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Toronto man catches all the Pokemon Go characters


Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:07 PM ET

TORONTO – He caught them all.

A commercial photographer by day and Pokemon Master by night, Roberto Vazquez, 24, is basking in the glory of being proclaimed the first Toronto unofficial North American Pokemon Go champion.

He has nabbed all 142 characters in the game on his BlackBerry.

Here’s what he had to say on Thursday:

WHAT’S THE APPEAL OF PLAYING POKEMON?

“When this game came out, it brought back all the old memories of us playing. This has made it feel more real because you’re able to travel to different parts of the city, capture them. I started on July 8 and walked over 266 km. I lost 25 lbs. I got really excited near the very end when I was so close to capturing all of them. If you watch the TV show, you always want to be the Pokemon Master and that reality came true.”

WHAT WAS THE LAST POKEMON YOU CAUGHT?

“A Bulbasaur. I waited at Allan Gardens for three or four hours. I was ready to camp out. I would bring a tent if I had to. It was a very exciting feeling to know you’ve done this. I asked people in forums if anyone had caught them all and based on the feedback, I determined I was the one.”

ADVICE FOR THOSE WISHING TO ALSO BECOME A POKEMON MASTER?

“Definitely wear comfortable shoes. Have great data service — you may travel to certain parts of the city and may have no service at all. Also, bring water. At University of Toronto Scarborough, they have woods at the back where you can catch Charmander. I stayed there for a couple hours and the thing is, you’d most likely have to stay in the evening, just because you see a lot more pop up. My main strategy was to talk to the community to figure out where certain types of Pokemon would show up.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE POKEMON MASTER?

“I’m planning to fly to Asia, but for my line of work. So I might as well try to hit two birds with one stone over there and play the game. There’s a Pokemon Master in the (U.S.) already. As far as Toronto, I don’t know anyone. It’s a badge of honour between me and the community.”

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