How to use search terms in Pokémon Go

What's your name?

Pokemon Go Search Terms Names (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)

The most common Search Term, and one you've almost certainly used, by typing in any part or all of a Pokémon's name, you will only see Pokémon with that name. For players who give their favorite Pokémon nicknames, this can be a quick way to look them up. This is also a Search Term we rely on when doing mass evolutions for XP because you can rename every Pokémon you want to evolve and then sort by name.

You can also connect this Search Term with a comma, colon, semi-colon, or ampersand to search for more than one name at a time.

Who's that Pokémon?

Pokemon Go Search Terms Family and Number (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)

Similar to searching by name, if you haven't given a Pokémon a Nickname, just searching its species will turn up every Pokémon of that species. So, type in "Pichu," and you'll see every Pichu you have. This search term can be modified with a plus sign (+) to show you all of a family tree. So, if you put in "+Whismur," you'll see all your Whismur, Loudres, and Exploud.

Likewise, if you type in a Pokémon's national Pokédex number, it will also display only that species of Pokémon. The number cannot be modified with a plus sign; however, you can modify with a dash (-) to display all Pokémon within a certain range. For example, "150-152" would show you Mewtwo, Mew, and Chikorita.

Both can be connected to search for multiple species.

Type Match

Pokemon Type Badges

Pokemon Type Badges (Image credit: The Pokemon Company)

Let's say you're going to take on a new Raid, and you know that Raid Boss is weak against Fire-type Pokémon. By searching "Fire," you will see every Fire-type Pokémon you have. This works with each of the 18 types, which are:

Pokemon Go Search Terms Types (Image credit: iMore/ Casian Holly)
  • Normal
  • Fire
  • Fighting
  • Water
  • Flying
  • Grass
  • Poison
  • Electric
  • Ground
  • Psychic
  • Rock
  • Ice
  • Bug
  • Dragon
  • Ghost
  • Dark
  • **Steel
  • Fairy

For connecting multiple types, if you use a comma, you can search for any Pokémon with either of the types you've searched for. However, if you connect two types with an ampersand, you will only see Pokémon that have both of those types.

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.