Pokemon Go: What are Clone Pokemon?

by Paul Cot


Clone Pokemon are now available in Pokemon Go – but what exactly are they?

As part of the 2020 Pokemon Day celebration event, several Clone Pokemon can now be found in the mobile game. Long-term fans of the franchise may remember them from the first-ever Pokemon movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.

As the name suggests they are remarkably similar to their normal counterparts with the only physical differences being patterns on their skin. After all, there has to be some way to tell the difference between them.

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On top of that though, there is an actual in-game benefit of having them, too. This makes sense considering they are more powerful than their original versions in the movie. Clone Pokemon, at least the ones that are available now, have more powerful Charge Moves.

Clone Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise

Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise, in their clone form, are all available in four-star Raid Battles for the duration of the Pokemon Day event. When caught all of these will have their Community Day exclusive move, which are as follows:

  • Venusaur: Frenzy Plant
  • Charizard: Blast Burn
  • Blastoise: Hydro Cannon



Each of these are multi-bar Charge Moves and deal between 90 and 110 damage. So, in short, they're moves that you want to have and are better alternatives to what each of them can have normally.

Clone Pikachu

Elsewhere, you can also find Clone Pikachu. Upon taking your first Go SnapShot of the day, Clone Pikachu will photobomb you.

Like the final evolutions of the Kanto starters, Pikachu will know a powerful multi-bar Charge Move – in this case, its Wild Charge. It's also worth noting the cloned version will only appear once a day.

It's important to be careful when managing your Pokemon, too. Clone Pokemon can be transferred out without receiving any prompt and can be mass-selected in your storage, so make sure not to fall into that trap.

We'd recommend renaming them as soon as you get one to distinguish between them. Pikachu is a little easier to see the difference because it can't evolve into Raichu.