How to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go: Ditto disguises for January 2022 - Dexerto

How to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go: Ditto disguises for January 2022

Published: 30/Dec/2021 14:41

by Brent Koepp


Finding out how to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go remains a mystery for many trainers, with the elusive shapeshifter’s current disguises for January 2022 making things that much harder.

Despite its introduction into Go in 2016, Ditto is still one of the trickiest Pokemon to catch in the game. 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, 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 January 2022. 


Updated December 30, 2021, to verify Ditto disguises.


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.

Ditto in Pokemon Go (January 2022)

Before we jump into it, it should be said upfront that catching a Ditto in Go is a mixture of patience and luck. Similar to the RPGs, the lovable ‘mon shapeshifts and disguises itself as different Pokemon, so you won’t notice it until you catch one.

The most obvious step is to catch every Pokemon listed in the chart below when you spot them 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 that Ditto can change into every now and then, so you’ll need to keep up to date with the current crop of disguises.

To mark the Season of Mischief, Niantic retired a number of Pokemon including Hoothoot and Spinorak from Ditto’s roster, replacing them with new disguises including Gastly, Drowzee, Dwebble, and more for Trainers to look out for.

Current Ditto disguises in Pokemon Go (January 2022)

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 Pokemon Go

How to catch a Ditto in 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:

  • 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 species in the table above appear, click them and head off to catch it.
  • 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.
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.

Can Ditto hatch from an Egg in Pokemon Go?

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

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).


So, there you have it, everything you need to know about how to catch a Ditto in Pokemon Go for January 2022.

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