With the popularity of Pokemon GO, it’s not surprising that the game has set some insane milestones and feats. In the latest post on the Pokemon GO site, Niantic revealed some new figures that are sure to blow the minds of trainers from all over. The big ones were about the distances traveled by trainers since the game released in July. But even more impressively, is that combined, players have caught over 88 billion Pokemon in that time. Below is the full update from Niantic, plus a video showing off the feat:
“You know that we are fans of a little walk every now and then. That’s why we were excited back in September to announce that Pokémon GO Trainers had walked more than 4.6 billion kilometers since we launched. Trainers have since racked up some impressive stats. We are pleased to share that—as of December 7—the Pokémon GO community has collectively walked more than 8.7 billion kilometers. That’s more than 200,000 trips around Earth! Fun fact: A commercial jetliner would take more than 1,000 years to cover the same distance.
While covering this distance, Trainers also caught more than 88 billion Pokémon along the way. That’s roughly 533 million Pokémon a day! Get out and go this holiday season, and let’s add some more kilometers to that total! Thank you for your continued support!”
It’s important to note, that the high volume of Pokemon caught is likely due to not only the amount of players playing the game, but also to the unique cheats the game has that rewards those who catch a certain amount of Pokemon. Also, evolving Pokemon is made easier by catching that Pokemon numerous times and trading it for candy.