Yes, you read that right. 100 kilometers of Pokémon GO. For those of you who play, you will know what that means – for those that don’t let me enlighten you. Just after the 4th of July Pokémon GO app was released in the U.S. and has pretty much taken over. I was one of the early adopters downloading it on July 8th and I have played just about every day since. I was a fan of Pokémon with my brother growing up but definitely not a die hard. Fast forward nearly 20 years and we have a different story on our hands.
One of the best things about the game is that you need to walk and that is something I do a ton of here in New York City. Now everyday when I am walking to the subway, heading to a workout class, going to the office, or off to meet my friends I have the app open with me and I just hit a milestone within the game that I had traveled 100 kilometers. Yes, that means while walking at speeds under 15km per hour (thus no riding in cabs, trains, cars, or subways) I have walked over 62 miles and sure it is not THAT far but it definitely is a signifiant benchmark.
When I reached that benchmark I toggled into my profile settings where it keeps track of not only the last 30 actions you have taken in the game but also how you are tracking against all of the other goals the app measures against. Much like the Olympics there is participant, bronze, silver, and then gold medals in a variety of categories that expand with every update. Currently I have gold medals in School Girl (548 Normal-type Poke?mon), Bird Keeper (Caught 507 Flying-type Poke?mon) and Punk Girl (caught 370 Poison-type Poke?mon) but it these three silver medals, in addition to the 100 kilometers, that I am most proud are:
Eek, yes, that means I am only one Poke?mon away from having 100 of the 150 possible little creatures and in case someone asks, I am at level 22. And if you do play the game one question most players ask others is what are your top Pokemon with anything over 1,000 CP or combat points being considered good. Well take a look at my Top 24 below.
Sure, many of them could be powered up significantly but I have 112,440 in Stardust saved up for waiting for just that right creature to bring me to the top! And I’ll end the post with some additional cool screenshots I got of Poke?mon around New York City, though none are recent because I learned very, very quickly that turning the virtual reality mode on drains your battery in a snap!
Do you play Poke?mon GO?