This Man Traveled Around the World to Become a Pokémon Go Champion

He caught them all

Finally we have a Pokémon Go champion. The 28-year-old Nick Johnson from New York has traveled around the world to catch all the little monsters.

Lately, Nick was in Sydney, Australia, where he captured Kangaskhan, a character which is now available only in Australia and New Zealand. By catching it, Nick completed the collection of 145 Pokémon, which are available in the viral game.

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According to Nick, he found the rare character near Hyde Park in Sydney. While talking to a news publication, he said: “I’d had it on good authority from a number of local players that it spawns down by there with some frequency.”

Nick Johnson, a Pokémon champion. Image: Nick Johnson

Nick spent 4 to 5 hours in the specific area to catch the monster. He said:

“I grabbed an Uber to jet over there, but when I got close, there was construction blocking the road. So I got out and sprinted about 5 blocks to the location I’d been given. Luckily it was still there, and I caught it.”

Nick’s famous journey kicked off from the US, where he collected all the 142 Pokémon that were available in the country.

Nick Johnson caught the rare Pokémon, Kangaskhan in Australia. Image: Nick Johnson

The post about Nick on Reddit got media attention. He got Marriott Rewards and after Expedia took notice, they sponsored his trip to Paris, Hong Kong, Sydney and Tokyo so Nick could catch all those Pokémon that are not available in the US. He caught Mr. Mime in Paris, the monster only available in Europe.

Nick tweeted after his achievement:

Nick said there are five more Pokémon left from the original 151 but they are yet to be released in the game. He said: “Those five are Ditto, the three legendary birds, Mewtwo, and Mew. Their release will likely be tied to future special events, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Niantic comes up with.”