How to catch Ditto in Pokémon Go March 2023

Pokémon Go Ditto and Meltan
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Ditto is a Pokémon who can transform into other Pokémon, and though it was missing from the original launch of Pokémon Go, Ditto eventually found its way into the world, hiding as common Pokémon. Fortunately, we here at iMore know everything you need to know to catch this elusive Pokémon.

What is Ditto in Pokémon Go?

Pokémon 132 Ditto

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Ditto is the Transform Pokémon, a Pokémon capable of transforming itself into any Pokémon it sees. When Ditto uses Transform, it changes its appearance and moves into that of its opponent. However, in Pokémon Go, wild Ditto are always disguised as other Pokémon until they're caught. Fortunately, Ditto can only disguise itself as certain species, making it a little easier to find. We've compiled this list to make it easier to hunt Ditto, and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey.

Which Pokémon can be Ditto in Pokémon Go?

As of March 2023, Ditto can be hiding as any of the following Pokémon:

  • Diglett*
  • Grimer*
  • Snubbull*
  • Corphish*
  • Starly*
  • Roggenrola*
  • Tympole*
  • Litleo*

Pokémon with the potential to be Shiny are indicated with an asterisk; however, if a Pokémon appears as Shiny it will not transform into a Ditto.

So Ditto hides as other Pokémon?

Yup! 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 in Nearby or Sightings, and you won't know if he's spawned right next to you until you catch him.

It's only then you'll be greeted with an "Oh?" instead of a "Gotcha!" and the Pokémon you just caught will be revealed as Ditto. So, you gotta catch 'em all. Literally. Because you never know when the Pokémon you're catching is actually a Ditto in disguise.

Why do the Pokémon that can be Ditto in Pokémon Go change?

Pokemon Go Shiny Ditto

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When Magikarp was the first Pokémon in Go to have a Shiny variant available, Ditto could no longer hide as Magikarp. Since then, anytime a Shiny variant of a potential Ditto species has been released, it was removed from the pool and more Pokémon were added to the pool to compensate. They've also always been really common Pokémon, so as to avoid disappointment over a Pokémon you really wanted turning into Ditto.

Pokémon Go 132 Ditto Shiny

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On February 20, 2021, the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event introduced Shiny variants for the remaining Gen I Pokémon, including Ditto. In order to catch a Shiny Ditto, however, Trainers had to complete the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research storyline available only to players who purchased a ticket for the event.

However, beginning in September 2021, the Season of Mischief introduced Shiny Ditto in the wild. The new list of Pokémon Ditto can be hiding as includes some Pokémon with Shiny variants already unlocked. To avoid disappointing players, if a Pokémon on the list appears as Shiny, it won't be a Ditto, but if it's not Shiny, not only can it be Ditto, but that Ditto can also be Shiny, so if you missed out on catching a Shiny Ditto during the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto Special Research, you'll want to catch every Pokémon on the list you can.

Is there any way to speed up catching Ditto in Pokémon Go?

Yes. Because Ditto is determined the moment a Pokémon spawns, you can crowd-source it. If you're already part of a local Pokémon Go community on Discord, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, or a similar service, for example, for organizing Raids, ask everyone to post their Ditto encounters so you can try to get to one live. You may want to make a separate group or room for Ditto hunting, so you don't spam players who already have Ditto, but as long as it's local, it should increase your chances.

How do I catch Ditto in Pokémon Go?

Since Ditto hides as common Pokémon, the usual rules apply. Always go for curveballs, and stack as many bonuses as you can and have at them!

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You can also increase your chances by using Incense, Lure Mods, and Pokémon Go Plus. Anything you would normally use while trying to catch more Pokémon will also increase your chances of finding and catching a Ditto.

How do gyms and raids work with Ditto in Pokémon Go?

Ditto only has one moveset: Transform and Struggle. Transform does zero damage but, instead, immediately changes Ditto in the same Pokémon he's fighting. That's true whether he's defending a gym or attacking.

He also takes on the attributes of the Pokémon he's mimicking, though his exact CP will vary based on his level rather than the level of the Pokémon he's copying. And, of course, a Ditto transforming into another Ditto stays the same.

Be sure to catch Ditto in Pokémon Go!

Hopefully now you can catch Ditto and Shiny Ditto and be sure to check out our other Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.