If you've heard a lot about Pokémon Go, but have no idea what it's all about, then it's time to get out from under the rock! Pokémon Go is a mobile app that has been taking the world by storm ever since its release - many Pokémon trainers have been travelling across the land, searching far and wide, to be the very best. So get your Pokéballs ready, 'cause Nedra Lim of Skyscanner has gathered all the resources you need to help you catch 'em all!
What is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game on mobile that alternates you between the real world and virtual world of Pokémon, which has taken the world by storm upon its release. It can't be played by sitting at your computer or lounging on your couch, as it requires you to travel across streets to hunt for hidden Pokémon. The main aim of this game is to collect all 151 Pokémon -some of the legendary ones are still not available- while battling it out with other players.
What you need to know before playing Pokémon Go:
There are many types of Pokémon: Ground type, Psychic type, Electric type and Flying type, for example. A Pokémon can be classified under either one or two types, for instance, the iconic Pikachu is an Electric type Pokémon, while Bulbasaur is both a Grass type and a Poison type. So one thing you've got to know is that different types of Pokémon can be found at different places based on what Pokémon type they are.
PokéStops: They are fixed locations in the real world that players must physically locate to collect items (Pokéballs or Pokémon eggs). PokéStops are generally in public locations, including famous landmarks, public artwork/murals, places of worship, libraries, police stations, fire stations, and public parks. Gyms: Just like real-life gymnasiums where we work out and build physical strength, Pokémon Gyms are places for players to sharpen battling skills and gain experience via Pokemon battles against each other.
Top 5 destinations for Pokémon trainers:
Australia: where Pokémon Go was first released. In the land down under, hunting for Pokémon is at a whole new level - canoeing around Sydney's sparkling harbours to catch Water Pokémon such as Magikarp!
New Zealand: If you're a crazy fan of Pokémon Go, you'll love New Zealand for sure! The Kiwis have created a Snapchat account (@PokémonGoNZ), just so that people can share and see snaps of people playing Pokémon Go. You might even get a clue or two to find a unique Pokémon.
United States: In cities like Seattle and New York, socialise with other players during Pokémon Go meet-ups, such as Pokémon pub crawls.
Netherlands: You've got to head to the newly nicknamed park: Pikachu Park (also known as Zuiderpark in The Hague). It's also the sweetest spot for live music in the summer.
Canada: Being the game's test country, players can travel around to Kensington Market, Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto Island to have a taste of the game. How do I know which Pokémon spawns where?
Different types of Pokémon can be found in different parts of the world, and it ultimately depends on your location and climate among other factors. So you definitely can't stay in one country to catch all your Pokémon.
Tip: you might want to plan your vacations to these cities this year in your quest to catch 'em all!
Where can you find Water Type Pokémon?
Water Pokémon are relatively easy to catch as long as there's a large body of water (including parks and wetlands), where you can find Pokémon such as Squirtle, Psyduck, Golduck, Tentacool, Slowpoke, Slowbro and Magikarp, to name a few. A good starting point to catch Water Pokémon is Tokyo, Japan or Sydney.
Where can you find Ground Type Pokémon?
Usually located at hot, dry desert areas near farm lands, hiking trails or large fields, you can find Pokémon such as Diglett, Rhydon and Geodude. Why not take a trip to somewhere like Australia, where sandy landscapes are the perfect habitat for them!
Where can you find Fire Type Pokémon?
Roaming around dry and arid climates, you can find Fire Pokémon like Charmander and Charizard lurking around residential areas and cities. A great place to start hunting for them would be New York City.
Where can you find Fighting Type Pokémon?
Where else can you find Fighting Pokémon other than at the gym, sports centres, stadiums and recreation areas? Start your Fighting Pokémon hunt for Mankey or Machoke in Finland!
Where can you find Normal Type Pokémon?
Finding Normal Pokémon can be relatively easy; they are usually found around developed cities, residential areas and college campuses. On top of learning how to cast spells in the Harry Potter Studios, you can catch Lickitung, Jigglypuff and Snorlax in London.
Where can you find Psychic Type Pokémon?
Psychic Pokémon, much like Water Pokémon, can be found near beaches. Instead of roaming around the neighbourhood pond, grab your Pokéballs (and bikinis or swimming trunks!) and head to Croatia or Hawaii. Abra, Slowbrow and Mr. Mime will definitely be waiting for you. If that doesn't work, head to Berlin because we've been told that many Pokémon trainers have found treasures there.
Where can you find Electric Type Pokémon?
Ah, the iconic Pikachu - the Pokémon that Ash protects with his life against Team Rocket. If you're looking for Pikachu, and other Electric Pokémon such as Magnemite and Jolteon, your best bet would be at developed, industrial areas. San Diego, London and Berlin are good cities for this.
Where can you find Pokémon in Singapore?
If you're not ready to travel across the land to catch 'em all, we've heard that they can be found at iconic landmarks such as The Merlion Park, National Museum of Singapore, Haw Par Villa and the Singapore Zoo.