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Some Lunatic Already Caught Every Pokémon in 'Pokémon Go'

Published On 07/21/2016 Published On 07/21/2016
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Although you've probably played Pokémon Go way more than you'd like to admit over the last two weeks, there's a good chance all those hours of tossing Poké Balls haven't put you anywhere close to, well, catching 'em all. But now, one man claims he's actually the first player to catch all 142 Pokémon currently available in the US.

Nick Johnson, of Brooklyn, NY, first announced the insane feat in a Reddit post on Wednesday, much to the amazement -- and at times, skepticism -- of hundreds of commenters, according to a report by Business Insider. But in an interview with the publication, Johnson, who works as head of platform at a startup Applico, detailed the tremendous amount of work he put into the journey to achieve his childhood dream of becoming Pokémon Master. For one, it involved long walks around Manhattan and Brooklyn after work, often in excess of eight hours, and often until he had to return home to pass out. Damn.

He even took an Uber in Jersey City to catch the second-to-last Pokémon he needed, Porygon, after seeing it on the game's built-in Pokémon radar tool while there catching a Dratini, according to the report. Despite collecting all 142 of the Pokémon known to be currently lurking in the wild, he has yet to encounter the remaining nine -- three of which are believed to be locked to certain regions. The other six remain a mystery. In other words, he does not have a Mew or Mewtwo. Yet. 

However, Johnson shared screenshots of his Pokémom, his Pokédex, and his Level 31 trainer (he's Team Valor, by the way!), and they'll probably cripple you with Pokémon envy. Check 'em out at your own risk:

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and, so far, has only caught 68 unique Pokémon. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.

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