Pokémon Go trainer Nick Johnson has accomplished in a few weeks what many of us can only dream of: capture all 142 Pokémon available in the United States.
The tech worker and certified Pokéfan was the first person to announce such feat on Reddit alongside a screenshot of his Pokédex as proof. Now, he is taking on the challenge of catching the rest of the virtual monsters found only in other parts of the world by going off on an international trip. The best part of it all? His trip is going to be free.
International travel firm Marriott Rewards has committed to sponsor Johnson’s mission to catch the remaining Pokémon in Europe, Japan and Australia. The lucky jet-setting Pokémon Go trainer will be on the lookout for Mr. Mime, Farfetch’d and Kangaskhan in his three destination continents. Finding the regionally-based Pokémon means he’ll be able finish his collection.
“I feel great,” Brooklyn-based Johnson told USA Today. “I was getting a lot of rest and exercise and meeting new people. I’m a lot healthier — I think I lost about 8-10 pounds.”
According to his iPhone Health App, he has traveled an average of 8 miles per day by walking since the game was released on July 6th. He said that during his hunting trips, he can be found roaming for the monsters until 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Aside from the exercise, he also claims that the game has helped him perform better at work. Working for a platform innovation company, Johnson felt he was able to apply what he learned in his gaming experience with Pokémon Go.
He cites his passion for his job and his childhood love for the Pokémon as his motivations to exerting extra effort in playing the game. Such dedication has led him to getting the ultimate perk of traveling the world to literally catch ‘em all.
“My childhood dreams of being a Pokémon master have come true,” he said.