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All the Rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go and Tips to Find Them



Owners of iPhones and smartphones running Google’s Android operating system may say that they enjoy exploring their neighborhoods and meeting new people because of Pokémon GO, but that’s likely not why they continue to come back day after day. Truly, it’s a safe bet that people play Pokémon GO because they simply enjoy adding the creatures to their collection. Snagging a rare Pokémon in Pokémon GO is the carrot that keeps players exploring and looking for new areas to search.

Built completely for mobile phones, Pokémon GO uses augmented reality features and the sensors built into most smartphones to give players the feeling that the creatures really do walk among them. In the game, players are the character and controller. Exploring areas really does require that players free roam.

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It’s still early days, but we’re starting to understand more about the mechanics that govern rare Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

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Keep in mind that the term Rare Pokémon is very fluid right now. What may be a rare Pokémon in your area might be a very common Pokémon somewhere else. Niantic designed the game to present players with different types of creatures depending on their location. For example, water-type Pokémon are specific to areas where there’s water. One list of rare Pokémon from one area might not be accurate in another.

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As such, this list is more speculation than definitive. It’s based on information compiled by thousands of users around the world by Poke Assistant. They’re listed in order of most rare to least rare.


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Tips for Catching Rare Pokémon in Pokémon GO

Because of the nature of Pokémon GO, there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll come across a rare Pokémon that’s not in your collection. There are steps that you can take though, steps that could make it more likely that you’ll find some of the game’s rarely seen creatures and not just another common creatures that you already have too many of.

First, understand where you should be looking for rare Pokémon. According to The Silph Road, an organization of worldwide Trainers that have tested the game since its beta, so-called nests spawn rare Pokémon over and over again in some areas. Players are sharing details of these Nests over social networks, but there’s no master-list of nests available for specific rare Pokémon worldwide. The best that you can do is to keep exploring public spaces and frequently check places where you’ve spotted rare Pokémon previously. Use the radar available in the tab on the right edge of your screen to check for creatures that you don’t recognize.

Pokemon Go and Pokemon Go Plus / The Verge

Pokemon Go and Pokemon Go Plus / The Verge

Try using Lure Modules and Incense to boost the amount of creatures you encounter in parks and at PokeStops.

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Also, remember to pay attention to Eggs that you collect from PokeStops. Some of them could have rare Pokémon inside of them. You’ll want to use the Incubator given to you at the start of the game to gestate the Eggs that require more time to hatch. Eggs that take longer to hatch should have Pokemon worth keeping around.

Niantic based the game on the 150 creatures available in the original three versions of the game. As such, Pokémon from newer games aren’t rare; they aren’t in the game at all.

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Reportedly, the amount of rare Pokémon that you encounter around the world depends on the level. That’d explain why Trainers just starting out see the same types of creatures for a while.

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PokeStops & Gym Locations

PokeStops & Gym Locations

A recent question and answer session on the Silph Road confirms that Pokémon Go currently uses 30% to 50% of portals that were present in Niantic’s last game, Ingress. Pokémon Go maps these over real-world landmarks that players have to walk to.

PokeStops and Gyms are real-world locations that players go to pick up items and battle the creatures left behind by other trainers. Police departments are already warning players of the game to stay away from their stations, according to VG247.



  1. PokeMark

    07/19/2016 at 2:50 pm

    I think that your list of rare Pokemon is pretty accurate, at least for me. I have only seen a few of those so far. I am working on creating a map of crowd-sourced Pokemon sightings so that we can figure out where these rarer Pokemon tend to spawn. The map is at and any feedback on how it could be improved is appreciated.

  2. LACE

    07/19/2016 at 9:10 pm

    I am always surrounded by tauroses

  3. Greta Henderson

    07/20/2016 at 2:51 pm

    I have nidoqueen you have your images mixed up…youve called it nidoking…also some of the ones listed the more popular ones evolve into….the more of the same I catch and trade in to get candy to evolve the more variance I get…lures dont work at pokestops for me saus cannot be used and incence has no effect either….keep loosing hatched eggs to…If they dont start to respond to their complaints I think I will get very bored soon

  4. Jim

    07/21/2016 at 7:59 am

    I hope you guys are 10 and under…..if not and you are playing this crap…..very sad…….

    • Michael

      09/13/2016 at 9:26 pm

      Cmon jim

  5. Matthew

    07/21/2016 at 12:48 pm

    I have a blastoise

  6. Marianequeen001

    07/22/2016 at 6:49 am

    I am always surrounded by zubats. Rare pokemons are in houses! As living in an arab country, it is really impossible to ask to come in and catch the pokemons. I can’t go somewhere far to catch the pokemons. I look like an idiot walking alone. No one is playing it in my country. So sad. They don’t know all the fun

  7. Millred

    07/23/2016 at 2:44 pm

    I caught this thing called a jynx is that a rare Pokemon is a ice/pyhic pokemon

  8. seb

    07/24/2016 at 1:08 pm

    level 1 .. found Lickitung. either this thing is wrong or I’m a very lucky poky masture XD

  9. Tech Fly (@TechFlyz)

    07/28/2016 at 3:57 am

    Cool. I have a few. And the I evolved of a few more.

  10. iosfixer

    07/28/2016 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  11. Hunter B

    07/31/2016 at 11:03 am

    Yeah, lickitung at level 3, I was amazed. But my other account is 6 and I have 2 tauros, weepingbeel, poliwrath, and several others I had no idea were rare. If it helps Lickitung is in alleys between houses….no bs

  12. tubekeeper

    08/10/2016 at 8:27 am

    i am checking rarity ranking via this web:

  13. Darcy

    08/12/2016 at 7:33 am

    Jim, why are you here if you don’t play? And why would a child under 10 have a smart phone? More importantly, why is it anyone’s business what games one chooses to play? If it’s fun and you are being safe, who cares? Go be mean and old somewhere else.

    • JigglyPuff aka CreamPuff

      08/23/2016 at 3:41 pm

      I’m a 10 year old why u so dumb I got my first phone as a 6 year old….. You’re dumb soo very dumb.

      • Diana

        10/19/2016 at 2:40 am

        Wow im amazed at your attitude kid. You shame your parents by the way you talk. And maybe your parents should be blamed for giving you a phone at a very young age. Have some respect and others will respect you too. A word of advice from this cruel world.

  14. Michael

    08/16/2016 at 6:21 am

    I’ve recently found a nice program to catch rare pokemons and leveling up. Works fine for me.

  15. Stanley

    08/25/2016 at 12:35 am

    Most of the strong players in game simply use catch service by

    It’s so cheap, and with the perfect catch only it is worthy for us to spend candies and stardust to upgrade it.

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