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So, no one has seen a Ditto. Ever. Anywhere in the world. Because of this, players have been collaborating to try and find a way to obtain this missing Pokemon. Some players in this thread on the Pokemon Go Subreddit are recording possible theories and testing them. You can see some of the most prominent ones below, though it is worth noting that as of now, none of these are proven methods to capture Ditto.
- Note: We do know Ditto has a catch rate, unlike Legendary Pokemon, due to data mining of the game. This suggests Ditto will be catchable in the wild.
Theory 1: Ditto Will Be a South American Exclusive
There are many reasons behind this theory, the most prominent one being that Pokemon Go hasn’t been released in South America – and unlike other unreleased territories, map data is not available either. Obviously, if Ditto is exclusive to South America, no one will be able to see it until the game launches in a country in that area of the world.
But why South America? Well, in an unrelated theory, Ditto is said to be a failed clone of the mythical Pokemon Mew. Not only do they both weigh the same, but they’re the only Pokemon who know the move Transform. Mew, in the anime, was discovered in the jungles of South America.
Additionally, Ditto’s trainer in the anime is named Duplica, which is Spanish–the second most spoken language in South America.
We’ve already discovered that Easter Eggs from the anime (such as theEevee Evolutions method) are included in Pokemon Go, so isn’t entirely off base to consider other theories with the same source.
Theory 2: Ditto is Hiding as a Pokemon
There are quite a few theories that fall under this category, and for good reason. Ditto is the “Transforming Pokemon” after all.
In Pokemon Snap, Ditto appeared disguised as Bulbasaur, which are exposed by throwing Pester Balls at them. Some think taking pictures of Bulbasaur or otherwise annoying them by tapping them, will reveal one as a Ditto on a rare occasion.
In the anime, Ditto is first introduced while disguised as a Pikachu. This Ditto was unable to say “Pikachu” correctly. Because Pikachu is the only Pokemon in Pokemon Go that says its actual name, this may be related. Tap a Pokemon to hear its cry – you might be in for an unexpected surprise.
Because Ditto shares its base capture and flee rate with only the starters, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, and Pikachu, (discovered by data mining) it is theorized Ditto will most likely be hiding as one of these Pokemon.
So far, Reddit has disproved the theory of naming a Pokemon Ditto, Duplica, or Imite to turn it into a Ditto. This also does not work on Pokemon that share the exact same weight and height of Ditto.
Theory 3: Ditto Is Hiding in the Background
Some flavor text describes Ditto as turning into a rock to protect itself while sleeping. Maybe Ditto is hiding in plain sight during the capture sequence with a different Pokemon. Players are attempting to look around more closely when catching Pokemon, especially if white arrows indicate there is a Pokemon behind them – which may just be a bug in the game.
Theory 4: Ditto Will be an Event Pokemon
Right now, merchandise featuring Ditto transformed into other Pokemon, marked by a Ditto face, is popular at Pokemon Centers in Japan. As a popular feature, Ditto could be an event Pokemon in the future.
Disproven Ditto Catching Theories
- Naming a Pokemon Ditto, Duplica, or Imite does not turn that Pokemon into a Ditto, even if its weight and height are the same as a Ditto’s.
- Evolving Pokemon with the name Ditto and/or the correct height and weight does not produce a Ditto
- Running away from all starters, including Pikachu, does not spawn Ditto.
- Naming every Pokemon did not trigger a Ditto encounter.
- Naming a Pokemon with a smiley emoji, 🙂 or ): , does not result in a Ditto.
- Holding on the Poke Ball icon to bring up the menu allows you to then drag your finger to the different menu icons to cause them to pulsate different colors. This has been experimented with greatly, with no results.
There hasn’t been a game on mobile devices since Angry Birds that has so collectively captured the hearts and minds of the world quite like Pokemon GO. Niantic’s reskinning of their previous game, Ingress, with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company’s flagship license, provides the nostalgic boon that taps directly into the childhoods of one of gaming’s most popular demographics. If Nintendo’s stock is any indication, this game is a rousing success.
It’s also a great mystery. On the surface, the game seems straightforward, but there are several nuances and meta systems are well hidden or poorly explained. These have left players clamoring for answers, many times relying on information that isn’t correct or taking chances on unproven theories. This may not change that sort of trial and error discovery process for things in the future, but it will at least drag some of the cloudiest of Pokemon GO facts and features into the light.
