With everyone now addicted to Pokemon Go, it now all comes down to who has the right strategy. Competition is stiff, and it has now become obvious that while finding any old Pokemon isn’t difficult, finding the rarest Pokemon most certainly is.
In this guide, we’re going to take you through the best strategy to adopt in order to find these rare Pokemon. Yes, you’ll need to invest some time but, in the end, it’ll be worth it. The only way to beat your friends and family at Pokemon Go is to go all-out.
First, though, you need to get the basics right.
1. Know The Basics
If you’re new to Pokemon Go, you need to appreciate two simple facts: that you’ll need to walk (and walk a lot!), and that, in the beginning, you’ll have to tolerate finding many ordinary Pokemon.
In other words, there is no secret strategy to finding rare Pokemon at a moment’s notice. Catching rare Pokemon is about putting in the work. There is no cheat (and, even if there were, it wouldn’t be worth having). In order to know where to find the rarest Pokemon, you need to invest the time building up your trainer level in Pokemon Go.
Every Pokemon you catch, whether it be a Pidgey or Drowzee, gains you experience points. It also gains each player candy. Candy is used by players to boost the power of their Pokemon and, with enough candy, players can evolve their Pokemon to the next level.
Candy, then, is a great way to secure the rarer Pokemon, as that rare Pokemon is easier to evolve than to find in the wild. But sometimes candy isn’t enough, not least because not all rare Pokemon have a pre-evolved form.
Nonetheless, keep experience and candy in mind and you can’t go wrong.
2. Egging Things On
Pokemon Go isn’t like its predecessors for the Nintendo Gameboy, such as Pokemon Blue or Pokemon Yellow. Instead, you can employ other methods to find and catch rare Pokemon that don’t involve battles, gyms, or experience.
One of those ways is the use of eggs.
Eggs can be found at Pokestops and, like real-life eggs, players need to incubate the eggs over a given period of time. This time is invariably measured in terms of distance, where players need to walk a fixed distance before the egg hatches, potentially netting you a rare Pokemon.
One egg may take 2km to hatch, whereas another egg may take 10km. As long as the phone is moving, and hopefully the player with it, the game will log the distance completed. As a standard rule of thumb: the longer the distance, the rarer the Pokemon. However, depending on your region and the commonness of particular Pokemon, 10k eggs can be disappointing.
For a full list of Pokemon found in eggs, including which eggs they may be found in, check out our full Pokemon Go Egg Chart.