LISTEN: Trend takes hold of Gladstone, changes man's life

THE launch of Pokemon Go has changed a local Pokemon fan's life, with the Gladstone man saying he's made more friends in the past week then he has in the past year.

Pokemon hunter Spencer Thomas is now digging into his pockets to buy a human-sized Pikachu, a 4ft tall Balbasaur, and a "load of Pokemon figurines" to entice hunters to a "Poke Trudge" at East Shores tonight.

Mr Thomas said the best dressed Poke hunter would take home the 6ft tall Pikachu, the hunter who catches the most Pokemon wins the Bulbasaur, while whoever catches the rarest Pokemon will win the Charmander. He said he's been bombarded with more than 50 messages asking about the event.

Three of the Poke Trudge's four events will be held at east shores, while a fourth will be held at the CQ University Marina Campus theatre. Mr Thomas will also be cooking a barbecue to wrap up the night. 

The Trudge will go ahead even if it rains, Mr Thomas said, as he's planned undercover activities.

The trend is taking hold of Gladstone, with one Facebook page, Pokemon Go Gladstone, gathering 478 Likes since the game was launched a week ago. Mr Thomas's Facebook page, Poke Go, has gathered 163 Likes in a week.

He said in the competitive world of Pokemon hunting, he is helping fellow hunters catch more by posting a photo and location of where a Pokemon is caught.

"I know on some of the Facebook pages people are having arguments among themselves," he said. "This is a non-competitive Facebook page."

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