1. Soft Level Caps for Pokemon
The maximum level a trainer can be is 40, and the way that influences the strength of your Pokemon upon discovery is a bit nuanced. Redditor allancaesar (via Matthew Egan) posted some interesting findings about the relationship between trainers and Pokemon levels after a deep data mining expedition.
The Trainer level cap is 40.
Egg’s cap at level 20, so if you get an Egg at level 37 it’ll still hatch at the same quality as if you were level 20.
Wild Pokemon cap at level 30, meaning after level 30 everyone will find the same max CP Pokemon, and it’ll be a matter of spending candy and stardust to upgrade them to your level’s cap based on their CP arc.
Basically, the Pokemon you catch in the later levels of the game will remain a static strength. If you’re wondering when the time is to really commit candies, stardust, and that all important catchy-nickname-stuff towards what could become your permanent stable of Pokemon, it would be after level 30.
2. Battle Is Way More Intricate Under the Hood
The same data dump that produced the level cap findings also fleshed out some of the interesting combat mechanics happening behind the scenes in any given gym battle.
Moves have an accuracy rate and a critical hit rate.
Move damage may go up with trainer level.
STAB is present in the game, giving a 25% bonus to an attack move. STAB stands for “same type attack bonus” and means if a Grass Pokemon uses a Grass move it will hit harder than if a Ground Pokemon used the same Grass move. This is a big deal confirmation.
Defending Pokemon at a gym attack every 1.5 seconds.
Pokemon have a base attack, defense, and stamina (HP) – thus they do not have an attack and special attack stat like in the 3DS games.
There is more to a duel than simply tapping and sliding. Much of your success is based on preparation, bringing the logic behind the proper Pokemon iterations over to the game in smaller ways. The big take-away is STAB, which was always a huge factor in determining what kind of skills you teach your Pokemon on handhelds. With skills varying among each species of Pokemon, ones who have skills that match their type will become more favorable catches.
3. Pokemon Eggs Have Specific Hatching Results
The eggs you get may produce a random Pokemon, but there is a method to the madness. Depend on the distance of movement required to incubate, the pool from which the random Pokemon is chosen changes. US Gamer has a good chart depicting the possibilities. The Egg page on the Pokemon Go Wiki also includes information on which types of eggs produce which Pokemon.
As you can see, the longer the distance, the rarer the Pokemon. (Though, is Eevee really all that rare?) Not all travel is created equal, though. Walking speed (or some approximation of it) is the only viable speed that will track consistent progress during incubation. Driving and taking the train won’t work, as you have to keep your speed around 12 MPH. That being said, I’ve had more than one egg hatch in my car during a drive. The slowing and starting of city traffic is finally useful for something!
4. Gotta Track Them All
The little white box in the lower right hand corner of your HUD isn’t simply there to taunt you. Ideally, it’s a tool that helps your identify, track, and hopefully catch wild Pokemon. When strolling around, you’ll see up to three creatures featured in the little box. If you tap it, the view explodes to up to nine nearby Pokemon. Under these Pokemon are a set of foot prints in groups of one, two or three. These prints denote the distance the corresponding Pokemon is from you. The exact distance that each of these represent is one of most contentious and hotly debated mysteries in the game. Some folks think each represent as low as 40 meters each, some as high as 150 meters each. There’s really no great determiner here, but the Trainer Tips channel on YouTube has done some decent research on the matter. They’ve even converted the meter lengths to feet for us ‘Mericans.
Looking to get the most out of your Pokemon GO roster? Don’t waste valuable Stardust or Candy, and don’t keep Pokemon with poor CP stats. Only capture Pokemon at certain CP levels to maximize your CP gain during evolutions — we’ve got all the numbers in the list of Pokemon below.
Captured Pokemon start life with a certain CP value, and that number is randomized based on a number of factors — chiefly, your Trainer level. Thanks to some true Pokefans and a crazy amount of calculations, players have deduced that CP values are connected to a hidden stat called IV (Invisible Values). That’s important because every Pokemon is different, and some will evolve with a better CP gain than others.
All this explanation boils down to this; Pokemon, when captured at a certain CP level, will always evolve into 1,000+ CP level versions if you catch at the CP levels listed below. It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t if you just follow the numbers.
See that list below? Ideally, these are the CP numbers you’ll want to keep (and evolve) Pokemon. Don’t use Stardust or Candy to power-up — instead, gain Trainer XP and only keep Pokemon that match or exceed the CP values listed below. That’s how to maximize your CP gain when evolving.
The CP value Pokemon will reach 1,000+ CP at their final evolution. This list will help you ignore under-leveled Pokemon and know which CP values to keep.