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How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go (February 2021) – current disguises

Published: 10/Feb/2021 21:17

by Brent Koepp

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Perhaps one of the trickiest Pokemon to catch in Go, Ditto remains as elusive as ever for many Trainers. Here are the Gen 1 shapeshifter’s current disguises in the hit mobile title and how to catch it. 

Despite its introduction into Go in 2016, Ditto is still one of the hardest Pokemon to find. Trainers looking to complete certain Research objectives may find themselves scratching their heads.

That’s because the ‘mon disguises itself as different characters, and the roster of who it can transform into changes as time goes on. Below we will go over latest way to catch the purple Gen 1 monster.

Screenshot of Ditto in Pokemon Go dex.
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The Gen I ‘mon is rather tricky to find in Pokemon Go.

How to find Ditto in Pokemon Go

To put it bluntly, catching Ditto in Go is a mixture of luck and patience. Just like the Game Freak RPGs, the lovable ‘mon shapeshifts and disguises itself like different Pokemon. 

So Trainers looking for the character will have to catch various monsters in the overworld, and hope it turns into the purple creature. 

If that wasn’t confusing enough, Niantic actually rotates out the roster of ‘MON it can change into, traditionally retiring past ones once they get a Shiny version. Below we will list its current disguises.

Screenshot of catching Ditto in Pokemon Go.
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Trainers trying to get Ditto need to catch it disguised as another ‘mon.

Ditto’s disguises in Pokemon Go (February 2021)

  • Paras
  • Hoothoot
  • Spinarak
  • Hoppip
  • Remoraid
  • Whismur
  • Gulpin
  • Numel
  • Bidoof
  • Foongus

Best strategies for catching Ditto in Pokemon Go

The most obvious step is to click and catch every Pokemon listed above that you see in the overworld. However, there are a couple other steps you can take to increase your chances of running into Ditto.

  • Incense: Use the item to increase spawn rates. Travel around and catch every monster on the list. We recommend waiting for a special event that increases Incense from 60 minutes to three hours to get maximum effect.
  • Nearby tracker: Even if you are only casually looking at the overworld while at home, use the Nearby feature which lists Pokemon that are close to you. If any of the ‘mon show up, click them and it will show you on the map where they are located. Go there immediately and catch them – it might just be Ditto!
  • Go to PokeStops: Once there, throw down a Lure. Just like the above, look for any of the monsters on the list and catch every single one of them.
  • Use groups/friends: Join a local Pokemon Go group on Facebook or Reddit. Players will often share when a Ditto has been spotted, and other Trainers can go to that location for a limited time and find him. If you have friends, it will help increase your chances.
Screenshot of the Nearby feature in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Use the nearby feature to find Pokemon who Ditto disguises itself as.

The upcoming Kanto Tour, which launches on February 20, will feature all 151 monsters from Gen I – including Ditto. The purple character will finally debut its Shiny form. It’s unclear how Niantic will handle him after it gets its rare secondary variant.

The epic event will celebrate Pokemon series’ 25th anniversary. Players will have to pay $11.99 to enter the event, however if you are still trying to find the elusive shapeshifter monster then this may be the perfect time to go hunting. 

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What are Therian Formes in Pokemon Go? Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus forms explained

Published: 23/Feb/2021 22:09

by Brent Koepp

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Niantic is bringing Therian Formes to Pokemon Go with The Season of Legends event in March. But what is it exactly? Here’s everything you need to know about the special new forms for Gen V Legendary ‘mon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.

Pokemon Go’s upcoming Season of Legends is kicking off with the Forces of Nature trio, which are the Legendary ‘mon introduced in Black and White for the Nintendo DS. The weather-based Legendaries will get their very own Special Research starting in March.

Excitingly, the three characters’ secondary Therian Formes will also finally make their debut in the mobile title. However, Trainers unfamiliar with Gen V may be scratching their heads over what they are exactly. Below, we will explain everything you need to know about the transformations.

Screenshot of Forces of Nature Legendaries in Pokemon Go.
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Pokemon Go will get Therian Formes with Season of Legends in March 2021.

What are Therian Formes in Pokemon?

A neat feature included in Pokemon Black and White was an extensive weather and seasonal system. To take advantage of this, developer Game Freak introduced three Legendaries known as the Forces of Nature – Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus – who actually roamed around the overworld based on the atmospheric conditions.

In 2012’s Black and White 2, it was revealed the trio in the first game were in their “Incarnate Forme” and in the sequel they had new set called “Therian Formes.” The secondary transformation not only changed how the ‘mon looked physically, but also the way their stats functioned in the meta.

The alternative form could be triggered by players using the “Reveal Glass.” The Legendaries’ ability to switch between their two versions, made them a nightmare in VGC competitions – as they became extremely powerful in their versatility. This is also what makes it so exciting that the feature is making its debut in Pokemon Go.

Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus Therian Formes explained

The most important thing to know about Therian is that it changes the Forces of Nature trio’s stats in a few interesting ways. Below we will list each Pokemon’s stat in their Incarnate (regular) form vs their secondary to give you an idea of how they are being changed.

Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Tornadus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Tornadus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Tornadus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Tornadus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 100
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Attack: 110
  • Sp. Defense: 90
  • Speed: 121
  • Total: 580

With Tornadus, we see the Flying-type lower its Attack and Special Attack by 15 points in Therian, however its Speed is boosted by 10. Its Defense and Special Defense also get a bump. The monster sacrifices attack for quickness.


Screenshot of Pokemon Legendary Thundurus Incarnate & Therian Formes.
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Thundurus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Thundurus Incarnate

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 125
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 111
  • Total: 580

Thundurus Therian

  • HP: 79
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 145
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 580

Whereas Tornadus became much quicker, Thundurus’ Special Attack gets a substantial increase of 20 points in Therian. The ‘mon sacrifices its Speed and Attack by 10 points, but becomes a heavy hitter with special moves.


Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Landorus Incarnate and Therian Formes.
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Landorus’ Incarnate (left) and Therian (right) Formes.

Landorus Incarnate

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 125
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 115
  • Sp. Defense:  80
  • Speed: 101
  • Total: 600

Landorus Therian

  • HP: 89
  • Attack: 145
  • Defense: 90
  • Sp. Attack: 105
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 91
  • Total: 600

Lastly, Landorus sees a major 20 point boost in Attack with its Therian transformation, though at the cost of its Special Attack and Speed. The Ground/ Flying-type packs the greatest punch out of the Legendary Trio.

Screenshot of Legendary Therian Formes.
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Go players can get their hands on Therian Formes in Go this March.

Pokemon Go players will be able to get their hands on Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus’ Therian Formes starting this March. Their transformations will help kick off the Season of Legends, which will run for a total of three months.

Ever since the Forces of Nature debuted their secondary forms in 2012, they have become top tier picks in competitive battles. So it will be interesting to see how the Black and White 2 feature will shake up the mobile title’s Battle League meta.