The 10 Pokemon You’re Least Likely to Catch When You Encounter Them

There are a broad variety of factors that affect your chances of capturing a Pokemon. Even amongst the Pokemon that are not difficult to find in the wild, there are still many factors to consider. One of the most important factors to consider when figuring out which Pokemon you are going to have trouble catching once you encounter them, is their base-catch rate.

Abra Hasn’t Lost Its Touch

The Hardest Pokemon to Catch

Obviously Abra deserves a place on this list. Although his base-capture rate isn’t particularly low, the notorious escape artist hasn’t lost any stealth or psychic power, with a 99% chance that it will flee immediately. If you plan to catch it, you’d better bring a very fast Pokemon that has the ability to strike first so that you will have the first turn. You’ll also need some luck, because the rest is up to the Pokeball and there’s nothing you can do to affect the outcome, just like in the original games.

The Four’s

The Hardest Pokemon to Catch
Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise

There are four Pokemon that all have a 4% base-capture rate; which is the absolute lowest base-capture rate of any Pokemon available in the wild in-game. The list includes; Venusaurus, Charizard, Blastoise (the final evolutionary stages of the original starter Pokemon, which makes sense), and Dragonite. All four Pokemon are very powerful and worth pursuing, but you’d better be on top of your game if you want to catch them.

Pokemon with an 8 Percent Base-Capture Rate

The Hardest Pokemon to Catch

There are five Pokemon with an 8% base-capture rate; which isn’t great but it’s a better chance than 4% right? The five Pokemon within this bracket are Arcanine, Dragonair, Gengar, Gyarados, and Ninetales; all of which are very popular Pokemon from the original 151 as well.


The Hardest Pokemon to Catch
Second Generation Pokemon

Eventually, NianticLabs will introduce additional generations of Pokemon to the Pokemon GO game. When this does eventually happen all of these stats will of course change in order to integrate the newly added Pokemon into the games overall base-catch rates system. But until then, good luck catching ‘em all!