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The Best Places to Catch Pokémon in Detroit

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Even if you are one of the few people left who do not play, Pokémon Go is inescapable. To sum it up, the object of the game is to catch as many critters as you can, and eventually train them and use them to battle others. The game uses your phone’s GPS to show Pokémon springing up in the real world around you, and this has caused both positive and negative backlash. One positive is that it has gotten people walking around their city and exploring notable city features they might not have otherwise come across.

Behold, a list of 28 Pokémon sightings around the Detroit area, some in obvious locales, like a Magikarp swimming at the beach at Belle Isle, while others more random, like Squirtle spotted at a grocery store in Highland Park. Catch them all and you could have serious bragging rights.

Have you nabbed something not on the list? Tell us what and where in the comments below, and we’ll add it.

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1. Bulbasaur

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17 Mile Rd & Van Dyke Ave
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

You would expect to find Bulbasaur amongst the fresh produce at Eastern Market (get it? Because it looks like a head of garlic?), but he has been spotted between 16 Mile and 17 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

2. Charmander

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If you're trying to catch the beloved Charmander at the New Center Park in the middle of a Summer in the Park movie screening, make sure to have your sound turned off.

3. Clefairy

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40620 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Clefairy likes to dance under the full moon in the woodsy Dodge Park.

4. Cubone

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(313) 883-4360

This little guy apparently likes to hang out in the Boston Edison Historic District, even though he tends to look and act a lot more PRE-Historic.

5. Drowzee

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Warren and Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-3577

This sleepy psychic lives around the fountain at Wayne State.

6. Eevee

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17 Mile Rd & Van Dyke Ave
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

The versatile and dangerously adorable Eevee seems to be quite common, but one Reddit user spotted it on 17 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

7. Electabuzz

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719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

Don't get Electrabuzz mad, or it might explode and make a scene in the lobby of the Chrysler House.

8. Gastley

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This sinister ghost has been spotted floating around in Hazel Park. Though Forest Lawn cemetery might be a more appropriate locale, developers decided it was inappropriate to put ghost Pokemon in actual cemeteries.

9. Goldeen

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1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Romulus, MI 48242
(734) 247-7678

What this fishy guy was doing out of water at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is beyond us.

10. Horsea

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Riverbank Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207

Horsea, and a number of other water-themed Pokemon have been spotted at Belle Isle Beach.

11. Jigglypuff

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Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101

Campus Martius Park is a popular spot for Pokemon both rare and common, like this little cutiepie.

12. Jynx

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Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101

The not so cute Jynx has also been caught at Campus Martius.

13. Koffing

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Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101

It would be cool if this gassy guy were in One Woodward Ave, commissioned in 1958 by the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company Building. But beware of this bomb emanating poisonous gas at Campus Martius.

14. Lapras

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Big Beaver Rd & Dequindre Rd
Troy, MI 48310

Like Horsea and Magikarp, this Loch Ness-like Pokemon should be in the water, but instead a Reddit user spotted it around Big Beaver and Dequindre.

15. Magikarp

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Conservatory Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207

The hapless Magikarp has been spotting flopping around Belle Isle. Save it before the river freezes over!

16. Meowth

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100 The Strand
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 833-5538
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A Meowth was recently caught at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

17. Oddish

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14th St & Dalzelle St
Detroit, MI 48216

As nature reclaims the city and Queen Anne's Lace springs up in abundance, Oddish feels right at home on 14th Street and Dalzelle.

18. Paras

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Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101

Campus Martius seems to be the place to catch 'em all, there are a number of meet-ups and Pokemon crawls starting out here.

19. Pidgey

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2000 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-2000
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Pidgey's are pretty common, but one has definitely been spotted at Ford Field.

20. Pikachu

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8450 W 10 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5717

Tons of Pikachu have been spotted at the Detroit Zoo, so not only do you get to go to the zoo, you get to catch one of the most coveted (and cutest) Pokemon. Seems like a pretty good way to spend your afternoon.

21. Poliwag

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Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 628-2081
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Poliwag is supposed to be a freshwater Pokemon. Maybe that's why it is content on the shores of Belle Isle.

22. Ponyta

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1601 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Circus Park divides downtown like the spokes of a wheel, a nod to automobiles that put horses out of business. Still, this fiery horse has been seen hanging out there.

23. Psyduck

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Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101
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Spot Psyduck among the real ducks swimming in the Woodward Fountain at Campus Martius.

24. Rattata

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Typically, a rat in a bar is not a pleasant sight. But the buzz on Reddit is that this easy to catch Pokemon resides in the Skip bar at The Belt.

25. Seadra

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2600 Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207

If I were Seadra, I would live in the beautiful Waterworks Park building, but I am not and this Pokemon instead chooses to catch a summer concert at Chene Park Amphitheater.

26. Seel

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501 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9366
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You'd expect to find a Seel closer to the water, but we found him at the corner of Monroe and Beaubien in Greektown.

27. Spearow

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1241 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-1000
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One Reddit user enjoyed brunch with a side of Spearow at The Hudson Cafe.

28. Squirtle

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15111 Woodward Ave
Highland Park, MI 48203

Randomly, this much loved turtle was seen at the Aldi grocery store in Highland Park.

29. Tauros

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3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI 48201

Tauros was spotted guarding the Children's Hospital. Despite it's bullish exterior and frightening horns, it really is just a big softy.

