Pokémon GO Wiki
Pokémon GO Wiki
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This page is about the game element. For the list of Pokémon available in the game, see: List of Pokémon.
For information on the game element that stores data about Pokémon in the game, see: Pokédex.
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Pokémon, the main element of Pokémon GO, are creatures which Trainer has the task to catch.

List of Pokémon

Main article: List of Pokémon

Currently there are 905 Pokémon in game data, but not all of them are available to acquire. These Pokémon are known from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola and Galar regions known from games of core series. Numerous distinct forms are also available.

For list of Pokémon with their data from Pokédex see: List of Pokémon by Pokédex data
For list of Pokémon with their base stats and maximal Combat Power see: List of Pokémon by statistics
For list of Pokémon by their evolutionary lines see: List of Pokémon families
For list of Pokémon by release of their forms see: List of Pokémon forms by release date

Acquiring Pokémon

Pokémon can be currently acquired in three ways:

  1. Catching them in wild, from Raid Bonus Challange, rescuing them from Team GO Rocket or obtaining them as a reward from Research tasks or GO Battle League
  2. Hatching them from Eggs obtained from PokéStops, Gyms or Gifts
  3. Trading them with another Trainers

Catching Pokémon

Main article: Catching Pokémon

Catching Pokémon in Pokémon GO is bit different than catching them in games from core series, as Trainer does not have to fight with Pokémon before he catches it (except for Raid and GO Rocket Battles in someway). Trainer can catch Pokémon by coming to spot where Pokémon is to encounter it in map view and then simply tapping on it to enter the encounter screen. Trainer can also catch Pokémon from a Bonus Challenge of Raid Battle, Shadow Pokémon rescue mission after battle with Team GO Rocket member, and as a reward from research tasks and GO Battle League.

Hatching Pokémon Eggs

Main article: Eggs

Hatching Pokémon is second way of acquiring it. To hatch Pokémon, Trainer has to firstly get a Pokémon Egg by spinning Photo Disc at PokéStops and Gyms, then basically Trainer puts an Egg to an incubator and has to walk specified distance to hatch it.

Trading Pokémon

Main article: Trading

Trading is the third way to acquire Pokémon. Trainers have to trade at close distance by using Stardust.

Pokémon collection

Example screenshot of the Pokémon collection page

To enter to the page with captured Pokémon in game, player needs to:

  1. in Map View tap on Main Menu button Button Main Menu.png
  2. tap on Pokémon button White Button Pokemon.png

Pokémon collection page on its top has two tabs - Pokémon and Eggs, that Trainer can click on it or swipe the screen right or left to access each of them. On each of those to tabs there's either shown all of the Pokémon Trainer captured or all of the Eggs Trainer has.

More about Pokémon Eggs collection page is available here.

Initially Trainers have only 300 slots for their Pokémon collection, but they can expand its space by buying upgrade. Every upgrade gives 50 more slots for Pokémon and a Trainer can have up to 6,100 slots for their Pokémon.

Pokémon collection can be sorted in 6 orders, that can be changed by tapping on the button in bottom left corner of screen. Pokémon can be sorted:

  • by date Pokémon were caught, the most recent on the beginning, this option is default set after login Button Sort by Date.png,
  • by favorite Pokémon, which is technically same order as the one by CP but all favorite Pokémon shows up first on the list Button Sort by Favourite.png,
  • by Pokédex number Button Sort by Number.png,
  • by Pokémon's HP Button Sort by HP.png,
  • alphabetically by Pokémon's name Button Sort by Name.png,
  • and by Pokémon's CP Button Sort by CP.png.

These sorting options can be swapped between ascending and descending orders.

