The Pokemon You Can’t Catch In Pokemon GO

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Even if the goal of the game is technically to “catch ’em all,” there are some Pokemon you can’t capture in Pokemon GO.

How’s your Pokemon collection in Pokemon GO coming? Though mine started off with a bang, I’m hitting the slog where most Pokemon on my radar are familiar sights, but the hint of a Blastoise the next block over sends me sprinting over tables to get there in time. Unfortunately, no one has had the chance yet to “catch ’em all,” and doing so may be a lot harder than people realize.

This is because there are a total of ten Pokemon that you cannot catch normally in Pokemon GO. Four are obtainable under certain conditions, and the rest are completely unobtainable for the time being. If you want to fill out your Pokedex, you’ll have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity.

Four Pokemon seem to be partially region-locked–meaning they can only be caught on certain continents, though you can hatch them from eggs anywhere. They are:

  • Tauros – North America
  • Kangaskhan – Australia and New Zealand
  • Mr. Mime – Europe
  • Farfetch’d – Asia

Joe Merrick of Serebii is currently working to confirm this, but so far there are no screenshotted or video reports of players encountering these Pokemon in the wild outside their regions. While it is possible that they do appear, if they do, their spawns are incredibly rare and you should jump at the chance to catch one if you see one. Fortunately, you can still get Tauros, Kangaskhan, and Farfetch’d from 5km eggs, and Mr. Mime from 10km eggs, so get hatching!

Unfortunately, there are six legendary Pokemon that you cannot obtain anywhere, even from eggs. They are:

  • Ditto
  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mew
  • Mewtwo

The latter five of those are expected. It is anticipated that we’ll see special events offering the five legendaries, such as the battle against Mewtwo depicted in Pokemon GO’s debut trailer. Perhaps some sort of event between the three teams will result in the representative legendary bird being offered to players?

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Ditto is the outlier, though. It’s not a legendary; it’s just a weird Pokemon that would, admittedly, affect battles in a weird way. Perhaps they have not yet figured out a working way to implement Ditto? Hopefully, we see the weird pink blob eventually.