Lonely Planet Writer

Pokemon Go 'master' sent on round the world trip to 'catch 'em all'

Nick Johnson made headlines when he claimed to be the first person to catch all the Pokemon available in the US on the wildly popular Pokemon Go app – and now he has crossed the globe in order to get the rest.

Pokémon Go master Nick Johnson has official caught 'em all.
Pokémon Go master Nick Johnson has official caught ’em all. Image by Expedia

Johnson was sponsored by Expedia after he captured all the region-specific Pokemon in America, and was sent on a trip to catch other Pokemon that are only available outside the country.

Pokemon Go is an app that allows players to hunt and collect Pokemon using a real world map and augmented reality to let players see Pokemon on their smartphone screens.

Johnson caught all 142 characters available in the US in the first two weeks of the game’s release, according to Expedia. He has since gone to Paris to catch Mr. Mime, Hong Kong to get Farfetch’d and Sydney to catch Kangaskhan.

Pokémon Go master Nick Johnson has official caught 'em all.
Pokémon Go master Nick Johnson has official caught ’em all. Image by Expedia

Of the 151 Pokemon, he has caught 145 – and the remaining six have not yet been released. In total, he has caught 5000 Pokemon.

“The game is encouraging people to become tourists in their own cities by getting players outside and exploring local landmarks they mightn’t have seen before. Pokémon Go is now another way to travel, meet new people and explore the world,” said Georg Ruebensal, managing director of Expedia Brand for Australia and New Zealand.

In the course of his trip, Johnson was able to catch Pokemon in Central Park, New York – at the same time as Justin Bieber – play in front of the Sydney Opera House and the Eiffel Tower, and even lost between 8 and 10 pounds in weight from all the walking he did in pursuit of the little monsters.