“You want to catch ’em all and become a Pokémon master,
[it’s] the childhood dream, but it never really occurred to me I might be the
first one to do it until I got pretty close.” -Nick Johnson
Even if you don’t play it, you damn well have heard of it by
now. The most popular app to hit the States, Pokémon Go has made
quite an impact on anyone who has a smartphone. The phenomenon that isPokémon
Go will not be slowing down any time soon. With word of an update
that will include battling your friends along with making trades, the app
will continue to evolve just like your Pokémon.
With more news surfacing daily, it shouldn’t be a surprise to
find that someone has already caught every Pokémon possible. A man named Nick
Johnson from Brooklyn, New York had been playing Pokémon Goover the span
of just a couple weeks and has since claimed that he has caught every pocket
monster possible (in North America, that is). Below you’ll find a partial
screenshot of his Pokédex:
How Many Pokémon Has Johnson Caught?
Out of the 147 Pokémon, Johnson claims he has found all 142
pocket monsters that are available in the United States. As of right now, there
are only four Pokémon that are region-specific. They are Mr. Mime (Europe),
Farfetch’d (Asia), Kangaskhan (Australia), and Tauros (North America). However
according to some trainers, it’s quite possible to collect these Pokémon by
hatching some eggs.
What Was Nick’s Secret To Catching These Pokémon So Quickly?
According to CNN, Johnson caught 135 Pokémon in only the
first week and half of playing. However, it only took him roughly two weeks to
catch all available Pokémon. One of his bigger secrets isn’t even a secret at
all. Johnson stated that he talked to A LOT of players who would help him find
some of the more difficult Pokémon found in only certain areas. Johnson had
this to say about everyone who assisted him with his captures:
“I probably wouldn’t be here, having caught them all, if I
hadn’t got those great tips like the Dratinis in Jersey City.”
That, my friends, is an incredible feat, even if he’s been
given some help by fellow players. Regardless, it takes a lot of time and
effort to hunt down even the rarest of Pokémon. The final capture happened the
night of July 21st where he found his last remaining Pokémon in Central Park.
Johnson mentioned how he received a lot of support from the
fans also searching for Pokémon that night:
“Everyone kind of let out a little cheer and it was kind of a
Johnson also stated how much time and effort he put into
playing the game. The man who currently works at a platform innovation company
called Applico would get off work at 6pm during the week and immediately search
for Pokémon shortly after dinner. He and his girlfriend would trek through all
of Manhattan to become the ultimate Pokémon master. Johnson said he received a
lot of support from his girlfriend because she also is a huge Pokémon fanatic:
“She was very supportive through all this.”
Johnson would spend upwards of 50 hrs per week trying to
catch em’ all. He also said that his phone would clock him around 8 miles per
day of trying to catch all of the Pokémon. He would also stay out very late,
sometimes until 5 a.m., logging somewhere between 6 to 10 hrs a night — though
all of that walking didn’t come without its share of challenges.
What Was The Craziest Thing Johnson Did To Catch A Pokémon?
When posed this question from a reporter, Johnson mentioned
how he had ordered an Uber driver to take him around town because the radar
from the game had been down. His effort allowed him to track down a Porygon:
“I had the driver drive me around for a little bit until I
found it. Luckily it didn’t take me too long, so it wasn’t too big of an Uber
Johnson continued to say how this choice motivated him to
eventually find the remaining Pokémon:
“That is above and beyond anything else I did to catch one. I
was close to the end so it was extra motivation.”
What’s Next For Johnson?
A free trip around the world to hunt Pokémon? Johnson is
living the dream.
Well, after having found all accessible Pokémon in the U.S.,
Marriott Rewards has decided to sponsor him to find the remaining Pokémon that
are only located on other continents. A Marriott spokesperson has confirmed
this to be indeed true, stating, “Marriott Rewards will be helping Nick on his
international journey to catch the last remaining Pokémon.”
I can’t say I’m not jealous that he’s receiving a paid trip
around the world just to find fictional creatures. No other information has
been disclosed to the public as of right now. It’ll be interesting to see where
Johnson will find these few remaining Pokémon. In the meantime, we should all
strive to do our very best to catch as many as we can. Johnson’s childhood
dream has certainly become a reality:
My childhood dreams of being a Pokémon master have come
How many have you caught thus far and how far are you willing
to go to catch ’em all? I’d like to hear what you have to say in the comment
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