Growing up in the ‘90s, Pokemon took up a lot of my time.
When I wasn’t collecting the trading cards, I was watching the television series. I also spent a lot of time with my head buried in my Gameboy as I searched for the best Pokemon in the two-dimensional, pixelated video game.
You can imagine how excited I was when the Pokemon Go app was launched on smart-phones earlier this month.
Finally, I could be a real-life Pokemon master.
I was even more excited when my editor gave me the green light to go on a Pokemon hunt across Wyndham to “research” the latest craze for an article.
I downloaded the app and got a Squirtle as my first Pokemon. Would’ve preferred a Charmander, but such is life.
My Pokemon journey began on Watton Street in Werribee.
Walking to grab my morning coffee, I came across a Doduo.
The two-headed bird Pokemon confronted me just outside my office building. I threw a Pokeball and caught it on the first go. Success! I was on my way to being a Pokemon master.
As I wandered around Werribee’s CBD, I also came across a Nidoran (caught it).
Just outside the Wyndham Cultural Centre I was confronted by a nasty looking Pinsir. He stood in the gutter staring up at me as though he was ready to attack. I threw a Pokeball at him, and managed to catch him too.
WYNDHAM CULTURAL CENTRE
Later on in the morning, I was walking to my car parked on Synnot Street to head out to my first interview for the day.
My phone began vibrating in my pocket. I took it out, expecting it to be a call, but there in front of me was a Raticate.
The ugly, ratty Pokemon kept dodging my Pokeballs, but I managed to get him in the end.
I dropped in on Wyndham Harbour. It was a freezing morning, but I was ready to brave the cold breeze to catch some water Pokemon.
What a letdown. I was hoping for a nice, big Gyarados… but I didn’t even come across a Magikarp… zilch!
On my way back to Werribee, I stopped by the Werribee Mansion. This historic landmark was bound to have something worth my time.
Walking around the gardens I came across an Ekans, a Venonat and a bunch of Pidgeys.
Closer to the mansion, a wild Eevee appeared, and a couple of Spearows. Making progress on my mission to be a Pokemon master, I caught them all.
I decided to pay a visit to the market gardens of Werribee South. I was sure that somewhere among the crops would be a Bulbasaur.
My advice is to avoid this area completely. The best you’ll find is a Rattata, Pidgeotto or a Weedle… it’s not worth your time.
Hoppers Crossing Sporting Club had little worth catching.
The club doubles as a Pokemon Gym, which is great, but in terms of wild Pokemon, a Zubat is your best bet. Let’s be honest, you can find a Zubat anywhere.
The Plaza was a great spot for Pokemon hunting.
In my short time strolling through the shopping centre, I came across a Magmar, Growlithe, Meowth, Machop, Staryu, and Ghastly. The best spot yet!
A stroll down Point Cook’s Boardwalk Boulevard wasn’t too bad either.
On my travels I managed to catch a Drowzee, Diglett, Clefairy and an Oddish. Nothing overly exciting, but still worth my time.
At this point I thought it was probably best to head back to my office and do some work.
Until next time, fellow Pokemon hunters.