Example screenshot of the Pokémon collection page in 0.69.1 version of the game

There are several optional indications shown with each Pokémon thumbnails:

  • if Pokémon is marked as favorite, there is a gold star icon in the top-right corner of Pokémon thumbnail,
  • if Pokémon is deployed in Gym or is Trainer's buddy, there is a mark with an appropriate icon to the left from that Pokémon,
  • if Pokémon was caught in the last 24 hours, it has greenish background behind it,
  • Shiny Pokémon have three-stars mark in the top-left corner of the thumbnail,
  • Lucky Pokémon have gold particles behind them,
  • Shadow Pokémon have purple flame icon to the left of the Pokémon,
  • Purified Pokémon have a bright blue particle icon to the left of the Pokémon.

There are three ways to exit from the page with captured Pokémon:

  • by tapping on return button on the Trainer's mobile device (not available for iPhone users for obvious reason),
  • by tapping on the exit button Button Close.png on the bottom of screen,
  • by swiping down at the very top of the page, which cause X icon appeared and then release.

Search bar and filtering option

Main article: Pokémon search

In top-right corner of page with Pokémon Collection, under the tabs with Pokémon and Eggs there's search button that allows Trainer to filter their Pokémon collection. There are several commands and characters to filter Pokémon with.

Pokémon summary

Explanatory screenshot of the Pokémon summary page

Pokémon summary page menu

Every captured Pokémon has its own summary page which Trainer can access by tapping on the certain Pokémon on the Pokémon Collection page.

On this page there are following elements:

1 Pokémon's CP
2 Button allowing to mark Pokémon as favourite
4 GO Snapshot button
3 Pokémon 3D Model
5 Name of Pokémon
Button next to it allows to change Pokémon's nickname.
On explanatory picture it's set to default.
6 Pokémon’s HP bar
7 Pokémon’s gender
8 Pokémon’s types, weight, and height
9 Pokémon related resources
These include: Stardust, Candy to the specific Pokémon family and Mega Energy if final evolution stage of Pokémon can Mega Evolve
10 Power Up button with its costs
11 Evolve button with its costs
If Pokémon has more evolution options, it is capable Mega Evolve, or it has has changeable forms, corresponding buttons will appear in this place.
12 Move set of Pokémon
13 Pokémon's second charge attack button
See: List of second Charged Attack costs for more details
14 Whereabouts of Pokémon obtaining
If the Pokémon was hatched from an Egg, it will display the location and time the Egg was obtained.
Currently, in front of the location, there's also displayed icon with certain Poké Ball with which caught or Egg from which Pokémon was hatched.
If Pokémon comes from evolution it shows basic Poké Ball instead of way the pre-evolutionary form was obtained.
If Pokémon was traded the information about original Trainer and trade date is displayed above the whereabouts of Pokémon's original obtaining.
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Following options are available from this menu:
  • Quick shortcut to Item Bag page with all items that can be used on currently viewed Pokémon
  • Mark the Pokémon as favourite New Button Favourite.png
  • Pokémon Apraisal New Button Appraise.png
  • Transfer the Pokémon to the Professor New Button Transfer.png


Main article: Pokédex

Pokédex is one of game elements, which allows Trainer to learn more about Pokémon that were already caught or seen.


Main article: Pokémon Appraisal

Pokémon Appraisal is game element, that allows Trainer to learn about Pokémon's statistics from their Team Leader. This game element is available for Trainers above 5 level and chose their team, as Pokémon Appraisal is mainly used for determination of Pokémon mostly useful in combat.

Battle properties

Combat Power

Main article: Combat Power

Combat Power (CP for short) is a measurement which indicates how well particular Pokémon will perform in battle. Higher CP values mean the Pokémon will be stronger and will hit harder.

