What is the hardest legendary Pokemon to catch in all Pokemon games?

There are many legendary Pokemon that can be found in the game and some of them are harder to catch than others. There is no single answer to this question because it depends on the player’s experience with the game. Some players might find it easy to catch a legendary Pokemon while other players might find it hard.

TL;DR: Give me the highlights?

If you don’t want the details — though you really should read them at least once! — here’s a quick cheat sheet!

  1. ABC. Always be curving. Once you can nail Curve Ball every time, you’ll get a 1.7x bonus every time.
  2. Max out your medals. Some are easier to get than others but they consume no resources like Great or Ultra Balls or Razz Berries, so once you get them, that 1.1x to 1.3x is automatically applied each time.
  3. Consistency counts. Aim for the smallest target you can nail every time. If that’s Nice, it’s nice. If that’s Great or Excellent, even nicer. But better the bonus you get then one you miss, and that extra 1.3 to 2x also doesn’t consume resources and can make a difference.
  4. Razz for real. Use Razz Berries when you need to. Unlike Great or Ultra Balls, you can’t miss with a Razz Berry and its 1.5x bonus will last until you hit. For Golden Razz Berries, it’s 2.5x!
  5. Bump them Balls. Use Great and Ultra Balls to maximize your odds. You get an extra 1.5x for a Great Ball and 2x for an Ultra Ball so use them to get those super rare or hard to catch Pokémon.
  6. Pinap Power: Use a Pinap Berry to get double Candy for any Pokémon you really want to evolve or power up. You can’t use a Razz Berry as well, so use an Ultra Ball to make up the difference.
  7. Nanab ain’t nothing: Ostensible a Nanab Berry calms a Pokémon down, making it easier to hit. In the current game, though, it seems to make little to no real difference.

If some or all of that doesn’t make sense, read on for the details!


Regional forms

Most available Pokémon from the different in-game regions are easy to get, even if you have to wait for them to appear as part of an event.

Shiny versions are also much sought after, particularly the Alolan Vulpix which is a favourite with many members of the Pokémon community.

We’ve found that Galarian Darumaka and Darmanitan are the hardest to get, and it’s an elusive variant that we still haven’t caught. Anyone wanna trade?


Like in the mainline Pokemon games, Ditto transforms into any Pokemon it wants in Pokemon Go. In the world, it will appear as Weedle, Paras, Venonat, Hoothoot, Ledyba, Spinarak, Hoppip, Gulpin, Whismur, Remoraid, Seedot, Skitty, Numel, or Bidoof. You will not know you have caught a Ditto until you have captured the Pokemon, and it reveals itself to be a Ditto. They have a harder catch rate than the common Pokemon; they are disguised as at 16%.

8. Sandile

You might not consider the Ground/Dark-type crocod

You might not consider the Ground/Dark-type crocodile Sandile to be a particularly desirable catch, but in Pokemon Go, it’s gained a reputation for being incredibly hard to get. As a result, many Trainers will spend countless hours trying to get one.


The only way to get Sandile right now is to hatch it from a 12km Egg (otherwise known as a Strange Egg), and it’s got one of the lowest rates of all the potential hatches. Let’s not even get into how long it will take to fully evolve one into Krookodile!

3. Pikachu Libre

This special costumed Pikachu might not be region-locked or exclusive to a specific event, but what makes it so rare is how difficult it is to obtain. As a result, you probably won’t be seeing many of them around.

In order to get Pikachu Libre, you need to reach the very last rank in the Go Battle League. Trainers who manage to get Legend Rank in a single season will be rewarded with an encounter with this rare Pokemon.

Regional Pokémon

Depending on where you live, some Pokémon are either frustratingly unobtainable or a wild spawn irritant.

If you live in Europe, chances are that you hate Mr Mime. But anywhere else in the world this whimsical Pokémon is collectible as it’s never spotted in the wild.

You can read our guide to regional Pokémon to see what you’re missing, then make friends with trainers in far away places in case a regional becomes available in a raid you can join remotely.

Make lots of new friends around the world by sharing your friend code.

Other regional Pokémon that are currently available include:


Egypt and Greece, in the wild and 10k eggs found in those regions.

Region Specfic Pokemon

These Pokemon are not naturally hard to catch, but you have to be in certain parts of the world to be able to encounter them or have a friend that already has them trade you one. The original exclusives were Tauros in the United States, Kangaskhan in Australia, Farfetch’d in Japan and South Korea, and Mr. Mime in Europe.

The following are the Pokemon that have been added as Region exclusive and where they can be found:

  • Heracross — Central and South America, including areas of Southern Florida
  • Corsola — Tropical areas along the equator
  • Torkoal — India
  • Zangoose — Europe, Asia, and Australia
  • Seviper — Americas and Africa
  • Solrock — Americas, Africa
  • Lunatone — Europe, Asia, and Australia
  • Relicanth —New Zealand
  • Illumise — Americas and Africa
  • Volbeat — Europe, Asia, and Australia
  • Tropius — Africa
  • Pachirisu – Northern Canada, Russia, Alaska
  • Shellos (Pink) – West of Longitude 0
  • Shellos (Blue) – East of Longitude 0
  • Chatot – Southern Hemisphere
  • Mime Jr. – Europe (5 KM eggs)
  • Carnivine – Southeastern USA
  • Uxie – Asia-Pacific
  • Mesprit – Europe, Africa
  • Azelf – Americas
  • Pansage – Asia-Pacific
  • Pansear – Europe, Africa
  • Panpour – Americas
  • Heatmor – Western Hemisphere
  • Durant – Eastern Hemisphere

Any other catch questions?

Do you have questions on catching Pokémon in Pokémon Go? Got tips for your fellow Trainers? Drop them in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go Guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!


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