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Here's Where to Find the Rarest Pokémon in NYC

Published On 07/13/2016 Published On 07/13/2016
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Now that Pokémon Go's swept the nation into a frenzied dash to Catch 'em All™,  it's less a question of "Are you playing Pokémon?" and more, "Holy crap, where did you find a Scyther?" If that weren't enough, the recent confirmation that legendary Pokémon like Zapdos and Articuno are hidden somewhere in the game has given people even more reason to walk blindly into traffic/graveyards.

Unfortunately, there's really no easy way of figuring out where the rarer Pokémon will spawn in the game, short of compiling a list with every known sighting thus far -- which is exactly what one NYC Facebook group has done.

By crowdsourcing information on rare Pokémon sightings from its members, Pokemon Go NYC has compiled a database of firsthand accounts including location, borough, and time of day. Of course, since they're crowdsourced, these sightings range from the helpfully specific (90th & 5th) to the woefully broad (Upper East Side).

Still, it's something, and if you're dead-set on finding Mewtwo in the wild, this might just be your best chance to do so. We've highlighted a handful of the more notable Pokémon below, and included Google Maps links for each individual location.

Aerodactyl

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, near Pineapple St (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: The park on Park Ave, between 96th St and 97th St (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: 137th St, between Broadway & Riverside Dr (Manhattan)
Time of day: Dusk

Location: 64th St and West End Ave (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Livingston St and Bond St (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Morning
 

Arbok

Location: 90th St and 5th Ave (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning
 

Blastoise

Location: City Hall, close to the fountain (Manhattan)
Time of day: Night

Location: Madison Square Garden, inside the stadium (Manhattan)
Time of day: Dusk

Location: Doughboy Plaza, near the running track by 52nd St (Queens)
Time of day: Afternoon
 

Charizard

Location: Queens College (Queens)
Time of day: Morning
 

Dragonite

Location: Upper East Side (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning

Location: Gantry Plaza State Park (Queens)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: 41st St and 5th Ave corner of Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Afternoon
 

Electabuzz

Location: Columbus Park in Chinatown, near the soccer field (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Chinatown (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Columbus Park in Chinatown, near basketball courts (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon AND night

Location: Columbus Circle Park (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning

Location: Southeast corner of 55th St and 6th Ave (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon
 

Gengar

Location: Maria Hernandez Park (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night

Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the Unisphere (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night

Location: Herald Square  (Manhattan)
Time of day: Dusk
 

Gyarados

Location: The eastern side of Conservatory Water in Central Park (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Rockefeller Center (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning

Location: Gantry Plaza State Park, near 50th Ave (Queens)
Time of day: Dusk
 

Hitmonchan

Location: The York Street F train stop (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Morning

Location: The South side of Isham Park (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning
 

Hitmonlee

Location: 16th Ave 76th St (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Ocean Pkwy and Shore Pkwy (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night
 

Mewtwo

Location: Junction Blvd and Roosevelt Ave (Queens)
Time of day: Afternoon
 

Pidgeot

Location: South side of Washington Square Park (Manhattan)
Time of day: Night

Location: 145 St and Riverside Dr, southeast corner (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon
 

Pikachu

Location: Sunset Park (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, near Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night

Location: Central Park (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location44th St and 8th Ave, across from Shake Shack (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning

Location: Fort Tryon Park entrance (Manhattan)
Time of day: Dusk

Location: Southeast corner of 55th St and 6th Ave (Manhattan)
Time of day: Afternoon

Location: Father Capodanno Blvd and Ocean Ave (Staten Island)
Time of day: Night
 

Porygon

Location: Grand St and Roebling St (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night

Location: E 37th St and Church Ave (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night

Location: 94th St and 4th Avenue (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Night

Location: 150th St and Grand Concourse (Bronx)
Time of day: Night

Location: Rivington St and Norfolk St (Manhattan)
Time of day: Morning
 

Snorlax

Location: Between Ave T and Ave U in Marine Park (Brooklyn)
Time of day: Dusk


 

Check out the full list of Pokémon locations, and fill out the Pokémon locations Google Form if you've spotted any of the above rare breeds -- or anything that's not a Zubat, really. Try a few Pokémon Go hacks while you're at it, or give this new Pokémon Go real-time map a try.

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Gianni Jaccoma is an editor at Thrillist. He once saw an Aerodactyl in Astoria, but his app froze because God is dead. Follow his wild hunt on Twitter @gjaccoma.

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