Nocturnal Pokémon

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Reason: Generations VIII

Oddish seen in the night

Some Pokémon are nocturnal Pokémon, which means they appear more frequently in the wild at night, or do not appear at all unless it is night. This only applies to Generation II, Generation IV and Generation VII, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Generation IX, where time is a major feature.

A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in that location in the specified game. A white background with colored text means that the Pokémon cannot be found there.

In Generation II

Pokémon active at night

Pokémon Games Locations
Rattata Rattata G S C Routes 30 and 31
Rattata Rattata G S C Route 4
Raticate Raticate G S C Route 1
Clefairy Clefairy G S C Routes 3 and 4
Zubat Zubat G S C Routes 3, 4, and 42
Zubat Zubat G S C Routes 3, 4, 9, 10, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 42
Golbat Golbat G S C Route 28, Rock Tunnel, and Mt. Silver
Oddish Oddish G S C Routes 5, 6, 24, and 25, Ilex Forest
Oddish Oddish G S C Routes 24 and 25, Ilex Forest
Gloom Gloom G S C Route 24
Venonat Venonat G S C Routes 9, 10, 13, 14, 25, and 43, Ilex Forest, National Park
Venomoth Venomoth G S C Routes 9, 10, 13, 14, 25, and 43
Meowth Meowth G S C Routes 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 38, and 39
Persian Persian G S C Route 7
Psyduck Psyduck G S C Routes 6 and 35, Ilex Forest, National Park
Golduck Golduck G S C Mt. Silver Cave
Poliwag Poliwag G S C Routes 30, 31, and 44
Poliwhirl Poliwhirl G S C Routes 28 and 44, Mt. Silver
Gastly Gastly G S C Sprout Tower and Tin Tower
Gastly Gastly G S C Routes 31, 32, and 36, Sprout Tower, Tin Tower
Haunter Haunter G S C Route 8
Haunter Haunter G S C Route 8 and Rock Tunnel
Drowzee Drowzee G S C Routes 6, 11, 34, and 35
Hypno Hypno G S C Route 11
Staryu Staryu G S C Routes 19, 20, 21, 34, 40, and 41, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cerulean City, Cherrygrove City, Cinnabar Island
Hoothoot Hoothoot G S C Routes 1, 2, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, and 37, National Park
Hoothoot Hoothoot G S C Routes 1, 2, 5, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, and 37, Ilex Forest, National Park
Noctowl Noctowl G S C Routes 2, 8, 13, 14, and 43
Noctowl Noctowl G S C Routes 2, 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 25, 26, 27, 37, 38, 39, and 43
Spinarak Spinarak G S C Routes 2, 30, 31, and 37
Spinarak Spinarak G S C Routes 2, 30, 31, 36, and 37, National Park
Ariados Ariados G S C Route 2
Ariados Ariados G S C Routes 2 and 37
Marill Marill G S C Route 42 and Mt. Mortar
Wooper Wooper G S C Route 32, Union Cave, and Ruins of Alph
Quagsire Quagsire G S C Routes 13, 14, 26, and 27, Union Cave, Ruins of Alph
Murkrow Murkrow G S C Route 7
Misdreavus Misdreavus G S C Mt. Silver Cave
Wobbuffet Wobbuffet G S C Dark Cave
Sneasel Sneasel G S C Route 28 and Mt. Silver
Sneasel Sneasel G S C Ice Path
Delibird Delibird G S C Ice Path
Houndour Houndour G S C Route 7
Stantler Stantler G S C Route 37


Pokémon active at night and morning

Pokémon Games Locations
Zubat Zubat G S C Routes 32 and 33
Wooper Wooper G S C Route 32 (grass encounters only)
Quagsire Quagsire G S C Routes 10, 13, 14, 26, and 27 (grass encounters only)


Pokémon active at night and daytime

Pokémon Games Locations
Raticate Raticate G S C Mt. Mortar
Zubat Zubat G S C Mt. Mortar
Golbat Golbat G S C Mt. Mortar and Mt. Silver Cave
Geodude Geodude G S C Mt. Mortar


