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Where Do I Find Pokemon in Pokemon Go?

Team #YGD has started playing Pokemon Go, again. We started off on launch day, and then a month later, Niantic did a garbage update that really killed the enjoyment of playing the AR game. But right after E3 2018, we rediscovered Pokemon Go, and it’s great. There’s quests, goals, the Pokemon locater isn’t all f’d up, the raids are decent, and oh man. Basically, if you love Pokemon from back in Pokemon Yellow days, the game brings back that childhood joy.

Anyways, we are going to start adding information about Pokemon Go, including a Pokedex and help to catch the lil’ buggers.

We are starting off with a basic help list. Some of the quests require you to catch specific types of Pokemon. We thought we’d make a general list of the types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, and say where those types tend to hang out in the wild.

List of Pokemon Types in Pokemon Go

A Pokemon can have one or two types, and types determine a few things about that Pokemon. One: determines where the Pokemon likes to live, which we are going over in this article. Two: it also determines battle strengths and weaknesses, which we will go over in a future article.

There are 18 different types, and each type is either strong, weak or neutral to other types. For example, Charmander (Fire) beats Bulbasaur (Grass) who beats Squirtle (Water) who in turn beats Charmander. It’s all pretty simple.

  • Normal Pokemon
  • Fire Pokemon
  • Ice Pokemon
  • Bug Pokemon
  • Flying Pokemon
  • Grass Pokemon
  • Water Pokemon
  • Poison Pokemon
  • Electric Pokemon
  • Ground Pokemon
  • Psychic Pokemon
  • Fighting Pokemon
  • Rock Pokemon
  • Steel Pokemon
  • Fairy Pokemon
  • Ghost Pokemon
  • Dark Pokemon
  • Dragon Pokemon

Pokemon Types and Common Locations in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go splits the map of the real world into ‘Biomes’. A biome tells the game what is in a particular area. Examples of Biomes are Building, Place of Interest, Roads, Park and so on. From this, you can determine what Pokemon will appear where. If you are looking for a particular Pokemon just look for its type on this page and read our advice.

Where to Find Normal Pokemon

Normal Pokemon are the most common and are found in every climate. Look within parking lots, cities, schools, parks, and anywhere with a decent sized population. Ratatta, Pidgey, and the like will always be fairly common to find and freely available to you, no matter where you are located.

There are 22 normal-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go. This includes: Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Rattata, Raticate, Spearow, Fearow, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Meowth, Persian, Farfetch’d, Doduo, Dodrio, Lickitung, Chansey, Kangaskhan, Tauros, Ditto, Eevee, Poryon, and Snorlax.

15 normal-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Sentret, Furret, Hoothoot, Noctowl, Igglybuff, Aipom, Girafarig, Dunsparce, Teddiursa, Ursaring, Porygon2, Stantler, Smeargle, Miltank, Blissey.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Fire Pokemon

Fire Pokemon are found in neighborhoods, residential areas, and dry climates. Given that it probably wouldn’t be very wise to go climbing into a volcano in search of Pokemon, in Pokemon Go fire-type Pokemon reside in residential areas, neighborhoods, and they are more common in warmer places that have a naturally more dry climate or on the sand at the beach.

There are 12 fire-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go. Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Vulpix, Ninetales, Growlithe, Arcanine, Ponyta, Rapidash, Magmar, Flareon, and Moltres.

10 fire-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Cyndaquil, Quilava, Typhlosion, Slugma, Magcargo, Houndour, Houndoom, Magby, Entei, Ho-Oh.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Ice Pokemon

This rare type has been found near water, but not necessarily frozen water. Much as with Fire Pokemon, the need to actually go somewhere icy to catch Ice-type Pokemon has thankfully been left out of Pokemon Go. Instead, you’ll find ice-types in grassy areas occasionally and near bodies of water more often. You’ll of course also find them anywhere there’s actual snow and ice if you happen to live close to anywhere that fits the bill.

There are 5 Ice-type Pokemon in the original 151 that are in Pokemon Go: Jynx, Dewgong, Cloyster, Lapras, and Articuno. Legendary Articuno is unlikely to be found out in the wild.

5 ice-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes: Sneasel, Swinub, Piloswine, Delibird, Smoochum.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Bug Pokemon

Bug Pokemon can be found in open fields, farms, forests, parks, playgrounds, and the countryside in general. Bug-type Pokemon like Weedle and Caterpie, which have decent later evolutionary stages, can be found hiding out in Farmland, woods, and forests. They may also be seen in gardens and generally grassy areas like parks, nature reserves, smaller pathways, golf courses, and playgrounds.

There are 12 bug-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go: Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Scyther, and Pinsir.

