How To Catch Rare Pokémon In ‘Pokémon Go’


As the world’s obsession with Pokémon Go continues to grow at an alarming (and exciting) rate, the majority of trainers are growing tired of catching thousands of Pidgey, Zubat and Drowzee Pokémon and are desperate for some of the good stuff: Rare Pokémon. 

Whether you’re craving a Charizard, desperate for a Dratini or just must have a Mewtwo, we’ve got some tips that should help you find the rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Which are the rarest Pokémon?


It’s all well and good knowing what a Pidgey, Rattata, Zubat or a Drowzee is, but when it comes to the rare Pokémon, you might just be testing your 90s cartoon/vide ogame knowledge.

Thankfully, the extremely helpful RotomGuy on Reddit has compiled a handy chart of different levels of Pokémon rarity (here in the EU at least). He sadly doesn’t include any of the evolutions, but it gives you an idea of how easy it’s going to be to find many of the Pokémon available in Pokémon Go.


Note those continent exclusives – Mr. Mime is only available in Europe, Farfetch’d in Japan, Tauros in North America and Kangaskhan in Australia.

Aside from those little pesky jet-setters, you’re looking at six Legendary Pokémon to find in Pokémon Go – Mew, Mewtwo, Moltres, Articuno, Zapdos and Ditto. From extensive trawling on the internet and various social media, it seems like no-one has caught any of the elusive six, which makes us wonder whether they’re in the game at all (yet).

Level yourself up as much as you can


Unless you’re very lucky indeed – or at least in the right place at the right time – the higher your Trainer Level, the more likely you are to come across the rarest of Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

So use our extensive Pokémon Go tips and tricks to help you rise up the ranks, using Lucky Eggs, battling, collecting and of course walking about racking up those kms.

Keep walking and hatching those eggs


Unless you’re willing to travel all over the country (and the world for those exclusives), the easiest way to get yourself some rare Pokémon is to hatch eggs.

You’ll pick up eggs from PokéStops all over the place, with you able to hold a maximum of nine at a time. But in order to start hatching them, you’ll need an Incubator. You’ll get an unlimited use Incubator early on in the game and as you make your way through the levels, you may pick up another couple of limited-use Incubators.

As soon as you get one, shove an egg in one and start walking, as you can only hatch an egg by walking the prerequisite distance.

There are three tiers to egg-hatching distances – 2km, 5km and 10km – but don’t be fooled into thinking that the rarest Pokémon are only found in the 10km eggs.


The excellent folks over at have worked out the various distances you need to travel in order to be in with a chance of hatching certain Pokémon.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Bulbasaur – 2km egg
  • Charmander – 2km egg
  • Squirtle – 2km egg
  • Pikachu – 2km egg
  • Ponyta – 5km egg
  • Machop – 5km egg
  • Lickitung – 5km egg
  • Porygon – 5km egg
  • Chansey – 10km egg
  • Snorlax – 10km egg
  • Lapras – 10km egg
  • Omanyte – 10km egg
  • Kabuto – 10km egg
  • Aerodactyl – 10km egg
  • Dratini – 10km egg

Make sure you’re watching the Nearby Pokémon tab


When you’ve levelled up, got some eggs waiting to hatch and are just raring to get yourself some high-powered, super rare PokéFriends, make sure you’re also keeping a keen eye on the Nearby Pokémon tab in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

Utilise the user-powered maps and tracker apps


If you’re getting really desperate to nab yourself a Charizard, you could make use of the Pokémon Go tracker app that are skyrocketing up the App Store charts, or one of the browser-based services that offer the same functionality.

We’ve tried out Poké Radar and Helper for Pokémon Go – both on iPhone – and found them to be sometimes helpful. The sightings they map on the world around you are all submitted by fellow Pokémon Go trainers in your area. Poké Radar actually has the times they were submitted, so you can see how recently your particular elusive beast was lurking in the area.

There’s also the online tool, Pokecrew, which is a similar browser-based service but seems to be slightly more accurate.

All of these are free tools, so you can try them out without harming your wallet – or your Poké Street Cred.

Or try the Ingress hack


When in doubt, go back to Niantic basics. The Pokémon Go developer previous app, Ingress, is a very similar game to Pokémon Go. You battle it out for control of territories linked to real-world locations, using a glowing substance called XM to power your various actions. You have to collect said XM from various points across the map, similar to the way PokéStops work.

And that’s just what some Pokémon Go users figured out. The pools XM actually correspond to areas where Pokémon are more likely to appear.

If you keep both apps open and switch between them every now and then, you may find your latest PokéWalk has improved dramatically – although your phone’s battery may be depleted in minutes. That Charizard’s worth it right?

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