Pokemon GO: Catch Rate Guide

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No matter if a player wants to complete their Pokedex on Pokemon GO or wants to have the best IV Pokemon to fight in the GO Battle Master League, they must put forth effort in catching Pokemon. And while Trading is available in Pokemon GO, the Stardust cost of trading Pokemon (especially Legendaries) is too much for even the most hardcore player. But catching Pokemon isn’t always easy, especially with so many factors coming into play.

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Fortunately, Pokemon GO has various ways to raise a player’s Catch Rate, from Berries to Medals. But, some players may still not be aware of how much these items/achievements affect their Catch Rate. That’s why we’ve prepared a thorough Catch Rate Guide that’ll help players know how they can improve their Catch Rate and finally capture the Pokemon they need without breaking their Poke Ball bank.

Catch Rate Mechanic Breakdown

The Catch Rate mechanic of Pokemon GO is slightly more complicated than other Pokemon games, especially since players must throw a Poke Ball. For starters, every Pokemon has its own Base Catch Rate, ranging from 0% to 70%. Players can have an idea about the Base Capture Rate of a Pokemon by analyzing the Targeting Circle before throwing the Poke Ball (Red = 0%, Orange = 25%, Yellow = 75%, and Green = 90%+).

Aside from the Base Capture Rate, a Pokemon’s Combat Power also influences the final Cate Rate. As players can imagine, the higher the CP (which usually indicates they are suitable to use in the GO Battle League), the harder it’ll be to catch it. Once the player successfully throws a Poke Ball at the Pokemon, the game will consider the Catch Rate modifiers. These modifiers are the type of Poke Ball used, Berries, the type of throw, medals, and the type of encounter. Lets breakdown each modifier.

Type of Poke Ball Used

In Pokemon GO, players can use four different types of Poke Balls to catch Pokemon, and they all have a set modifier for catching Pokemon. Poke Balls and Premier Balls have a modifier of 1, Great Balls of 1.5, and Ultra Balls 2. Using Ultra Balls is the most effective way of catching a Pokemon, but trainers shouldn’t waste it on Pokemon with high BCR (Base Catch Rate) like Oddish or Rattata.


Most newcomers to Pokemon GO aren’t aware of how much a Berry can affect the final Catch Rate of a Pokemon. But, of course, not all Berries influence Catch Rate, like the Pinap and Nanab Berries. But, Razz Berries have a modifier of 1.5, Silver Pinap Berries of 1.8, and Golden Razz Berries of 2.5.

Type of Throw

Perhaps the most challenging feature of Pokemon GO is throwing a Poke Ball at a Pokemon (especially for those that haven’t disabled AR mode). But, how a player throws a Poke Ball also influences the Catch Rate, so players will need to practice their throwing skills if they want to catch a Pokemon.

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A Nice Throw has a modifier of 1.3, a Great Throw of 1.7, and an Excellent Throw of 2. On top of that, a Curveball (spinning a Poke Ball and then throwing it) adds 1.7 to whatever Throw the player makes.


There are 18 different type-specific Medals that will factor into the Catch Rate of the specific Pokemon type. Players that don’t have a type-specific Medal for a Pokemon will receive a modifier of 1. But, players with a Bronze medal will have a modifier of 1.1, Silver has 1.2, Gold is 1.3, and Platinum is 1.4. For Pokemon that have more than one type, the average of the both is considered.

Below is a chart detailing each type-specific medal.

Medal Task
Fairy Tale Girl Catch Fairy-type Pokemon.
Delinquent Catch Dark-type Pokemon.
Dragon Tamer Catch Dragon-type Pokemon.
Skier Catch Ice-type Pokemon.
Psychic Catch Psychic-type Pokemon.
Rocker Catch Electric-type Pokemon.
Gardener Catch Grass-type Pokemon.
Swimmer Catch Water-type Pokemon.
Kindler Catch Fire-type Pokemon.
Rail Staff Catch Steel-type Pokemon.
Hex Maniac Catch Ghost-type Pokemon.
Bug Catcher Catch Bug-type Pokemon.
Hiker Catch Rock-type Pokemon.
Ruin Maniac Catch Ground-type Pokemon.
Punk Girl Catch Poison-type Pokemon.
Bird Keeper Catch Flying-type Pokemon.
Black Belt Catch Fighting-type Pokemon.
Schoolkid Catch Normal-type Pokemon.

Encounter Type

Any Pokemon a player finds in the wild will have an Encounter modifier of 1. But Pokemon found through Encounters as rewards for Field and Timed Research have a modifier of 2. All Pokemon Encountered in Special Research quests will have a modifier of 1,000 (can’t fail to catch them). As for Raids, the actual modifier is a little more complicated, but some believe it ranges between 1 and 2.

How to Improve Catch Rate

Unlike previous titles, Pokemon GO gives players ample tools to improve their chances of catching a Pokemon. Some of these “tools” will require players to grind medals, while others will need basic knowledge of Trainer Items which most beginner player should be aware of. But players should keep in mind that there’s always a chance that a Pokemon flees even if a player has the highest Catch Rate multiplier.

To start, players should aim to Platinum all the type-specific medals as it’ll increase the Catch Rate Modifier. This means catching 2,500 of each type-specific Pokemon, meaning players must strive to catch every Pokemon they see on their map.Players should also practice throwing curveballs, even if they’re not Excellent throws. Doing this will increase the chances of catching the Pokemon while gaining a decent amount of XP.

Furthermore, players should always use Razz Berries on regular Pokemon and Silver Pinap/Golden Razz Berries on Pokemon that are tougher to catch, like Legendaries. Most importantly, players that want to make the most out of the Catch Rate modifiers should not use “Auto-Catchers” (automatically catches Pokemon while offline) since they only use Poke Balls to catch Pokemon and nothing else.

Pokemon GO is available now for iOS and Android.

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