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Pokémon Go: Where to Catch Pokémon in SoMa

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Pokémon GO has taken over the city (and beyond) since its release. The mobile game by San Francisco's own Niantic Labs (an offshoot of Google, in cooperation with Nintendo and the Pokémon Company) brings the 20-year-old game franchise's enduring concept of capturing adorable monsters into the real world, so to speak, with a camera app that allows players to spot and catch Pokémon on the city streets around them.

(Which, yes has led to a few injuries. Please catch responsibly.)

The augmented reality game (for iOS and Android) encourages urban exploration, as new critters pop up in different neighborhoods. One of these neighborhoods, SoMa, is particularly rife with Pokémon. Check this map of 19 sightings for where to make a quick catch on your lunch break or post-work commute.

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1. Charizard

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Rincon Park
San Francisco, CA 94105

Despite appearances, Charizard is not actually a dragon Pokemon. Not that anyone really cares, because holy crap, Charizard! Players caught one near Cupid's Span on Saturday. Is Charizard a fan of public art, or did the Bay Lights just distract it?

2. Charmander

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2 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94105

A red hot starter Pokemon and fan favorite for 20 years. A weekend trainer caught one wandering around the Mozilla building on the Embarcadero, presumably trying to pick a fight with the Firefox.

3. Omanyte

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Folsom St & San Francisco Bicycle Rte 5
San Francisco, CA 94105

Yes, these shell-bearing fossil Pokemon are supposed to be extinct. But not only are they at large in San Francisco, they seem to be fond of Cupid's Span. Alert the Academy of Sciences.

4. Raticate

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450 10th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Somebody caught a Raticate at the 10th Street Costco on Friday. The health inspector is NOT going to be cool with this.

5. Slowbro

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Slowbro is one laid back dude, considering that his tail has been turned into a perpetual chew toy. Normally he hangs out at the beach, but we assume that he popped into Westfield Centre after evolving to look for accessories to compliment his new look.

6. Squirtle

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Embarcadero Station, 298 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94111

Squirtles seem to be frequent BART riders. Clearly, they're fans of the Transbay Tube.

7. Jynx

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Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

It's a tall order to manage to be the weirdest looking Pokemon in the world. But here's Jynx. Gamers spotted it doings its thing (whatever that may be, precisely...) at Yerba Buena Gardens, but Jynx is clearly missing its real calling at Beach Blanket Babylon.

8. Nidoran

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Powell St. Station, 899 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

For obvious reasons, a lot of Pokemon hunting is happening on and around BART, like this spiny, poisonous Pokemon snagged at Powell Street Station.

9. Rattata

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Townsend and 8th
San Francisco, CA 94103

Since 1996, Rattata has been the most predictably easy-to-catch Pokemon in the world. San Francisco is no exception, with the little purple critters scampering around most neighborhoods, and virtually all of the parks.

10. Staryu

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97 Stillman St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Typically found near bodies of water (Ocean Bean, we hear, is a good spot), this starfish was found in SOMA near Third Street.

11. Flareon

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Columbia Square
San Francisco, CA 94103

Players are still debating how to get their Eevees to evolve into Flareons (or its other potential upgrades, Jolteon and Vaporeon). Of course, you could just head down to Columbia Square Park (designed by David Baker Architects) and try to catch a pre-evolved one.

12. Weepinbell

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China Basin Park
San Francisco, CA 94158

Cute little Bellsprouts eventually grow into deadly, acid-spitting Weepinbells. And boy, do they look surprised about it. Word has it they lurk in the trees at China Basin Park.

13. Venusaur

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745 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 820-3550
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Cute little Bulbasaur blossomed into Venusaur in the Yerba Buena area.

14. Parasect

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Embarcadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Parasect is both a bug and a fungus that has been spotted by one Reddit User at the Embarcadero and Harrison MUNI Metro Stop.

15. Graveler

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3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Graveler has been spotted at 3rd and Folsom, or it could possibly just be some leftover rubble from a nearby construction project.

16. Grimer

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Ew! Imagine stepping on one of these things next time you're waiting for the MUNI 10 Townsend. We recommend closed-toe shoes for the rest of the season, as a rule.

17. Onix

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Mighty Onix is devastated by water, but the local ones have set up shop in Mission Bay.

18. Magmar

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900 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(844) 667-7673

Magmars heal by swimming in molten lava. Since there are no active volcanoes in SoMa, it's presumably lost.

