First Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Southeast Asia pulls in a whopping 95k people to Sentosa

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It’s been a good couple of years since Pokémon GO was released into the wild, but the augmented reality mobile game remains very much all the rage around here. So much so that a special Pokémon GO Safari Zone event held last month on the resort island of Sentosa pulled in over 95,000 enthusiastic attendees from around the world wanting to catch some rare pocket monsters. 

According to the numbers released yesterday by the official Pokémon GO team, the five-day event had been a resounding success. Held from April 18 till April 22, the first ever Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Southeast Asia had trainers encountering rarities such as Tropius (that Grass/Flying-type Pokémon introduced during the Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald era) and shiny versions of Shuckle (apparently notorious for having weak attack levels). 

The event saw players accumulating a total walking distance of 441,000km (!) as well as catching 14.1 million Pokémon… which is a pretty insane number that makes us really glad the event wasn’t held somewhere in mainland Singapore — we still have PTSD from when hordes of Pokémon GO players crowded the streets and neighbourhoods during the game’s peak craze.