Pokémon Go has been taking over New York City and is now one of the Big Apple’s leading attractions.
Because you really can catch all the available United States pokémon in just one city. The first person to catch ‘em all, a Brooklyn resident, got the majority of his pokémon right here. But unless you’re Ash Ketchum himself, the question remains, how do you actually catch ‘em all? If you’re serious about becoming a Pokémaster, here’s 9 hot tips that’ll help you get there. After all, there’s no better place than New York to fill out your Pokédex.
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1. Walk. A lot.
Brooklyn resident Nick Johnson, the first person to actually catch ‘em all, walked an average of eight miles a day during his quest. You can also pair the game with apps such as RunGo which verbalize directions for the best pokémon routes in the city as you walk and run catching pokémon.
2. In order to hatch your pokémon, walk in a straight line.
The game calculates how much distance you’ve covered in order to hatch eggs, not necessarily how far you’ve walked. If you’ve been walking in a circle, the app doesn’t think you’ve gone very far, so plan your route so you cover the most ground.
This method is effective for another reason two. The game considers each neighborhood in the city to be a separate location, meaning you’ll be able to find virtually every pokémon type easily. Are you starting at Times Square? Head over to Bryant Park for psychic types, then walk north into the Diamond District for fire type pokémon. Or head south into Korea Town (aka K-Town) for the elusive fighting type pokémon.
Below is a list of which eggs hatch which pokémon. Note, you can hatch the region specific pokémon, so this is a great way to get Mr. Mime which is only available in Europe, Farfetch’d only available in Asia, and Kangaskhan which can only be wild caught in Australia.
3. Go to known hot spots like Battery Park and Grand Army Plaza in Central Park.
Not only will you find a ton of Pokémon there, but some of the rarest ones too. Even Justin Bieber was spotted there catching Pokémon recently. Battery Park is great for catching Dratini, Magikarp and the elusive Gyarados, while in Central Park you can find Pikachu and all the starters. Here’s a helpful hint: super rare pokémon like Snorlax and Dragonite appear later at night.
4. Try to be there on the hour and the half hour–that’s when the rare pokémon usually appear.
If it doesn’t work then restart the app to refresh the radar.
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5. Buy some egg incubators to hatch your Pokémon.
It should come out to under 50 cents per pokémon, so it’s a great bang for your buck, especially when you take into account the amount of extra experience and candy you get from hatching eggs.
6. Evolve common Pokémon.
If you’re trying to level up quickly, focus on common Pokémon like Ratata or Pidgey because you can evolve them with only about 20 candy, as opposed to the 50 you need to evolve more powerful ones. Be sure to only evolve them when you have your Lucky Egg activated, which doubles your exp points for 30 minutes. You can also try to time your incubated eggs to hatch during this time for an even bigger exp boost in Pokémon Go.
7. Reach out to other players!
While you’ll have to do this out of app–IRL or on message boards–it’s definitely worth it. You’ll be surprised at how helpful your fellow trainers are. In fact, this is how some of the game’s currently discovered easter eggs were found.
For those not in the know, you can get Pikachu as your starter game, Chansey can only be caught at hospitals, and by renaming your Eevee, you can choose its evolution. That’s right, the question “How do I get Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon?” has been answered. Nickname your Eevee Rainer, Sparky, or Pyro to get Vaporeon, Jolteon, or Flareon respectively.
8. Use a second phone as a radar while you’re in a gym battle.
That way if a pokémon appears, you won’t miss it. Time to put those old phones to use right? Otherwise, you can purchase the Pokémon Go Play when it comes out. The release date for the bluetooth device has been pushed back, but when it’s out it’ll notify you when pokémon are near even without the app open.
9. Ask an Uber to drive you around. Seriously.
Once you see a rare Pokémon on your radar, but don’t know where it is exactly, the easiest way to find it is to call a car. It will cost you, sure, but it’s faster than running and safer than driving. Nick Johnson, the Pokémon Master himself has confessed to using this method, especially when sighting a legendary pokémon on his radar.
It’s with good reason that Pokémon tourism has become a real thing in NYC, but if you’re a local New Yorker, then you’ll have an advantage. Just be sure to have fun with it. There are already several meetup events available for those who play, and even bars are catching onto the craze by keeping lure modules on nearby Pokéstops while you grab a drink, recharge your phone and cool off.
So if your friends want to party at a cool club in the Meatpacking District, go for it! After all, you’ll catch plenty of electric types while you’re at it.
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