19. Pinsir

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1185 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Whoa! Though this hulking, perpetually angry bug Pokemon favors the parks, one MUNI rider caught his at the stop on Mission & 8th. As if your commute wasn't hassle enough already. Pinsirs can be found all over west SoMa.

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1. Charizard

Rincon Park, San Francisco, CA 94105

Despite appearances, Charizard is not actually a dragon Pokemon. Not that anyone really cares, because holy crap, Charizard! Players caught one near Cupid's Span on Saturday. Is Charizard a fan of public art, or did the Bay Lights just distract it?

Rincon Park
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Charmander

2 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105

A red hot starter Pokemon and fan favorite for 20 years. A weekend trainer caught one wandering around the Mozilla building on the Embarcadero, presumably trying to pick a fight with the Firefox.

2 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Omanyte

Folsom St & San Francisco Bicycle Rte 5, San Francisco, CA 94105

Yes, these shell-bearing fossil Pokemon are supposed to be extinct. But not only are they at large in San Francisco, they seem to be fond of Cupid's Span. Alert the Academy of Sciences.

Folsom St & San Francisco Bicycle Rte 5
San Francisco, CA 94105

4. Raticate

450 10th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Somebody caught a Raticate at the 10th Street Costco on Friday. The health inspector is NOT going to be cool with this.

450 10th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Slowbro

San Francisco, CA

Slowbro is one laid back dude, considering that his tail has been turned into a perpetual chew toy. Normally he hangs out at the beach, but we assume that he popped into Westfield Centre after evolving to look for accessories to compliment his new look.

6. Squirtle

Embarcadero Station, 298 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Squirtles seem to be frequent BART riders. Clearly, they're fans of the Transbay Tube.

Embarcadero Station, 298 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Jynx

Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

It's a tall order to manage to be the weirdest looking Pokemon in the world. But here's Jynx. Gamers spotted it doings its thing (whatever that may be, precisely...) at Yerba Buena Gardens, but Jynx is clearly missing its real calling at Beach Blanket Babylon.

Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Nidoran

Powell St. Station, 899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

For obvious reasons, a lot of Pokemon hunting is happening on and around BART, like this spiny, poisonous Pokemon snagged at Powell Street Station.

Powell St. Station, 899 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Rattata

Townsend and 8th, San Francisco, CA 94103

Since 1996, Rattata has been the most predictably easy-to-catch Pokemon in the world. San Francisco is no exception, with the little purple critters scampering around most neighborhoods, and virtually all of the parks.

Townsend and 8th
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Staryu

97 Stillman St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Typically found near bodies of water (Ocean Bean, we hear, is a good spot), this starfish was found in SOMA near Third Street.

97 Stillman St
San Francisco, CA 94107

11. Flareon

Columbia Square, San Francisco, CA 94103

Players are still debating how to get their Eevees to evolve into Flareons (or its other potential upgrades, Jolteon and Vaporeon). Of course, you could just head down to Columbia Square Park (designed by David Baker Architects) and try to catch a pre-evolved one.

Columbia Square
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. Weepinbell

China Basin Park, San Francisco, CA 94158

Cute little Bellsprouts eventually grow into deadly, acid-spitting Weepinbells. And boy, do they look surprised about it. Word has it they lurk in the trees at China Basin Park.

China Basin Park
San Francisco, CA 94158

13. Venusaur

745 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cute little Bulbasaur blossomed into Venusaur in the Yerba Buena area.

745 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. Parasect

Embarcadero St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Parasect is both a bug and a fungus that has been spotted by one Reddit User at the Embarcadero and Harrison MUNI Metro Stop.

Embarcadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

15. Graveler

3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Graveler has been spotted at 3rd and Folsom, or it could possibly just be some leftover rubble from a nearby construction project.

3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

16. Grimer

San Francisco, CA

Ew! Imagine stepping on one of these things next time you're waiting for the MUNI 10 Townsend. We recommend closed-toe shoes for the rest of the season, as a rule.

17. Onix

San Francisco, CA 94107

Mighty Onix is devastated by water, but the local ones have set up shop in Mission Bay.

18. Magmar

900 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Magmars heal by swimming in molten lava. Since there are no active volcanoes in SoMa, it's presumably lost.

900 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

19. Pinsir

1185 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Whoa! Though this hulking, perpetually angry bug Pokemon favors the parks, one MUNI rider caught his at the stop on Mission & 8th. As if your commute wasn't hassle enough already. Pinsirs can be found all over west SoMa.

1185 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103