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Pokemon Go: When you should catch each Pokemon based on CP

Published: 6/Feb/2020 17:32

by Paul Cot


It isn’t hard to find Pokemon to catch Pokemon Go. The question is which ones should you bother catching because unlike the slogan says, you can’t catch ’em all.

Whether you’re turning on Pokemon Go for the first time or have reached the elusive Level 40 ranking, Pokemon aren’t difficult to find. In fact, they generally appear in the wild in abundance.


Not worth catching

At first you’ll want to get your hands on any you can. That changes pretty quickly, though. After a while, you’ll become more selective with the Pokemon you catch. After all, you’ll have caught them before and probably have enough Candies to not worry about their evolutions.

When Catch Pokemon Go CP
Learn when it’s worth catching some of the more commonly seen species in Pokemon Go…

There will come a point where catching anything other than the very best of a particular species isn’t worth your time. Besides, you’d just click the transfer button anyway.


So, with that being said, when is it worth you catching some of the more common Pokemon – such as of Pidgey, Nidoran and even the likes Squirtle?

It all comes down to CP

CP (or combat points) is an aggregated statistic that gives you a rough idea of how strong a particular Pokemon is. It is based on its level and base stats (or otherwise referred to as IVs). For a more comprehensive guide on how combat points work, you can read our guide which details the differences between CP and IV.

While CP is the best, and well, only method, to determine whether its worth catching a Pokemon, there is more to it than catch species over “X” CP. The combat points statistic varies between species.


For example, a Magikarp with 235 CP would be far more worth catching than a Charmander at 400 CP. This is because Magikarp’s CP is suppressed due to its poor base stats but would get a massive CP boost when it evolves into Gyarados.

A more extreme example would be Turtwig. You can find the Gen 4 starter in the wild at over 1,000 CP. If you fully evolved it into Gortle and then Torterra it would reach an estimated 2,570 CP. In comparison our 235 CP Magikarp would evolve into an approximate 3,186 CP Gyarados – showing you need to know the CP range of particular species before making a decision.

Magikarp Gyarados Pokemon Go
Don’t be fooled by Magikarp’s low CP, it could still evolve into a high level Gyarados…

List of max CPs based on species

There are various websites that show you each species’ maximum CP based on each level and the CP of the Pokemon they would evolve into. We can’t list them all (there are a lot) but here are some of the more wanted and commonly seen Pokemon in the wild that are useful to note.


While, you can find Level 35 Pokemon in the wild (with weather boost) this list comprises of the maximum CP a Pokemon can be at Level 30:

  • Bulbasaur: 955 CP
  • Charmander: 840 CP
  • Squirtle: 810 CP
  • Pidgey: 583 CP
  • Pikachu: 804 CP
  • Nidoran Female: 699 CP
  • Nidoran Male: 737 CP
  • Abra: 1,150 CP
  • Machop: 1,096 CP
  • Gastly: 1,054 CP
  • Rhyhorn: 1,415 CP
  • Magikarp: 235 CP
  • Eevee: 918 CP
  • Chikorita: 801 CP
  • Cyndaquil: 840 CP
  • Totodile: 970 CP
  • Swinub: 635 CP
  • Larvitar: 891 CP
  • Treecko: 902 CP
  • Torchic: 937 CP
  • Mudkip: 967 CP
  • Ralts: 462 CP
  • Slakoth: 859 CP
  • Aron: 1,121 CP
  • Feebas: 235 CP
  • Bagon: 991 CP
  • Beldum: 837 CP
  • Turtwig: 1,037 CP
  • Chimchar: 820 CP
  • Piplup: 921 CP
  • Gible: 954 CP
  • Riolu: 851 CP
  • Snivy: 728 CP
  • Tepig: 928 CP
  • Oshawott: 896 CP
  • Minccino: 748 CP
  • Deino: 910 CP

You won’t be able to learn these CPs exactly but they’ll at least give you a rough idea on your limits for each Pokemon next time you encounter them. Refer back to this page if you’re unsure when out in the Pokemon Go wild!


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.