10 bug-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Ledyba, Ledian, Spinarak, Ariados, Yanma, Pineco, Forretress, Scizor, Shuckle, Heracross.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Flying Pokemon

Flying Pokemon dwell near farms, open fields, and parks. Flying-type Pokemon are typically a sub-type and have another type attached to them first. Their flying attribute still impacts where they are found in the wild. Flying types are quite common, and can be found on farmland, forests, woods, and grassy areas such as nature reserves, playgrounds, parks, and gardens.

There are 19 Flying-type Pokemon in the 151 that are in Pokemon Go: Charizard, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Spearow, Fearow, Farfetch’d, Doduo, Dodrio, Butterfree, Zubat, Golbat, Scyther, Aerodactyl, Gyarados, Dragonite and the three legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. How the legendary birds are caught is unclear, and some of these can be caught through evolution.

Kendra of #YGD caught an Articuno in downtown Youngstown, OH on Federal Street in the summer of 2018, but has not seen any since.

19 flying-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Hoothoot, Noctowl, Ledyba, Ledian, Crobat, Togetic, Natu, Xatu, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff, Yanma, Murkrow, Gligar, Delibird, Mantine, Skarmory, Lugia, Ho-Oh.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Grass Pokemon

Grass Pokemon can be found near grassy areas, such as golf courses, farms, gardens, or residential areas. Grass-type Pokemon like Oddish and its evolutions are just as predictable as their water counterparts, and can primarily be found in grassy areas. That includes places like farms and forests. If you are in a more residential or built-up area the parks are a good option, as are gardens, golf courses and so on.

There are Grass-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go. These are Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Tangela, Paras, and Parasect.

10 Grass-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Chikorita, Bayleef, Meganium, Bellossom, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff, Sunkern, Sunflora, Celebi.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Water Pokemon

Water Pokemon are near bodies of water, including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, oceans, or harbors. Water Pokemon can predictably be found in places where you also find water. If you live near a river, stream, lake or similar, you will find lots of them there. Also in other water-heavy areas such as harbors or the beach.

There are 32 water-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go. This includes Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Psyduck, Golduck, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Seel, Dewgong, Shellder, Cloyster, Krabby, Kingler, Horsea, Seadra, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Goldeen, Seaking, Staryu, Starmie, Magikarp, Gyarados, Lapras, and Vaporeon.

18 water-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes: Totodile, Croconaw, Feraligatr, Chinchou, Lanturn, Marill, Azumarill, Politoed, Wooper, Quagsire, Slowking, Qwilfish, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Kingdra, Suicune.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Poison Pokemon

Poison Pokemon are found near ponds, marshes, lakes, cities, parks, and industrial areas. Thankfully Pokemon Go does not make you adventure anywhere poisonous to actually find Poison-type Pokemon, but you might have to get a little wet. They appear in areas the game defines as ‘wetland’, which includes ponds, marshes, lakes and other similar areas. This may seem weird, but they may also occasionally appear in more industrial areas of cities and in large buildings, though this seems less common.

There are a total of 33 Poison-type Pokemon in Pokemon Go’s 151 creatures, though there are lots of overlap with other types: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Venonat, Venomoth, Bellsprout, Weepinbel, Victreebel, Ekans, Arbok, Nidoran (Female), Nidoran (Male), Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidorino, Nidoking, Zubat, Golbat, Grimer, Muk, Koffing, Weezing, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Gastly, Haunter and Gengar.

4 Poison-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Spinarak, Ariados, Crobat, Qwilfish.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Electric Pokemon

Electric Pokemon are near industrial buildings, college campuses, and dry climates. Electric-type Pokemon like Pikachu can be found in only one particular type of area the game assumes as ‘industrial’. The best place to search for these are industrial parks, schools and college campuses, and other dry places that are largely concreted over.

There are 9 Electric-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go, including Pikachu, Raichu, Magnemite, Magneton, Voltorb, Electrode, Electabuzz, Jolteon and Legendary Zapdos.

8 Electric-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Chinchou, Lanturn, Pichu, Mareep, Flaaffy, Ampharos, Elekid, Raikou.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Ground Pokemon

Ground Pokemon are in open fields, beaches, ditches, streams, railways, and airports. Ground Pokemon like Sandshrew and Diglett can be found anywhere that fits their type. Muddy locations like ditches and streams, parking garages, playgrounds, railway stations, roads and generally urban areas.

There are 14 Ground-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go. These include Sandshrew, Sandslash, Diglett, Dugtrio, Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Onyx, Cubone, Marowak, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Nidoqueen, and Nidoking.

10 ground-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Wooper, Quagsire, Gligar, Steelix, Swinub, Piloswine, Phanpy, Donphan, Larvitar, Pupitar.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Psychic Pokemon

Psychic Pokemon are near the beach and within grassland locations. Psychic-type Pokemon such as Abra can sometimes be found in grassy areas and some also show up in residential areas but seemingly only at night. A good place to find them is in and around hospitals.

