Pokémon Go initially launched in the summer of 2016, the game had rapidly become the top favorite mobile game in that season, people kept chasing and pursuing rare Pokémon to complete the Pokédex. Gradually, some players quit and deleted the app due to the system bugs and the toll it was taking on the smartphone’s battery. Unlike others, I still love this game and keep playing it, and the good news is that a new series of Pokémon games coming to the switch this fall, which however attracts the multi-media players to enjoy this game once again.
One of the most obvious objective of playing Pokémon Go is capturing rare Pokemon, so how and where to find rare Pokémon? First of all, you need to identify what kind of Pokémon can be listed as rarity. Go and check a summary of common and uncommon Pokémon (Reference: eurogamer) below.
- Gen 1: Rattata, Pidgey, Weedle, Caterpie, Zubat
- Gen 2: Sentret, Swinub, Hoothoot, Ledyba
- Gen 1:Eevee, Venonat, Oddish, Magikarp, Drowzee, Meowth, Spearow, Bellsprout, Paras, Krabby, Horsea
- Gen 2: Spinarak, Murkrow, Wooper, Natu, Marill, Hoppip, Remoraid, Sneasel
- Gen 1: Clefairy, Nidoran (M), Nidoran (F), Ekans, Cubone, Goldeen, Poliwag, Shellder, Jigglypuff, Magnemite, Gastly, Exeggcute, Slowpoke, Slyduck, Jynx, Staryu, Tentacool, Ditto
- Gen 2: Chinchou, Sunkern, Aipom, Snubbull, Dunsparce, Teddiursa
- Gen 1: Dratini, Growlithe, Geodude, Onix, Ponyta, Vulpix, Koffing, Sandshrew, Magmar, Abra
- Gen 2: Slugma, Mantine, Sudowoodo, Pineco, Gligar, Shuckle, Phanpy, Skarmory, Qwilfish
- Gen 1: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Electabuzz, Machop, Grimer, Rhyhorn, Voltorb, Lickitung, Scyther, Pinsir, Tangela, Omanyte, Kabuto, Girafarig, Stantler
- Gen 2: Yanma, Chikorita, Cyndaquill, Totodile, Misdreavus, Houndour, Larvitar
- Gen 1: Lapras, Snorlax, Porygon, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Chansey, Aerodactyl
- Gen 2: Miltank, Mareep, Togetic, Hitmontop, Unown
After you get the basic knowledge of rare Pokémon, then you need to check their biomes, Some Pokémon might still be more common in some specific areas — water Pokémon might still best be found near the water and electric Pokémon in electric biomes but, theoretically, any Pokémon can now spawn anywhere.
Then you could use “Nearby” and “Sighting” to detect Pokémon in your immediate vicinity. The point is neither Nearby or Sightings shows you every Pokémon around you. If there are a lot of PokéStops in your area and a lot of Pokémon loitering at those Stops, Nearby will only show you one or two from each Stop. Same with Sightings. Literally, you wouldn’t miss the rare Pokémon as they are generally highlighted.
How to increase the chance to catch rare Pokémon? Use eggs whenever you can, regularly, 10 km eggs can offer rarer Pokémon than 5 km and 2 km eggs. Certain types are also quite easier to be found, such as steel or fire, seems morel likely to be found than others.