Summer 2016. A simpler time when all you heard on the radio was Can’t Stop the Feeling; the idea of Trump being elected president was a hilarious joke; and everyone was out and about, eyes glued to their phones, relentlessly trying to catch as many Pokemon as they could.
It seems like Pokemania was a brief interlude in the lives of many, but with regular updates introducing everything from quests to extra Pokemon, the craze has never ended for many!
Real-life landmarks are often important virtual locations in the game, and there are some locations around the world that are rife for Pokemon hunting.
Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia
There are Pokémon popping up all over the place in Circular Quay, especially when thousands of Sydneysiders descend on the waterfront to join an unauthorised Pokémon Go Walk.
Thousands turned up to spend the day playing the game together, with the Opera House gym a big draw.
There are plenty of other spots scattered around The Rocks and the Quay as well.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
Old meets new at this famous New York City landmark and we’re not even talking about the thousands of artefacts inside!
Here you’ll find Zubats flying around ancient Roman sculptures, encyclopaedic collections, and antique weapons and armour from all around the world.
Big Ben or Savoy Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Is Big Ben a Pokémon gym? You betcha, and that’s not the only place!
For a city littered with well-known historic buildings and monuments, almost every street corner is littered with PokeStops.
One of these is the Savoy Hotel. Right by the entrance, you’ll be able to pick up some much-needed Poke Balls and other supplies.
Central Park, New York, United States
A popular tourist spot at the best of times, in the height of summer you can expect to find the leafy footpaths of Central Park crowded with budding Pokemon trainers.
That’s because the park’s 800 acres of trees, lakes and statues make it a hotbed of activity for lots of different species of Pokemon, particularly fan-favourite Pikachu!
There are also plenty of opportunities to stock up on lures and Poke Balls.
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Pink petals are falling all over the place in the city — but it’s not actual leaves falling, it’s just an abundance of Pokémon!
Sightseeing and Pokémon Go can be an exhausting combination so take some time out and join the other players sitting on the library steps training up their Pokémon.
And don’t forget to head inside to see real treasures like Ned Kelly’s armour and death mask!
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
When in Rome (pun intended) you will not only spot the massive stone amphitheatre known as The Colosseum, but also Pikachu, Squirtle and Oddish!
The city of Rome is crawling with Pokémon as both the young and old have given into the craze.
Visiting the Colosseum, you will be able to capture yourself Espeon, Umbreon and Makuhita just to name a few.
Disneyland, California, United States
The Most Magical Place on Earth is practically a Pokémon breeding ground!
From A Bug’s Land to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, there are lots of lures to attract Pokémon all over the place.
Elite players will make a beeline to the Sleeping Beauty Castle which is now a top-tier gym!