There are 14 Psychic-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go, including Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Drowzee, Hypno, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Slowpoke, Slowbrow Jynx, Mr. Mime, Mewtwo, and Mew. Some of these can be obtained by evolution, and it’s unlikely Mewtwo or Mew will ever simply be found out in the wild since they are Legendary Pokemon.

10 Psychic-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Natu, Xatu, Espeon, Slowking, Unown, Wobbuffet, Girafarig, Smoochum, Lugia, Celebi. Natu is commonly found at Boardman Park in Boardman, Ohio if you are looking for one.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Fighting Pokemon

Fighting Pokemon are found near local gyms, stadiums, and arenas, as well as residential areas. Fighting-type Pokemon like Machop and Mankey love competition, so they tend to be found lurking around sports centers and stadiums. They also gather around larger gyms.

There are 8 Fighting-type Pokemon in the original 151 that are in Pokemon Go: Mankey, Primeape, Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, and Poliwrath, who is also a water-type.

3 Fighting-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Heracross, Tyrogue, Hitmontop.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Rock Pokemon

Rock Pokemon are in towns, parking lots, and near streets. Check rock quarries too, for good measure. Rock-type Pokemon such as Geodude can be found in places where the app assumes stone is a regular feature. This includes quarries, towns, parking decks, train stations, highways, or large buildings such as shopping malls.

There are 11 Rock-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go, including Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Onix, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, and Aerodactyl.

7 rock-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Sudowoodo, Shuckle, Magcargo, Corsola, Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Steel Pokemon

Steel Pokemon are within cities or near railroad tracks. Stay away from the actual tracks! They are dangerous! Steel is a Pokemon sub-type that makes certain Pokemon of other types a little easier to catch. Steel-type Pokemon can be found where steel is most common: inside or around larger building structures. They can also be found near railway stations and tracks, but be careful if hunting there.

There are only 2 steel-type Pokemon in Pokemon Go’s original 151: Magnemite and Magneton.

4 steel-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Forretress, Steelix, Scizor, Skarmory.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Fairy Pokemon

Fairy Pokemon are found near churches, cemeteries, monuments, or landmarks. Fairy-type Pokemon such as Clefairy are curious creatures and can be found at Places of Interest. Check your local landmarks. They can also be found in numbers at churches or a cemetery.

There are only 5 Fairy-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go. Clefairy, Clefable, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff and the interesting Mr. Mime.

8 Fairy-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Togetic, Marill, Azumarill, Snubbull, Granbull.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Ghost Pokemon

Ghost Pokemon are found in parking lots, usually in the evening. Check near cemeteries too, just in case. There aren’t many Ghost-type Pokemon in Pokemon Go, but those there are like Ghastly are damn cool. Ghost-types seem to show up occasionally around churches, but they’ve also been reported to show up in built-up residential areas such as parking lots at night. The best hour that #YGD has found to find Ghost Pokemon is between 2 am and 3 am in the Youngstown, OH area.

There are only 3 ghost types in Pokemon Go’s 151 initial Pokemon. They are all in the same evolutionary line: Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar. If you manage to catch a Gastly, it’ll be possible to get all three Ghost-type Pokemon simply through evolution.

1 Ghost-type Pokemon was added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update: Misdreavus.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Dark Pokemon

Found in dark places, such as movie theaters, cemeteries, and landmarks.

6 dark-type Pokemon were added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update. That includes Umbreon, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, Houndoom, Tyranitar.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Where to Find Dragon Pokemon

Found in cities, but have been known to appear near golf courses.

Dragon-type Pokemon such as Dratini are rare beasts, but they are not impossible to find!

Dragon-type Pokemon are only found at what Pokemon Go defines as ‘places of interest’ which are famous places or landmarks. If a landmark or old place is significant enough to be marked specifically on a map, it’s probably a good spot to hunt for dragons.

There are only 3 Dragon-type Pokemon in the original 151 Pokemon that feature in Pokemon Go: Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite. The latter 2 can be evolved from Dratini who has been found in a variety of places. Kendra has found 3 Dratinis in various places throughout Mahoning Valley.

Only 1 dragon-type Pokemon was added in the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update: Kingdra.

Some of these Pokemon will only be available via evolution, raids, and quests.

Finding Pokemon

During your adventures for Pokemon Go, some Pokemon may be easier to find throughout the seasons and events. This list is for non-event based findings, all year round. There are also many types that cannot be caught in the wild; these Pokemon are typically the Legendary Pokemon. They can be found in raids and by completing quests from the professor.

As #YGD discovers more places and Pokemon Go announces updates, we will try and update this helpful little list.

Now, good luck and go catch ’em all!

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