Hit Points

HP bar of Wartortle on its summary page

Hit Points (HP for short) is a measurement of the Pokémon's health. All Pokémon start out with full HP at capture, but HP can be depleted during battle. [1]

Hit Points of Pokémon are based on following formula

For Level Scalar values, see Combat Power → Level Scalar

Hidden statistics

In Pokémon GO there are some statistics related to Pokémon that are hidden from player unlike the other games in Pokémon franchise and basically there is no place in game where they are displayed. Those are:

  • Pokémon Level this statistic, known from original Pokémon games is hidden in the Pokémon GO and is partially indicated with a Combat Power. Level of any captured Pokémon cannot be higher than Trainer level, unless Pokémon was caught with a weather boost. One Trainer level corresponds two Pokémon levels (e.g. Trainer with level 15 can power-up their Pokémon to level 14.5 and then 15.), thus Pokémon can be maximum of 80 level (as highest Trainer level currently is 40), unlike original game series where it was 100 level.
  • Base Stats (Attack, Defense, Stamina) these three statistics, well known from the games of core series, are also hidden in Pokémon GO. The CP value is based on these statistics.
  • Individual Values that determine if a Pokémon is stronger than another Pokémon of the same species, as they are unique to each Pokémon obtained. They can be checked with Pokémon Appraisal.
  • Same-Type Attack Bonus that is a bonus that is applied to the power of an Attack, if the Type of the Attack matches the Type of the Pokémon.


Pokémon have Genders that are either male or female but they can be also genderless. There are some Pokémon species that have only one gender. Some of Pokémon have also different forms depending on their genders.

For list of Pokémon species genders and their ratio for each other, see:

Main article: List of Pokémon gender ratio

For list of different forms of Pokémon species depending on their genders, see:

Main article: List of Pokémon gender differences


Main article: Evolution

Pokémon can evolve through the use of Candy. The amount of candy required differs depending on the Pokémon species. The CP of the previous evolutionary Pokémon affects the CP cap of the next stage of Pokémon.

Pokémon families

Main article: List of Pokémon families

Pokémon families also called Evolutionary lines are groups of Pokémon species that are related with each other through their evolution.


Transfer is an option in the game to remove specific Pokémon from Trainer's collection and in exchange for transferring a Pokémon they receive one Candy of Pokémon that was transferred.

Transferred Pokémon cannot be returned to Trainer's collection.

Example screenshot of the Pokémon mass transfer

To transfer a Pokémon, Trainer needs to:

  1. In Map View touch Main Menu button Button Main Menu.png.
  2. Touch Pokémon button White Button Pokemon.png.
  3. Select a Pokémon from list and tap on it to open their summary page.
  4. Touch the Menu button Button Menu.png and select Transfer New Button Transfer.png.

There are some safety locks and prompts to prevent from accidental transferring favorite, rare and Legendary Pokémon. There is no possibility to transfer favorite Pokémon until its unmarked as favorite. There are several prompts that pop up while trying to transfer:

  • Legendary Pokémon
  • Mythical Pokémon
  • Shiny Pokémon
  • Lucky Pokémon
  • Purified Pokémon
  • Event Pokémon (such as Pikachu with hat)

There is also no possibility to transfer Pokémon that is currently defending gym or is Trainer's Buddy Pokémon.

Mass transfer

There is also an option to transfer more than one Pokémon at the time with same conditions: 1 Candy for 1 Pokémon Transferred.

To do so, Trained needs to:

  1. In Map View touch Main Menu button Button Main Menu.png.
  2. Touch Pokémon button White Button Pokemon.png.
  3. Locate a thumbnail of Pokémon to transfer and then touch and hold it until the Pokémon becomes selected.
  4. Touch any other Pokémon to transfer.
  5. Finally, touch the Transfer button located at the bottom-centre of the screen.

Just like at singular transfer same safety locks work in case of mass transfer but with significant difference that there is just no option to select:

  • legendary,
  • mythical,
  • shiny,
  • lucky,
  • event,
  • favorite,
  • defending Gym,
  • or Buddy Pokémon.

To transfer first four of the listed Trainer has to use manual transfer option from menu on each Pokémon's summary page.

Transfer to Pokémon Let's Go!

Mass transfer of Geodude to Nintendo Switch

After release of Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!, there was another Pokémon transfer option enabled in Pokémon GO. After pairing Pokémon GO account with either of Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's GO Eevee!, Trainer can select up to 50 certain Pokémon and transfer them to the Nintendo Switch game.

