Pokémon Go region exclusives - how to catch Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Farfetch'd, Heracross, Corsola, Relicanth, Plusle, Minun, Zangoose and Seviper

Everything we know on the elusive region-locked Pokémon for Gen 1, 2 and 3.

Pokémon Go region exclusives tie a handful of the first three Generations to specific locations around the globe.

Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime and Farfetch'd - as well as Gen 2's Heracross and Corsola, and Gen 3's Plusle, Minun, Zangoose and Seviper - are some of the Pokémon in question, which are all region-locked to specific locations, making them among the rarest in Pokémon Go.

Over a year after release and, by and large, the creatures have remained locked to their specific regions, except in a handful of special events. So unless you travel a lot, if you're patient you might have the chance to catch something you'll never find on your shores.


Chris Bratt's artist's interpretation of how region exclusivity works from Gens 1 and 2. Pokémon not to scale. At all.

How to catch Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Farfetch'd, Heracross, Corsola in Pokémon Go

We've put together a table below with everything we know on Gen 1 and Gen 2's region exclusive Pokémon, including where abouts within their respective regions you can hope to catch one.

PokémonRegionTypeEncounter LocationsNotes
Tauros (Gen 1)North AmericaNormalGenerally everywhere, some reports of it appearing in expansive, desert-like or rodeo-related areasThe general word is that this includes all of North America, but whether or not it appears in South American countries is still up for debate.
Kangaskhan (Gen 1)AustralasiaNormal Generally everywhere, with reports indicating it's appearing in cities and parks in particularThere's some debate here over whether Kangaskhan is exclusive to just Australia, or Australasia as a whole, with some differing anecdotal chatter from people in New Zealand.
Mr. Mime (Gen 1)EuropePsychic/FairyGenerally everywhere, including city centres like LondonYes, the UK still counts as being in Europe; we voted out of the EU, not the continent.
Farfetch'd (Gen 1)AsiaNormal/FlyingGenerally everywhere, being a normal type. Reports of Farfetch'd appearing in city centres and parks in particular, likely due to its part Flying typing.Japan and South Korea seem to be particularly abundant places. There are some pretty large numbers of people reporting Farfetch'd appearing en masse in Japan since their servers went live.
Heracross (Gen 2)Latin America, south Florida and TexasBug / FightingGenerally everywhere. Though it's described as Latin America region exclusive, many reports of southern parts of Florida and Texas have also reported sightings.
Corsola (Gen 2)TropicsPsychic/FairyMore common in water areas between the two Tropics.Early research suggests between 31N and 26S. In short this includes - but not all parts of - south Florida, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia and more.

As an example, here's 2014 Pokémon World Championships Masters Champion, Sejun Park, shared his experience catching Farfetch'd in South Korea:

How to catch Relicanth, Plusle, Minun, Zangoose and Seviper in Pokémon Go

Meanwhile, Gen 3 adds five new region exclusive types, but thankfully you can catch two of them wherever you are in the world right now.

PokémonRegionTypeEncounter Locations
Relicanth (Gen 3) New Zealand
Surrounding Islands (Fiji, Samoa, etc.)
Rock / Water Fairly uncommon spawn anywhere in this area.
Plusle (Gen 3) North America
South America
Electric Fairly uncommon spawn anywhere within these continents.
Minun (Gen 3) Europe
Electric Fairly uncommon spawn anywhere within these continents.
Zangoose* (Gen 3) Europe
Normal Fairly uncommon spawn anywhere within these continents.
Seviper* (Gen 3) North America
South America
Poison Fairly uncommon spawn anywhere within these continents.

*As an interesting lore tidbit, Zangoose and Seviper are natural enemies (like a mongoose and a snake...) and so are never on the same continent. They actually started in reverse of the continents above, but swapped at the end of the Winter 2017 event, so they may swap back again!

Thanks to research by the Silph Road subreddit for helping with these locations.

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Can the region exclusive Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Farfetch'd, Heracross, Corsola and Plusle, Minun, Zangoose and Seviper be hatched?

No, you cannot get any of these creatures through walking and hatching Eggs. Information at launch suggested as such - and as with regional data in general, Niantic has been remarkably opaque in their explanation of Pokémon Go's mechanics so far - but that reliance on users reporting their experiences online, it's understood there's no way to get them in this way.

So, the only way to get the above is to be physically in those regions and catch them in person, which is an expensive pursuit unless you holiday or travel for work across the globe. That is until trading arrives, which has yet to be dated or discussed beyond an interview following the game's initial release.

Additional reporting by Chris Tapsell.


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