How many pokemon are there in Pokemon Go?

December 29th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

As of December 2016, there are 154 known pokemon in Pokemon Go: 146 Generation I pokemon, seven Generation II babies and one Generation II pokemon Togetic, which can be evolved from baby Togepi.

Pokemon Go Generation I Pokemon

At first, Pokemon Go Pokedex only contained records of Generation I pokemon. Generation I consists of 151 pokemon, but five of them – Articuno (#144), Zapdos (#145), Moltres (#146), Mewtwo (#150) and Mew (#151) – are still not released into the Pokemon Go game. In addition, some of the Generation I pokemon are region specific, so you can only catch them in a certain geographic area. Region specific pokemon are:

  • Farfetch’d (#083) – Asia
  • Mime (#122) – Europe
  • Kangaskhan (#115) – Australia
  • Tauros (#128) – North America

Pokemon Go Generation II Pokemon

Some of the Generation II pokemon were released in December 2016 – there are currently seven baby pokemon available, and it is also possible to evolve Togepi into Togetic, which brings the total number of currently available Gen 2 pokemon to eight.

National Pokedex

Generation I and Generation II Pokedex entries are part of a much larger catalogue – the National Pokedex, which contains 721 records.

Find out more

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Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas For a PokemonGo Fan

December 2nd, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

We searched far and wide for these awesome PokemonGo related Christmas gift ideas – there is something here for all ages and budgets.

1. Portable Phone Charger

PokemonGo drains the battery within a few hours, so a Portable Phone Charger is an essential accessory for any PokemonGo fan.

PokemonGo Christmas Gift Present Power Bank Portable Charger Tecknet
Retail price £12.49

Powerful option:
TeckNet PowerCrest C1 10000mAh can charge your phone three times. It’s approximately the same size as a phone and is very convenient to carry around.

PokemonGo Christmas Gift Present Power Bank Portable Charger AnkerRetail price £10.99

Practical option:
The Anker PowerCore+ mini is a smaller, lipstick size charger that has one of the best ratings on Amazon. It won’t be able to charge your phone several times, but for many players one re-charge a day is all that’s needed.

PokemonGo Christmas Gift Present Power Bank Portable Charger Tutilo HandbagRetail price £14.99

Fancy option:
For an elegant, girly solution, see Tutilo Boost power bank. Beautiful, stylish and a great conversation starter!

PokemonGo Christmas Gift Present Power Bank Portable Charger Pokeball LED LightRetail price £27.85

Ultimate fan option:
Pokeball Power Bank with LED lights looks cool, but be careful, these portable chargers come at a high price and reviews are mixed.

2. Pokemon Go Plus

PokemonGo PlusRetail price £34.99 from Nintendo

PokémonGO Plus is the ultimate PokemonGo gadget. This small device allows players to collect pokestop items, hatch eggs and catch some pokemon without looking at the mobile phone.

For the full game experience, including gym battles and catching particularly rare pokemon, players will still want to use their phones, but this handy accessory lets players keep up with the grind without having to give the game 100% attention all of the time. PokemonGo Plus is easy to use and is highly recommended by PokemonGo fans everywhere.

PokemonGo Plus is priced at £34.99 on Nintendo website but is currently out of stock.

3. PokemonGo Themed T-Shirts

You can find T-Shirts with funny PokemonGo sayings on Etsy. Remember that on Etsy you are typically buying from an individual, not a company, so read reviews carefully before you commit to buying, or alternatively design and order a custom T-Shirt yourself from a T-Shirt printing company like Here are some ideas:

pokemongo-christmas-tshirtChristmas Pokemon T-Shirt, from a UK-based seller on Etsy, £10.99 plus shipping
pokemongo-tshirt-gym-every-day‘I Go To The Gym Every Day’ T-Shirt, from a US-based Etsy seller, £18.87 plus shipping
pokemongo-maternity-tshirt-ohMaternity PokemonGo Oh? T-Shirt from a US-based seller, $24.97 plus shipping


4. Christmas jumper with a PokemonGo motif

Tired of traditional Christmas themes? Get into the festive spirit with a PokemonGo Christmas jumper.


5. Fingerless gloves

As the weather turns cold, keep your hands warm with these fingerless gloves. A must-have for any pokemon trainer catching pokemon in the wild in winter.


6. PokemonGo Hat

Do you have time to make a handmade gift? Why not crochet a Pikachu hat or Pokeball hat?

pikachu-hat-crochet-patternPikachu Hat Crochet Pattern, $1.19 by PayPal (instant download)

No time to crochet? Similar items are also available to purchase:

7. Personalised Pokemon themed pottery

Paint a plate, a mug or a tile with your favourite pokemon at a local Ceramics Studio, such as Salts Pots in Saltaire.
Ceramic studios are places where you can paint an item, which then is glazed and fired in a kiln. You can usually pick up your item in about a week. The cost will depend on the size and complexity of your item, and can start from as little as £3 for a fridge magnet, and go up to £30 or more for large items such salad bowls and clocks. Painted and glazed pottery is food safe and dishwasher safe. You can find ceramic or pottery studios in many villages and cities across the country. Here are some examples:

8. Plush toys

Pokemon plush toys are cute and snuggly, and you can even ‘catch’ the mysterious Mewtwo. Look for them in Asda and Argos. If buying on eBay, remember to check the location of the seller, to avoid ordering Christmas gifts from Hong Kong by mistake (they will not arrive in time for Christmas!)

