Thankfully, an in-game phenomenon - 'Pokémon nests' - have helped come to the rescue, and players have been finding and cataloging their positions to help others get the scarce creatures they need.
What are Pokémon Go nests, and why are they useful?
Pokémon nests are locations where a cluster of the same Pokémon appear in close proximity on a regular basis.
These are particularly useful if you need multiple of a certain elusive Pokémon - such as the starters, or creatures that require a lot of Pokémon Candy for levelling up or evolutions, such as Dratinis - or if you wish to get a jump on others for unlocking Medals for Pokemon Go Catch Bonuses or catching certain creatures, such as Pikachu.
Where to find nests in London for Pokémon Go
One of the most comprehensive lists for nests for Pokémon Go is for London, which is regularly updated and verified by other users. Note that as with other nests, the Pokémon that appear can change over time, the latest being a new series of tweaks as of late September.
- Bulbasaur nest - Danson Park
- Electabuzz nest - Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
- Exeggcute nest Beckenham Place Park
- Kabuto nest - Battersea Park
- Machop nest - Vauxhall Park
Where to find nests in the UK, Los Angeles and rest of the world in Pokémon Go
As well as a comprehensive set of nest locations for London, there are also others being catalogued by other players for locations:
Want more help with Pokémon Go? Read our Pokémon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, how to choose your Eevee evolution, and how CP works. Plus details of Pokémon Go's secrets and Easter Eggs, how to get the new baby Pokémon, a guide to Egg groups, charts, and Egg hatching, details on the Daily Bonuses, finding Ditto, and even which team to join from Team Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.
What else do we know about nests in Pokémon Go?
- While most lists out there have been kept up to date, nests have been known to change over time. One change was reported after the first major patch took place, and another during the late-August update. For example, Scyther nests turned into less lucrative Staryu spawn points, while Dratini nests seemingly disappeared altogether. While they seem stable again for now, there's nothing to say another set of changes will occur in a future update, so get use out of the current list while you can!
It seems that Pokemon nests are changing. The Dratini nest is now Eevee. https://t.co/Nppl1xfgXN— Pokevision (@PokeVisionGo) July 29, 2016
- For players aiming for the highest CP values in Pokémon, some players have suggested that the IV values of Pokémon from nests are capped, using a Bulbasaur and a (pre-patch) Dratini nest as examples. As such, perhaps nests would be better used for farming Pokémon Candy than creating strong Pokémon to take on Gyms with, but it might be worth checking just in case.
- While the above lists have been crowdsourced and verified by the community, as with anything in Pokémon Go - from Rare Pokémon positions to Pokémon Type locations - this isn't an exact science, so remember there's no full guarantee that these areas will produce these Pokémon in the exact position when you get there - so take everything with a pinch of salt!