More than one year after it started, Twitch Plays Pokémon catches all 151 monsters

Matthew Jarvis
More than one year after it started, Twitch Plays Pokémon catches all 151 monsters

Social experiment-meets-endurance test Twitch Plays Pokmon has finally completed its Pokdex, a year after it first went live.

Launched back in February 2014, the live Twitch broadcast allowed viewers to input commands into a modified version of 1996 Game Boy title Pokmon Red.

The stream, which attracted over 121,000 simultaneous viewers at its peak and 1.16 million participants in total, and spawned a number of copycats and viral memes, took 16 continuous days to beat the game's ‘final' bosses, The Elite Four.

However, a dedicated group of watchers kept hammering away at the herculean task of catching all 151 Pokmon and thus filling out the game's Pokdex.

They were given a little bit of help – the game was modified to make all 151 original monsters catchable (rather than requiring players to trade with Pokmon Blue owners as it did in 1996), legendary Pokmon – which players normally get one shot at – were set to respawn, and the player character AIIIAAB was given the ability to purchase the title's Master Ball item, which instantly catches any Pokmon.

The final Pokmon to be caught was Red/Blue's infamous psychic cat creature Mewtwo, who Pokmon fans may recognise as the subject of original spin-off film Pokmon: The First Movie from 1998.

Those interested in reliving the final 20 minutes of Twitch Plays Pokmon's glory can do so below.

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