How to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go: Current transform Pokemon disguises (September 2022)

The Transform 'mon Ditto in Pokemon Go, who has lots of different disguisesThe Pokemon Company / Niantic

Figuring out how to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go remains a mystery for many Trainers, so here are the transform Pokemon’s current Ditto disguises for September 2022 to help make things that much easier.

Despite its introduction into Go in 2016, the transform Pokemon Ditto is still one of the trickiest ‘mon to catch. Trainers looking to complete certain Research objectives may find themselves at a loss at where to find the Normal-type amorphous blob.

That’s because the adorable Ditto disguises itself as different Pokemon in the game, and the roster of who it can transform into continually changes. Thankfully, there are a few different ways to catch the purple Gen 1 monster in September 2022. 

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Updated September 1, 2022, to confirm current Ditto disguises.


Screenshot of catching transform Pokemon Ditto in Pokemon Go.Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Trainers trying to get the transform Pokemon, Ditto, in Go can only catch it while it’s disguised as another ‘mon.

Catching Ditto in Pokemon Go

The most important thing to be aware of when trying to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go is that the transform Pokemon will never appear as itself – it will always be disguised as another species until you catch it.

The following tips should help you increase your likelihood of catching a Ditto in Pokemon Go:

  • Incense: This can be used to increase spawn rates. While this is active, travel around and catch every monster that’s on the list above. For maximum effect, utilize this during a special event that increases the active effect time of Incense.
  • Nearby Tracker: Using this feature allows you to see what Pokemon are close to your location. If any of the disguise list species appear, click them and head off to catch them.
  • Lures: Once a day, throw down one of these at PokeStops. Look out for any of the monsters on the disguise list and catch every single one of them to increase your chances of finding a Ditto.
  • Pokemon Go groups: Join a group on Facebook or Reddit. Players and friends will often share when a Ditto has been spotted, and other Trainers can go to that location for a limited time and find it.
  • Catch with friends: Dittos are not unique to an individual player, so playing with friends can help to increase your chances of catching one.

While the above steps are useful to be aware of, it should be said upfront that catching a Ditto in Pokemon Go is a mixture of patience and luck. Similar to the mainline games, the lovable ‘mon shapeshifts and disguises itself as different Pokemon, so you won’t notice it until you catch one.

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As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Niantic also rotates out the selection of Pokemon that Ditto can change into every now and then, so you’ll need to keep up to date with the current crop of disguises.

As such, the most obvious step to follow is to catch every current disguise when you spot them in the overworld, which we’ve listed in the table below.

Screenshot of the Nearby feature in Pokemon Go Ditto.Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Use the Nearby feature to find Pokemon who Ditto disguises itself as.

What Pokemon can be Ditto in Pokemon Go? (September 2022)

Below, you’ll find all of the Pokemon that Ditto can be disguised as in Pokemon Go — as of September 1, 2022, these seem to remain the same as they have previously been. If:

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Current Ditto Disguises in Pokemon Go
Ekans Ekans in Pokemon Go
Gastly Gastly
Spinarak Spinarak
Natu Natu in Pokemon Go
Surskit Surskit
Numel Numel
Bidoof Bidoof Pokemon Go Dex
Finneon Finneon New Pokemon Snap Dex
Lillipup Lillipup
Swirlix Swirlix

This list changed on June 16 with the beginning of the TCG Crossover Event, where Spinarak, Numel, and Bidoof were added to the list of potential Ditto disguises.

Should the list of Pokemon that can be caught change in the future, we’ll make sure to update you with any new additions or ‘mon that are rotated out.

Can Ditto hatch from an Egg?

No, players cannot hatch Ditto from an Egg in Pokemon Go. The only way to find one is by catching a disguised one out in the wild.

Is Shiny Ditto available in Pokemon Go?

Screenshot of the shiny version of the transform 'mon Ditto in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
The popular Gen I ‘mon is pretty hard to catch in Pokemon Go.

The short answer is yes, Shiny Ditto is available in Pokemon Go. Just like other Shiny variants in the game, though, encountering a Shiny Ditto is mostly about luck and persistence.

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Shiny Ditto was originally tied to Special Research that could only be claimed during the Kanto Tour event, but ever since it appeared as a Research Breakthrough in September 2021, the variant can now be encountered in the wild (if you’re lucky).

For a more detailed breakdown on just how to catch Shiny Ditto, check out our dedicated guide.

Now that you know how to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go for September 2022, check out some of our other guides below:

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