give—its damp water absorption allows it to swim quickly between three or more partners at a time. Squee!
Prepare for a fiery romance with a little splash of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. While the mad swag may be attractive at first, this hothead is really looking for a one-night stand and an ego boost for extra points. Keep your Pokémon close, ladies.
This bursting-with-bravado loudmouth blows out its chest to impress friends and family with the help of a little weed, booze and whatever else it can consume to black-out levels to compensate for its lack of confidence.
You’re hooking up with the ultimate catch and they’re a lightning rod in the sheets. Now that you’ve matched with a good-hearted PokéMate, the intensity is lip-biting, so much so that you’re feeling more committed than ever to take this relationship from level 1 to 31.
You went on one date and realized the romantic chemistry wasn’t there—BUT now you’re besties with a Jigglypuff, thanks to their charm, kindness and similarly competitive spirit. Hooray for forever pals!
Nothing is taken lightly when you’re hunting with a passionate Pidgeot. They’re super-intense in a creepy-confident way—they’re Very Seriously Looking For A Partner To Spend Their Lives With. Not interested in hookups (and don’t forget to check the condom for pidgeot-made holes).
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