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Caught Pokémon

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Ash's holding Pikachu's Poké Ball
Caught Pokémon (Japanese: つかまえたポケモン Caught Pokémon, mostly referred to as GETしたポケモン Got Pokémon by anime characters, using the English word get) are Pokémon that have been put in the control of a Pokémon Trainer by the use of a Poké Ball, or by trading with another Trainer. The capturing process typically involves a battle in which the Pokémon is at first weakened and/or affected with a status condition, at which point the Trainer throws a Poké Ball (or upgraded version) at said Pokémon in order to catch it. Catching Pokémon is central to all canons in the Pokémon franchise; a caught Pokémon can be used in battling and for quests to aid Trainers, whereas Pokémon in the wild cannot, except in some episodes in the anime. Pokémon that are caught, however, do not need to obey their masters; if a Pokémon is traded and the Trainer does not have the Badge required, it may disobey and refuse to attack during battles.
Ash after catching a Pokémon
According to the anime, even with many Badges or being under original ownership, many Pokémon still may refuse to battle until trust is gained between the Trainer and Pokémon.

Caught Pokémon are stronger than Pokémon in the wild in the games. At the same level, a caught Pokémon will have more points in every statistic than a wild one; this is due to the fact that caught Pokémon gain EVs from every battle they partake in, and therefore, on training, will gain points in their stats based on what they've encountered. This becomes more and more obvious at the later stages of the game, where the higher levels allow for a greater disparity of stats between caught and wild Pokémon, especially those raised from a low level, giving the Trainer a more decisive edge in wild battles.

Iris after catching a Pokémon
It's important to note, however, that Pokémon controlled by other Trainers are just as strong statistically (at the same level) as the player's are. Caught Pokémon can level up and learn new moves in battle, while wild Pokémon cannot, and can evolve.

Newly caught Pokémon are no stronger or weaker than their wild counterparts, with the exception of innate IV differences. By using some varieties of Poké Ball, such as the Luxury Ball and Friend Ball, a Pokémon's friendship may be higher than usual upon capture.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP001 Catching Pokémon Ash's Pokédex To capture a Pokémon, you usually have your own Pokémon battle with the other.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

Captured Pokémon

A Capture Styler

A related concept to caught Pokémon is captured Pokémon, from the Pokémon Ranger series. While catching uses a Poké Ball, capturing requires a Capture Styler, and the captured Pokémon can only be used once for either helping to capture another Pokémon or for its Field Move before it is automatically released. This does not include the player's first captured Pokémon which becomes the starter or primary Pokémon.

Trivia

  • In the anime, Ash, May and Max show confusion when they first witness Solana use her Capture Styler. This is because of the difference between the concept of catching a Pokémon and capturing one. The difference in the terms is very slight, but they do refer to separate concepts.
    • Although early episodes do refer to caught Pokémon as captured, this is only used in the dub. In Japan, only Pokémon Rangers use this phrase, while Pokémon Trainers use the English word "Get".

See also

Pokémon training
CatchingNicknameBattlesEvolution (Mega Evolution) • Trading (Outsiders) • BreedingReleasing