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 and predictable 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.
Nests have been known to reliably update and change every two fortnight on a Thursday, UK time, however, they have changed as part of the Gen 2 update - one week ahead of schedule - so this may have altered the rollout of future nest changes.
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 as and when they change.
- Charmander nest - Arnos Park, Crystal Palace, Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green Foxham Gardens, Peckham Rye Park, St James Park
- Pikachu nest - Blackheath, Ham House, Mary Datchelor Fields, Queens Hospital
- Vulpix nest - Broomfield Park, Regents Park, Wimbledon Park
- Diglett nest - Old Deer Park
- Omanyte nest - Hampton Court Golf Course
Want more help with Pokémon Go's Gen 2 update? Our list of new Gen 2 Johto Pokémon can teach you where to find each one, what you need to know about new Pokémon Go Berries, Special Items to evolve Pokémon such as King's Rock, Sun Stone, Up-Grade, Dragon Scale and Metal Coat, and how to get Eevee evolutions Umbreon, Espeon, and updated Egg distances and best Pokémon charts, as well as other Pokémon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides.
Where to find nests in the UK and other worldwide locations 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. Again, remember nests change regularly, so be sure to check timestamps of updates before going there in person:
What else do we know about nests in Pokémon Go?
- 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!