We Found the Most Difficult Pokemon to Catch

If you’ve ever tried to catch ’em all in any Pokemon game, then you know some Pokemon are borderline infuriating to find, let alone catch!

With 718 different Pokemon currently available – not counting those to be introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon – it was inevitable that certain monsters would be insanely stubborn opponents. The following 10 Pokemon are some of the most notoriously difficult monsters to obtain throughout the entire series, so prospective trainers, keep your eyes peeled for these creatures as your adventure unfolds!

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10: Abra


“Wild ABRA appeared!”

“Enemy ABRA used TELEPORT!”

Yes, if a trainer wants to actually catch a wild abra, they either have to throw a very lucky Pokeball or just happen to lead with a Pokemon who can put it to sleep. Otherwise, that Abra is teleporting out of combat before you even realize what happened.

9: Vespiquen


Bug type Pokemon are generally known for being easy to catch, but the queen bee Vespiquen is surprisingly hard to acquire.

Obtaining a Vespiquen requires evolving a Combee; a female Combee, to be specific. That might not seem so hard until you realize that wild Combees have only a 12.5% chance of being female. That, of course, is in addition to Combees only appearing as much as 30% of the time to begin with in zones that contain them. Happy hunting!

8: Spinda (With a specific spot pattern)


Depending on how you look at Spinda, it’s either entirely unremarkable or technically the rarest Pokemon ever created.

It’s said that every Spinda is born with a unique pattern of spots, and the truth of the matter is… that’s categorically correct. The exact number of theoretical Spindas is 4,294,967,295. So yes, if there’s one specific Spinda you’re looking for, you would be almost 15 times more likely to win the lottery than you would be to actually find it.

7: Any shiny Pokemon


Shiny Pokemon are monsters that sport a different color pattern than usual, and many a Pokemon trainer have jumped for joy in excitement after actually seeing one in the wild. Of course, anyone who knows how rare these creatures are would react similarly.

The odds of a wild Pokemon being “shiny” are 1 in 8192. That is to say, you only have a .0122% chance of stumbling upon a shiny Pokemon by chance. While there are specific tactics that can boost the chances of getting a shiny Pokemon (both through breeding and the elusive “Pokerus” virus), you’ll still be rolling heavily against the odds if you just want your favorite Pokemon in its shiny form.

6: Surfing Pikachu


Did you know that you can unlock a special minigame in Pokemon Yellow by obtaining a Pikachu that knows the move Surf? It’s true, but because Pikachu can’t naturally learn this water type attack, acquiring this special Pikachu requires trainers to

1: Buy Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64.

2: Complete all the content in the game to unlock the “Round 2” hard mode.

3: Play until the final division of the “Prime Cup” tournament (AKA, the tournament filled with level 100 Pokemon).

4: Challenge this final division with a custom team that includes a Pikachu.

5: Use Pikachu in the final battle.

6: Finally answer the prompt that asks if you’d like to teach your Pikachu surf.

Even those rumors you’d hear at recess about obtaining fake Pokemon like Pikablu seem more plausible than this.

5: Beldum


The worst part about Beldum is how its difficulty to catch is so utterly deceptive.

First off, this otherwise unremarkable looking Pokemon trolls the player right out the gate by only knowing Take Down, a move that damages itself as well as its opponent. In other words, even if Beldum doesn’t faint from the recoil damage, it’ll be damaging itself using Struggle once it’s out of PP. Second, Beldum is inexplicably tied with actual legendary Pokemon for having the the smallest base chance of staying in a Pokeball – only 0.4%.

To be fair, its evolved form Metagross is one of the strongest non-legendary Pokemon you can find, but they certainly went out of their way to make sure acquiring one wouldn’t be easy!

4: Regigigas


As the trio master of Hoenn’s legendary titans, Regigigas has fortunately become a little easier to catch in the most recent games. However, acquiring one in the games in which it first appeared is arduous to say the least.

Players of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platnum need to have Regirock, Regice, and Registeel in their party to unlock the opportunity to catch Regigigas, except the only way to catch the three legendary Pokemon in these games involves having a Regigigas to begin with! In other words, you’ll need to own a Generation 3 Pokemon game, play all the way through it and catch the three titans, and then trade them to your copy of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, or Platnum to trigger the encounter. At least there are rewards for players who have played each installment of the franchise!

3: Mewtwo (And any other legendary Pokemon with Recover)


In a game series that involves weakening but not fainting a monster to catch it, trying to snag a Pokemon that can restore its own health is absolutely maddening.

Mewtwo was the first in the series to present this challenge to players of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, on top of being literally the most powerful monster in the game by a landslide. Other notable legendary Pokemon equipped with Recover include Ho-Oh, Lugia, and the almighty Arceus himself.

2: Feebas


If we didn’t know any better, we’d say Feebas was cynically designed to sell strategy guides to trainers banging their head against a wall looking for it.

See, Feebas’ could only be found in extremely specific bodies of water in Generation 3 and Generation 4 titles… except those locations were randomly generated. The only way to tell where Feebas is located in Generation 3 is to pay attention to the “trendy” saying, whereas in Generation 4 you can only pray you found the right spot . Yes, considering Feebas is one of many Pokemon that can turn up while fishing, players have no reliable way of knowing whether or not they’ve found a correct spot. Talk about brutal!

1: All the roaming legendary Pokemon

Pokemon Gold and Silver are often considered the best games in the series, but they also introduced one of the game’s most agonizing concepts: roaming legendary Pokemon.

In the latter parts of Pokemon Gold and Silver, players can unleash Entei, Raikou, and Suicune into the wild… but finding them is another story. See, these roaming legendary Pokemon appear throughout the world at random, and they always change their location as the player moves from place to place. Not only is just finding one a time consuming ordeal, but these Pokemon will also attempt to run away even if you do get lucky and enter into an encounter! In other words, players will have to painstakingly whittle down the health of a roaming legendary across numerous encounters with it, all the while leading with a fast enough Pokemon that can prevent it from fleeing.

Fortunately, thanks to abilities like Arena Trap, roaming legendary Pokemon would become somewhat easier to catch in later generations of Pokemon. But for anyone who tried to catch the original roaming legendary Pokemon in Gold and Silver, these handy tricks weren’t available. Yet in spite of these hardships, anyone who has persevered in the pursuit of these Pokemon can stand tall and say they’ve captured the most difficult to obtain Pokemon in the series’ history.

Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.