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Catching Pokémon in the Wild

To find a Pokémon, look at the sightings, located in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. The sightings lists up to nine wild Pokémon nearby. Usually the Pokémon at the top left of the list is the closest one. The Pokémon at the bottom right is the farthest away. When you tap on a Pokémon in the world, the screen will switch to a first-person view with the Pokémon in front of you. Use your touch screen to throw Poké Balls to try to catch the Pokémon. Careful— Pokémon will sometimes move around, making it tricky to catch them!


To catch a Pokémon, the player must throw a Poké Ball towards the Pokémon on the screen. There are several different factors that come into play when catching a Pokémon. When holding a Poké Ball, a ring will appear around the wild Pokémon. The inner ring will get smaller slowly and then reset. In order to maximize the chances of capturing the Pokémon, the trainer must throw a Poké Ball inside of the inner ring at the Pokémon. For an even higher chance, spinning it before throwing provides a curve ball bonus.

Catch Using AR and AR+

With Augmented Reality (AR) enabled, Pokémon will appear in the real-world near you.

More details coming shortly.

Catch Without a Camera

More details coming shortly.

Research Tasks

More details coming shortly.

Catching Pokémon through Raids

More details coming shortly.

Several factors affect your chances of catching a Pokémon. The Pokémon’s CP level, the type of Poké Ball you used, your throwing technique, and other factors come into play when determining whether the Pokémon can be successfully caught. And some Pokémon will run away!

Wild Pokémon will show up on the map. Tapping a Pokémon will enter catching mode.

The color of the ring indicates how hard it will be to catch the Pokémon:

Ring Color Difficulty
Green Easy to capture, won't likely break out of your ball
Yellow Slightly difficult, might break out of your ball
Orange Moderately difficult, may break out of your ball
Red Difficult, will likely break out of your ball

Despite the ring color, it is also easier to catch pokemon of a specific type if you already have many of that type.

You can also feed a Razz Berry to a Pokémon to make it slightly easier to capture. If it breaks out of your Poké ball, you'll need to feed it another berry. Using stronger levels of Poké balls will also make it more likely to capture a Pokémon.

Using a curveball will give you an extra 10 XP and will highly increase the chance of catching the Pokemon. Curveballs are used when you spin the Pokeball around and then throw. To see how to throw one, look it up on YouTube. We can't put a link to a video because it's glitchy.