How to catch Ditto Pokemon Go: Ditto disguises July 2021 & tips - Dexerto

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go: Ditto disguises for July 2021

Published: 22/Jul/2021 11:34 Updated: 22/Jul/2021 11:35

by Brent Koepp


Perhaps one of the hardest Pokemon to find in Go, Ditto remains as elusive as ever for many Trainers. Here are the Gen 1 shapeshifter’s current disguises as of July 2021 and how to catch it. 

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

That’s because the ‘mon disguises itself as different characters, and the roster of who it can transform into continually changes. Thankfully, there’s a few different ways to catch the purple Gen 1 monster in July. 



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

How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

Before we jump into it, it should be said upfront that catching Ditto in Go is a mixture of patience and luck. Similar to the RPGs, the lovable ‘mon shapeshifts and disguises itself as different Pokemon.

The most obvious step is to catch every Pokemon listed in the chart below that you see in the overworld. Players looking for the adorable creature will have to catch a handful of various characters across the map and hope that it turns into the purple blob. 

As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Niantic also rotates out the selection of Pokemon it can change into while retiring past ‘mon once they get a Shiny version.


Niantic has retired both Paras and Bidoof from Ditto’s roster, and the Kanto bug was replaced by Gen V Dark-type, Purrloin. The disguise made its debut during the Tricky Pokemon event for April Fools’ Day. Trainers looking for the pink critter should keep an eye out for the equally mischievous purple cat while exploring.

What Pokemon can be Ditto? Ditto disguises in Pokemon Go (July 2021)

Here are all the current Ditto disguises. Should this list change in the future, we’ll make sure to update you with any new additions or ‘mon that are rotated out.

Ditto Disguises in 2021
Hoothoot Hoothoot
Spinarak Spinarak Pokemon Go Dex
Hoppip Hoppip
Remoraid Remoraid Pokemon Go Dex
Whismur Whismur
Gulpin Gulpin Pokemon Go Dex
Numel Numel
Foongus Foongus Pokemon Go Dex
Purrloin Purrloin Pokemon Go Dex

Catching Ditto tips for Pokemon Go

Though the table above will help you when out in the overworld, there are some steps that Trainers can follow to make the likelihood of catching a Ditto that much easier:


  • Using Incense can be used to increase spawn rates. While this is active, travel around and catch every monster that’s on the list above. We recommend waiting for a special event that increases Incense from 60 minutes to three hours to get the maximum effect.
  • Even if you are only casually looking at the overworld while at home, make sure to use the Nearby tracker feature which lists Pokemon that are close to you. If any of the above ‘mon appear, click them and head to their location on the map.
  • Once a day, throw down a Lure at PokeStops. Look for any of the monsters on the list and catch every single one of them to increase your chances of catching Ditto.
  • Join a local Pokemon Go 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.
  • Dittos are not unique to an individual player. If you or a friend finds a Ditto disguises as a Pokemon, the other player can also catch it if they can get to it in time.
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.

Does Ditto hatch from an egg in Pokemon Go?

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

Is Shiny Ditto in Pokemon Go?

Screenshot of Shiny Ditto in Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The popular Gen I ‘mon is pretty hard to find in Pokemon Go.

The short answer is yes, Shiny Ditto is available in Pokemon Go after it finally debuted during the major Kanto Tour celebration event in February 2021.

However, Shiny Ditto was tied to Special Research that could only be claimed during the Kanto Tour event, so if you didn’t get that, you’re out of luck. It’s unclear if Niantic will bring Shiny Ditto back in the future.

Niantic has promised that the beloved shape-shifting creature will continue to get new disguises rotated into the game each month. Players will have to tune in to see which ‘mon it imitates next.


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