• Pokémon GO is one of the most downloaded apps of all time.
  • The app allows players to collect virtual Pokémon by finding them in GPS locations in real-world environments.
  • Trulia created an interactive hotspot map for players across the country to find Pokémon.

There are two types of people in this world: those who have tried Pokémon GO, and liars.

The app, which allows players to collect virtual Pokémon by finding them in GPS locations in real-world environments, has made people of all ages flock to parks, businesses and random backyards to collect and train the virtual pocket monsters. While there are maps that help players find gyms (where they can battle Pokémon against each other) and Poké Stops (where they can find items for gameplay), one website created a map that might help find the Pokémon themselves, and it wasn’t Nintendo.

Trulia created an interactive hotspot map for players across the country to find Pokémon, and it’s even mapped out according to different types (sorry if you’re looking for a Charizard — the fire Pokémon are few and far between).

Although the map is specific to different types of Pokémon in Houston, Trulia’s scouting method is somewhat unproven. Pokémon are separated into five different color-coded hotspots, all of which are mapped according to their “natural habitats. Here’s how Trulia broke it down:

  • Electric: Knowing the Electric Pokémon loves a little jolt, we mapped this Pokémon type based on electricity usage.
  • Fire: Police stations, fire stations, and places of business that sell anything related to fire (fireworks, firewood, lighter fluid, etc.) was fair game for mapping where the Fire Pokémon might be lurking.
  • Grass: You guessed it. This Pokémon type was mapped based on parks, wooded areas, grasslands, and even plant nurseries.
  • Psychic: Considering the Psychic Pokémon type was commonly associated with learning in the original game (fun fact: Alakazam has an IQ of 5,000!), we mapped this Pokémon type based on places of learning, including schools and libraries.
  • Water: Since most Water Pokémon are based on a variety of fish and other sea creatures, we identified this type’s hotspot as close to anything to do with a body of water.

Who knows, one of your listings might even have something rare to catch.

Email Thomas Mitchell

 

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