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What is the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Trainers can catch countless Pokemon in Pokemon Go and naturally, some are rarer than the rest. Here are the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

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Mewtwo, Melmetal, and Libre Pikachu in Pokemon Go

There are many ways to evaluate a Pokemon in Pokemon Go, and rarity is one of the primary parameters. Here’s everything you need to know about the rarest Pokemon in the history of Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go players love catching rare Pokemon which is why they don’t miss an opportunity to catch Shiny Pokemon. Even if they have terrible IVs, catching them is desirable thanks to their rarity.

Having said that, there are many Pokemon that are rare even in their standard/non-shiny forms. This could be because they were introduced during a limited-time event, they’re Legendary, they have unusual evolution conditions, or they’re exclusive to a particular region.

Based on several factors, here’s the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Ten rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go: Melmetal, Unown, and more

10. Axew > Haxorus

Axew is one of the rarest Pokemon that you can get from a 10 km egg in Pokemon Go. You can also find it in the wild but the odds of that happening are even lower. As a result, this Dragon-type Pokemon from the Unova region is easily one of the rarest non-Legendary creatures out there.

It is best to use Pinap berries if you ever encounter Axew. You’ll require 125 candies to evolve it into Haxorus which is a great but extremely rare Pokemon.

Axew, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

9. Goomy > Sliggoo > Goodra

Pokemon Go players can get Goomy by hatching a 10 km egg or catch or through an encounter in the wild. Having said that, this Dragon-type Pokemon rarely appears in the wild and stands at the third tier(hardest to get) of the 10 km egg hatch pool.

To be fair, the real grind begins after you’ve caught Gloomy as you’ll need a total of 125 candies to obtain Sliggoo and Goodra. Consequently, Goomy and its evolutions have comfortably made this list of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Goomy, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

8. Tirtouga

Tirtouga used to be a part of the egg hatch pool in Pokemon Go, but you can now find it only in the wild. This hasn’t been too beneficial for Trainers because the Water and Rock-type Pokemon has really low spawn rates.

The spawn rates marginally increase when you’re using the Daily Adventure Insence, but even then, the community hasn’t had a lot of success in catching Tirtouga. It has an evolution called Carracosta that can be obtained with 50 Tirtouga candies.

Tirtouga, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

7. Salazzle

Salazzle is the evolution of Salandit in Pokemon Go and it is rare because of a unique evolution condition. Apparently, only a female Salandit can be evolved into a Salazzle and there’s only a 12.5% chance of players getting one from eggs.

Salazzle’s first form, Salandit, can be hatched from a 12 km egg but it’s never guaranteed. Moreover, you cannot get this Poison and Fire-type Pokemon in the wild that further contributes to its rarity.

Salandit, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

6. Melmetal

Melmetal can be obtained in Pokemon Go by evolving Meltan with 400 candies. Meltan itself is one the rarest Pokemon in the game which makes Melmetal even harder to get. You can only get Meltan by completing the Let’s Go, Meltan Special Research quest or through Mystery Boxes.

Melmetal, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

5. Pikachu Libre

Pikachu Libre is rare in Pokemon Go because you can get it only after reaching rank 20 in the Go Battle League. Upon reaching this rank, the game allows you to have an encounter with Pikachu Libre.

To reach rank 20 in the Go Battle League, you must win a ton of PvP battles in different types of categories, and naturally, rank progression becomes tougher as you move further.

It is no surprise that Pikachu’s Libre variant is not common in the Pokemon Go community. Casual players often struggle to win battles in the Go Battle League after a certain point and reaching high ranks requires them to put in countless hours into the PvP mode.

Pikachu Libre, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

4. Unown

There are 28 variants of Unown in Pokemon Go, and collecting them all is close to impossible. These variants are based on the 26 letters in the alphabet, the exclamation mark, and the question mark.

You can obtain Unown from the wild, eggs, and raids but all these methods are easier said than done. The Pokemon has made this list due to its extremely low spawn rate.

All 28 forms of Unown in Pokemon Go

3. Archen > Archeops

Fossil Pokemon like Archen are known for their rarity not only in Pokemon Go but the entire franchise. The Rock-Flying type Pokemon used to be a part of the 7km Egg pool but now, it is only available in the wild.

Archen’s spawn rate in the wild is close to nil making it one of the rarest Pokemon in the game. Archen also has an evolution called Archeops and unsurprisingly, it is even more challenging to obtain because of the candy requirement.

Archeops, one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go, flying

2. Noibat > Noivern

Noibat in Pokemon Go rarely appears in the wild and has an equally low chance of hatching through an egg. This makes Noibat a rare find in Pokemon Go, and its evolution called Noivern requires 400 Noibat candy which is something that the majority of the player base still hasn’t achieved.

Accordingly, Noibat and Noivern are two of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

A group of Niobat which is one of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

1. Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie – Rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Mesprit, Uxie, and Azelf are three of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie are the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go because they’re region exclusive. The three Legendary Pokemon spawn in the wild but only in the following regions:

  1. Azelf – North America, South America, and Greenland
  2. Mesprit – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and India
  3. Uxie – Asia and Pacific regions

Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie are available in the wild despite being Legendary Pokemon. They seldom become a part of the raid pool, and when it happens, you can try unlocking them through remote raids.

Apart from raids, there is clearly no easy way of getting Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie. You can travel around the world but it still won’t ensure that the Legendary Pokemon appear in the wild.

It is worth noting that this list only comprises Pokemon that you can still get in Pokemon Go. The developers have introduced many Pokemon during time-locked events such as Galarian Mr. Rime and Rotom that were available some years ago and haven’t returned ever since.


Well, these were some of the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Go, and make sure to use berries and your best Pokeballs to catch them. For similar content, check out what are damage counters in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, the biggest Pokemon ever, and a guide to taking snapshots in Pokemon Go.

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