In case you have yet to notice (which is quite unlikely), many are going gaga over the Niantic Inc. augmented reality game - Pokemon-GO, which made its debut in Malaysia last month. Despite so, the frenzy has not faded with many players still dedicating their free time to go out hunting for Pokemons.
To quickly run-through (for those who have no idea how the game works), Pokemon-GO players are known as Pokemon Trainers while Pokemon are creatures based on the popular Japanese cartoon. The game works using your phone’s GPS location and tracking it in real-time. Pokemon are scattered about any area that you go to, and as you move about, “wild” Pokemon may appear, which you can only see and capture by throwing virtual balls known as “PokeBalls” at it.
Location, in Pokemon-GO, is extremely important as the number of Pokemon appearing depend on the area you are in. There are also Poke-Stops scattered throughout, where you can stock up on more PokeBalls. There are also PokeGyms where you can fight other Pokemon and collect rewards if you win. There are a lucky few spots in the Klang Valley with an abundance of PokeStops and PokeGyms. So here are some of those spots with the most PokeStops and PokeGyms to fuel your obsession. While you're at it, don't forget to play responsibly and say hello to other Trainers!
Besides KLCC Park, the next hot-spot for Pokemon Trainers to be are at The Troika. There are five Pokestops within range and plenty of Pokemons to catch. There have also been common sightings of Goldeens at the Menara PNB area.
If you're around the SOGO KL (at least three Pokestops) and Bank Negara area, keep a look out for Pokemon such as Bulbasaur, Nidorina, Machamp, Poliwhirl, Poliwag, Slowpoke and Ekans.
The Golden Triangle of KL, Bukit Bintang, is also bustling with loads of pokestops, particularly at Lot 10. There, you can expect Pokemon like Magikarp, Exeggcute, Bulbasaur, Goldeen, Starmie, Tangela, Rhyhorn, Gastly, Poliwag, Horsea, and Spearow.
Heading over to Sentul? Great news! The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) is said to be one of the locations with several PokeStops available in the area. There is also a PokeGym there. While you're here, you can catch pokemons such as Magikarp, Ivysaur, Psyduck, Goldeen, and Staryu.
Apart from that, you can also do some hunting at Saffron Condominium for Dratini, Magmar, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. While at Sentul Boulevard, you can also find plenty of Rattata, Pidgey, Goldeen, Oddish and Weedle at. Have your 'mamak' sessions at Restaurant NS Al-Falah and be one of the lucky ones to catch a Scyther.
This hip and happening place shows that Pokemon like to have fun too. You can hunt for Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow and Clefairy (if you're lucky), while here. The good thing is there's plenty of cafes around incase you're feeling thirsty and hungry from all the walking you did.
Publika is also one of the popular places for Pokemon-GO fans. You can get Pokemons such as Growlithe, Golbat, Weedle, Rattata, Pidgey, Clefairy, Jigglypuff and Hitmonchan. There also also several PokeStops along the outdoor promenade.
Aside from that, you can also go to Plaza Mont Kiara to hunt Pokemon such as Nidorina, Psyduck, Growlithe, Poliwhirl, Dratini, Magikarp, Magnamite and Caterpie.
It is one of the top spots for Pokemon Trainers. You can get loads of Pokemon like Rattata and Raticate at SS15; while Alakazam, Pidgey, Weedle, and Jigglypuff can be caught specifically at the Subang Asia Cafe area. INTI University, USJ 4 and USJ 12 are also areas where PokeStops are aplenty as well as several PokeGyms.
Parks are no stranger to Pokemon Trainers. This much sought-after neighbourhood, has become one of the spots for Pokemon-GO fans to wander around looking for Pokemon, besides, there are also tons of PokeStops there.
The Tube @ Prima Avenue, Dataran Prima
Known as one of the latest office attraction in Kelana Jaya, this place is one of the PokeStops available in the area. Pidgey, Weedle, Paras, Exeggcute, Krabby and Rattata are some of the Pokemon you can catch here.
Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya
It's not just a spot for you shop and chill anymore. You can also hunt for Pokemon here – Pidgey, Rattata, Pinsir and Weedle are amongst the Pokemon you can expect to catch.
If you happen to be in the jam packed, make sure to look out for Pokemon such as Pidgey, Rattata and Cubone while not forgetting to stock up on PokeBall at the many PokeStops too.
Recognised as one of the elite places and for its expensive properties, it is now also famous for the many PokeStops available. Of course you get to hunt for Pokemons here too, especially grass-based Pokemon at the neighbourhood parks.
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
PokeStops are available almost at every turn and corner here with some of the Pokemon you can hunt, while you are chilling here are Pidgeot, Spearow and Zubats, just to name a few.
Mid Valley Megamall - The Gardens
Over here, you can find a number of PokeStops, especially at the fountain area between Mid Valley and The Gardens. Some of the Pokemon available here are Pidgey, Rattata, Weedle and Psyduck.
Sungai Long UTAR College, Cheras
If you're anywhere around this area, get ready to catch Arcanine, Magmar, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Dratini. Of course there are PokeStops and PokeGyms available there too.
It is without a doubt there are plenty more places to be discovered. Usually, urban areas will give you loads of common Pokemon like Zubats, Pidgeys and Rattatas. If you are looking for water-based Pokémon, try searching where there are bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and any coastal area, where you might find Pokemon like Dratini, Dragonair or Golduck. Meanwhile, grass type Pokemon can be found at your local parks.
Besides enabling Android user to update timeline activity, Google Maps just added 'Catching Pokemon' as one of the activities.
Tips: Do take note that types of Pokemon vary based on time and are changing everyday while rare Pokemon will pop up when you least expect it.
(Written by: Nisya Aziz, 5th September 2016)