Pokémon Go nests: How to find Pokémon nests in the UK and London
It can be a challenge finding new Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go — it wouldn’t be a fun game if the monsters were evenly dispersed (and no-one would ever touch Ratatta). But perhaps you’re looking in the wrong place? You won’t ever find different Pokémon if you don’t look in different places.
With the Generation 4 update hotly anticipated, now is a great time to go out hunting again, in order to save up candies and stardust (and to get fit enough to walk the distances required to do so!). And there’s no harm in filling all the holes in your collection before hundreds of new holes appear.
So if you’re looking to capture something more exotic than another Pidgey, you’re going to have to explore some new lands. but where should you actually go? And is there an easy way to find the specific Pokémon you want? The answer isn’t quite as easy as yes or no, and that’s where Pokémon nests come in.
What is a Pokémon nest?
If you’ve played Pokémon Go for a while now, you’ll probably notice that there are some areas that seem to swarm with certain types of Pokémon, and that’s basically what a Pokémon nest is. Simply put, a Pokémon nest is a location where large numbers of a Pokémon (excluding wasters such as Drowzee) spawn in one place over a short period of time. If for example, say, four Abras can be captured over the space of 20 to 30 minutes in one location, then you’d call that hotspot a Pokémon nest.
It’s possible that Pokémon nests are a glitch, created due to a mistake in the algorithm that spawns Pokémon – but we won’t complain. When the nest phenomenon first appeared, we thought Niantic would get rid of it entirely – but it looks like Niantic is simply changing the Pokémon type each nest tends to spawn.
Where can you find Pokémon nests?
Pokémon trainers from around the world have worked together to find the nesting spots of Pokémon. Most Pokémon nests are in big cities, so there’s much more to see and do than just play Pokémon Go. However, don’t plan your city breaks just yet – the location of Pokémon nests have been known to change. As a rule, it’s worth checking to make sure the Pokémon nests you want to visit still spawn the Pokémon you want. Imagine taking a day off work to catch 34 Drowzees. Gutted.
If you live around London, you’re already in luck. A Poké trainer named I_am_Bruton_Gaste has posted the locations of all the Pokémon nest locations in London on Reddit. As well as the post, a helpful map showing the Pokémon nest locations has been created – although it only covers London right now. To give you a taste of what to expect in the Reddit post, Charmanders can often be found in Greenwich Park, Blackheath and the Olympic Park. If you find any more Pokémon nests, you can contribute to the post, too.
In addition, there’s a whole subreddit for Pokémon hunters in London, so as a team you can stay on top of nests and gyms, and trade Pokémon to your hearts content.
If you’re not coming to London anytime soon, then it may be worth searching for Pokémon nests in your local town or city. There’s already a national Pokémon nests map for the UK, which is proving to be a valuable tool in the quest to be the very best, like no-one ever was.