Different Pokémon have varied levels of rarity, with some being very easy to find and some being locked behind events or holidays. No matter what critters someone may be hunting (or driving many miles) for, they can be found with a little planning.

Most Rare Pokémon Go Pokémon

There are so many Pokémon out in the semi-real augmented reality world of Pokémon Go. Some can be found anywhere in the world by just about anyone at any time. Here are the hardest ones to come by.

Special Circumstances Only

These Pokémon can only be found using special means. It could be in raids (which have a lot of exclusive options for capturing highly sought-after Pokémon) or in specific regions. There are even Pokémon that can only be gained through item evolutions and egg hatching.


  • These Pokémon can mostly be found in raids, but there are some Lunch Hour events and Field Research prizes that can also yield these fighting friends.
  • Generation 1: Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Mewtwo,
  • Generation 2: Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-oh
  • Generation 3: Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Latias, Latios, Deoxys
  • Generation 4: Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Heatran, Giratina, Cresselia, Darkrai
  • Generation 5: Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Tornadus, Thundurus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Landorus, Genesect


  • Cleffa, Elekid, Igglybuff, Magby, Pichu, Smoochum, Togepi, Tyrogue

Special Item Evolution

  • Bellossom, Kingdra, Politoed, Porygon2, Scizor, Slowking, Steelix, Sunflora

Specific Regions

  • Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Tauros, Corsola, Heracross

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Rare & Very Rare

These Pokémon are pretty hard to find in the wild. You may notice one or two on this list are very common in your area, but this is likely because you live in a hotspot that they are attracted to. For example, if you live right beside a lake, you will likely have an abnormal Squirtle spawn rate.

Generation 1

  • Dratini, Growlithe, Geodude, Onix, Ponyta, Vulpix, Koffing, Sandshrew, Magmar, Abra, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Electrabuzz, Machop, Grimer, Rhyhorn, Voltorb, Lickitung, Scyther, Pinsir, Tangela, Omanyte, Kabuto, Girafarig, Stantler, Lapras, Snorlax, Porygon, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Chansey, Aerodactyl

Generation 2

  • Slugma, Mantine, Sudowoodo, Pineco, Gilgar, Shuckle, Phanpy, Skarmory, Qwilfish, Yanma, Chikorita, Cyndaquill, Totodile, Misdreavus, Houndor, Larvitar, Miltank, Mareep, Togetic, Hitmontop, Unown

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