'Pokémon Go' Tips: Where to Find Rare Pokemon in Austin

As Pokemon Go continues to occupy the nation's phones, gyms, nests, and farms are constantly popping up and disappearing across Austin. The hordes of pocket monster collectors continue to descend upon the city's parks, malls, and bars in search of rarities like Magmar, Voltorb, and of course, the ever elusive Charmander. If you're looking for a leg-up on your Pokedex, here are a few hotspots for uncommon creatures.

Pease Park
Set on the east side of UT-Austin's campus, Pease Park is a sprawling greenbelt. Popular with students and urban outdoorspeople, the park provides miles of winding trails and green scenery, which make perfect spawning grounds for pocket monsters. Pokemon Go completists might even stumble across a Clefairy or two there, but the real prize is the lurking Sandshrew.

Mueller Greenways
Poke-gatherers with a little spare time on their hands should head northeast to the Mueller Park area. Aside from the tastefully sculpted greenscapes, the Northwest Greenway and Southwest Greenways reportedly contain nests which produce Seel and Magmar, respectively. Also, if you haven't got ahold of a Bellsprout, nearby Mueller Lake Park might help you out.

Dick Nichols Park
Speaking of Magmar, collectors allegedly stumbled across spawning grounds for this elusive, hot-tempered critter at Dick Nichols Park on Austin's Southwest side. Even if Magmar proves elusive, you are fairly likely to discover up a Jynx prowling near the shrubbery.

Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Bike Trail
A walk around the lake is always good for the mind and the body. It can also do wonders for your Pokedex. Your heart- and monster-healthy search along the Trail can begin at either end – just make sure you hit up Festival Beach (to nab a Voltorb) and Auditorium Shores (for a shot at Charmander).

Lions Municipal Golf Course
Hitting the links takes on a whole new meaning when golfing takes a backseat to Go-ing. Even if you're not heading to Lions Municipal Golf Course for putting practice, you're guaranteed to find a Poke-friend or two. Rumor has it Pinsir is hiding out somewhere around the greens. There have also been confirmed sightings of Nidoran and Shellder nests.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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