How to Catch a Transform Pokemon in Pokemon GO

Trainers want to know how they can catch a Transform Pokemon in Pokemon GO.
Trainers want to know how they can catch a Transform Pokemon in Pokemon GO. / Niantic

Trainers want to know how they can catch a Transform Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

Some Pokemon GO trainers are still attempting to finish up the last bit of special-themed research despite Niantic Labs' April Fools' Day event solidly in the rearview. As many experienced last Friday, Apr. 1, the April Fools' 2-Oh?-22 event spotlit Ditto due to its surprising ability to transform into any other Pokemon it sees.

Throughout the event, Ditto could take on many disguises, leaving trainers to question what they truly caught in their latest encounter. This has led to a bit of confusion when it comes to one special research task pertaining to the "Transform" Pokemon.

How to Catch a Transform Pokemon

As discussed in our previous companion piece, the "Transform Pokemon" is simply a fancy title given to Ditto. Therefore, trainers need to catch three Ditto.

This may be a bit easier said than done after the event has finished. Ditto may not be as plentiful following the conclusion of April Fools' 2-Oh?-22, but that doesn't mean trainers are out of luck. This Pokemon can appear year-round—though its appearance is still particularly rare. Additionally, trainers won't know they've caught a Ditto until after it's been captured.

Currently, according to Pokemon GO informant LeekDuck, Ditto can appear as one of the following few Pokemon:

  • Ekans
  • Gastly
  • Natu
  • Surskit
  • Finneon
  • Lillipup
  • Dwebble
  • Swirlix

Best Tips for Catching Ditto

We understand that catching Ditto is a lot easier said than done. So, we've provided a few tips for trainers looking to catch this Pokemon and complete their research:

  1. Prioritize the Pokemon listed above as they all hold a chance to reveal themselves as a Ditto in disguise.
  2. Take note if the above Pokemon seem more difficult to catch than usual. Due to Ditto's rarity, it may be more difficult to catch, even when disguised.
  3. Some trainers have suggested working in pairs or groups to locate Ditto as spawns tend to be the same across regions. If someone encounters a Ditto posing as Natu a few meters away, anyone else in that area who catches that Natu will also have it reveal itself as a Ditto.

Trainers should note that Ditto will only reveal itself after capture and that a shiny disguise doesn't necessarily translate to a shiny Ditto. A shiny Ditto can appear disguised as a traditionally-colored Pokemon, as well.