Not every Pokémon you can find in Pokémon Go is available all the time. Many only appear during special events, or by completing specific tasks while playing the mobile game. There are several rare Pokémon that you can find, but some of them are even more difficult to track down than even the standard legendary or mythical Pokémon. These are the 10 rarest Pokémon you can find while playing Pokémon Go.
The rarest Pokémon in Pokémon Go
Armored Mewtwo was a limited five-star raid you could encounter in-game. It was a modified version of Mewtwo, with far more defense than the standard version. It’s a highly desired catch, but the last time you could catch it happened on Pokémon Day in 2020, from February 25 to March 2. Hopefully, trainers have another chance to encounter it in the future.
Axew is one of the more desired Dragon-type Pokémon. Unfortunately, the only way to encounter this Pokémon is to catch it from 10km eggs, which have a minimal chance of appearing. It frequently appears as an increased spawn during Pokémon Go Fest events, but those only happen once a year and are ticketed events that limit many of the players attempting to track it down.
Cloned Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur
Similar to Armored Mewtwo, cloned versions of Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur were available in specific raids. These were considered costumed Pokémon as they did not have any notable stat improvements, but they looked widely different from the standard versions. They were only offered for a limited time and have yet to return.
Goomy is another Dragon-type Pokémon that is extremely difficult to capture. When it debuted in Pokémon Go, Niantic placed this as a Pokémon for lucky players to encounter, which meant there was a low chance of seeing it in the wild. Following the event, all players can hatch it from 10km eggs, but there’s a slight chance of it happening.
Kecleon is a rare Pokémon that only appears during special events. When it does spawn, it only appears on the back of PokéStops, and it’s invisible. When you encounter this hidden Pokémon, you’ll have to tap on the PokéStops several times to force it to jump off, revealing itself. You’ll then have the option to catch it. It’s only appeared a handful of times, first making its debut leading up to the Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn event.
Meltan is a mythical Pokémon available in the game. The disappointing thing is it only shows up when Niantic unlocks Mystery Boxes. Meltan will appear when you receive a Mystery Box, and you can only earn them by transferring Pokémon to Pokémon Home or Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee. They were available in multiple limited-time runs when Niantic activated them. Meltan’s evolved form, Melmetal, is considered one of the best Master League Pokémon to use against other players.
Noibat is a Flying and Dragon-type Pokémon, and like the other Dragon-type Pokémon featured in this article, it’s relatively rare to encounter. It will appear in 10km eggs and the wild, but there’s a slight chance of this happening. Noibat’s evolved form, Noivern, is even more challenging to find because you need 400 Noibat Candies.
Salandit is one of the few Pokémon exclusively evolved through the Strange Eggs, also known as Red Eggs, you receive from beating one of the Team Rocket leaders. You need to walk 12km when attempting to hatch these eggs, and there’s a small chance of them appearing. Because of its scarcity, its evolved form, Salazzle, is even rarer.
The final Pokémon in this list, Spiritomb, was only available through a Special Research released in October 2018, and then Field Research tasks for Halloween 2020. Outside of these two events, it has not appeared. We might get it again for another Halloween event, but Niantic will not share that information until a few weeks before the event. Regardless, it’s a rare Pokémon, and those with it are extremely lucky to find it.
Zarude is one of the handful of mythical Pokémon that have appeared in Pokémon Go. It was only offered for a limited time in the mobile game during the movie it initially appeared in, Secrets of the Jungle, which starred Team Rocket members, Jesse and James. After players completed the Special Research available for the event, they could acquire Zarude at the end, but outside of this special event, Zarude has not appeared again.