Nick Johnson said he’s worked 50 hours per week, walked eight miles per day and lost eight pounds.
It sounds like part of a new fitness craze, but it’s really Pokemon Go. And Johnson’s work paid off — the New Yorker is reportedly the first person to catch all the U.S. Pokemon in the smartphone game.
Johnson posted his picture proof to Reddit on Thursday, and many Redditors immediately accused him of cheating or otherwise lying about the accomplishment. The game has been available in the U.S. since July 6, meaning Johnson took about two weeks to accomplish the feat.
But Matt Weinberger, a reporter for Business Insider, said Johnson was a personal friend and he could confirm the picture’s legitimacy.
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“Speaking personally, I’ve gotten enough late-night Facebook messages boasting of a new Pokemon capture to vouch for his dedication and thoroughness,” Weinberger wrote.
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Johnson, who has a full-time job with a startup in New York, told Weinberger he would get off work at 6 or 6:30 p.m. and start hunting Pokemon around Manhattan and Brooklyn. He would be out for up to eight hours at a time, would typically walk eight miles per day, and lost eight pounds over two weeks. Then he would go home and crash for a few hours before work.
He said the last Pokemon he had to get was an Omastar, which he evolved from an earlier form. The last Pokemon he actually caught was a Porygon, which apparently involved a trek to New Jersey.
“I may or may not have seen it on the radar and then ordered an Uber to drive me around until I found it,” Johnson told Business Insider.
There are a total of 151 Pokemon in the game, and six of those — Articuno, Ditto, Mew, Mewtwo, Moltres and Zapdos — have not been sighted by any users yet. The remaining three that Johnson doesn’t have are region specific: Mr. Mime in Europe, Kangaskhan in Australia and Farfetch'd in Asia.
Johnson said he’s been writing to travel sites to see if anyone is willing to sponsor a world tour to complete his collection.