Pokémon Go Tips: Where To Find Rare Pokémon in Los Angeles

Now that the Augmented Reality game, Pokémon Go has been in existence for about a month, many players are tired of catching the endless Pidgey, Rattata, or Ekans. But where can one find the rare Pokémon to add to their Pokedex? Honestly, it's a bit of a moving target as game maker Niantic changes the Pokémon nests often. One way to help is to level up as a Trainer to generate higher combat powered, more rare Pokémon. With both of these factors in mind, here are five areas to search for those rare Pokémon in Los Angeles.

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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier comes up on most players' lists for diversity in Pokémon, both common and rare. Electabuzz, Squirtle, Magikarp, Dratini, and Dragonite are just a few recently found. With all the shopping, restaurants hosting the multitude of Pokestops and players' Lures, Santa Monica is one of the top spots to hunt Pokémon, especially in hopes of finding the rare Lapras.

Downtown Culver City
A few weeks ago I boldly remarked that Culver City was a goldmine for Pokémon Go. I still stand by that remark. Even if weeknight players don't set off Incense or Lures to increase Pokémon activity, Pokémon are still hanging out all over downtown Culver City. Some of the less common Pokémon caught are Geodude, Magnemite, Ponyta, Pinsir, Machoke, and Chansey.

Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) and La Brea Tar Pits
One can't play Pokémon Go, without wanting to catch Pikachu. Although Pikachu are considered the mid-range Pokémon, they are symbolic of the game and are usually seen around the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA). Other Pokémon spotted include Doduo, Charmander and Nidoran. And of course, there is the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits where the Rhyhorn and Sandshrews play next to the Giant Sloth statues.

The Los Angeles Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo, which by the way has 45 Pokestops, embraces Pokémon Go. Last month the Zoo sponsored a Pokémon Go week and encouraged visitors to snap Pokémon photos around the zoo (but do not climb in the cages, of course). Ivysaur, Oddish and Growlithe are a few of the Pokémon seen around the grounds.

Pokemon Go's Poliwag hanging out at The Broad
Pokémon Go's Poliwag hanging out at The Broad museum. (Photo: Lori Huck)

Downtown Los Angeles
Pulling up a Pokémon Go App map of Downtown Los Angeles will show a multitude of Pokestops with Incense and Lure floating leaf activity as well as Gyms. But head to the highly visited spots of The Broad, The Walt Disney Hall, MOCA, and the Court buildings around City Hall to find the elusive Pokémon. A recent walking tour included sightings of Machop, Geodude, Jolteon, Hitmonlee, Exeggcute, and Poliwag (who I hung out with inside The Broad, while I waited for the Cindy Sherman Exhibit).

Author's bio: Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of various film, television, and arts organizations.

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