Pokémon outbreak

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My Pokémon Ranch explains the general mechanics of a Mass Outbreak.

Mass Outbreaks (Japanese: 大量発生 mass outbreak), also known as swarms and, in Generation V, Pokémon outbreaks, are a feature introduced in Generation II that allows the player to catch Pokémon that are usually rare or otherwise unobtainable.

Generation II

Mass Outbreaks originated in Generation II. In that generation, if the player registered a certain Trainer in the Pokégear, that Trainer would occassionally call to tell the player that he saw or heard about a large number of Pokémon in a certain area; for the next 30 minutes after such a call (in real time, not play time), the swarming Pokémon would appear in the given area with much greater frequency than the usual 1%.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Location Notifier
Marill Marill Mt. Mortar Hiker Parry (Route 45)
Yanma Yanma Route 35 Bug Catcher Arnie (Route 35)
Dunsparce Dunsparce Dark Cave Hiker Anthony (Route 33)
Snubbull Snubbull Route 38 Schoolboy Chad (Route 38)
Qwilfish Qwilfish Route 32* Fisher Ralph (Route 32)
Remoraid Remoraid Route 44* Fisher Wilton (Route 44)

Generation III

In Generation III this method allows the player to catch Pokémon that cannot be caught normally and make rare Pokémon temporarily more common. This was possible due to the record mixing feature of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The outbreaks are advised by televisions in houses, where the Pokémon and its location is told.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Pokémon Location Level Game
Lotad Lotad Route 114* 13 R S E
Seedot Seedot Route 117* 13 R S E
Nuzleaf Nuzleaf Route 114 15 R S E
Surskit Surskit Routes 102 and 114* 15 R S E
Skitty Skitty Route 116 15 R S E

Generation IV

Mass Outbreaks were largely expanded in Generation IV. Once the player attains the National Pokédex, every day in a particular location, a "swarm of Pokémon" appears, which changes the probability of finding the given Pokémon from 0% to 40%. Outbreaks last only one day and are random events. Information about Mass Outbreaks can be found in Sandgem Town, by watching Sinnoh television, or by listening to Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk.

When players all join the same group, they will all experience the same outbreak on any given day.

The species of an outbreaks seems to be determined using a formula, because it is not chosen randomly when the player starts the game that day. It is also possible that the species is determined the day before, though there is no additional evidence to support this. If the DS clock is changed or a different DS is used, then the game will detect this and will not change the species swarming until 12:00 AM.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

By also using the Poké Radar and Dual-slot mode in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, players can get all Pokémon excluding Tangela, Tropius, the starter Pokémon, and legendary Pokémon of previous generations, while Tangela, Tropius and two Legendary Trios can be regularly acquired in Pokémon Platinum.

Many of the Pokémon obtained through Mass Outbreaks are outside of the Sinnoh Pokédex, and are usually exclusive to other regions. However, the player can obtain information about the current outbreak by talking to, depending on their own gender, Dawn's or Lucas's sister in Sandgem Town, or seeing the news report on a TV in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

Due to higher catching rates for Pokémon that appear during outbreaks, they make longer and better chains when using Poké Radar.

