Make it a Double: Two Elusive Pokemon in Lancaster county

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A little over a month ago, the world at large was re-introduced to Pokemon. To be clear, the pocket monsters never went away, but when Pokemon Go was released in early July, the initial two weeks made it seem like the initial Poke-ysteria of 1997 never happened in the first place. Since we first wrote about Pokemon Go in Lancaster, the augmented-reality game has gone through literally dozens of ups and downs in terms of features added and taken away, and we’re still without the obvious trainer battles and Pokemon trading. Despite this, thousands of people still check r/PokemonGo daily and just yesterday thousands of people in Tapei, Taiwan roamed the streets after an elusive virtual cat with a glandular disorder. For that reason, here are two underrated and tough to find Pokemon from the game – meaning strictly the first 151, so no Wobbeffet or Cacturne – that you might encounter in Lancaster County.



Everyone loves Snorlax, which should hypothetically discount the huge ‘mon from the underrated conversation. However, Snorlax isn’t anyone’s first choice, but he should be. In the first Pokemon games, we were introduced to the big lug because he lived up to his name in the middle of a path, necessitating the use of a PokeFlute to take him up and get his ass out of the way. Because he literally debuts as an annoying roadblock, it’s easy to forget how powerful he is. I admittedly got mine by hatching a 10k egg in Downtown Lancaster and since then, he’s been my primary fighter at gyms. If you already have one, you know that he’s hard to beat no matter the level. Just keep Stomping.



Of the original 151 Pokemon, not many had legitimate backstories. Like actual animals, they existed and that was enough. Cubone is one of the few exceptions, and it’s a doozy. The Pokedex entry for Cubone in the original games read as follows:

“It pines for the the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull it wears are from its tears.”

As a reminder, this is an entry from a kid’s game. And that doesn’t even go into the helpful fact that the cute skull helmet it wears around its head is the skull of its mother. So, so brutal. I encountered my first Cubone out in Leola, and although it was a high CP level, I haven’t seen one since. Do not fear, though, trainers in the Lancaster County Pokemon Go Facebook group have been proudly displaying their evolved Marowaks.


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Kevin Stairiker is a features writer for Fly. He is a graduate of Temple University and enjoys writing in third person. When he isn't writing, he's probably playing guitar for a litany of bands, reading comics or providing well-needed muscle at The Double Deuce.

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