This option is similar to Mass transfer and also rewards Trainer with one candy per one transferred Pokémon. Moreover, each successfully performed transfer to Pokémon Let's Go gives Trainer bonus 100 experience points – it can be mass transfer of any number of Pokémon as well as transfer of single Pokémon.

Once Trainer performs Pokémon transfer to Nintendo Switch for the first time, a Mystery Box is received to Item Bag and can be used once per three days. After three-day Mystery Box cooldown, there is another transfer to Nintendo Switch game required in order to re-unlock Mystery Box.

Pokémon transferred from the mobile game to the Nintendo Switch game appear in GO Park. Similar to regular transfer feature, Pokémon transferred to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's Go Eevee! cannot be returned to Pokémon GO and any other Pokémon from Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's Go Eevee! cannot be transferred to the mobile game, as well.

Following Pokémon can be transferred from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's Go Eevee!:

Only Pokémon valid to this transfer are shown after tapping on Transfer to Nintendo Switch icon in the top right corner of Pokémon collection page.

Buddy Pokémon

Main article: Buddy Pokémon

Buddy Pokémon is game element that allows Trainer to pick one specific Pokémon, which after walking certain distance will reward one candy of selected Pokémon.

Starter Pokémon

Starter Pokémon are group of four specific Pokémon, that beginning Trainer has to catch. Trainer can choose only one of those four Pokémon and after catching it the other ones disappear. Unlike the other Pokémon catching, while catching the Starter Pokémon Trainer has unlimited Poké Balls and Pokémon's catch rate is 100%, despite the fact catch rates for Starter Pokémon species are pretty low (16%).

Also only three of four Starter Pokémon appear near the new Trainer immediately while Trainer is guided by Professor Willow. Those Pokémon are Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. For the fourth one - Pikachu (which is considered to be an Easter Egg) Trainer has to move a bit further from spawned Starter Pokémon to make them disappear and show up again near Trainer's current location with chance to fourth Starter Pokémon to appear. If Pikachu does not appear, Trainer can keep on going further until Pikachu don't show up with rest of Starter Pokémon.

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Unofficial Starter Pokémon

Besides the official in-game Starter Pokémon, there are also some other Pokémon from other regions than Kanto that are called "Starter Pokémon" as they were Starter Pokémon in games of core series. They are not official Starter Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

Following Pokémon are considered Johto-region Starter Pokémon:


Following Pokémon are considered Hoenn-region Starter Pokémon:


Following Pokémon are considered Sinnoh-region Starter Pokémon:


Following Pokémon are considered Unova-region Starter Pokémon:


Following Pokémon are considered Kalos-region Starter Pokémon:


Following Pokémon are considered Alola-region Starter Pokémon:

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Region-exclusive Pokémon

Main article: Region-exclusive Pokémon

Region-exclusive Pokémon are group of Pokémon that are exclusive for specific region in real world and are available for obtain only by catching them in wild in these specific regions. Currently in game there are 21 Pokémon that are region-exclusive.

Shiny Pokémon

Main article: Shiny Pokémon

Shiny Pokémon are kind of extremely rare Pokémon that have, color variation that differs from their normal appearance. These color variations may range from minor hue adjustments to completely new palettes.

Shiny Pokémon will have an aurora of stars floating around them. Trainers won't see whether Pokémon is shiny in nearby until they encounter it. Once a Trainer captures a shiny Pokémon, their Pokédex will show that they have captured it and additional switch buttons for shiny forms will get unlocked in specific Pokédex entry.

Shiny Pokémon are released in parts with the events.

Legendary Pokémon

Main article: Legendary Pokémon

Legendary Pokémon are group of Pokémon considered to be very rare and powerful. They cannot be obtained by catching them in the wild nor hatching from eggs. There are two primarily methods to capture Legendary Pokémon: defeat them in Raid Battle and then can catch them in Bonus Challenge or claiming Research Breakthrough. They can also be traded in a Special Trade.