Pokémon Location Levels Game
Pidgey Pidgey Route 229 51 D P Pt
Magnemite Magnemite Fuego Ironworks 28, 29 D P Pt
Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Route 221 28 D P Pt
Doduo Doduo Route 201 2 D P Pt
Drowzee Drowzee Route 215 20, 21 D P Pt
Krabby Krabby Route 226 49–52 D P Pt
Voltorb Voltorb Route 218 28, 29 D P Pt
Cubone Cubone Route 203 4 D P Pt
Route 202 3,4 D P Pt
Lickitung Lickitung Lake Valor 34–36 D P Pt
Pinsir Pinsir Route 229 48, 49 D P Pt
Natu Natu Route 224 53 D P Pt
Dunsparce Dunsparce Route 208 18 D P Pt
Snubbull Snubbull Route 209 16 D P Pt
Swinub Swinub Route 217 34 D P Pt
Corsola Corsola Route 230 50 D P Pt
Delibird Delibird Route 216 32 D P Pt
Route 217 32, 33 D P Pt
Phanpy Phanpy Route 207 5 D P Pt
Smoochum Smoochum Lake Acuity 35 D P Pt
Larvitar Larvitar Route 206 14–16 D P Pt
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon Route 202 3 D P Pt
Route 201 3 D P Pt
Surskit Surskit Lake Verity 2 D P Pt
Slakoth Slakoth Eterna Forest 10,11 D P Pt
Makuhita Makuhita Route 225 48-51 D P Pt
Nosepass Nosepass Route 206 14 D P Pt
Skitty Skitty Route 222 40 D P Pt
36-40 D P Pt
Electrike Electrike Valley Windworks 7,9,10 D P Pt
Spoink Spoink Route 214 22, 23 D P Pt
Spinda Spinda Route 227 55 D P Pt
Absol Absol Route 213 20 D P Pt
Beldum Beldum Route 228 51-54 D P Pt

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

The feature also appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver, where all the wild Pokémon available include all those that were available in Generation II, Ditto, Chansey, and Pokémon from Hoenn and Sinnoh. Information on swarms can now be found by listening to Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk on the Pokégear radio.

Pokémon Location Levels Game
Chansey Chansey Route 13 23 HG SS
Ditto Ditto Route 47 34 HG SS
Marill Marill Mt. Mortar 15 HG SS
Yanma Yanma Route 35 12 HG SS
Dunsparce Dunsparce Dark Cave 2-3 HG SS
Snubbull Snubbull Route 38 16 HG SS
Qwilfish Qwilfish Route 32 40 HG SS
Remoraid Remoraid Route 44 20 HG SS
Poochyena Poochyena Route 1 2 HG SS
Wingull Wingull Vermilion City* 35 HG SS
Ralts Ralts Route 34 10-11 HG SS
Sableye Sableye Route 9 13-15 HG SS
Mawile Mawile Route 9 13-15 HG SS
Gulpin Gulpin Route 3 5 HG SS
Swablu Swablu Route 45 23 HG SS
Whiscash Whiscash Violet City 40 HG SS
Baltoy Baltoy Route 3 5 HG SS
Clamperl Clamperl Route 19 35 HG SS
Relicanth Relicanth Route 12* 40 HG SS
Luvdisc Luvdisc Route 27* 20 HG SS
Kricketot Kricketot Viridian Forest 3 HG SS
Buneary Buneary Route 25 8-10 HG SS

Generation V

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Black and White

The gates in Unova have a monitor inside that will alert the player where an outbreak is taking place. During winter, the monitor may occasionally not report on outbreaks, which is due to parts of Route 8, where Croagunk can be found, becoming frozen during Winter and not allowing the Pokémon to be caught there. All have the level range of 15-55.

# Pokémon Location Levels Game
046 Paras Paras Route 11 15-55 B W
056 Mankey Mankey Route 15 15-55 B W
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Route 01Route 1 15-55 B W
084 Doduo Doduo Route 12 15-55 B W
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute Route 18 15-55 B W
161 Sentret Sentret Route 07Route 7 15-55 B W
193 Yanma Yanma Route 14 15-55 B W
204 Pineco Pineco Route 16 15-55 B W
228 Houndour Houndour Route 09Route 9 15-55 B W
235 Smeargle Smeargle Route 05Route 5 15-55 B W
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue Route 10Route 10 15-55 B W
261 Poochyena Poochyena Route 09Route 9 15-55 B W
285 Shroomish Shroomish Route 11 15-55 B W
311 Plusle Plusle Route 06Route 6 15-55 B W
312 Minun Minun Route 06Route 6 15-55 B W
313 Volbeat Volbeat Route 03Route 3 15-55 B W
314 Illumise Illumise Route 03Route 3 15-55 B W
353 Shuppet Shuppet Route 13 15-55 B W
360 Wynaut Wynaut Route 02Route 2 15-55 B W
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Route 04Route 4 15-55 B W
453 Croagunk Croagunk Route 08Route 8 15-55 B W

See also