The world is a giant rock, so all of its weirdest and most dangerous creatures are holed up down under in Australia, according to the misguided logic of Ricky Gervais’ pal Karl Pilkington. While there isn’t an ounce of truth to that theory, it turns out that Pokémon Go legend Nick Johnson had to travel to Australia to find the last four Pokémon missing from his Pokedex.
Johnson had captured all of the Pokémon available in the US, 142 out of the 146 pocket monsters currently available globally. So when he got down to the last four Pokémon, travel site Expedia put him on a plane so that he wouldn’t have to leave any stones unturned.
Pokémon Go actually has 151 Pokémon in it, but five of them are still yet to be released. And for Johnson’s sake, we’re hoping developer Niantic doesn’t limit the range of the five remaining characters to outposts at one of the poles or on the moon.
Almost as impressive as Johnson’s collection of unique characters is the total number of Pokémon in his Pokedex. He has collected more than 5,000 so far. Going by the game’s June 6 release date and the Aug. 8 announcement of his achievement, that’s at least 156 Pokémon bagged and balled each day.
And while you don’t have to look far to find memes disparaging Pokémon Go players, Georg Ruebensal, managing director of Expedia for Oceana, chooses to look at the good the game is doing.
Pokémon Go is “encouraging people to become tourists in their own cities by getting players outside and exploring local landmarks they may have not seen before,” said Georg Ruebensal, Managing Director of Expedia Brand for Australia and New Zealand. “Pokémon Go is now another way to travel, meet new people and explore the world.”
During his two-week quest, Johnson lost between eight and ten pounds from walking. Other highlights of his trip include playing Pokémon Go at the iconic Sydney Opera House, catching Pokémon in New York’s Central Park with Justin Bieber and a bunch of Beliebers, and fattening his Pokedex under the Eiffel Tower in Paris.