Pokemon Go: Ditto Guide (May 2022) – Ditto List, How-to Catch!

Ditto is an illusive little blob that requires you to catch a bunch of specific Pokemon to find!

If you're are looking to catch the ever elusive Ditto in Pokemon Go, then our How-to Catch Ditto Guide will take you through all of the best and easiest ways to do so! Ditto can't just be found on the map, but if you catch the right Pokemon you can find it more efficiently. You'll need to know exactly which Pokemon can possibly be one, and our Ditto List for 2020 will help you do that! There are also Research Tasks you can do that will guarantee you a catch, and we'll be listing all of that information below.

How-to Locate Ditto in Pokemon Go

This is where it gets a bit complicated to find a Ditto. The Pokemon does not show up in the wild in an obvious manner. Instead of appearing itself, it will imitate specific Pokemon that you will need to catch and will only reveal itself once you have caught it. When you catch one of the listed Pokemon, you will see "Oh?" over the PokeBall and you will then be shown that the Pokemon was in fact a Ditto.

Where to Find Ditto in Pokemon Go - Ditto Disguises List

This is where the knowledge of the Pokemon you will need to catch is very helpful! The following list of Pokemon are the ones potentially able to be imitated by Ditto. You will want to mass catch these things, so hopefully you live in an area that has a lot of them around. The good thing for us is that Niantic has made the majority of the Pokemon that Ditto is transformed as pretty common. Here's a list of those Pokemon:

  • Bidoof
  • Foongus
  • Gulpin
  • Hoothoot
  • Hoppip
  • Ledyba
  • Numel
  • Paras
  • Remoraid
  • Spinarak
  • Whismur

Even if you aren't finding a Ditto right away at least you'll be getting a bunch of experience for all those Pokemon you'll be grabbing!

Field Research Quests for Ditto

Now this would absolutely be the easiest and best way to catch them if you are lucky enough to need a Ditto while one of these quests is going on. In the past, there have been Field Research quests that have rewarded Dittos. One in particular required that you make one excellent throw. This quest rewarded you with an encounter against a Pidgey that just happened to be a Ditto. Now, these quests change every month, so you'll just need to keep an eye out for information on them. If you're curious what they are for this month, check out the reward for January 2019 in this Reddit thread.

Ditto's Move Set List in Pokemon Go

Ditto has two different moves. One is Transform, and this is the main attraction of Ditto. You use this move to transform into the Pokemon you are currently battling against. You then gain their move set. The other move it has is Struggle. This is a very weak normal move that does very little damage. So, it's unlikely you'd ever want to use it because you will likely be transforming 99% of the time.

When Ditto transforms into another Pokemon it keeps its own IVs, level, and HP. It takes the base stats of the Pokemon it transforms into, and it has their moves and types. So, if you have a higher level Ditto than the Pokemon you are transforming into, your CP will be higher than that of the Pokemon you are battling.

Best Ways to Catch Ditto in Pokemon Go

So, officially the best way to catch a Ditto is to do it via a Field Research quest if it is available. Unfortunately, this isn't always going to be the case. The second best way, is to just go out and catch a bunch of the common Pokemon that are on the Ditto imitation list. This will just be down to how lucky you are and how diligent you are about getting out and mass catching Pokemon.

Let's Go, Meltan

The main reason people are after Ditto right now is because it's part of the "Let's GO, Meltan" Special quest chain. In Step 3 of 9, you are required to "Catch a Ditto" which is one part of this particular quest. You'll also need to win 2 Gym Battles and Battle in 2 Raids. Obviously, the Ditto part is going to be the most difficult, so hopefully you don't have to run around too much trying to catch one!

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Pokemon Go: Ditto Guide (May 2022) – Ditto List, How-to Catch!

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  1. I caught him as the fungai mushroom Pokémon like my first mo th playing actually had 3 of them transferred other 2 n kept one if I would have known they were that hard I would of kept them n traded for more valuable look for areas with the mushroom Pokémon he appears to like that firm better then the rest add me as a friend we can send gifts and info as well Joser8855

  2. Ugh. I have 3 different quests thst need a ditto. Been search for over a year and even got a new phone somewhere in the middle. Its frustrating.

  3. I have been looking for a ditto for over a year now !! So frustrating!

  4. Been trying to catch a ditto for six months for the two special researches. Am honestly at my wits end with the game and feel like Niantic need to have some sort of generator in place that activates and forces a ditto to you in-game to catch.

    I’m at the point where I’m actually finding the game boring and unappealing due to some simple mechanics and that could be changed to keep it engaging and give you *just* enough to stick around.

  5. I am trying to catch since 2 months 🙂

    1. I am trying to catch since 2 years

  6. I have spent over 12 hours trying to catch a ditto, still haven’t got one and have lost hope someone help.

    1. Ive been catching all on the list for 6 months and hasnt gotten it!

  7. Add yanma to ditto list

    1. Yanma can be shiny, so I’m pretty sure it’s a bug right now if it turns into Ditto.

  8. Any news if ditto is hiding as one of the new ones that were just released?

    1. Haven’t found any information that says either way yet. I’m on the look out, and I’ll update this post if I learn anything!

  9. I just caught a Ditto after a month, for Let’s Go Meltan… And immediately got another task that needs me to catch one (A Mythical Discovery).

  10. Ive been trying to get it since before the new year

  11. I’m done with this quest and tired of looking for that dang ditto!! Wish their was away to just get rid of that dang quest!! Been trying to get that dang thang for 3 months now!! 🤬

    1. OMG!! I totally agree!!! I’ve caught SOOOO many Sentret’s it’s ridiculous. They keep popping up like crazy. Still NO friggen ditto. It’s like if you’re going to put it as a quest at least help us out a little with it..

      1. I thought I was the only one. 🤦🏽‍♀️

        1. Sentret is no longer on the list after September 2. Which annoys me because I caught all of them until about the 6th or 7th before I found out.

    2. That dang thang 😂

      1. dang ditto where are you!! i had enought of this game !!