We live in the greatest city in America to hunt rare species, but you’ve got to know where to look
August 8, 2016
Los Angeles is home to transplants from all over the world, but the city’s latest crop of new residents are a particularly rare breed: Dratini, Electobuzz, Hitmonlee, Snorlax, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl. Those are just some of thePokémon species that have been spotted around town and compiled in a new ranking by travel site Wanderu, which crowned L.A. as the best city in the country to catch rare Pokémon.
The finding comes from analysts who used Twitter API to sort and count the total number of sightings posted by Pokémon Go users on social media. But catching these Pokémon in the wild can be tricky, especially because Pokémon’s software company Niantic has been shutting down third-party tracking apps that make it easier to do so. Many players hope Niantic will incorporate better tracking mechanisms into the game, allowing for more accurate hunting. Until then, rely on your fellow Pokétrainers and use this list of crowd-favorite spawn spots.
1. The Santa Monica Pier
Savvy players might catch Hitmonlee, Electrobuzz, Kabuto, Dragonair and Dratini at this hunting ground for plentiful and diverse Pokémon.YouTube experts recommend walking to the very edge of the pier to catch rarer Pokémon further out in the water. Other, more common species include Omenyte, Psyduck, Magikarp, Paras and Krabby.
2. Olive Recreation Center
This Burbank gym isn’t just a place to play badminton — it’s also home to Abra, a yellow, cat-like Pokémon with psychic powers. To increase your chances of finding them, make a lap, circling from the Pokéstops in the back of the recreation center to the Pokéstops near the model of the F-104 Starfighter plane located at the entrance to the gym.
3. John Anson Ford Park
Snorlax, the adorable Pokémon known for sleeping in forests and mountains, are nearly impossible to spot in the wild. But if you’re lucky, you might find one at John Anson Ford Park in Bell Gardens, where a Redditer spotted one last weekend.
4. The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum houses a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, and three different T. rex specimens. Now, it’s also a hub for Clefairy, the pink, puffy — and extremely rare — creatures that have been spotted on the grounds outside the museum.
5. Barnsdall Art Park
Some Pokétrainers have renamed Barnsdall Art Parkas “Dratini Art Park” for its high-density Dratini nest before the recent spawn update. Eevees have also been spotted in the park, making it an important stop for trainers looking to collect all three evolutions.