On Thursday, Brooklyn's Nick Johnson became the first Pokémon Go player to catch all 142 Pokémon the game currently offers. WOOHOO! Congratulations, Nick. And he was nice enough to share some of his tips for success, so you can catch them all, too. But be prepared to work hard.
1. Get a pair of good walking shoes.
Johnson walked about eight miles every day after work, and told Business Insider that the game recognizes a jogging pace better than a regular walking one, so get ready to hustle.
2. Straight lines hatch eggs.
When you're trying to hatch eggs, walk in a straight line—the game calculates your distance based on a straight-line measurement from where you started to where you currently are, so it's best to be as far away from where you started as possible. Circles won't help you here.
3. If you're spending money, egg incubators are the smartest choice.
When it comes to making actual purchases in the game, Johnson recommends spending your money on egg incubators, which will end up costing you about 33 cents per hatched egg.
4. A second phone helps.
No, you don't have to go out and buy one—Johnson said he used his girlfriend's phone when she was asleep to be on the lookout for Pokémon while he was in one of the game's gym battles.
5. Most importantly, work with other people.
Yes, it's technically a one player game, but your fellow humans are an invaluable resource. As Johnson said, "There aren't many social features built in, but its a very social game. If you don't know where to find a specific Pokémon, ask your fellow trainers! They're usually happy to help out."
Here's a great example: Johnson claims he was unable to find Dratini (a dragon-type creature) for days, until a fellow player he met on the street tipped him off to a secret Dratini nest in Jersey City (Johnson was nice enough to share that the secret Jersey City nest is apparently near the Newport stop on the PATH train, for any tri-state area players looking).
Johnson also said the Facebook and Reddit "PokemonGoNYC" communities are great places for sharing and getting tips from other players.
6. Special tip for the truly obsessed.
Before making Pokémon Go, gaming company Niantic made a similar map-based game called Ingress. That game uses white dots to indicate "exotic matter" (XM for short). As it happens, areas in Ingress with high concentrations of XM clouds tend to be the same areas with rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Johnson said switching to Ingress and then back to Pokémon Go was useful: "I found more than a few rare ones by spotting them on radar, then ignoring the radar and using the Ingress in-game map to navigate to those hotspots. May not work 100 percent but definitely helped me."
All right, that's all (or you can check out the rest of his tips, here)! So put on your comfortable shoes, quit your job, leave your family, and get out there and CATCH THEM ALL! Good luck, we're all counting on you.