Where are Pokémon Go nests and how do you find them? Here's what you need to know!
Spawn points, sometimes called "nests" when they meet specific criteria, are places where Pokémon commonly spawn. A spawn point (or nest) can be around a Pokéstop and appear in Nearby, or around Gyms, at street corners, in parking lots, near access points to waterways, etc. and appear on Sightings.
What makes a spawn point a nest is when the same Pokémon tend to spawn there multiple times a day, and sometimes in clusters of two, three, or more.
Sometimes they even cover multiple PokéStops and spawn points. For example, an entire park might be a nest for one type of Pokémon with up to a dozen areas that spawn regularly.
Why should you care about nests?
Nests are great for a number of reasons:
If you need a specific Pokémon to add to your Pokédex, going to a place that Pokémon nests vastly increases your odds of finding one (or more).
If you need candy from a specific Pokémon to evolve it or power it up, going to a nest gives you the chance to regularly catch them in greater quantities than random spawns would ever allow.
If you're trying to catch enough of a specific type of Pokémon to get your medals, be it Fisherman or Fairytale Girl, nests can help you get closer to your goal — and gold!
In other words, if you need Pokémon, finding a nest with the Pokémon you need is your best shot at getting them.
Are there any lists of all the spawn points and nests?
Yup! The Sliph Road maintains the most popular crowd-sourced nest atlas on the web.
If you consider crowdsourcing to be outside the bounds of fair play, you can find most of your local nests on your own simply by keeping track of any out-of-the-ordinary spawns. Most people consider it perfectly within the spirit of the game, simply more efficient than yelling about new nests from a variety of different places.
Any cluster spawns of 2 or more Pokémon of the same kind at the same time and any repeated spawns of the same Pokémon over a few days are indicators you've found a nest. Just keep notes if you need to.
Are the Pokémon at spawn points and nests always the same?
They're the same for two weeks, then they change. Known and "migrations", the changes occur on alternate Thursdays at 12 a.m. GMT. (4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET). So, over the course of a few months, your Charmander nest might become Slowpoke, Chamander again, Diglett, Drowzee, Paras, then Growlith, and so on.
Nest migrations are seemingly random, so if you get one you need, hit it as often as you can in those two weeks. Conversely, if a close by nest is useless, just wait a couple weeks and it'll change.
Can more than one type of Pokémon spawn from the same point?
Some nests only spawn one Pokémon type, or one interesting type along with some commons like Pidgey and Rattata. Others spawn multiple interesting Pokémon. For example, Staryu, Slowpoke, Polywag, Psyduck, and Magikarp often all spawn at the same water-side points.
Do all Pokémon have nests?
Sadly, no. No nests are currently being reported for Grimer, Muk, Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, Lapras, Snorlax, Porygon, or other ultra-rare Pokémon.
Evolved Pokémon can spawn at base Pokémon nests, though, albeit very rarely. For example, a Starmie will once-in-a-very-while spawn at a Staryu nest, or a Slowbro at a Slowpoke nest.
Dratini nests, please?!
Dratini can spawn at Magikarp nests, though rarely. Even if Magikarp spawn hourly, for example, Dratini might only spawn once or twice a day.
Still, if you have a PokéStop or spawn point that gets frequent and multiple Magikarp, and its right on the water, odds are you'll get infrequent Dratini as well. Piers are among the best places to wait and hope for Dratini.
What about Snorlax, Dragonite, and Lapras?
No nests, but they often appear in the same areas once a day or once a week. Each has their own environment, like Lapras near water or Dragonite in the mountains, but they also spawn in densely populated areas like cities. In my city, they seem to love the Olympic Stadium and Botanical Gardens downtown.
The best way to find out where the super-rare Pokémon hang out in your area is to make friends with other trainers, join local Pokémon Go Facebook groups, and get onto IM groups that ping everyone when they see that Snorlax spawn at the park.
Ditto — a little help?
Ditto can transform into other Pokémon and, so far, he's only being encountered in the wild in his transformed state. That means you can't see Ditto on Nearby or Sightings, and you won't know if he's spawned right next to you — you'll just see a Rattata, Pidgey, Magikarp, or Zubat with no visual or audible clue that they're anything other than they seem... until you catch them.
It's only then you'll be greeted with an "Oh?" instead of a "Gotcha!" and he'll be revealed as Ditto.
Can nests ever go away?
It's hard to tell. Some PokéStops and Gyms don't see to ever spawn at all. Other times nests just get taken over by incredibly common Pokémon for two weeks, like Caterpie or Krabby, and can seem like they went away.
The best thing to do is wait a couple weeks and check again.
Okay, once you find the nest you need, how do you catch the stubborn Pokémon that spawn there?
Some Pokémon are considerably harder to catch then others. Sometimes it's because they've got a low catch rate or high flee rate. Sometimes it's their level. Sometimes it's because you're not stacking all the bonuses you could be. And sometimes it's because they're so rare you freak out and forget how to maximize your chances.
Your Pokémon Go nest tips and questions?
If you have any tips on finding and using nests, let me know! If you have any questions on nests and spawns, drop them in the comments below!