Mythical Pokémon

Main article: Mythical Pokémon

Mythical Pokémon are group of rare Pokémon which are encountered in special means, including Special Research and EX Raid Battle. The obtain method of Mythical Pokémon is more challenging than that of Legendary Pokémon.

In core-series games, Mythical Pokémon were a group of Pokémon seen so rarely in the Pokémon world that some question their very existence.

Baby Pokémon

Baby Pokémon are Pokémon that can be obtained only by hatching Eggs and they evolve into Pokémon that were already available in game before Baby Pokémon were released.

Similarly to the core-series, where Baby Pokémon were pre-evolutionary forms of Pokémon that were released in generation previous to this one in which Baby Pokémon were released, the exception for it are Togepi and Riolu, which evolved forms are from the same generations as them.


There are eight Baby Pokémon from the Johto region in Pokémon GO. All of them are available to hatch from eggs. These Pokémon include:


There are two Baby Pokémon from the Hoenn region in Pokémon GO. Both of them are available to hatch from eggs as well. These Pokémon include:


There are eight Baby Pokémon from the Sinnoh region in Pokémon GO. These Pokémon include:

Other Pokémon groups

There are several other Pokémon groups referred across different Pokémon games media and in player community, these groups are rather fanmade or unofficial but still commonly used.

Electrical rodents

Electrical rodents also referred as Pikachu family and Pikachu clones are group of Pokémon from different regions that are Electric-type and similar to Pikachu due to their designs.

Some people consider Marill to be a part of this group, however it doesn't completely fit as despite its rodent appearance it is not an Electric type.

Elemental monkeys

Elemental monkeys are a group of region-exclusive Pokémon from the Unova region that are based on monkeys of various elemental types (Grass, Fire and Water). They share similar attacks, appearance and identical base stats. Each can evolve with the use of a Unova Stone.


Eeveelutions is a fan term for a group that basically includes all possible evolution forms of Eevee.

Fossil Pokémon

Fossil Pokémon are Rock-type Pokémon revived from fossils in main series. The majority of them are available in wild just like most of the Pokémon in Pokémon GO.


Hitmons is a fan term for a group that basically includes all three possible evolution forms of Tyrogue.

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon refers to the highest stage Pokémon that has a three-stage evolution line, 1,250,000 experience at level 100, and a base stat total of exactly 600 in main game series.

In Pokémon GO, they are powerful non-Legendary Pokémon having approximately 4,000 CP at max level. Their family lines require more resources to raise, such as 5-km Buddy distance and 75,000 Stardust and 75 candies for the second Charged Attack.

Lucky Pokémon

Main article: Lucky Pokémon

Lucky Pokémon are special Pokémon, received via trading and they require less Stardust to Power Up, and appear with a shimmery effects in the background of their Pokédex entries and on their summary pages.[2]

Shadow Pokémon

Main article: Shadow Pokémon

Shadow Pokémon are different forms of standard Pokémon, that can be rescued after successful defeat of any Team GO Rocket member. Shadow Pokémon are generally stronger and have their attacks boosted, however, they require larger amounts of Stardust and Candy to Power Up.

Shadow Pokémon can be purified into Purified Pokémon, which require less Stardust and Candy to Power Up and evolve than their standard forms. After purification, their IVs receive additional two points for each stat.

Pokémon with different forms

Main article: List of Pokémon with different forms
Main article: List of Pokémon forms by release date

Pokémon with different forms are variations of Pokémon who may appear in different forms due to various reasons.


There are different backgrounds on Pokémon summary page depending on Pokémon's primary type.


  • Word "Pokémon" comes from words "pocket" and "monster".
  • Before the introduction of GO Battle League, Battle Party was placed left to the Pokémon collection.

See also


  1. What are Combat Power (CP) and Hit Points (HP)?. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-06-19.
  2. Lucky Pokémon. Niantic Support. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.