‘Gotta Catch ’em All’: 1st U.S. Pokemon Master


It’s been four weeks now that the “Pokemon Go” craze began and it’s still going strong. Now the first “winner” of the game has come forward.

Brooklyn native Nick Johnson is the first person in North America to capture all 142 available Pokemon.  He has been a fan of Pokemon since he was 8-years-old, but never had any intention of “winning” the game when he started to play on July 6th.

Nick Johnson, a Pokemon Master, lives Brooklyn Heights, New York.  He says he works 50 hours a week at his tech job. Every day after work he and his girlfriend would walk 6-8 hours trying to ‘catch ’em all’. Johnson says in the process he lost about eight pounds.  

After two weeks of walking through all 5 New York boroughs and even a stop in Jersey City, he ended up at Grand Army Plaza at the entrance to Central Park where he captured his last  Pokemon, an Omaster.

Johnson is now on his way to Asia, Europe, and Australia to try to capture all the continent exclusive Pokemon.

The exclusive Pokemon are Kangaskhan an Australian kangaroo, Farfetch’d an Asian duck, and Mr. Mime representing pantomime arts that originated in Europe.

There are 151 original Pokemon, but the three “Legendary” Pokémon,Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, along with Ditto, Mew, and Mewtwo, are not yet available in the game. 

Johnson’s advice to those trying to finish the game is to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

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