America's 1st Pokémon Go Master Finishes Worldwide Pokédex
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Brooklyn's own Nick Johnson (seen far right in photo) finally caught 'em all in the Pokémon Go mobile game after traveling overseas. Johnson was the first to catch the 142 available in the United States in late July, mere weeks after the game launched.
The game currently offers 145 first-generation Pokémon, three of which are region-specific. Marriott Rewards and Expedia reached out to Johnson and offered to fund his airfare and accommodations and so, the Pokémon Master made his way to Paris, Hong Kong, and Sydney.
Paris is the home to Mr. Mime but Johnson found him harder to catch than expected when game developers Niantic made changes to where Pokémon appear in the game. Undaunted, Johnson still managed to locate Mr. Mile before heading to Hong Kong to capture Farfetch'd and Australia to get Kangaskhan. Along the way, Johnson attracted media attention and fans following his quest.
The final stop is Tokyo for a media tour and a prospective visit to Nintendo headquarters.
Johnson's claim to fame is under question, however. British tabloid The Sun claims Londoner Ahmed Ali is the first person in the world to catch every Pokémon. Ali has also caught all 145 Pokémon, allegedly two weeks after the game was released. He traveled to the U.S. to get Tauros but was lucky enough to get the other region-specific monsters via eggs. Ali is waiting for confirmation from Niantic to see if he's the first to complete the game's Pokédex.
Source: Matt Weinberger at Business Insider, Ellie Cambridge at The Sun