Now that Pokemon Go is officially downloadable from the app store, a surge of eager, new trainers are out on the prowl in a frantic bid to catch em’ all. But when it comes to actually finding the rarest of the rare, it really just boils down to plain luck. Rare Pokemon usually spawn in at random, and whether iconic landmarks actually reel in the rarer finds is yet to be seen. But in my own experience, you do find an abundance of Pokemon around these spots anyways than say, my own backyard. 

If you’re tired of running into the same old Pidgeys and Weedles (great for evolving though), then you’ll have to flip that hat around and actually get looking. As someone who’s been on the game since the beta, I’m more than happy to share a few tips and some of the spots around Brampton where I and other more seasoned veterans have caught their haul. 

Chinguacousy and Gage Park 

The game demands exploration! Can’t expect to be the next Pokemon master from your living room. Part of the fun in finding new Pokemon is also in seeing where the game will take you. Two of the places that it’s lead me and many alike are these two parks. 

In a recent article, I talked about Chinguacousy Park’s great running trails. Well to little surprise, it also doubles as a great Pokemon hotspot. Each park is brimming with Poke wildlife, which is why I’ve dubbed these parks the Safari Zone of Brampton.

If you’re just starting out, then this is an appropriate place to find yourself on your Pokemon journey. Throughout my encounters, I’ve had the good enough fortune to run into a variety Pokemon: 

  • Haunter
  • Horsea
  • Nidoran (male and female)
  • Golbat
  • Snorlax
  • Pigeotto
  • Oddish
  • Spearow
  • Raticate
  • Eevee
  • & everyone’s beloved Pikachu 

By they way, there is a way to catch a Pikachu early on in the game. When you’re first given the three starters to choose from, simply turn your back on the cute trio and walk away from them. They might reappear on your map, but just continue to ignore them and walk away. If the sparky, yellow mouse is what you seek, then it’ll be worth the sacrifice because a Pikachu should appear before you as the 4th secret starter!

Rose Theatre and the GO Station 

Hustle and bustle isn’t just on the streets of downtown Brampton. Put on your Pokemon Go filter and you’ll find Pokéballs at just about around every corner in sight, which you’ll need to refuel on to keep your search afloat. A couple of places with a lot of activity are in front of the Rose Theatre and the Go Station. The Rose Theatre especially hosts a trove of exotic Pokemon fresh for the taking. On top of some of the Pokemon I already mentioned, eyewitness reports have confirmed a number of sightings: 

  • Jynx
  • Hypno
  • Magnemite
  • Voltorb
  • Gengar
  • Golbat
  • Electebuzz
  • Geodude
  • Koffing
  • Lickitung

Here’s another nifty little trick I picked up along the way. A lure module on it’s own probably doesn’t attract as many Pokémon as you’d like. Instead try finding 2-3 pokestops that are equidistant from one another. Pop a lure module at these few points and sit comfortably in between. Pokémon will be sprouting like daisies so be ready to take aim and throw! 

Loafer’s Lake

At this point, you should have caught a fairly decent haul. But you may find that your collection of water type is lacking. Well, that can easily be remedied. Pokémon of the deep can be spotted around lakes and other such local bodies of water and Loafer’s Lake is one prime example of that. But it’s nothing like actual fishing. Leave your rod at home ’cause these fishies are practically jumping on deck for you. So keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Shelder
  • Wartortle
  • Seel
  • Dewgong
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Pidgeot 
  • Kingler  
  • Magikarp (never give up on that Gyarados) 

And there you have it, may your adventures be as fortuitous as mine! And please, for the love of god no walking off of cliffs, into lakes, on to oncoming traffic, or onto Facebook’s’ trending list. Promise me you’ll keep your wits about you and as the game says, “remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”

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