Hardest Pokemon to Find


The Top Ten

1 Mew Mew Mew is one of the fictional species of creatures from Nintendo's and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri.

This shouldn't have even existed, it was secretly added at the last minute.

I can see why they made Mew extremely rare. If we could get a Mew in the wild, Pokemon would be about the easiest game to finish. I know Mewcan learn any move but I still don't know how that beats a Pokemon that can be any type. - Lickytung

You can only get him In red for the game boy in a event in Japan


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2 Arceus Arceus Arceus is a legendary Pokémon from the Pókemon series. He first appeared in the 18th Pokémon movie alongside other Legendary Pokémon.

I'm pretty sure that Arceus is the hardest to find. Is there even any way to still get him? Because I want one! Also by the way Mew is very easy to find. There is a very easy to perform mew glitch as well as mew being the number one most released Pokemon by special event. He was very infamous in gen 1, but he is quite common nowadays.

I believe that Arceus is the most rare Pokemon because you can not get it usually in any game except for Pokemon Conquest but that was a bad game anyway and you only get to battle with it once. - Lickytung

You just use cheat codes but in light platinum (hack version) its easy to catch by using timer ball...

IKR you might have to use the void glitch and get a master ball. How do you even get a master ball?

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3 Feebas Feebas

Any one who actually plays Pokemon knows how hard it is to get since you can only catch it on 5 tiles of a massive lake and requires you to fish Legendaries shouldn't even count because of course they are hard to find there is only one of them and most of them you needed to go to a Japanese event to get them

Anyone who has ever had a Milotic knows how worth it it is to find this elusive and ugly fish. In the Emerald/Ruby/Sapphire games they were only on 2/600something toles on one river. This is a legitimately difficult pokemon to get.

Yes, Feebas is the most annoying Pokemon to find. When I played Emerald I find out that you can catch it like a year later and it take me a lot of time to find. And the worst part is that it's a horrible Pokemon! Unless you evolve it of course, but the evolution of Feebas is another annoying part. Legendaries doesn't count.

Near impossible to find gen 4. Deserve 1st more than mew and arceus.

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4 Celebi Celebi Celebi, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Celebi is a Pokemon that I still can't find out about. People say that you can find it in certain places of different games but I have done everything to get one and I can't. I can get one using my hack but that causes bad eggs. - Lickytung

I have always wanted one for my grovyle... Ha Mystery dungeon lol sorry... anyway it sucks because it's adorable and powerful which I love, bit none of my games have it

From all the pokemon here, celebi is the only pokemon that I still didn't know where to find it. Even in pokemon hack I couldn't find him

There were two events for Celebi I got one in HG SS

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5 Eevee Eevee Eevee, known in Japan as Eievui, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

In many Pokemon games you are given an Eevee egg. Then you can breed them with Dittos for infinite Eevee's so, its not that hard to find.

I got Eevee on my first night of playing it

Eevee is hard to find in the wild.

I've found 2.. I'm in the uk

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6 Zubat Zubat Zubat, known in Japan as Zubat, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

You find him in every cave in most games

Truly hardest

Um... you find it in every cave

I've been in a cave 10000000 times. Never saw one...

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7 Darkrai Darkrai Darkrai is a legendary Pokemon developed by Game Freak. The only way to get this Pokemon was through two events, only one in the United States.

There are so many videos on YouTube that show you how to get a Darkrai but almost all of them are videos that they edited. One shows you that you can get a Darkrai but it involves walking millions of steps into complete black. I am pretty sure that you don't have to waist about 2 hours of your Tim doing that - Lickytung

You can walk those steps to get darkrai but you cannot transfer that darkrai to black/white

This has had a few events, but that's it.

8 Nosepass Nosepass

I have never even seen one of these things in the wild

Rock smash in Dewford Cave

9 Magneton Magneton

That Pokemon is pretty much the easiest to find in Pokemon black 2

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10 Mewtwo Mewtwo Mewtwo is a fictional creature from Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. It was created by Dr. Fuji in an attempt to clone Mew.

Mewtwo isn't that rare because in most games you can obtain him at the end or near the end of the game usually using a master ball

Mewtwo I do not find as rare because you can find it in a couple games just like that. You can easily find it in X and Y and its easy to get it in Heart Gold and Soul Silver. - Lickytung


Why is this on here on my first playthrough I had a haunter (i didn't know how to evolve it so I kept it) and used hynosis and the haunter never fainted all I did was through repeat balls at it (i had no other pokeball)

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The Newcomers

? Ditto Ditto Ditto is a character from Pokemon. It's a normal type Pokemon that has the ability to shape shifter into anything. It's weakness is fighting type Pokemon and is a gender less Pokemon.

