As you’ve probably heard by now, Pokemon Go has basically exploded.
Almost everyone is now chasing around virtual pocket monsters with their phones as they wander through streets, swamps and sometimes, private property. If you happen to live in Toronto, Ont., you’ve likely noticed that many players seem to congregate at the base of the CN Tower. That’s because a Pokemon gym is located there (a place where players can let their Pokemon wage battle against other Pokemon).
Now, because all Pokemon Go players are divided into three colour-coded teams when they sign up (Red for team Valor, Yellow for team Instinct and blue for team Mystic), Pokemon Gyms actually change colour to correspond with the group that’s currently controlling it. And since the CN Tower features an array of super cool, coloured lighting every night, players have begun to assume that the iconic landmark actually changes its colour based on which team controls the Pokemon gym at its base.
We hate to burst anyone’s pokeball here, but the CN Tower’s colours have nothing to do with the popular game. Anyone in Toronto knows that the CN Tower’s lights have been putting on shows for years–long before the game ever existed. And while we haven’t heard back from the tower’s staff, the landmark has an entire page on its website devoted to its “lighting schedule,” and it makes no mention of Pokemon Go.
So while you may have been stoked about that time you thought you changed the colour of the CN Tower, it wasn’t actually real.
Kind of like the Pokemon standing right in front of you.