Pokemon GO Travel: 3.36 billion Pokémon caught, 89K attendees in Japan, $16 million in local revenue generated


Niantic has shared a wonderful video summing up the Pokémon GO Travel event in under two minutes. In addition, media outlets were given a scoop of the numbers behind the event:

  • 3.36 Billion Pokémon caught
  • 89000 attendees in Japan
  • $16 million in travel and tourism revenue for Tottori Prefecture

The full news

Over the last week, Pokemon GO Travel Global Catch Challenge saw millions of Trainers from 140 countries collectively catch 3.36 billion Pokemon in under 7 days.

The global event wrapped up with a three day Safari Zone event in Japan’s Tottori Sand Dunes which more than doubled the previous records for visitors to the area.

We’re including the video link above the article for the Pokemon GO Travel recap video that follows YouTube personalities iHasCupquake, Coisa De Nerd and Rachel Quirico as they travel throughout Japan to visit Tokyo Tower, Mt Fuji, the streets of Kyoto and finally end up at the dunes of Tottori to play alongside thousands other Trainers during the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event.

Over 89,000 people came to the Tottori region to catch 12 million Pokemon (including the rare Pokemon, Unown). The regional government of the Tottori Prefecture have said that the three day event brought in an estimated $16 million (18 billion Yen) in travel and tourism revenue.

Meanwhile, millions of Trainers from more than 140 countries participated in the Pokémon GO Travel Global Catch Challenge, where they came together to collectively catch over 3.36 billion Pokémon in under 7 days.

After this milestone was reached, Farfetch’d began appearing worldwide, Kangaskhan was spotted in East Asia, and Ho-Oh started appearing in Raid Battles for the very first time. Now it’s your turn to get in on the action.

Youtubers that participated in the event organisation as Pokémon GO Travel hosts:

  • Aryx

    This is good. It seems GoHub was right, Niantic is actually doubling down.
    I hope they manage to keep this up. 🖤

    P.S. An X-mas event with Delibird and/or “the ice/water Pokemon” from Gen3 would be the absolute cherry on the cake, with the full release on Gen3 following it up in January 2018.

    • Fuji San

      No, that would suck immensely. They already promised Gen. 3 for December. Delaying it by another month now would be ugly and disturbing. That would definitely be anything but “doubling down”, and instead more like showing us the middle finger once again.

      • Aryx

        Only talking about a few days to one week max later. They have given us the Global Catch challenge with Farfetch’d/Kangashkan, and Ho-Oh straight afterwards. If they would give us Delibird, who is also high on people’s wishlist, combined with Ice/Water Pokemon from Gen3 a few days prior to the full release of Gen3.. Would that really suck so bad still? 😳

  • Anders Behring Breitfart

    Great news. Keep it up Niantic. But please, please, please, do NOT give EX Raid passes to those undeserving crybabies who ramble online.

  • the2000guy

    I checked the first youtuber (ihascupcake) and she doesn’t even play Pokemon Go. How is this possible that Niantic selected youtubers who barely play the game? I mean, the japanese seems that he encouraged Pokemon Go, but the others? Why they didn’t brought youtubers like prodigies, trainer tips, or others?

    • Aryx

      Ah yes, ihascupcake. That’s the one who reached the amazing milestone of Level 25, lol.

      These are good questions you ask.

      • Fuji San

        I even seriously doubt she has been playing herself. They probably provided her with that account and didn’t give her a too high account, so it isn’t too conspicuous she never mentioned Pokemon GO.

        Very poor choice with ihascupcake, anyway. She’s neither particularly funny nor very attractive, and she doesn’t fit in with Pokemon GO one bit.
        There’s a huge amount of popular YouTube girls who look a great deal better, so if they just wanted a pretty face, they really failed XD
        There are even some who not only are a great deal more attractive, but also play Pokemon GO, and some even live in Japan 😀
        Sharmander / Sharla in Japan would be a good example there.

        • Ph. Win

          “There’s a huge amount of popular YouTube girls who look a great deal better”…

          That’s f****ing sexist, it’s your personal judgement and it just doesn’t matter. Stay fair and serious.

    • DarkSteelAngel

      They used them because they had millions of subscribers. A sad ploy to piggyback pogo onto the backs of “popular” youtubers.

  • Anderson Nascimento

    Mario Herrera is not from Coisa De Nerd

    • Thiago Stone

      Yeah, he’s from Ihascupquake.

  • hkmaly

    I suppose reason why those trainers were doing so many other things than actually playing pokemon was so they don’t get shadow ban after catching too many pokemons too quickly?

  • peponzio

    It’s weird. The youtube video’s description says they were following six trainers around the challenge but only reveal the name of 3 of them. I tried looking everywhere and there is no mention of who they were actually following. I think there is a mention of another one, Diego I think, but who did they follow?

    Are they preparing like a big video for the world to watch? The event is kind of over already.

    • Fuji San

      I really do hope they are preparing a big video for us.
      They made this huge travel campaign, spent a lot on it, and all we get is this dinky winky 2 minute clip? That’s pathetic!