The Contenders

11 Dunsparce

In heartgold, there was a cave path to safari zone (i think it was there, or some other cave, I don't know, its been ages). anyway, I found like 5 dunsparce there its not that hard 2 find

Well you were just lucky to find that many as it is only a 1% encounter rate - Pikachu7586

It has sparce in the name 1% chance in every game I think correct me if I'm wrong.it's based off of a tisuchinoko a 10,000.000 us dollar fat jumpy rare snake and it makes sense.

12 Volcanion Volcanion Volcanion, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

It is only available through hacks and only a few people have them, it has not been revealed in any events so far and is unobtainable without a power save or something.

It has only just been revealed and there has been no event yet.

This is only available from hacks and an obscure Japanease event (yet). It will soon be much more common, but at the moment, it's the rarest Pokemon in existance.

13 Zapdos Zapdos Zapdos, known in Japan as Thunder, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

A PAIN in x and y

14 Phanpy Phanpy

Phanpy is kinda hard to find...

15 Arbok Arbok

That's a shiny

I personnaly think their hard to find

What even is this they are everyhwere


16 Skarmory Skarmory

I have a skarmory...

17 Tauros Tauros

It's mad hard to catch to. I know why you put it on here lol.

In Gen 1 you can only get Tauros through the safari zone in one specific area of the Safrai zone unlike Chansey who can be found in Ceurlan Cave. In Gen 2 it was easier to catch. However in Gen 3 you have to go through the Safari Zone and catch it agian. Gen 4 onward it is now easy to catch

18 Registeel Registeel

In ORAS it's complicated u have to solve sealed chamber puzzle then go to the route with the scorched slab then head to the ancient tomb then use fly in the middle of the room then the door will open registeel is in that room

Usually you can find it in special places but in black and white you have to have both to get all three. - Lickytung

Correct! It is really really really really hard to find it

Registeel Doesn't Even Evolve

19 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan

I encountered like 4 in white

In Oras you have to first get X orY and then transfer it will anyoing to do that. Someone traded me her for a Ralts.Quite funny in my opinion.😆

20 Ursaring Ursaring

He's is a big fella I can't find this beast

21 Abomasnow Abomasnow

False why is this on the list

22 Venomoth Venomoth
23 Volbeat Volbeat

! % chances in Ruby

Is this even a Pokémon?

24 Victini Victini

It's an event...

25 Shadow Pokemon

There are lots of shadow Pokemon people describe but they all pretty much don't exist. - Lickytung

They are exclusive to one game, why are they on here.


Shadow Pokémon is Kind of vague. :/

26 Regice Regice Regice is a legendary Pokemon and part of the Regi trio. According to scientific research its body is made entirely of Antarctic ice during an ice age. It is said to always control frigid air of minus 328 degrees F. ...read more.

I literally used 68 poke balls and I still haven't caught it

It took me 69 poke balls to catch it. I think that's lucky

Took me 13 ultra balls...

Regice is not that complicated in ORAS u need to solve the sealed chamber puzzle then go to island cave to the front of the room and don't move or touch the 3DS for 2 mins the door will open Regice is in that room

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27 Pidgeot Pidgeot

Especially if your using your newly caught caterpie. :3

Pidgeot has a chance of 1% to appear in Viridian Forest of Pokémon Yellow.

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28 Vespiquen Vespiquen

Combee is hard enough, now finding a female combee is simply imposible

29 Chansey Chansey

Why is this not #1 they are not only impossibly hard to find they are also equally difficult to catch.

30 Pikachu Pikachu Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.
31 Ralts Ralts

Really? Ralts!?!? That Pokemon is so easy to find in every game! You must've been pretty unlucky to not find Ralts I suppose.

Very difficult to find in the game it was originally released in (Emerald/Ruby/Sapphire)

I caught a Ralts in Pokemon Sapphire! - beatles5

Totally, locating him is easy, getting him to show up, that's a pain in the ass.

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32 Uxie Uxie

Holy crap I tried at least 3 different times and probably used at least 100 total balls and still didn't catch this. Not hard to find but a pain in the neck to catch.

