Ditto in Pokémon Go was one of the most elusive creatures in the game at launch, and thanks to an update alongside the game's first Thanksgiving event update, has finally appeared in the wild.

The purple blob is infamous in the main games because of its primary move - Transform - that allows it to copy the appearance and look of the opposing Pokémon. It has a similar role in Pokémon Go, and how you catch it has an interesting twist.

How do you catch Ditto in Pokémon Go?

Unlike any other Pokémon we've seen so far in the game, Ditto doesn't appear in the flesh when exploring the wild. Instead, Ditto will take the form of other Pokémon, and will reveal itself when it's been caught:

This means that you don't know whether the Pokémon around you are 'real' or are actually a Ditto. The chances of them being a Ditto appear to be very slim - the exact stats on its rarity are unclear currently - so it's a case of catching as many Pokémon as you can until one appears.

When you have it, it'll slot into your Pokémon Bag like any other, and can be given Candy to upgrade, and taken into Gyms for battle.

What Pokémon can Ditto be hiding as?

Ditto can be found hiding as the following creatures, which aside from Yanma, are all common finds:

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Credit Ymaqyhtna from The Silph Road subreddit

Gen 1:

  • Pidgey
  • Ratatta
  • Zubat
  • Gastly

Gen 2

  • Yanma
  • Hoothoot
  • Sentret

Gen 3

  • Zigzagoon
  • Taillow
  • Gulpin
  • Whismur

Thanks to Ymaqyhtna from The Silph Road subreddit for fleshing out the above.


Want more Pokémon go tips and tricks? You can currently catch creatures in the Fighting Event featuring Makuhita, Medicham and more, as well as Legendary Pokémon Latios and Latias. May's Research quests have gone live, which are worth doing as you unlock Mew in Pokémon Go. We also have 2km, 5km and 10km Egg charts, region exclusives and Buddy distances pages to help you complete your Gen 3 Pokémon collection. You can also read up on the next Pokémon Go Fest and Safari Zone events, as well as the next Community Day and when it's happening - it's your best chance of catching new Shinies!


What else you need to know about Ditto in Pokémon Go

  • A Ditto will appear in the wild for everyone, and isn't just a common Pokémon that can transform at random - so if you catch one, other players nearby can get the same one too. It'll also appear as a result of a Lure or Incense.
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  • According to the Pokémon Go sub-Reddit, you can take Ditto into the Gym with some surprising results. Whether attacking or defending, it'll turn into the opposing Pokémon and assuming their moves, but will keep its own CP and stats. While you'll lose a bit of time during the opening of the match before transforming, in theory you could take a higher CP Ditto into battle and put up a good fight.
  • The first Pokémon Ditto will come up against is the one it'll assume for the rest of the Gym battle, so make sure you use it right to your advantage.
  • If more than one Ditto face one another in a Gym, neither will transform. If so, it'll use its only other move outside of Transform - Struggle.
  • Ditto is a Normal Type Pokémon and has no evolutions. Its Pokedex entry reads: "Ditto rearranges its cell structure to transform itself into other shapes. However, if it tries to transform itself into something by relying on its memory, this Pokémon manages to get details wrong."
  • Though they are rare to come by, you can catch more than one Ditto at once - which makes sense, since they have their own Candy that's required for them to be powered up (thanks, The Silph Road sub-Reddit for confirming this).
  • The walking distance as a Buddy Pokémon is 3km - the same as the starters, Abra evolution chain and much more.

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