This ‘Pokémon Go’ Player Became The First Person In The U.S. To Catch Them All

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07.22.16 5 Comments
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Pokémon Go launched in the United States, among other countries, on July 6. Since then, the app has taken over the world — it’s the most popular (and dangerous) mobile game in history, and every time you run into another goddamn Rattata, Nintendo has made another billion. But it took until this week for a user in the United States to catch them all. That would be Brooklyn-based Nick Johnson, who captured 142 Pokémon (there are 151 total, but three — Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, and Mr. Mime — are only available abroad, and the remaining six — Articuno, Ditto, Mew, Mewtwo, Moltres, and Zapdos — haven’t been spotted anywhere) by walking eight miles a day.

Johnson began his collection with Squirtle, and ended with Omastar, “which he evolved himself,” according to Business Insider. The hardest Pokémon to find? Porygon. Johnson had to travel across the river to New Jersey (shudder) to find the digital beast. “I may or may not have seen it on the radar and then ordered an Uber to drive me around until I found it,” he joked/not joked.

By the end of his journey, Johnson, who somehow still worked 50 hours a week, had captured 4,629 Pokémon (including 609 Pidgeys), hatched 303 eggs, walked 95 miles, and lost 10 pounds. Does he have any advice for other trainers? “Buy some good walking shoes.” Also, watch out for minefields.

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(via Business Insider and BuzzFeed)

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