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Pokémon GO: 10 Challenging Pokémon To Catch

Niantic's Pokémon GO continues to be an extremely popular mobile game, and there are still some elusive creatures most trainers haven't caught.

Pokémon in Pokémon GO are challenging to catch. For starters, some Pokémon are only obtainable through Raid Battles, which can sometimes necessitate a group to finish. Also, Pokémon that are region exclusive add global challenges for Pokémon GO players.

Ash Ketchum didn't catch Pokémon by staying in the vicinity of his neighborhood. He searched "far and wide," challenging every Gym Leader who crossed his path. Niantic expects you to do the same to capture the rarest and most powerful Pokémon. To aid you on your journey, here are some tips. This is Pokémon GO: 10 challenging Pokémon to catch.

10 Mewtwo

A super-intelligent Pokémon with human-like features happens to be one of the most powerful in the game. Trainers hoping to catch a Mewtwo will be embarking on one of the most grueling tasks in Pokémon GO. You'll have to defeat Mewtwo and use the premier balls you receive from the battle to catch Mewtwo. Bringing friends to the fight will grant you extra premier balls. Although Mewtwo was only obtainable through raid battles, it is now possible to catch Mewtwo outside of EX Raids—if you can find one. Nobody said catching 'em all was going to be easy. Go, trainer, go!

9 Tyranitar

Catching a Tyranitar is not easy since this Pokémon often has over 2,000 CP. You'll want to have Premier or Ultra Balls to capture this formidable Pokémon. A Great Ball could work, but it will give you less of a chance. It's recommended to use a Golden Razz and to curve your throw for the maximum effectiveness.

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Niantic purposely made Tyranitar one of the most challenging Pokémon to catch because of how powerful it is in the game. Tyranitar is a raid boss that has above average difficulty, but in rare cases, it can be found and caught in the wild.

8 Dragonite

Most avid Pokémon GO players have probably seen a Dragonite by now. They often occupy Gyms and are used by the wisest Pokémon GO players. Usually, Dragonite can be found near the water in populated areas. Catching Dragonite is a tough task since it is rare to find and has a low catch rate. It's tough to find one, but a real Pokémon GO trainer never backs down from a challenge. Dragonite is a Flying/Dragon type that any trainer would want to own.

7 Snorlax

Recently, an event took place which allowed players to catch a Snorlax. The event was made to help promote the upcoming Pokémon Sleep app. Pokémon Sleep will track users' sleep patterns and give them bonuses towards Pokémon GO. Ordinarily, it is very rare to find a Snorlax in the wild. It's possible that more events of this type will reoccur. It is well-known that finding a Snorlax is rare, but it is more common to obtain one from a 10 km egg.

6 Mew

Catching a Mew isn't an easy task, but it can be simplified by following eight steps. The first step requires you to spin 5 Poké Stops, catch 10 Pokémon, and transfer 5 Pokémon.

Second, you have to earn 2 candies, make 10 "Great" throws, and hatch 3 eggs.

Next, reach level 15, battle 2 gyms, and 2 raids.

Still with us? In the fourth step, you must earn a silver Kanto medal, evolve 20 Pokémon, and earn 5 candies while walking.

The fifth step requires you to catch Ditto, make 20 throws that are "Great," and catch 10 Ghost Pokémon.

The sixth step asks that you reach level 25, battle 10 raids, and evolve a Magikarp.

Step seven requires players to catch 50 Pokémon with a berry, make an "Excellent" curve throw, and obtain a Gold Kanto medal.

Finally, for the last step, you need to catch Mew. Mew has a 100% catch rate, so all that effort won't be wasted.

5 Kangaskhan

Catching a Kangaskhan is tough for people who do not live in Australia. As a region exclusive, only a select few people will make the journey to another country to obtain a Pokémon. Still, if you're in the area, it's not hard to find one while you're there. It has been speculated that Khangaskhan could be a cross between a kangaroo and the founder of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan. The fact that it's based on a kangaroo is consistent with its location, which is in Australia.

4 Lapras

As a Pokémon that has high CP, Lapras is a rare find. It's safe to assume that a Pokémon's Combat Points has a correlation with their rarity.

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Lapras was first introduced in the first generation of Pokémon games and is one that has been in Pokémon GO from the beginning. As a Water/Ice Pokémon, Lapras is not a Pokémon that evolves, so you'll have to find Lapras in the wild or hatch one from an egg. Lapras is said to resemble an extinct Plesiosauria.

3 Mr. Mime

Mr. Mime is a Psychic/Fairy-type Pokémon who evolves from Mr. Mime Jr. Finding a Mr. Mime is a challenge in the Pokémon GO world. As one of the few region-exclusive Pokémon, players will have to travel to Western Europe for the opportunity to catch one. This makes Mr. Mime one of the most difficult Pokémon to catch. Perhaps Mr. Mime will be made available in North America and other parts of the world as an event. Pokémon GO is a costly game to play because of region exclusives.

2 Farfetch'd

There aren't too many, but region-exclusive Pokémon can be the most problematic Pokémon for trainers to catch. This is because they are only found in certain regions of the world. Niantic wanted to make it super impossible to catch Pokémon like Farfetch'd, so if you ever decide to travel to South East Asia, you'll want to grab a Farfetch'd while in the area. Once found, Fafetch'd has a low catch difficulty. South East Asia refers to countries like Japan and South Korea. More and more, Niantic is changing the way we play Pokémon GO. With more Pokémon spawning in areas, there hasn't been a better time to play Pokémon GO.

1 Ho-Oh

The series premiere of Pokémon: Indigo League told viewers that there are rare Pokémon in the wild. Ash Ketchup, a young boy from Pallet Town, spotted a Ho-Oh in the first episode of Pokémon. A season later, we found out that the mysterious Pokémon who soared through the skies above Ash was the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh.

Catching a Ho-Oh in Pokémon GO is not easy. In fact, Ho-Oh is one of the most challenging Raid Pokémon to catch. The base catch rate for Ho-Oh is 2%. A Premier Ball with a Golden Razz Berry multiplies your odds by 4.25. Using the website pogomap.info to locate Ex Raids is highly recommended.

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