In Generation IV

Pokémon active at night

Pokémon Games Locations
Rattata Rattata D P Pt HG SS Routes 30 and 31
Zubat Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211, 216, and 217, Acuity Lakefront
Zubat Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211, and 216
Zubat Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 3, 4, and 42, Cliff Cave
Golbat Golbat D P Pt HG SS Route 227, Mt. Coronet (summit), and Stark Mountain (exterior)
Golbat Golbat D P Pt HG SS Route 227, Mt. Coronet (summit), Stark Mountain (exterior), and Sendoff Spring
Oddish Oddish D P Pt HG SS Routes 224 and 230
Oddish Oddish D P Pt HG SS Routes 5, 6, 24, and 25, Ilex Forest
Gloom Gloom D P Pt HG SS Route 5
Venomoth Venomoth D P Pt HG SS Routes 24 and 25
Gastly Gastly D P Pt HG SS Route 209
Gastly Gastly D P Pt HG SS Sprout Tower and Bell Tower
Haunter Haunter D P Pt HG SS Route 8
Gengar Gengar D P Pt HG SS Old Chateau (Dual-slot mode)
Staryu Staryu D P Pt HG SS Routes 19, 34, and 40, Cherrygrove City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Union Cave (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Hoothoot Hoothoot D P Pt HG SS Routes 210 and 211, Great Marsh
Hoothoot Hoothoot D P Pt HG SS Routes 205, 210 and 211, Eterna Forest, Great Marsh (Areas 3 and 4)
Hoothoot Hoothoot D P Pt HG SS Routes 1, 2, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, and 37, Viridian Forest, National Park
Noctowl Noctowl D P Pt HG SS Routes 210, 211, 216, and 217, Lake Valor, Lake Acuity, Acuity Lakefront, Sendoff Spring, Great Marsh (Areas 1 and 2), Mt. Coronet (summit)
Noctowl Noctowl D P Pt HG SS Routes 210 and 211, Great Marsh, Mt. Coronet (summit)
Noctowl Noctowl D P Pt HG SS Routes 2, 8, 13, 14, 15, 43, and 47, Viridian Forest
Ariados Ariados D P Pt HG SS Route 229
Ariados Ariados D P Pt HG SS Route 2
Wooper Wooper D P Pt HG SS Route 32
Quagsire Quagsire D P Pt HG SS Routes 10, 13, 14, 15, 26, and 27
Murkrow Murkrow D P Pt HG SS Eterna Forest and Lost Tower
Murkrow Murkrow D P Pt HG SS Routes 7 and 16
Misdreavus Misdreavus D P Pt HG SS Eterna Forest and Lost Tower
Misdreavus Misdreavus D P Pt HG SS Cliff Cave and Mt. Silver Cave
Sneasel Sneasel D P Pt HG SS Route 28 and Mt. Silver
Houndour Houndour D P Pt HG SS Route 7
Banette Banette D P Pt HG SS Routes 225, 226, and 227, Stark Mountain (exterior)
Banette Banette D P Pt HG SS Routes 225 and 226
Duskull Duskull D P Pt HG SS Route 209 and Lost Tower
Snorunt Snorunt D P Pt HG SS Routes 216 and 217, Lake Acuity, Acuity Lakefront
Rotom Rotom D P Pt HG SS Old Chateau (one only)


Pokémon active at night and morning

Pokémon Games Locations
Beedrill Beedrill D P Pt HG SS Route 2
Clefairy Clefairy D P Pt HG SS Mt. Coronet
Zubat Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 32 and 33
Venonat Venonat D P Pt HG SS Routes 24 and 43
Spinarak Spinarak D P Pt HG SS Routes 2, 30, 31, and 37
Cleffa Cleffa D P Pt HG SS Mt. Coronet
Kricketot Kricketot D P Pt HG SS Routes 203, 204, and 207
Kricketot Kricketot D P Pt HG SS Routes 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, and 207, Eterna Forest
Kricketune Kricketune D P Pt HG SS Route 206 and Valor Lakefront


Pokémon active at night and daytime

No Pokémon are active during both the night and daytime in Generation IV.

