If it seems like some pocket monsters in Pokemon GO are a lot harder to catch than others, you're not crazy. Every Pokemon in the game has a predetermined base difficulty when you try to catch them. Here's what you need to know. This video from the Tech Insider YouTube channel highlights some more secrets that folks have learned from Pokemon GO's programming. According to the game's code, pokemon all have different base capture rates that determine how difficult they are to catch. A base capture rate means the likelihood a regular PokeBall will catch a Pokemon without any help. Here are some examples:
- Magikarp are the easiest to catch, with a 56 per cent base capture rate. Oddish are the second easiest, with a base capture rate of 48 per cent.
- Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey and Rattata all have a base capture rate of 40 per cent.
- Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard and Dragonite are currently the hardest to catch with a base capture rate of four per cent.
There are other things at play when you try to catch a Pokemon, however. The Pokemon's level, flee rate, and your throwing accuracy all affect your odds, not to mention items like Razz Berries and better PokeBalls. Legendary Pokemon like Mew, Mewtwo, Zapdos, Articuno and Moltres all currently have a base capture rate of zero per cent, suggesting that acquiring them will be some sort of special event.
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The hardest and easiest Pokémon to catch [YouTube]