Pokemon Go: Who's who

Not all Pokemon are created equal. Some are faster, stronger or cuter than others, which makes them more desirable to players.

In Pokemon Go, some Pokemon are also more coveted than others as they are stronger in battles or are long-time fan favourites within the franchise.

1 PIKACHU

The yellow electric mouse is easily the most famous Pokemon, having served as the face of the franchise for two decades.

Those who missed out on getting Pikachu as a "secret" starter (by walking away from the three Pokemon which appear when you first launch the game) can find them clustered at Sentosa. It also makes the occasional appearance at Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.

2 EEVEE


EEVEE. PHOTO: THE POKEMON COMPANY

Another fan favourite, Eevee can go toe-to-toe with Pikachu for cuteness and has the added advantage of being able to evolve into three different Pokemon - the water-type Vaporeon, fire-type Flareon and electric Jolteon.

 

Eevees are not rare, but players need to catch plenty of them if they want to evolve them into all three of their final forms.

 

Players have reportedly had plenty of luck encountering them at Bishan Park, nex mall and Nanyang Technological University.

3 SNORLAX


SNORLAX. PHOTO: THE POKEMON COMPANY

The sleepy, slumbering lump of a Pokemon is in high demand among players because of its high hit points, which makes it ideal for battle. It is also very rare, with no fixed locations where it can appear. In the past week, players have caught it at Choa Chu Kang park, VivoCity and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

4 GYARADOS


GYARADOS. PHOTO: THE POKEMON COMPANY

The fearsome water-type Pokemon can be evolved from the common, weaker Magikarp, but it is a long, painful ordeal that requires a lot of time. Gyarados sightings have been reported at Chinese Garden, Block 401 in Hougang Avenue 10 and Bukit Panjang Plaza.

5 DRAGONITE


DRAGONITE. PHOTO: THE POKEMON COMPANY

The fully dragon-type Pokemon is prized for its strength, as well as the nostalgia for players of the first Game Boy game as it was the strongest Pokemon of the game's final boss. It can be found at Suntec City, National Library in Bras Basah and Raffles Place.


Five PokeStops to check out

Pokemon Go, as the name suggests, involves going to various locations in the real world to play the game. There are two kinds of stations. The first is a PokeStop, where Pokemon players or trainers can pick up useful items in the game. These stops are usually found at places of interest such as monuments, sculptures and historic buildings. But sometimes, the selection can also be random, as in the case of a lone tree in Woodlands. The second kind of station is a Gym, where players gather to battle their Pokemon. Again, gyms are generally tied to local landmarks, but the selection can be iffy. For example, one of them is a wafer- fabrication plant at a Tampines industrial park closed to the public.

The Sunday Times checks out five cool PokeStops and Gyms that are of historical or cultural interest.

1 GYM: RAILWAY BRIDGE AT RAIL MALL


GYM: RAILWAY BRIDGE AT RAIL MALL. PHOTO: POKEMON GO APP

No need to watch out for oncoming trains here, as this 80-year-old black truss bridge along the Rail Corridor has been retired with the closure of the KTM route passing between Singapore and Malaysia. Do not trip on the tracks, though.

2 GYM: BUKIT BROWN CEMETERY


GYM: BUKIT BROWN CEMETERY - The tomb of Chinese businessman Ong Sam Leong (above). PHOTO: POKEMON GO APP

This cemetery may contain the tombs of historic figures such as trader and plantation owner Chew Joo Chiat, philanthropist Gan Eng Seng and merchant and philanthropist Cheang Hong Lim. But put aside that history book for a second because it has three gyms on its grounds. They are situated at the entrance, at one of the tombs in the cemetery and at the tomb of Chinese businessman Ong Sam Leong, known for his contributions in mining and construction.

3 POKESTOP: THOMSON ROAD POST OFFICE


POKESTOP: THOMSON ROAD POST OFFICE. PHOTO: POKEMON GO APP

This PokeStop marks a building that no longer exists. The post office in Upper Thomson Road, which opened in 1958, was torn down in 2012 to make way for the Thomson-East Coast MRT line.

4 POKESTOP: YODA POND AT SANDCRAWLER BUILDING, ONE-NORTH


POKESTOP: YODA POND AT SANDCRAWLER BUILDING, ONE-NORTH - Statue of Yoda (above). PHOTO: POKEMON GO APP

This statue of Yoda, the Jedi master from Star Wars, is situated in the courtyard of Lucasfilm's regional headquarters.

5 POKESTOP: WAR MEMORIAL PARK IN BEACH ROAD


POKESTOP: WAR MEMORIAL PARK IN BEACH ROAD. PHOTO: POKEMON GO APP

Earlier this week, Japan removed all the PokeStops around the atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima out of respect. So be sensitive at Singapore's memorial to the dead of World War II. There are two PokeStops - one at a memorial urn and the other at the fountain.

Lester Hio

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 14, 2016, with the headline 'Who's who'. Print Edition | Subscribe