Lessons I learned from finishing the Pokédex in Pokémon Go

Kien Quan
Kien Quan
Sep 8, 2016 · 3 min read

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For myself and many others, our childhood dream was to become a Pokémon master. Realistically, it’s not possible. With the release of Pokémon Go, a live augmented reality game, it became a chance for many fans like myself to relive our childhood mission.

With an obsessive will, I acquired all the Pokémon in four weeks. At the very end of my run, I realized that this is merely just a game. However, this is the first game to bring so many experiences that I would have never been able to acquire if I sat at home in front of an X-Box. Although I can’t speak for anyone else’s story, here are a 11 life lessons I learned on my quest to catch em’ all.

1. You’ll be surprised who has the same interests as you


Old Ladies.

Wall Street Magnates.




I’ve seen them all.

2. Anyone can do it

If you can swipe on Tinder, you can swipe a Pokéball.

3. Persistence wins

Be prepared to catch thousands of Rattatas before something extremely rare spawns.

4. Impossible becomes possible.

Dodging old ladies, cars, and potholes, your mission to add Snorlax into your Pokédex might be the only reason you would bike across a city in under 5 minutes.

Even though you thought it was physically impossible at the time, achieving a small goals like this makes you realize that that any “impossible task” is just a mental block.​

5. You will learn new things about your area.

Living in NYC for 24 years, I don’t think I ever really took a walk through Central Park.

6. Teamwork…works

There’s no way you can miss a rare Pokemon if there’s 400 people tracking it down together.

7. Focus on NOW.

What you’re currently doing is more important than what you’ve done in the past.

8. No Risk No Reward

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

9. Opportunities come up at the most unexpected times

There’s nothing like finding a rare Pokémon in the middle of a meeting.

10. You’ll win some and you’ll lose some

It’s a social game.

You might lose that Ivysaur but you might have caught someone else’s attention.

11. It’s about the journey

People will remember you for the stories you share, not your accomplishments.

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