No one is sure whether or not to call b*llshit on this guy, but…
Brooklyn’s Nick Johnson has declared himself to be the first Pokémon Go player to catch all of the 142 Pokémon currently known to be at large in the United States.
On Reddit, commenters accused Johnson of cheating or otherwise faking his accomplishment, and Johnson has so far offered no unambiguous proof of his feat other than articles on Business Insider, Time and here saying he said so.
It is nonetheless a good story of obsession with something that really doesn’t matter.
Johnson says after work each evening he would start walking around in search of Pokémon. He’d wander for eight hours at a time, until he had to go home and pass out. His iPhone’s Health app shows he’s walked an average of eight miles a day in the two weeks since the game came out.
The very last Pokémon he needed for his collection was Omastar, which he evolved himself. He says he would have caught it a day earlier when two appeared in his vicinity, but then Verizon cell service cut out for 15 minutes (that part must be true), denying him his prize.
The second to last Pokémon Johnson needed, Porygon, was also the hardest, and required a trip to Jersey City, which is in another state, New Jersey. “I may or may not have seen it on the radar and then ordered an Uber to drive me around until I found it,” Johnson says.
Johnson did offer some decent tips on kicking yellow butt in the game:
— The best spots in New York City for catching Pokémon are Battery Park and Grand Army Plaza in Central Park. The latter is where Justin Bieber was spotted playing, and on any given night, there are 300 or so people gathered there for Pokémon hunting purposes, staying “well until the morning.”
— He recommends that if you’re going to spend real money for in-game items, the egg incubators are the best bang for your buck.
— Johnson notes that there are three Pokémon — Mr. Mime, Kangaskhan, and Farfetch’d — who are only available in Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and Asia respectively.