Pokémon can be obtained and caught in many ways. This page summarises all the possible ways to obtain Pokémon.
In the Wild
In the Pokémon world, there are a lot of places that you can find different Pokémon.
In the Pokémon world, there are lots of tall grasses that is lying all over the place. You can encounter the Pokémon in the grasses. In Hoenn, there are a taller grasses found in Route 119 and Route 120.
You can find Pokémon in ponds, lakes, rivers, seas or oceans. These are places where you can find a variety of water Pokémon.
You may encounter Pokémon in caves, and will appear randomly every few tiles you walk.
In Generation III games, players can use 'Dive' to go underwater. Some parts of the underwater contained seagrasses, where players will encounter deep sea Pokémon.
Main article: Breeding
Breeding is a way to obtain a bouncy baby Pokémon. For example, two Pikachus of different gender is placed into the Day Care Center. They will breed an egg, which will hatch into a Pichu, which cannot be caught in the wild.
Some Pokémon have to hold an item to breed a certain Pokémon. If two Marills breed with a Sea Incense, their egg will hatch into a Azurill. However, without an item cause their egg to hatch into a baby Marill.
Main article: Evolution
One way to get new Pokémon is by evolving. Some Pokémon can only evolve when it is traded, and some of them need to hold an item to evolve before it is traded. Pokémon can evolve into different species depending on the day, for example, Eevee. Some Pokémon will evolve when given a evolution stones, example, a Water Stone will cause Poliwhirl to evolve into Poliwrath.
Few Pokémon are fossilized in fossils, and need to be resurrected from its fossil to obtain the Pokémon. For example, Kabuto have to be resurrect from Dome Fossil. The Root Fossil is resurrected into a Lileep.
For the fossil to be resurrected,they must be resurrected by meeting the respective scientist in the following places:
- Kanto - Cinnabar Island
- Hoenn - The scientist at the lower right of the 2nd floor of the Devon Corporation building at Rustboro City.
- Sinnoh - The scientist in the Mining Museum at Oreburgh City.
- Johto (HG-SS)- Take fossil to Pewter City.
- Unova - Take the fossil to the Museum in Nacrene City.
Legendary Pokémon can be captured by meeting them in a specific locations, example, Rayquaza is found at the top floor of the Sky Pillar. Some of them need to fulfill a task before it can be captured. A puzzle in Sealed Chamber must be solve in order to capture Regice etc. Some Pokémon will roam around the world, such as Latias in Pokémon Sapphire.