List of glitches (GO)

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This is a list of glitches in Pokémon GO.

List of glitches

WARNING: The version numbers will be stated (Android version number)/(iOS version number) unless noted that it can occur on either only Android or iOS device.

Backpack freeze glitch

If a Pokémon escapes from a Poké Ball and flees while the player attempts to open up the Backpack, then the game will freeze.[1] In version 0.31.0/1.1.0, the battle screen was slightly reprogrammed, resulting in this glitch being fixed.

Egg Hatching glitches

Disappearing Pokémon glitch

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An Egg can reach the requirements to hatch while in Pokémon GO, but fail to actually hatch through a combination of issues. Occasionally, the egg will fail to produce a Pokémon and disappear, though it is possible for the Pokémon to appear later on.[2][3][4][5]

Pokémon hatching too early

Sometimes, the Pokémon will appear in the Pokémon Box before the egg hatching animation, very short before the Egg hatches. If the player looks at the Egg, the Egg will have an empty, 0/0 km counter.

Pokémon model merging glitch

An Alolan Vulpix is visible behind Lairon

If a Pokémon's summary screen is viewed, when a Pokémon hatches from an Egg, the hatched Pokémon's model will appear behind the Pokémon, of which the summary screen is viewed.

Grimer glitch

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If a player using an Android phone encounters a Grimer or hatches a Grimer from an Egg, then the game will likely crash. This occurs in all released versions up to 0.31.0.[6]

Gym glitches

1 HP gym bug

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If a Pokémon reaches 1 HP during a battle for a Gym, then the game may prevent that Pokémon from fainting in battle outside of using status conditions that do damage. This can lead to several issues such as losing the ability to switch Pokémon or being prevented from starting the battle.[7]

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Egg Gym glitch

A player can select an empty Gym and choose to place an Egg in the Gym instead of a Pokémon. The Egg will appear in the Gym with 0 CP, no model, and be unable to be fought.[8]

Special Attack usage bug

Assume a Lopunny and Sudowoodo with these attacks:

Lopunny Sudowoodo
GO428.png Low Kick 6 GO185.png Counter 12
Hyper Beam 150 Earthquake 120

The opponent is an Armaldo. It lets the Lopunny faint whilst Lopunny is using Hyper Beam, but it deals no damage to the opponent, however, Hyper Beam's animation is shown. Then, Sudowoodo is sent out, and it'll automatically use Earthquake.

Pokédex glitch

When clicking on a caught Pokémon in the Pokédex, the entry of the Pokémon may become distorted with the individual letters appearing down the side of the screen. Additionally, the game may revert to the entry for the first Pokémon available in the Pokédex. This glitch occurred first in version 0.29.0/1.0 and was fixed in 0.31.0/1.1.0.

Size Medal oversights

In version 0.29.0/1.0 of Pokémon GO, the Youngster and Fisherman Medals stated that the current progress toward the requirements for the medal would be "Caught {0} Rattata/Magikarp weighing at most {1}" for all medals respectively. The intended text refers to catching a number of the required that have a specific weight indicator for the Pokémon in question, with Rattata being XS for example.

In version 0.29.2/1.0.2, the medals were changed to read "Caught (number of XS/XL) Rattata/Magikarp." Version 0.29.3/1.0.3 fully fixed the text for both medals to instead read "Caught (number) tiny/big Rattata/Magikarp."

Shadow glitch

If a Poké Ball is used as soon as it is available, then it can disappear under the ground and produce a growing shadow over the area. Eventually, the game will crash due to this.[9][10] In version 0.31.0/1.1.0, the battle screen was slightly reprogrammed, resulting in this glitch being fixed.

Sound bugs

Music muting

Occasionally, the game will suddenly stop playing music due to different issues. It can be caused by a notification on an Android device or an issue with getting data from the server.[11] It occurs in all released versions up to 0.31.0/1.1.0.

Music not changing

Occasionally, the game will not switch music due to different issues. This can happen if the player presses a certain button as soon as it is available.

Nearby Pokémon glitches

Three footprint glitch

Sometime after the version 0.29.2/1.0.2 update, the step counter for all nearby Pokémon would always be displayed with three footprints, even if the Pokémon is visible onscreen. This continued into the 0.29.3/1.0.3 version and was speculated to be a server-side modification.[12] In version 0.31.0/1.1.0, footprints were removed altogether.

Too far Pokémon glitch

Sometime, a Pokémon spawning nearby will either not react if touched or the game assume that the Pokémon is too far.

Ditto background glitch

In some cases when catching a Pokémon, Ditto may appear on the screen along with the background when a Pokémon transforms into Ditto. This has happened in the 0.63.1/1.33.1 update and has not been fixed.[13]

Raid Battle glitches

Raid Boss last Premier Ball glitch

Raid Bosses can't be caught with a player's last Premier Ball, unless it's a critical capture. Instead, the Pokémon always pops out after half a shake.[14]

Raid Boss HP bar glitch

When fighting the Raid Boss in a group, the player sees the HP bar not being fully gray (it has a red section). However, this does not always happen.

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Shadow Pokémon purifying glitch

When the player purifies a Shadow Pokémon, the Pokémon will not have full HP. Its HP will be 1 less than its max HP.

No internet connection message glitch

The message No internet connection can appear if the phone receives a call.

Zorua Morphing glitch

In October 2022, Zorua was introduced to the game and could appear disguised as your Buddy Pokémon. Players using the Pokémon GO Plus and Poké Ball Plus devices that caught a disguised Zorua with the device would have the Zorua fail to revert its species back to Zorua, causing the species to remain identical to that of the Buddy Pokémon, but with the CP and IVs of the wild Zorua. Niantic disabled the use of Bluetooth devices temporarily while the issue was investigated.

References



Main
Multiple
generations
Transform glitchesGlitch TrainersCloning glitchesError messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I Battle glitchesGraphical quirks
--0 ERRORBroken hidden itemsCable Club escape glitchDual-type damage misinformation
Experience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trickGlitch CityItem duplication glitchItem underflow
Mew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitchPokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchRival twins glitch
Select glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch) • Super Glitch
Time Capsule exploitWalking through wallsZZAZZ glitch
Generation II Bug-Catching Contest glitchCelebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitch
Glitch dimensionGlitch EggTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitchesGS Ball mail glitch
Generation III Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV Acid rainGTS glitchesPomeg glitch
Surf glitchTweakingPal Park Retire glitch
Generation V Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Frozen Zoroark glitchSky Drop glitch
Generation VI Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Lumiose City save glitchSymbiosis Eject Button glitchToxic sure-hit glitch
Generation VII Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitch
Generation VIII Charge Beam additional effect chance glitchCharge move replacement glitchChoice item lock glitch
Toxic sure-hit glitchRollout storage glitchParty item offset glitch
Glitch effects Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIIIMystery DungeonGOTCG GBSpin-off)
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIGen VIII)
Glitch moves (Gen I) • Glitch types (Gen IGen II)


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