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Pokemon Go catch mechanics – multipliers, bonus and percentages

Published: 13/Mar/2019 10:06 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 11:29

by Paul Cot


Catching Pokemon is the essence of Pokemon Go and you’re going to be doing a lot of it. Therefore, it is important to understand the catch mechanics in Pokemon Go and the subsequent odds of capture and the chance of the Pokemon fleeing.

Catching Pokemon

Unless you’re brand new to Pokemon Go, you know that capture is achieved by flicking poke balls at the Pokemon. While simple in practice, there is far more to it than throwing numerous poke balls at the target.

Type of poke ball, method of throw, accuracy, items, and the Pokemon you’re trying to capture are all factors in determining the likelihood of whether each throw will result in a successful capture.

If you’re anything more than a semi-regular Pokemon Go player, then you will accrue thousands upon thousands of throws in your Pokemon Go career. Consequently, taking the time to understand the mechanics and percentages behind your throws is imperative.

Bonus Percentage increase
Poke ball 0%
Great ball 50%
Ultra ball 100%
Curve ball 70%
Throw 0 to 100%
Razz berry 50%
Golden razz berry 150%

This is in comparison to using a poke ball with no items or throw bonus.

Type of ball

The most obvious and easiest to understand variable in catching Pokemon is the type of ball that is used. Since the days of even Pokemon Red and Blue, there have been normal poke balls, great balls and ultra ball. Each of these provide an increased chance of capture.

It is estimated that a great ball will give a 50% increase in capture, while an ultra ball will give 100%, making it doubly as likely to capture in comparison to a normal poke ball.

Great and ultra balls are the simplest way to increase the chance of capture in Pokemon Go…

Type of throw

There are two elements to the type of throw in Pokemon Go. Firstly, the accuracy of the throw will result in a normal throw, nice throw, great throw or excellent throw. Secondly, there are straight throws or curved throws (known as curve balls).

The accuracy of the throw isn’t actually binary, however. For example, two great throws can have different chances of capture. This is because it is based on the radius of the circle when you hit the Pokemon with the poke ball.

Whether you hit a nice, or excellent throw, it is just an indicator of how good the throw was. Therefore, the multiplier for this particular element can range anywhere from 1 to 2.

The second element is whether the throw is a curve ball or not. Simply put, it is a skill worth learning as it increases your chances of capture by 70% (1.7) when utilized. Given this huge increase for what is a relatively simple skill to learn, it is imperative to use curve balls on a regular basis.

Razz and golden razz berry

Using a razz or golden razz berry also makes a big difference to capture rates. The standard razz berry will increase capture by 50% whereas a golden razz berry will do so by 150%.

This is a substantial increase but as these items are finite, it is wise to use them astutely. For example golden razz berries should be reserved for rare Pokemon and normal razz berries for those in between.

Rarity of the Pokemon

Two other factors which determine catch rate are the rarity of the Pokemon and its level. It stands to reason that a Mewtwo will be harder to catch than a Pidgey.

Each Pokemon has a base capture rate dependent on their species. The rarity of the Pokemon results in a lower base capture rate.

Furthermore, the level of each Pokemon affects capture rate also. Level 30 Pokemon are far harder to catch than level 1.

@PokemonGoAppDialga is one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go – it is currently available to capture in raid battles…

What does this mean?

Factors such as the rarity of the Pokemon and their level can’t be compared directly due to their non-linearity.

A rather complex formula is needed to work these out which is plugged into this handy catch calculator. This calculator is the most accurate way of determining the chance of capture that we’ve come across.

Nonetheless, there are some rather interesting takeaways from the information readily available:

  • An ultra ball and curve ball will give you 3.4x more chance of capture each throw
  • An ultra, curve ball and golden razz berry will give you 8.5x more chance of capture
  • Unless you can consistently get great or excellent throws, simply using a curve ball with any accuracy is more effective

It is also worth noting that the only reason you won’t capture a Pokemon is its flee rate (unless you run out of poke balls). This is the likelihood of which it will flee from battle. This is increased for rarer Pokemon.

The above bonuses are simply used to try and capture the Pokemon as quickly as possible before it does inevitably flee.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
Pokemon Company
Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.