Generation VII

Pokémon Games Locations
Rattata Rattata
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, Hau'oli City, Kala'e Bay
Rattata Rattata
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, Kala'e Bay
Raticate Raticate
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, Akala Outskirts, Ancient Poni Path, Malie City, Poni Gauntlet, Poni Grove, Poni Plains, Poni Wilds, Tapu Village
Raticate Raticate
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 10, 15, 16, 17, Akala Outskirts, Tapu Village, Mount Lanakila, Poni Plains
Route 8 (SOS Battle)
Clefairy Clefairy S M US UM Mount Hokulani (SOS Battle)
Hoothoot Hoothoot S M US UM Lush Jungle
Noctowl Noctowl S M US UM Lush Jungle (SOS Battle)
Spinarak Spinarak S M US UM Route 1
Ariados Ariados S M US UM Routes 10, 11, 17, Malie Garden, Ula'ula Meadow
Cleffa Cleffa S M US UM Mount Hokulani
Politoed Politoed S M US UM Malie Garden (SOS Battle in rain)
Umbreon Umbreon S M US UM Routes 4, 6 (SOS Battle)
Murkrow Murkrow S M US UM Hau'oli Cemetery
Misdreavus Misdreavus S M US UM Hau'oli Cemetery
Misdreavus Misdreavus S M US UM Poni Meadow
Surskit Surskit S M US UM Brooklet Hill
Masquerain Masquerain S M US UM Malie Garden
Huntail Huntail S M US UM Route 15, Melemele Sea (SOS Battle, fishing)
Pikipek Pikipek S M US UM Routes 4 and 6
Lycanroc Lycanroc
Midnight Form
S M US UM Vast Poni Canyon
Morelull Morelull S M US UM Route 11, Brooklet Hill, Lush Jungle
Morelull Morelull S M US UM Brooklet Hill, Lush Jungle
Shiinotic Shiinotic S M US UM Route 11


Generation IX

Pokémon active during night

Pokémon Games Locations
Cleffa Cleffa S V Crystal Pool
Clefairy Clefairy S V Crystal Pool
Gastly Gastly S V South Province (Area Two), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Three), West Province (Area One), Mossfell Confluence, Paradise Barrens
Haunter Haunter S V North Province (Area One), Dalizapa Passage (northern), Glaseado Mountain (southern), Mossfell Confluence
Gengar Gengar S V Mossfell Confluence
Umbreon Umbreon S V South Province (Area Six), Alfornada Cavern, East Province (Area Three), North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), North Province (Area Three), Dalizapa Passage (northern), Glaseado Mountain
Misdreavus Misdreavus S V South Province (Area Two), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), South Province (Area Six), East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Three), Tagtree Thicket, West Province (Area One), West Province (Area Three), Dalizapa Passage (northern), Glaseado Mountain
Mismagius Mismagius S V South Province (Area Six), North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), Casseroya Lake
Shuppet Shuppet S V South Province (Area Three), East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three)
Banette Banette S V South Province (Area Six), Glaseado Mountain (northern)
Duskull Duskull S V Infernal Pass, Crystal Pool
Lycanroc Lycanroc
Midnight Form
S V South Province (Area Six), North Province (Area One), Dalizapa Passage (northern}, Glaseado Mountain, Fellhorn Gorge


Pokémon active during night and evening

Pokémon Games Locations
Hoothoot Hoothoot S V Fellhorn Gorge
Noctowl Noctowl S V Fellhorn Gorge
Murkrow Murkrow S V South Province (Area Three), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), South Province (Area Six), East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three), Tagtree Thicket, West Province (Area Two), West Province (Area Three), Asado Desert, Dalizapa Passage (western), Glaseado Mountain (northern)
Honchkrow Honchkrow S V South Province (Area Six), West Province (Area Three), North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), North Province (Area Three), Casseroya Lake, Socarrat Trail, Dalizapa Passage (northtern), Glaseado Mountain
Volbeat Volbeat S V Apple Hills, Mossfell Confluence
Illumise Illumise S V Apple Hills, Mossfell Confluence
Drifloon Drifloon S V South Province (Area Three), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three), West Province (Area One), West Province (Area Two), West Province (Area Three) Dalizapa Passage (western)
Drifblim Drifblim S V South Province (Area Six), East Province (Area Three), West Province (Area Two), West Province (Area Three), North Province (Area One), Dalizapa Passage, Glaseado Mountain
Litwick Litwick S V Crystal Pool
Phantump Phantump S V Reveler's Road
Noibat Noibat S V Reveler's Road, Fellhorn Gorge, Oni Mountain

The Pokémon below are not found exclusively during night and evening, but have higher probability weights during these periods of time.

Pokémon Games Locations
Hoothoot Hoothoot S V Reveler's Road, Mossfell Confluence, Wistful Fields, Kitakami Wilds
Noctowl Noctowl S V Mossfell Confluence, Wistful Fields, Kitakami Wilds
Swinub Swinub S V Reveler's Road


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