How to catch Ditto in Pokémon Go

The once elusive Pokémon now lurks in the wild

If you walk past a Rattata or Pidgey on your next Poke-walk and plan on ignoring them, you might want to reconsider. Things might not be what they seem.

The once unavailable Pokémon Ditto is now lurking in the wild and can be caught on Pokémon Go.  

Earlier today I caught the shape-shifting Pokémon disguised as a Magikarp. I had heard of sightings on Reddit and wanted to verify reports so I went for a walk and began catching random, common Pokémon.

After a few failed attempts I spotted a Magikarp under a non-lured PokeStop. I threw a Poké Ball at it, the ball jiggled three times, and the Poké Ball snapped shut with a flutter of stars. But instead of the words “Gotcha! Magikarp was caught!” the word “Oh?” flashed instead. The event was followed by a magical sequence, where Magikarp transformed into Ditto amidst purple flashes. Ditto was caught and added to my Pokedex!

magikarp-to-ditto

One of Ditto’s moves is Transform. When sent into battle, it will take the form of its opponent.

Online Pokemon trainers the world over have reportedly found Ditto disguised as Rattata, Zubat, and Pidgey. While we have yet to corroborate this, it is possible, because of its nature that Ditto is disguising itself as other Pokémon, although I’d be severely bummed if I caught a Lapras that was actually a Ditto in disguise.

Ditto registered to Dex!

Ditto registered to Dex!

The earliest reports of Ditto sightings dates back to 7pm ET (8am in Manila) of November 22. It isn’t clear if Ditto will only be available for a limited time, so best to go out and catch it as fast as you can.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has yet to make an announcement, but it looks like this was meant as a surprise. If you’re finding out about it here first, we’re sorry for ruining the fun. But we couldn’t resist giving you the heads-up.

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Here’s the special moment caught on video.

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