30. Weedle

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1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Romulus, MI 48242
(734) 247-7678

Not really sure how a worm with huge spikes on each end would fare with TSA, but Weedle was spotted in the DTW Airport.

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1. Bulbasaur

17 Mile Rd & Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

You would expect to find Bulbasaur amongst the fresh produce at Eastern Market (get it? Because it looks like a head of garlic?), but he has been spotted between 16 Mile and 17 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

17 Mile Rd & Van Dyke Ave
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

2. Charmander

Detroit, MI 48202

If you're trying to catch the beloved Charmander at the New Center Park in the middle of a Summer in the Park movie screening, make sure to have your sound turned off.

3. Clefairy

40620 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Clefairy likes to dance under the full moon in the woodsy Dodge Park.

40620 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

4. Cubone

Detroit, MI 48206

This little guy apparently likes to hang out in the Boston Edison Historic District, even though he tends to look and act a lot more PRE-Historic.

5. Drowzee

Warren and Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202

This sleepy psychic lives around the fountain at Wayne State.

Warren and Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202

6. Eevee

17 Mile Rd & Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

The versatile and dangerously adorable Eevee seems to be quite common, but one Reddit user spotted it on 17 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

17 Mile Rd & Van Dyke Ave
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

7. Electabuzz

719 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

Don't get Electrabuzz mad, or it might explode and make a scene in the lobby of the Chrysler House.

719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Gastley

Michigan 48030

This sinister ghost has been spotted floating around in Hazel Park. Though Forest Lawn cemetery might be a more appropriate locale, developers decided it was inappropriate to put ghost Pokemon in actual cemeteries.

9. Goldeen

1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Romulus, MI 48242

What this fishy guy was doing out of water at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is beyond us.

1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Romulus, MI 48242

10. Horsea

Riverbank Dr., Detroit, MI 48207

Horsea, and a number of other water-themed Pokemon have been spotted at Belle Isle Beach.

Riverbank Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207

11. Jigglypuff

Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Campus Martius Park is a popular spot for Pokemon both rare and common, like this little cutiepie.

Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Jynx

Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The not so cute Jynx has also been caught at Campus Martius.

Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Koffing

Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

It would be cool if this gassy guy were in One Woodward Ave, commissioned in 1958 by the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company Building. But beware of this bomb emanating poisonous gas at Campus Martius.

Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Lapras

Big Beaver Rd & Dequindre Rd, Troy, MI 48310

Like Horsea and Magikarp, this Loch Ness-like Pokemon should be in the water, but instead a Reddit user spotted it around Big Beaver and Dequindre.

Big Beaver Rd & Dequindre Rd
Troy, MI 48310

15. Magikarp

Conservatory Dr., Detroit, MI 48207

The hapless Magikarp has been spotting flopping around Belle Isle. Save it before the river freezes over!

Conservatory Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207

16. Meowth

100 The Strand, Detroit, MI 48207

A Meowth was recently caught at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

100 The Strand
Detroit, MI 48207

17. Oddish

14th St & Dalzelle St, Detroit, MI 48216

As nature reclaims the city and Queen Anne's Lace springs up in abundance, Oddish feels right at home on 14th Street and Dalzelle.

14th St & Dalzelle St
Detroit, MI 48216

18. Paras

Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Campus Martius seems to be the place to catch 'em all, there are a number of meet-ups and Pokemon crawls starting out here.

Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

19. Pidgey

2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

Pidgey's are pretty common, but one has definitely been spotted at Ford Field.

2000 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226

20. Pikachu

8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Tons of Pikachu have been spotted at the Detroit Zoo, so not only do you get to go to the zoo, you get to catch one of the most coveted (and cutest) Pokemon. Seems like a pretty good way to spend your afternoon.

8450 W 10 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067

21. Poliwag

Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207

Poliwag is supposed to be a freshwater Pokemon. Maybe that's why it is content on the shores of Belle Isle.

Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207

22. Ponyta

1601 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Circus Park divides downtown like the spokes of a wheel, a nod to automobiles that put horses out of business. Still, this fiery horse has been seen hanging out there.

1601 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

23. Psyduck

Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Spot Psyduck among the real ducks swimming in the Woodward Fountain at Campus Martius.

Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

24. Rattata

Detroit, MI

Typically, a rat in a bar is not a pleasant sight. But the buzz on Reddit is that this easy to catch Pokemon resides in the Skip bar at The Belt.

25. Seadra

2600 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207

If I were Seadra, I would live in the beautiful Waterworks Park building, but I am not and this Pokemon instead chooses to catch a summer concert at Chene Park Amphitheater.

2600 Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207

26. Seel

501 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226

You'd expect to find a Seel closer to the water, but we found him at the corner of Monroe and Beaubien in Greektown.

501 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226

27. Spearow

1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

One Reddit user enjoyed brunch with a side of Spearow at The Hudson Cafe.

1241 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

28. Squirtle

15111 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203

Randomly, this much loved turtle was seen at the Aldi grocery store in Highland Park.

15111 Woodward Ave
Highland Park, MI 48203

29. Tauros

3901 Beaubien St, Detroit, MI 48201

Tauros was spotted guarding the Children's Hospital. Despite it's bullish exterior and frightening horns, it really is just a big softy.

3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI 48201

30. Weedle

1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Romulus, MI 48242

Not really sure how a worm with huge spikes on each end would fare with TSA, but Weedle was spotted in the DTW Airport.

1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Romulus, MI 48242