33 Regirock Regirock

Regirock is so easy in ORAS just solve sealed chamber then go to desert ruins and at the middle front of the room use dig the door will open

34 Pineco
35 Larvitar Larvitar
36 Manaphy Manaphy

Come on now guys. Manaphy was only ever able to find in a one-time event back in diamond, pearl, and platinum. At least Arceus is in multiple events, but manaphy was only in one.

Manaphy and Phione are butts to get... you need a NEW copy of the first Pokemon Rangers game. which is next to impossible to find now a days... just to get started on these two

This would be extremely hard to get for me, but I got one from a wonder trade.

37 Deoxys Deoxys Deoxys is a fictional species of Pokémon from Nintendo's and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. Deoxys has four forms, Speed form, Defence form, Attack form, and finally Normal form. Deoxys normally have fights with Rayquaza since they both live in space right outside Earth.

Does he even exist anymore? He is so hard to find. I think he is only in one game

Just go to space in ORAS

1 event in 2005 to get deoxys

This Pokémon is so hard to find. Also it has fights with one of the best pokemon

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38 Unfezant Unfezant
39 Reigigas

Pain, but not too hard.

Have all three, Regice, Regirock, and Registeel with you and go to a certain place (because in each game its a little different) and wake Regigas. - Lickytung

40 Magikarp Magikarp Magikarp, known in Japan as Koiking is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. It resembles an orange fish with whiskers. It was created by Ken Sugimori, Magikarp first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. It is a water type that evolves ...read more.

This is the hardest Pokemon to catch MAGIKARP

Wasted 100 ultra balls on a single shiny 'carp didn't catch it

Magikarp is too mlg to be found.

Still trying to this day I even needed to hack in master balls 999 of them but wouldn’t stay in...

41 Regigigas Regigigas

To even fight him, you must find the three Regis, which already takes up way too much time.

Why people don't vote this this is at least 10

In ORAS catch the regi trio they must be nicknamed and holding an cold item. ( Never-Melt ice, snowball, or casteliacone) then go to the same cave where u caught Regice (Island cave) then go to the middle of the next room. If all of the above is active then when u go to the next room in the middle it will say, "The very earth is quaking! Is someone approaching?! " "Zut Zutt! " And Regigigas will appear. If not all or none of the above are active it will say "...? " "it felt like there was a presence here, but it disappeared in an instant.."

42 Magby Magby

Had to go to a mirage spot In ORAS

43 Meowth Meowth Meowth is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Meowth first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. In addition, it was one of the Pokémon to get an Alolan variant. It later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff ...read more.

I have one

44 Pinsir Pinsir

Pinsir is a pain to find, and to catch in safari park in RSE (just like Heracross)

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45 Seadra Seadra

I've Spent A Whole Year Trying To Evolve Seadra But It Still Hasn't Evolved!

46 Rayquaza

This Pokemon is almost impossible to catch without a master ball tried but I ended up using the master ball

47 Munchlax Munchlax

So hard to find, what makes it worse is how your rival sends it out on a double battle against team galactic and you have to go out of your way to kill it because it does absolutely nothing besides stockpile...

In diamond pearl and platinum you have a 1% chance of finding it at four random trees which you have to wait 6 hours to find out if it even appeared

In its Diamond and Pearl debut, Munclax earned the title of the hardest Pokémon to obtain. Period. In my opinion anyway. In these games there was a feature where you could slather honey on a tree (there were about twenty of these trees in Sinnoh), check back after six hours, then find a Pokémon. Four of those honey trees were known as "Munchlax Trees." Which ones? It's completely random. Or, more accurately, it's determined by your Trainer ID and invisible Secret ID with some complex equation I'm not really familiar with. Anyway, even if you manage to figure out which trees are Munchlax trees, Munchlax only has a 1% encounter rate. That is just mean. A 1% chance of every few steps is one thing, a 1% chance every few hours is completely different. This means that if you lather honey on a random tree in the region, the odds of finding a Munchlax are less than.2%. Every six hours... Also it knows Metronome and might explode in your face. Good luck.

48 Entei Entei Entei, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
49 Jirachi Jirachi

Yeah, I got him but only because I got him at the ONE event they gave him to people

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50 Mesprit Mesprit

Come on now you guys admit mesprit was a bitch to catch, it flew all around sinnoh and you needed mean look to keep it from fleeing!

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