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Where are all the Pokémon? How to find the rarest of them all

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Aug. 3, 2016
Yes, you can capture that elusive Charizard—without PokéVision.

Know your type

There are 18 different types of Pokémon in the Pokémon universe: Normal, bug, poison, flying, fire, water, ice, grass, electric, fighting, ground, rock, steel, ghost, psychic, fairy, dragon, and dark. Pokémon Go has 17 of these 18 types—at the moment, there are no dark-type Pokémon in the game. A Pokémon’s type determines its strengths (and weaknesses) against other types of Pokémon (e.g. a fire-type Pokémon is strong against ice, but weak against water) and where it hangs out. Here’s a list of all the different types of Pokémon in Pokémon Go and where you should go if you want to run into them.

Normal

pidgey 
Pidgey

Pokémon: Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Rattata, Raticate, Spearow, Fearow, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Meowth, Persian, Farfetch’d, Doduo, Dodrio, Lickitung, Chansey, Kangaskhan, Tauros, Ditto, Eevee, Porygon, and Snorlax. Kangaskhan is exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, and Ditto has yet to show up in the game.

Hangs out: Everywhere, including residential neighborhoods, universities, cities, and parking lots.

Preferred climate/region: No preference.

Bug

butterfree
Butterfree

Pokémon: Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Scyther, and Pinsir.

Hangs out: In grassy areas such as parks, golf courses, hiking trails, and nature reserves. Can also be found on beaches.

Preferred climate/region: No preference.

Poison

ivysaur 
Ivysaur

Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Venonat, Venomoth, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell, Ekans, Arbok, Nidoran (female), Nidoran (male), Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidorino, Nidoking, Zubat, Golbat, Grimer, Muk, Koffing, Weezing, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

Hangs out: Industrial areas such as industrial parks and cities. Also likes marshes, swamps, and wetlands.

Preferred climate/region: Wetlands, cities.

Flying

charizard 
Charizard

Pokémon: Charizard, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Spearow, Fearow, Farfetch’d, Doduo, Dodrio, Butterfree, Zubat, Golbat, Scyther, Aerodactyl, Gyarados, Dragonite, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. Farfetch’d is exclusive to Asia, and Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are legendary birds that have not yet appeared in the game.

Hangs out: Flying is a sub-type of Pokémon; all of the flying-type Pokémon have other types (such as fire, normal, and rock) that determine where they hang out. But because many flying-type Pokémon are also normal-type Pokémon, you’ll find them just about everywhere, including parks, forests, farmland, and in cities and residential areas.

Preferred climate/region: No preference.

Fire

charmander 
Charmander

Pokémon: Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Vulpix, Ninetales, Growlithe, Arcanine, Ponyta, Rapidash, Magmar, Flareon, and Moltres. Moltres is a legendary Pokémon and cannot currently be caught in the wild.

Hangs out: In residential neighborhoods, near gas stations, and in cities.

 

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