Pokémon Go has been out for a little more than two weeks now, so by this point if you’ve been playing you’ve probably acquired more Rattatas than you’ll ever need, surprised yourself by muttering, “You’ve fucked with me for the last time, Caterpie,” in front of other people, and went for a walk around your neighborhood–something you wouldn’t have done pre-Pokémon Go unless you were being chased by a serial killer (or a wasp) or you were elected Sustenance Stockpiler in a newfound dystopian, post-apocalyptic society. Aside from the frequent technical glitches that only seem to happen after you’ve wasted 17 Pokéballs wooing a CP 767 Tauros that won’t be saved to your Pokédex when you relaunch the game, the biggest struggle of Pokémon Go is finding a good variety of Pokémon to catch. Where are the rare Pokémon?
I split my time between working in the city and living in the suburbs, so I foolishly assumed my potential for becoming a Pokéballer of the highest order was all but guaranteed. I would indeed be the very best, like no one ever was, because I had the best of both worlds at my fingertips. At least, that’s what I thought before Pokémon Go so uncharitably informed me through its pitiful Pokémon offerings that I actually reside in Weedlesville, IL and my downtown office building is a breeding ground for Drowzees–the irony of which is not lost on me.
At first I thought the often unimpressive Pokémon selection was a flaw in the game, but perhaps all of us Pokémon Go players just need to get more creative. We need to channel our inner Pokémon. We need to ask ourselves, “If I were Magnemite, where would I hang out?” To help guide your thinking, here are a few places where you might be able to find uncommon Pokémon while playing Pokémon Go.