Pokémon

How to Catch Charmander in Pokemon GO

Trainers need to know how to catch Charmander in Pokemon GO in order to complete the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge.
Trainers need to know how to catch Charmander in Pokemon GO in order to complete the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge. / The Pokemon Company, Niantic Labs

Trainers need to know how to catch Charmander in Pokemon GO in order to complete the Fifth Anniversary Collection Challenge.

This beloved Kanto fire-type starter is making headlines again as part of the crew currently featured in the Five-Year Anniversary Collection Challenge. Niantic Labs recently issued the challenge as part of the massive festivities, tasking trainers with the capture of all 18 starter Pokemon released since Pokemon GO's initial launch in 2016.

Here's how to catch Charmander.

Charmander in Pokemon GO

Charmander is one of the more common Pokemon trainers can encounter during the Five-Year Anniversary event. It can be found in the following three ways:

  • On the overland map in the wild
  • Completing a Research Task
  • Attraction via Lure at a PokeStop

There's no surefire way to guarantee Charmander will always spawn from any method listed above, but all carry a chance. Some trainers report that specific Research Tasks reward exclusive region-based encounters. However, this has yet to be confirmed.

Otherwise, trainers can find Charmander in the wild on hot, sunny days thanks to its fire-typing. Its most recent egg group was 5 k.m., but it has made an appearance in both 2 k.m. and 7 k.m., as well. Additionally, this Pokemon was recently featured during Spotlight Hour on July 13 and had its Community Day on Oct. 17, 2020.

Charmander's PokeDex number is 4. Also known as the "Lizard" Pokemon, it uses the living flame at the tip of its tail as an indicator of its health and mood. Smaller flames could mean a scared, shy, or unwell Charmander, while larger flames typically translate to rage and confidence.

Trainers can evolve their Charmander into a Charmeleon and then Charizard using 25 and 100 candies, respectively. Charizard has two mega forms, Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y, which can be prompted through the use of 200 Mega Charizard Energy units.