It’s Squirtle’s world, we’re just living in it.

If you’re wondering what’s been filling your social media newsfeed over the past few days, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game that encourages players to explore their neighbourhood and visit local landmarks, ‘catching’ wild Pokemon on their phones in the process.

Pokemon Go was released less than a week ago, but it’s already led to the discovery of a dead body (a teen in Wyoming found the body while looking for a Pokemon found near water); multiple armed robberies (thieves are reportedly using PokeStops, virtual landmarks in the game that are found at real world locations, to anticipate places where players will be); and even erroneous reports of major car crashes caused by distracted players (these reports turned out to be fake, but it’s not difficult to imagine they’ll come true before long).

Yes, it was released less than a week ago, and is only available in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan, but the augmented reality game is already about to surpass Twitter in daily active users, causing Nintendo shares to soar more than 20 percent in early Tokyo trading today.

Let all that sink in for a second, and think about how unlikely it is. In our fragmented society, with countless forms of entertainment clamouring for your attention, no matter how niche your interests, it’s difficult to think of anything that has truly united the culture in recent years — and yet here we have a craze seemingly on par with Beatlemania or, well, the original Pokemon phenomenon in the ’90s.

And Brisbane is no exception.

The Queensland Police Service has been forced to issue a warning on its website, urging players to be considerate of others and to switch off the app while driving.

“‘I was collecting Pokémon’ is not a legal defence against a charge of trespass, so be sure that you have permission to enter an area or building,” they posted.

South Bank, in particular, is a hot spot for PokeStops, Pokemon gyms (places where players gather to train their Pokemon and battle rivals), and wild Pokemon.

Brisbane’s first Pokemon Go pub crawl was held on the weekend, with gamers gathering in Fortitude Valley and heading to bars offering drink specials for Pokemon Go players.

This weekend, three major Pokemon Go events will be held in Brisbane.

The Pokemon Go Brisbane City Adventure will start in the City Botanic Gardens this Saturday 16 July at 11am before heading to the Goodwill Bridge, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane Wheel, Kurilpa Bridge, Roma Street Parkland and Anzac Square.

On Sunday 17 July, the first Queensland Pokemon Go Picnic will be held at Roma Street Parkland from 11am to 4pm. UPDATE: This event has now been pushed back to Sunday 24 July.

The Brightside (27 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley) is also hoping to attract players with the announcement of a Pokemon Go Social Club, which will kick off this Saturday 16 July with themed cocktails, Pokemon card games and Nintendo DS tables, custom membership badges and live performances from Earth Caller, Deadlights, Daybreakers and Among The Ruined. The venue is a PokeStop, and it will be ‘lured’ with in-game modules to attract wild Pokemon all night.

And now that everyone’s suddenly a Pokemon expert, Little Clive (461 Ipswich Road, Annerley) have announced a Pokemon Trivia night for Friday 29 July, kicking off at 7pm.

Reddit users have also been compiling a list of which Pokemon have been found in which Brisbane suburbs — it’s constantly being updated, but here’s what they’ve found so far.

Acacia Ridge
Doduo
Dotrio

Albany Creek
Bulbasaur
Bellsprout
Dratini
Staryu
Ekans
Poliwhirl

Albion
Scyther
Clefable
Ryhorn
Zubat
Pigey

Ashgrove
Zubat
Caterpie
Pidgey
Spearow
Staryu
Horsea
Diglett

Carbrook
Zubat
Eevee

Carindale
Mankey
Horsea
Crabby
Growlith
Polywag
Tentacool

Chermside
Exeggcute
Paras
Clefairy

Clayfield
Ryhorn
Spearow
Weedle
Caterpie
Dodou
Dodrio
Pigey
Pigetotto

Eagleby
Bellsprout
Sodom
Eevee
Pidgey
Rattata
Spearow
Venonat
Weedle
Squirtle
Tangela
Fearow

Geebung
Meowth
Crabby
Kangaskhan
Doduo
Staryu
Weedle
Zubat
Venonat
Caterpie
Raticate
Eevee
Pidgey
Magikarp
Nidoran
Pinsir
Bellsprout
Seadra
Dodiro
Rattata
Spearow
Pidgeotto

Indooroopilly
Kangaskhan

Ipswich
Gastly
Bulbasaur

Kedron
Bulbasaur
Ivysaur

Kelvin Grove
Scyther
Bulbasaur
Zubat
Spearow
Horsea
Paras
Nidoran
Oddish

New Farm
Doduo
Rattata
Squirtle

North Lakes
Rattata
Pidgey
Spearow
Eevee
Doduo
Bellsprout
Weedle
Magikarp
Psyduck

Nundah
Bulbasaur
Eevee
Vulpix
Mankey
Meowth
Horsea
Polywag
Zubat
Eggsecute
Weedle
Venonat

Parkinson
Doduo
Squirtle
Bulbasaur
Tangela
Pinsir
Nidoran
Ekans
Poliwag
Pidgey
Paras
Spearow
Rattata
Magikarp
Magmar
Scyther
Caterpie
Weedle

Springfield
Zubat
Pidgey
Weevil
Ekans
Paras
Venonat
Staryu
Goldeen
Seaking
Pinsir
Eevee
Polywag
Jigglypuff
Doduo
Krabby
Magmar
Caterpie
Rattata
Magikarp

West End
Pinsir
Doduo
Rattata
Magikarp
Goldeen
Oddish
Dratini

Local fans are also adding PokeStops, Gyms and wild Pokemon to this Pokemon Go Field Map.

Where have you found Pokemon in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments below — and good luck catching them all!

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