If you haven’t heard of Pokémon Go … No, let’s be honest, you’ve heard of Pokémon Go. Whether you love it, hate it, or it leaves you indifferent, this video game is everywhere .
A global phenomenon that has already been downloaded more than 75 million times since its release on July 5 in some countries. If in France, it was not until Sunday July 24 for the application to be officially available, thousands of people had already managed to install it in advance, from July 5.
Faced with this phenomenon, we wondered which Pokémon were the most interesting to the French. So we asked Google about it. The search engine’s News Lab has provided us with several maps showing the most searched Pokémon in France by region (unfortunately Google has not yet moved to the new regions).
Unsurprisingly, in all regions of France, it is Pikachu who is leading the race. The second most wanted Pokémon next is Mewtwo, the famous hardest to catch Pokémon from the original game. It is not yet possible to catch it, but it is present in the game files. Some regions are also looking for Mew, from which Mewtwo was cloned (same principle). Auvergne and Alsace are original, mostly looking for Grolem and Aquali.
The 2nd most wanted Pokémon by region:
When we arrive at the third most wanted Pokémon, regions begin to become more specific. If Mew and Mewtwo remain in a good position, the West of France still seems very interested in Aquali, the aquatic evolution of Eevee. Lower Normandy and Corsica are looking for Magikarp a lot, surely with the aim of making it evolve into a Leviator.
The 3rd Most Wanted Pokémon by Region:
Quite logical results. But the Google teams had fun being a little more specific, to reveal real disparities between the regions. How? ‘Or’ What? By finding out which Pokémon was the most “specifically wanted” in each region. Basically, it comes down to wondering which Pokémon is “unusually” popular for each region.
There are many surprises here and it is difficult to draw a definitive conclusion, so we let you explore the map and see what we are looking for closer to home than elsewhere in France.
The most unusually popular Pokémon in each region