Desert Companion

Gotta catch 'em all

Pokémon Go is all the rage. The new augmented reality game, in which players search their real-world environs in hopes of capturing Pokémon — cartoon monsters with special powers — was released by Niantic in July. What are some of the rare creatures intrepid Pokémon hunters are finding in Las Vegas?

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Puckpuff
Photography by Brent Holmes

Puckpuff

Thrilled that hockey is coming to Las Vegas; probably won’t attend because parking is hard.

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Zombold
Photography by Brent Holmes

Zombold

Usually found lurking in slot-machine bars, Zombold emits a powerful cloud of secondhand Virginia Slims smoke, incapacitating enemies before stealing all their Deuces Wild credits.

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Grubdude
Photography by Brent Holmes

Grubdude

This spiky-haired monster spontaneously conjures mounds of over-flavored food, which he uses to taunt encroaching foodies.

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Jerzeyboiz
Photography by Brent Holmes

Jerzeyboiz

Sings songs of the ancients, then disappears inexplicably.

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Doormonger
Photography by Brent Holmes

Doormonger

If your name is on his magical list, you may pass. But, sorry, your name is not on the list.

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Touristbro
Photography by Brent Holmes

His desperately enthusiastic shouts of “Vegas, baby!” at Denny’s at 4 a.m. are secretly a primal wail of loneliness and woe.

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