The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

There are hundreds of unique Pokémon available for trainers to find and catch around the Pokémon Go world.

Pokémon like Pidgey and Natu are common and can be found easily. Some Pokémon, however, are much more difficult to find and catch. Trainers can spend hours searching for their favorite Pokémon to add to their team and complete their Pokédex.

This list shows some of the more difficult Pokémon to catch Pokémon Go. Make sure you stock up on the correct items and Pokéballs you need while out there and remember, you need to get them all.

A bra

The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

Abra isn't necessarily hard to find, but it's one of the hardest Pokémon to catch in the game. Abra has an escape rate of 99 out of 100 which means it will often escape your Pokéball and escape after a failed attempt.

Therefore, it is a good idea to use Ultra Balls against an Abra to increase the chances of successfully catching this Pokémon.



These four Pokémon are not only incredibly difficult to find, but they are also very difficult to catch.

All of these Pokémon have little chance of being found in the wild: Blastoise, Venusaur, Charizard, and Dragonite each have a four percent capture rate. This means that it is extremely difficult to find, let alone capture, these famous Pokémon from the Kanto region.

Wartortle, Ivysaur, Charmeleon, ecc.

The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

While the final evolutions of the original starters are harder to catch than their second forms, these guys only have an 8% chance catch rate with only a slightly better chance of appearing in the world. Other Pokemon with a similar catch rate include Gengar, Raichu, Clefable, Ninetales, Gyarados, Dragonair, and Arcanine.

Region-specific Pokemon

These Pokemon are naturally not difficult to catch, but you have to be in some parts of the world to be able to meet them or have a friend who has already traded them. The original exclusives were Tauros in the US, Kangaskhan in Australia, Farfetch in Japan and South Korea, and Mr. Mime in Europe.

The following are the Pokemon that have been added as unique to the region and where they can be found:

  • Heracross - Central and South America, including areas of southern Florida
  • Corsola - Tropical areas along the equator
  • Torkoal – India
  • Zangoose - Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Seviper - Americas and Africa
  • Solrock - Americas, Africa
  • Lunatone - Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Relicanth: New Zealand
  • Illumise - Americas and Africa
  • Volbeat - Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Tropius - Africa
  • Pachirisu - Northern Canada, Russia, Alaska
  • Shellos (pink) - West of longitude 0
  • Shellos (Blu) – East of Longitude 0
  • Chatot - Southern Hemisphere
  • Mime Jr. - Europe (5 KM of eggs)
  • Carnivine - Southeastern United States
  • Uxie – Asia-Pacific
  • Mesprit – Europa, Africa
  • Azelf - Americas
  • Pansage - Asia-Pacific
  • Pansear – Europa, Africa
  • Panpour - Americas
  • Heatmor - Western Hemisphere
  • Durant - Eastern hemisphere


The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

While there is a slight chance of finding Tyranitar in the world, these Pokemon are more likely to be found in raid battles. However, Tyranitar is one of the most powerful creatures in Pokemon Go and can be difficult to catch even if your team defeats them. They are almost always over 2.000 CP (sometimes closer to 3.000 CP) and have a probability of acquiring around 5%.

All Legendary Pokémon

The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

Legendary Pokémon are some of the hardest creatures to catch Pokémon Go. To catch them, players must connect with other trainers in legendary raids and complete a protracted battle process.

After finally finding enough players to beat the legendary Pokémon, the trainers will be given a small amount of Pokéballs to try and add them to their team. But each Pokéball that successfully attaches to a Legendary Pokémon only has a 2-3% chance of catching.

Players can slightly improve their chances of success by using items like a Golden Razz Berry, but it will only increase the chance of catching a legendary creature by 1 to 2%.

If you fail and run out of Pokéballs, you'll need to find another location that has a Legendary Pokémon. You will also need to own another raid pass or purchase one from the shop to earn a seat in a legendary raid battle.


Mewtwo is a special case in the legendary Pokémon department. This powerful Pokémon is usually only available in invited raids, so trainers must hope Niantic sent them an invitation for a chance to catch it. During special events, it can be available in legendary raids in its standard or battleship form.

There is no way to tell how to get these steps, so it all comes down to chance.


The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go

Mew cannot be caught in the open world and is available to all players as soon as they complete the "Mythical Discovery" special quest. While every player has access to this, it's not an easy task to finish.

First: spin five Poké Stops, catch 10 Pokémon, and transfer five Pokémon.

Second: Earn two candies, do 10 "awesome" tosses and hatch three eggs.

Third: Reach level 15, fight two gyms and two raids.

Fourth: Earn a silver Kanto medal, develop 20 Pokémon, and earn five candy as you walk.

Fifth: Catch a Ditto, make 20 "awesome" shots and catch 10 Ghost Pokémon.

Sixth: Reach level 25, fight 10 raids and evolve a Magikarp.

Seventh: Catch 50 Pokémon with a Berry, throw an "Excellent" curve and get a Gold Kanto medal.

Eighth: Catch Mew, which at this point will have a 100% chance of catching, so don't worry once you get to this point.

These are many steps that must be completed in order to complete. If you take a Ditto before getting on the fifth step, you will have to do it again. Additionally, Magikarp takes 400 candies to evolve into Gyarados.

Adam Newell contributed to this article.

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