Eevee Plush Pokemon ToyEevee
Dragonite Plush Pokemon ToyDragonite
Mewtwo Plush Pokemon ToyMewtwo


9. Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are Nintendo DS games that were released on 18 November, 2016. This is a new Pokemon adventure with lots of cool pokemon and improved graphics. The game is rated for ages 7 and up – all pokemon battles and other game actions are child-friendly.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, £32.00 each at Tesco

10. GooglePlay or iTunes voucher

With a GooglePlay voucher (for Android phones) or iTunes Gift Card (for iPods) PokemonGo players can buy pokecoins and afford things that otherwise would take a long time to acquire, for example egg incubators, lucky eggs and lure modules. £10 goes a long way in PokemonGo world.

Have a great holiday season, and happy hunting! 🙂

*Please note: prices quoted are correct at the time of publishing.

Everything You Need to Know about Your PokemonGo Buddy

November 15th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

PokemonGo Buddy SnorlaxWhen you assign a PokemonGo buddy, it walks with you and collects candies on the way. Candies are helpful when you want to power up, or evolve a pokemon of the same kind. I chose Snorlax as my buddy because Snorlax is very rare and buddying Snorlax is one slow but sure way to collect enough candies to power up my Snorlax for gym battles.

When you reach your goal and have collected enough candies, you can swap your buddy for someone else. Current progress will be lost but any candies that you already collected are yours to keep.

If your goal is evolutions, as opposed to power ups, then the easiest way to choose your best buddy is to write down all the pokemon you still don’t have, and the amount of candies required for each evolution. You can then work out how many kilometers you need to walk to get there, using PokemonGo Buddy Candy Distance Chart.

I am currently level 26 and here’s my list of pokemon that I still don’t have but can get by walking a buddy (as opposed to catching them in the wild):

Ivysaur 8 more Bulbasaur candies 24 km
Venusaur 100 Bulbasaur candies 300 km
Charizard 83 Charmander candies 249 km
Blastoise 71 Squirtle candies 213 km
Arbok 26 Ekans candies 78 km
Ninetales 27 Vulpix candies 81 km
Wigglytuff 5 Jigglypuff candies 5 km
Dugtrio 35 Diglett candies 105 km
Arcanine 17 Growlithe candies 51 km
Alakazam 91 Kadabra candies 273 km
Machamp 60 Machoke candies 180 km
Golem 100 Graveler candies 100 km
Rapidash 28 Ponyta candies 84 km
Dodrio 50 Doduo candies 150 km
Muk 47 Grimer candies 141 km
Electrode 36 Voltorb candies 108 km
Exeggutor 28 Exeggcute candies 84 km
Weezing 21 Koffing candies 63 km
Gyarados 25 Magikarp candies 25 km
Kabutops 27 Kabuto candies 135 km
Dragonite 62 Dratini candies 310 km

So, in my case, my closest bets to new evolutions are Jigglypuff, Bulbasaur and Magikarp. Growlithe is also an attractive choice because Arcanine would be very helpful in gym battles, so I reckon he’s well worth the 51km of walking.

Can You Place Your PokemonGo Buddy at a Gym?

Your buddy follows you everywhere. Unfortunately this means that you can’t assign him to the gym as a defender. You can still use your buddy in battles, though.

Would you like to learn more about PokemonGo gym battles? Join our Pokemon151 Forums and talk to other trainers about gym battles, prestige level, best attack strategies and more.

Ultimate PokemonGo Evolution Guide

November 14th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

You can get new pokemon in two ways:

  • catch them in the wild, and
  • evolve the pokemon you already have.

Catching pokemon in the wild is mostly down to luck (although maps and trackers can help), whereas evolving pokemon depends on having enough candy of a certain type.

Magikarp Evolution Gyarados CPYou need 400 candies to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados.

The ‘cheapest’ pokemon to evolve are pidgeys, weedles and caterpies. These are the types you would collect for a lucky egg mass evolutions to boost your XP.

The most ‘expensive’ and difficult to evolve pokemon is Gyarados – you need 400 Magikarp candies for the evolution, and you need to catch a strong enough Magikarp that makes the evolution worthwhile. The vast majority of Magikarps are very weak – look for Magikarps with CP of at least around 150, which would evolve into approximately CP 1800 Gyarados.

The rest of the pokemon need 25, 50 or 100 candies for evolution.

How Many Candies are Required to Evolve Each Pokemon?

Here’s a full list of how many candies are required to evolve each of the pokemons.

12 Candies Pidgey
25 Candies Bulbasaur
Nidoran ♀
Nidoran ♂
50 Candies Metapod
100 Candies Ivysaur
400 Candies Magikarp

Lucky Egg Mass Evolutions

PokemonGo Lucky Egg Double XPIn order to progress through the levels faster, you can collect all the low-level life (pidgeys, weedles, caterpies and whoever else happens to wander about in large quantities) and evolve them all in one go, whilst using a lucky egg. Each evolution is normally 500 XP, but lucky egg doubles up the XP to 1000, and if you keep evolving your pokemon for the whole of 30 minutes, you can get up to 60,000 XP by using this technique.

If you don’t quite have enough pokemon to keep evolving them for 30 minutes, consider doing your lucky egg mass evolution near a pokestop. Place a lure module, and in between your evolutions, catch the pokemon and spin the pokestop to get double XP for those actions too.

How many evolutions can you do in 30 minutes? Tell us at Pokemon151 Forums.

What are the Pokedex Shadows?

October 30th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

PokemonGo Pokedex Shadows, PokemonGo GymsIf you saw a pokemon in the wild, but the creature legged it, it will be displayed in your Pokédex as a shadow.

However PokemonGo players see many more shadows than they remember spotting in the wild. What is going on? Is it a bug, or are we heading into the levels of addiction where we no longer remember which pokemon we saw?

The answer to this question lies in one of the recent updates. Since October 2016, your Pokedex shows not only the shadows of the pokemon you saw in the wild, but also shadows of the pokemon you saw in the gyms, even if you haven’t battled these pokemon!