How do you find and catch all 26 of the Unown Pokémon in Pokémon Go Gen 2? Here are our top tips, from A to Z!
Unown is one of the rarest and hardest to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go Gen 2. Scratch that. Unown is one of TWENTY SIX of the rarest and hardest to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go Gen 2. That's because it doesn't spawn very often in most areas and, when it does, it can manifest as any one of the 26 letters of the alphabet, from A to Z.
So, how do you catch the elusive — and iterative! — new Pokémon? Here are some tips!
What's 'Unown' and how many forms does it really have?
Unown is one of the new Pokémon in Pokémon Go Gen 2. It currently had twenty-six distinct forms, one for each letter of the alphabet, from A to Z.
Here's how Bulbipedia describes it:
Unown is a Psychic-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II. While it is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, as of Generation III, Unown has 28 derivative shapes, chronicled in the Unown Mode in Generation II and the Unown Report in HeartGold and SoulSilver. There are 26 Latin alphabet characters, plus ? (question mark) and ! (exclamation mark) introduced in Generation III. In Generation II, its shape is determined by its individual values; in Generation III, it is determined by its personality value; from Generation IV onward, it is determined by a separate form identifier.
Twenty-six forms now, twenty-eight with Gen 3?
Correct! Right now Unown can be found in shapes matching every letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. With Gen 3, which could be coming our way later this year, it also gains ? and !
Is Unown one Pokémon with 26 different shapes or 26 different Pokémon?
Unown only has one Pokédex entry in Pokémon Go, so it's best to treat it as one Pokémon that has 26 different shapes. So, less like the male and female Nidorano and more like Pikachu, Santa Hat Pikachu, and Party Hat Pikachu, just all available at the same time.
But I see where you're going with this?
So, there are just Unown spawns, not separate Unnown A and Unown B spawns?
Only Pokémon Go knows for sure. Based on how people are catching them, though, it seems less likely that each specific Unown spawns on its own and more likely Unown spawns in general and then its specific form is determined at random.
Because random is how Pokémom Go rolls. (No pun intended. Okay, kinda intended!)
Are there nests where you can go to catch Unown?
Sadly, no. Unown, like Snorlax and Lapras, doesn't seem to nest. There have been reports of consistent, if infrequent spawn points but they're thus far very few and incredibly far between.
In my area, they've spawned only a few times a week, and randomly throughout the area. Once was in the late evening in a nature preserve, though several people braved the dark and snow and caught it anyway.
Can you track Unown in Pokémon Go?
If you can find a spawn near a PokéStop, you can absolutely track Unown using Nearby.
- Tap the Nearby Tab at the bottom right of the screen.
- Tap the holiday Pokémon you want to track.
- Tap the Footprints button to start tracking.
Once you get to the PokéStop, Unown will spawn and you can catch away!
If Unown isn't at a PokéStop, it might show up on Sightings depending on whether or not you get within 40 m and there aren't so many PokéStops nearby that Nearby overwhelms Sightings. (Niantic really needs to better balance that, especially for rare Pokémon like Unown...)
Can you get Unown from Incense or Lures?
Unknown! (Sorry, had to!). There's been a report of Unown spawning from Incense but there'll need to be many such reports before it's accepted as fact.
Same for Lures. There have been reports, but until there's more volume it's impossible to say definitively one way or another.
I've seen Snorlax spawn from Incense, though. And while not as rare as Unown, it does show Incense and Lures can pull from a wide range of Pokémon in the system.
So, while you shouldn't waste your money on high volume Lures or Incense just to get Unowns, if you're already using a Lure or Incense, keep your eyes open and fingers ready!
Can you hatch Unown from a Pokémon Egg?
No, it doesn't look like it. Regionals like Taurus and Mr. Mime haven't hatched from Pokémon Eggs in a long time. There also haven't been any reports of the Gen 2 starters like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile hatching. So, it wouldn't be surprising if Unown didn't hatch from Pokémon Eggs either.
So, catching is currently the only option.
How do you increase your odds of catching Unown when you find it?
Unown seems to be hard to find but it doesn't seem to have an especially low catch rate or high flee rate. So, if you do find it, you should be able to get it. That said, best practices are best practices for a reason:
- Use a Razz Berry. Unlike other bonuses, it's not dependent on you hitting the target. It'll work when you do. And there's no point in using a Pinap Berry because Unown doesn't evolve.
- Throw a Curve Ball. A successfully thrown Curve Ball has a higher catch rate than a Great Ball and almost as good as an Ultra Ball.
- If you're going for your first holiday Pikachu, throw Curve Ball with a Great Ball or even Ultra Ball if you have them to spare. The bonuses stack.
- Go for a Nice, Great, or Excellent throw — if you know you can get it reliably — by nailing the center of the target circle. Again, the bonuses stack.
With a little luck, you'll get all the Unown you can find.
Is there an Unown medal to help make catching them easier? And, yes, fine, to show off with?
There is... but you'll need to catch a lot of Unowns to max it out. And it only credits you one for each form, so repeats don't count. That means, even if you're in an area where Unown spawns, you're likely to get a lot of dupes before you encounter every different type. According to Silph Road math, it would take an average of 100 catches to get all 26. So, if you encounter one a day, that's a minimum of 26 days, an average of 100 days, and a max of... forever. If you encounter one a week...
- Bronze: Catch 3 Unowns, get a 1.1x bonus.
- Silver: Catch 10 Unowns, get a 1.2x bonus.
- Gold: Catch all 26 Unowns, get a 1.3x bonus.
So, not only is it incredibly challenging to get gold, Unown bonuses are really only helpful to catch more Unowns, not your first Unowns.
Are there any other ways to make catching Unown easier?
Pokémon Go has had events where they've increased the spawn rates of spooky, Gen 1 starter, and pink-colored Pokémon in the past. It's possible they'll have an event in the future where they increase the spawn rate for Unown as well
If you have Facebook or Twitter feed, or IM group for your area, you can also see if anyone else spots an Unown. If they post about it, you see it fast enough, and you're close enough to get there before it's gone, you can increase your odds — if not reduce your stress level.
There are also cheats, like using trackers or tracker feeds. They're against the terms of service and may simply not be your cup of tea, either.
Where have you found Unown in Pokémon Go?
If you have any tips on finding and catching Unown in Pokémon Go, or any questions, drop them in the comments below!