Your Pokemon GO Melbourne Guide

Everything you need to know about becoming a Pokemon master in Melbourne.

With the release of Pokemon Go, Melbourne has lost its collective shit hunting for those cherished Pokemon critters from our childhood. If you don’t know what the heck we’re talking about then head over here to brush up on what you’ve been missing.

While everyone is still trying to piece together how this fantastic new world actually works, certain patterns are starting to emerge backed up by research from dedicated Pokemon Go Facebook pages and Reddit threads. Here’s some of the best tips for Pokemon hunting in Melbourne.

What We Know

Here’s the low down on some key truths that will help point you in the right direction:

  • The type of Pokemon you find depends on the real-world surroundings of the player (so don’t go chasing fire Pokemon on the beach). This is also affected by the time of day you go looking for them.
  • The Pokémon you encounter (and items you gain from Pokestops) will improve as you level up. While you’ll start of with a heap of Zubats and Rattatas, this will change as you slowly get experience.
  • There are no hard and fast rules – at the moment it looks like the Niantic engine is doing whatever the hell it wants to keep trainers on their toes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Where To Find Pokemon

If you’re wondering just where you can track down your favourite Pokemon, thankfully the internet has the answer. Already Google has generated a Pokemon Go Map, which shows players where they can track different Pokemon around the world. The Melbourne map is incredibly well detailed – showing Pokestops, Pokemon Gyms and marking where people have caught their Pokemon.

Because the map is based on user-generated input it isn’t entirely reliable but so far some pretty clear trends are emerging. The city has become a popular haunt for Rattata, Ekans, Oddish, Pidgey, Ghastly, Pollywag, Spearow while inner suburbs play home to more grass and normal-type Pokemon, such as Oddish, Bulbasaur, and Exeggute. Head to the Yarra River or the city beaches if you’re looking to form a Squirtle Squad or catch the 100+ Magikarp needed to evolve a Gyrados.

The Best Places For Levelling Up

With a high density of Pokemon trainers in a small area, central Melbourne has become a haven for players. Just about every Pokestop in the Melbourne CBD has been lavished with a Lure Module (which attracts nearby Pokemon to that spot for 30 minutes). A quick glance at the CBD map shows pink petals falling everywhere, which means Pokemon will be throwing themselves at you no matter where you are. This is good news if you’re looking for a particular Pokemon or wanting to level up quickly by catching heaps of Pokemon in a short period of time.

These “premium” Pokestops below are particularly popular for the huge amount of lures being used in one location:

  • Crown Casino
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Melbourne Central/Emporium
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Flagstaff Gardens

Other popular Pokestops include Rivoli Cinema, Monash Clayton, Brighton Beach, St Kilda Beach and Lilydale Lake.

The State Library of Victoria – where you never have to feel self conscious about Pokemon training. Photo by @JamesTwoSheep

Eggs Are Key

While some of the most popular and impressive Pokemon might be harder to find on the ground, one strategy to get around this is to focus on hatching your Pokemon eggs. The greater the distance required to hatch, the more likely you are to get a rare Pokemon.

The kinds of Pokemon you might hatch from a five kilometre egg include Vulpix, Machop, Meowth, Growlithe and more. 10 kilometre eggs might reveal Onyx, Hitmonlee, Chancey and Magma. Sadly, end-stage evolved Pokemon like Charizard can’t be gained through eggs.

For a full list of Pokemon and walking distances, click here.

If you’re looking for some walking trails to help you ratchet up the kilometres to hatch your eggs, check out our guide to Melbourne’s best walking trails.

What About Legendary Pokemon?

Niantic has not been forthcoming about how players can catch each of three legendary bird Pokemon: Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno, but some clues might be found in the original Pokedex from Pokemon Yellow.

For instance, the entry for Zapdos mentions that “this legendary bird Pokemon is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.” Recent rumblings on the Pokemon Go Melbourne Facebook page suggests Zapdos has been making temporary, periodic appearances throughout Victoria as the weather worsens. Perhaps keep an eye out on the weather bureau and a hand on your phone in case it turns up. It’s not clear if the same theory applies to the other legendary birds, but perhaps someone will stumble across Articuno on the slopes of Mt Hotham.

Another fan theory is that certain rare Pokemon may only become available at Pokemon GO real-world events. The trailer for the game itself even suggested the possibility of a large-scale battle against Mewtwo, with trainers uniting to help defeat the clone Pokemon being rewarded with a Mewtwo in their arsenal. Could we see an epic Pokemon battle unfold at Federation Square in the near future?

At this stage, only time will tell how the full game will play out but it’s clear that Niantic still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

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