Ditto Catching Theories Tips

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.