One of the most elusive Pokemon remains the shape shifting critter Ditto - and in Pokemon Go, that can lead to some significant frustration.
Ditto is an absolutely key Pokemon in Pokemon Go, and that's despite it not being the sort of Pokemon that could ever rank on the best Pokemon Tier lists - and its unpredictable nature means it isn't even really very useful for battle. It also can't be obtained in the usual methods - it can't be hatched from eggs, and is rarely a field research quest reward. It's a pain.
Despite this, Ditto is a Pokemon that dedicated trainers must catch. Several of Pokemon Go's special missions have a requirement to catch a Ditto - and you'll need it to complete your Pokedex. As such, you'll need to know how to catch Ditto and how to find Ditto in the wild - and that's a random and frustrating process. Allow us to explain - this page was updated to be current in April 2021.
How to find and catch Ditto in Pokemon Go
The whole point of Ditto is that it is a disguise-based Pokemon. It likes to shape shift and hide itself as other Pokemon - and that's what it does in the wild.
Essentially, to catch a Pokemon Go Ditto you only have one route open to you - to catch the Pokemon that Ditto is hiding as and hope that Ditto will appear from one of them. The Ditto List - Pokemon it disguises itself as - is changed every now and then in Pokemon Go, and we'll do our best to keep this page updated to match that.
Ditto doesn't have any tells - it'll look & act like the Pokemon it's hiding at until the moment it's caught. All you can do is catch the Ditto disguise list Pokemon and hope. In addition, the disguises rotate semi-regularly.
If you're struggling to find one of these critters, here's one tip: Ditto is harder to catch than the Pokemon it hides as. What we mean by this is that a Pokeball is less likely to succeed on a Ditto of the same CP as the Pokemon it's hiding as - so if you see a lower CP Pokemon from the list on this page that seems to be mysteriously avoiding capture, it might be worth using a berry and an Ultra Ball, just in case. With that said, there's no guarantee. The spawn rate is pretty brutal.
Our advice is not to sweat catching Ditto in Pokemon Go too much. It's not something that's possible to farm, given the very long odds of the ditto spawn rate - just keep playing and eventually it'll happen. As mentioned earlier, this isn't a Pokemon that'll change your life in terms of battles - in fact, it's largely useless in battle. So just take it easy. The Ditto-centric field research missions aren't going anywhere.
Pokemon Go Ditto List: all Pokemon Ditto currently appears and spawns as
So, as outlined above, here's the Ditto list of Pokemon that when seen in the wild might actually be a disguised Pokemon. Consider these Ditto forms, if you will. This list changes periodically, but you'll want to catch these Pokemon when you find them - just in case it's our slimy, shape shifting friend in disguise.
Here's the Pokemon that can disguise as Ditto list, alongside their Pokedex numbers in case you want to look them up in your Pokedex. Last Updated in April 2021.
- Hoothoot (#163)
- Spinarak (#167)
- Hoppip (#187)
- Remoraid (#223)
- Whismur (#293)
- Gulpin (#316)
- Numel (#322)
- Bidoof (#399)
- Purrloin (#509)
- Foongus (#590)