From the very beginning, the goal of Pokémon Go has been to get you to get up and go. Around the neighborhood, sure, but also around the world. That's where Regional Exclusive Pokémon come in. Since Gen I, Pokémon Go has kept a handful of Pokémon exclusive to some regions, and with each new generation, they've increased the number of Pokémon and places. Even when these Pokémon appear in Eggs, they can still only be found in their specific regions.
Here's the updated list!
What are Regional Exclusive Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is all about getting up and going, both walking and traveling. To help promote the traveling part, Pokémon Go makes some Pokémon only available in certain regions of the world. Sometimes it's a country or island, a subcontinent or continent or part thereof, or in one case, coastlines around the equator. Whatever the region is, you have to go there to find its exclusive Pokémon.
What are the current Regional Exclusive Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
As of October 2020, there are nearly 40 Pokémon that can only be caught or hatched in specific parts of the world. While these Pokémon each have designated regions where they can be caught or hatched, there is the occasional overlap, as well as parts of regions that fall outside of the spawn areas. For example, the souther tip of Florida and Texas won't see the North American Regional Exclusive Tauros. Some Regional Exclusive Pokémon also swap regions periodically.
- Farfetch'd* - East Asia
- Kangaskhan - Oceania
- Mr. Mime - Europe
- Tauros - North America
- Heracross - Central and South America
- Corsola - Tropical areas along the equator
- Illumise - Americas and Africa
- Volbeat - Europe, Asia, Oceania
- Torkoal - South Asia
- Zangoose - Europe, Asia, and Oceania
- Seviper - Americas and Africa
- Solrock - Eastern Hemisphere
- Lunatone - Western Hemisphere
- Relicanth - New Zealand and surrounding islands
- Tropius - Africa and surrounding areas
- Pachirisu - North-Arctic, including Canada, Russia, and Alaska
- Shellos (Pink) - Western Hemisphere
- Shellos (Blue) - Eastern Hemisphere
- Mime Jr. - Europe (5 KM eggs)
- Chatot - Southern Hemisphere
- Carnivine - Southeastern USA
- Uxie - Asia-Pacific
- Mesprit - Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa
- Azelf - Americas and Greenland
- Pansage - Asia-Pacific
- Pansear - Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa
- Panpour - Americas, Greenland
- Throh - Americas and Africa
- Sawk - Europe, Asia, and Australia
- Basculin (Red-Striped) - Eastern Hemisphere
- Basculin (Blue-Striped) - Western Hemisphere
- Maractus - Mexico, Central America, and South America
- Sigilyph - Egypt and Greece
- Bouffalant - New York and the surrounding areas
- Heatmor - Western Hemisphere
- Durant - Eastern Hemisphere
Note: Farfetch'd is a Regional Exclusive. However, it's Galarian regional variant is not exclusive. You can catch and hatch Galarian Farfetch'd in any part of the world.
Bouffalant in Pokémon Go
The latest Regional Exclusive Pokémon to come to Pokémon Go is Bouffalant. Introduced during Unova Week Bouffalant was originally advertised as being available in New York City and the surrounding areas, because the Unova Region was loosely based on that area. However, players have reported Bouffalant sightings as far north as New Hampshire and as far south as Virginia. It would seem as though this bison-based Pokémon can be caught along the Mid-Atlantic and Northern coast of the United States.
Do Pokémon Go Regional Exclusives ever change region?
They do! There are currently a few pairs that have swapped regions since their introduction, such as Zangoose and Seviper. Likewise, there is a trio of Legendary Pokémon, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, who swapped regions, giving Trainers a few weeks to attempt to catch each of them.
Additionally, Pokemon Go occasionally holds events where certain regional Pokemon are temporarily available in other regions, if not globally. This has now happened multiple times for the first generation regionals: Mr. Mime, Kangaskhan, Farfetch'd, and Tauros.
Have any Pokémon ever stopped being Regional and gone worldwide?
Plusle and Minun started off separate, like Zangoose and Seviper, but now both spawn globally. Rumor has it; the Pokémon Company told Niantic the two best buddies shouldn't be separated.
Do Regionals sometimes appear in other regions, like during events?
Yes. Sometimes Regional Exclusive Pokémon will be included in events. It's almost always at real-world events like Go Fest Chicago, and sometimes during in-game events. Some examples include:
- July 2018: Torkoal at Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago, U.S.A.
- June 2018: Corsola at Pokémon Go Safari Zone in Dortmund, Germany
- November 2017: Farfetch'd globally and Kangaskhan in parts of South East Asia.
- November 2017: Mr. Mime at Safari Zone in Tottori, Japan.
- August 2017: Mr. Mime at Pokémon Outbreak in Yokahama, Japan.
- August 2017: Kangaskhan at Safari Zone Europe and Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, California
- July 2017: Heracross at Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago, U.S.A.
How do you catch Regionals in Pokémon Go?
You catch Regionals just like you catch any Pokémon in Pokémon Go but, if you have limited time or limited spawns, you're going to want to maximize your chances.
- ABC. Always be curving. Once you can nail Curve Ball every time, you'll get a 1.7x bonus every time.
- Max out your medals. Some are easier to get than others, but they consume no resources like Great or Ultra Balls or Razz Berries, so once you get them, that 1.1x to 1.3x is automatically applied each time.
- Consistency counts. Aim for the smallest target you can nail every time. If that's Nice, it's nice. If that's Great or Excellent, even better. But better the bonus you get then one you miss, and that extra 1.3 to 2x also doesn't consume resources and can make a difference.
- Razz for real. Use Razz Berries when you need to. Unlike Great or Ultra Balls, you can't miss with a Razz Berry, and its 1.5x bonus will last until you hit. For Golden Razz Berries, it's 2.5x!
- Bump them Balls. Use Great and Ultra Balls to maximize your odds. You get an extra 1.5x for a Great Ball and 2x for an Ultra Ball, so use them to get those super rare or hard to catch Pokémon.
For a complete explanation and many more details:
Trading for Regionals in Pokémon Go
If you just cannot afford to travel the globe in search of regionals, it is possible to trade with a friend who has. Well, for a price. If the Regional is new to your Pokédex, it'll be considered a Special trade and cost both you and the person you're trading with a non-trivial amount of stardust. Here are the numbers:
- Friend: No Special Trades
- Good Friend: 20,000 Stardust
- Great Friend: 16,000 Stardust
- Ultra Friend: 1,600
- Best Friend: 800
There are restrictions on Trades based on Friendship level and location. This is, in part, to discourage people from selling Pokémon. While you can meet other players through Facebook, Discord, and Reddit, most players willing to trade Regional Exclusive Pokémon aren't going to ask for money or anything offline in return. If they do, it's probably a scam.
Any questions about Regional Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
If you have any questions about where to find or how to catch region exclusive Pokémon in Pokémon Go, leave them in the comments, and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs guide so you can keep your phone charged on the long journey to each Regional Exclusive Pokémon!