Pokémon Box (GO)

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The storage system in Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, the player has a Pokémon Box that can initially hold 250 Pokémon, including up to 12* Eggs. Pokémon Storage Upgrades can be purchased in the Shop for PokéCoin.png200, with each upgrade expanding the capacity by 50 Pokémon.

The Pokémon Box screen allows the player to sort Pokémon, in ascending or descending order, by the following criteria:

  • Most recently acquired
  • Designated favorites
  • Pokédex number
  • Proportion of remaining HP
  • Name
  • Combat Power (CP).

In the case of a tie on the sorting criteria (such as multiple favorite Pokémon or Pokémon with full HP), the tied Pokémon are sorted by Combat Power in descending order.

The player can also hold a press on a Pokémon to activate a transfer mode where they can mark multiple Pokémon to be sent to Professor Willow. This feature was added in version 0.49.1 (labeled 1.19.1 in the iOS App Store), which was released on December 8, 2016.

Maximum capacity

The current maximum upgradeable capacity is 4,500 Pokémon. This limit has been increased over time.

Start date Max. capacity
June 4, 2021 4,500
December 1, 2020 4,000
July 23, 2020 3,500
November 22, 2019 3,000
July 29, 2019 2,500
November 21, 2018 2,000
December 8, 2017 1,500
Initial release 1,000

Search queries

The Pokémon storage screen also allows the player to search Pokémon by name or species; the search results will return any Pokémon whose species name or nickname begins with the searched string. The search bar also supports key terms that are not searched as literal strings, with these first being supported in version 0.67.1 (labeled 1.37.1 in the iOS App Store), released on June 20, 2017.[1]

All of the following searches are case insensitive. The keywords listed below are the keywords used if the game is set to English; if the game is set to a different language, the keywords are based on that language.

Search terms

  • [text] — Pokémon whose species name or nickname begins with the text, or whose tag name exactly matches the text
    • +[text] — the above and any Pokémon in the same evolutionary family (e.g. +Meowth returns all instances of Meowth and Persian)
    • The search term will only be interpreted as a literal string if it does not match any keyword or type. For example, searching evolve or dragon will not return a Ditto nicknamed "Evolve" or "Dragon", due to the term being interpreted as a key term or type instead of a literal string.
  • [type] — Pokémon of that type
  • Numeric
    • [number] — Pokémon whose Pokédex number matches the searched number (e.g. 3 returns all Venusaur)
    • Ranges
      • [number]-[number] — Pokémon whose Pokédex number falls between the two searched numbers, inclusively (e.g. 1-151 returns all Kanto Pokémon)
      • [number]- — Pokémon whose Pokédex index is at least the searched number (e.g. 151- returns all Pokémon starting from Mew)
      • -[number] — Pokémon whose Pokédex index is at most the searched number (e.g. -9 returns all Pokémon up to Blastoise)
    • Prepending cp or hp to a number instead searches for Pokémon based on CP or maximum HP (respectively) instead of Pokédex index (e.g. cp1000- returns all Pokémon with a CP of at least 1000)
    • Prepending distance to a number instead searches for Pokémon based on distance (in km) from where it was obtained to the player's current location (e.g. distance100- returns all Pokémon obtained at least 100 km away from the player's current location)
    • Prepending age to a number instead searches for Pokémon based on how many days ago they were caught (e.g. age-7 returns all Pokémon caught within the last 7 days, and age0 returns all Pokémon caught today)
    • Prepending year to a number instead searches for Pokémon based on which year they were caught in (e.g. year2016 returns all Pokémon caught in the year 2016, and year2017-2018 returns all Pokémon caught from the years 2017 to 2018)
    • Prepending buddy to a number (0 to 5) instead searches for Pokémon based on their Buddy levels (e.g. buddy5 returns all Best Buddies, and buddy2-4 returns all Good to Ultra Buddies)
      • buddy0 — Pokémon that have never been walked as a buddy
      • buddy1 — Pokémon that have been walked as a buddy, but never reached a Good Buddy level
      • buddy2 — Good Buddies
      • buddy3 — Great Buddies
      • buddy4 — Ultra Buddies
      • buddy5 — Best Buddies
  • All move set searches begin with @
    • @[move] — Pokémon with the searched move
    • @[type] — Pokémon with a move of the searched type (note: @psychic returns all Pokémon that know Psychic-type moves, not merely Pokémon that know the move Psychic)
    • @weather — Pokémon with a move that is currently weather-boosted
    • @special — Pokémon with a move outside their standard move pool (i.e. all moves that cannot be relearned using a TM, including event-exclusive moves, legacy moves, Frustration, Return, and moves copied by Smeargle)
    • @1 followed by [type], [move], weather, or special — Pokémon whose Fast Attack that fits the criteria (e.g. @1bug returns all Pokémon with a Bug-type Fast Attack)
    • @2 followed by [type], [move], weather, or special — Pokémon whose first Charged Attack fits the criteria
    • @3 followed by [type], [move], weather, or special — Pokémon whose second Charged Attack fits the criteria
    • @move — Pokémon that have not learned a second Charged Attack
  • Evolution
    • evolve — Pokémon which can evolve, for which the player has enough Candy and currently meets any other requirements to perform
    • item — Pokémon which require an item to evolve, for which the player has enough Candy and item to perform
    • evolvenew — Pokémon which can evolve or Mega Evolve into a species or Mega Evolution the player has not yet registered in the Pokédex, regardless of whether the Pokémon currently meets the requirements to evolve
    • tradeevolve — Pokémon species eligible for trade Evolution and have not been traded, regardless of whether the player has enough Candy to evolve (i.e. tradeevolve&traded will always return no results)
    • megaevolve — Pokémon which can Mega Evolve, for which the player has enough Mega Energy to perform
  • Region
    • kanto — Pokémon first discovered in the Kanto region, including their regional forms (equivalent to 1-151)
    • johto — Pokémon first discovered in the Johto region, including their regional forms (equivalent to 152-251)
    • hoenn — Pokémon first discovered in the Hoenn region, including their regional forms (equivalent to 252-386)
    • sinnoh — Pokémon first discovered in the Sinnoh region (equivalent to 387-493)
    • unova — Pokémon first discovered in the Unova region, including their regional forms (equivalent to 494-649)
    • kalos — Pokémon first discovered in the Kalos region (equivalent to 650-721)
    • alolaAlolan Form Pokémon
    • galarGalarian Form Pokémon and Pokémon first discovered in the Galar region
  • Gender
    • male — male Pokémon
    • female — female Pokémon
    • genderunknown — gender unknown Pokémon
  • IV appraisal
    • 0* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 0 and 22 (i.e. display 0 stars on the appraisal pop-up)
    • 1* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 23 and 29 (i.e. display 1 star on the appraisal pop-up)
    • 2* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 30 and 36 (i.e. display 2 stars on the appraisal pop-up)
    • 3* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 37 and 44 (i.e. display 3 stars on the appraisal pop-up with an orange background)
    • 4* — Pokémon whose IV total is 45 (i.e. display 3 stars on the appraisal pop-up with a red background)
  • Encounter type
    • hatched — Pokémon hatched from an Egg
    • raid — Pokémon caught from a Raid Battle
      • remoteraid — Pokémon caught from a remote Raid Battle
      • megaraid — Pokémon caught from a Mega Raid
      • exraid — Pokémon caught from an EX Raid
    • research — Pokémon caught during Field Research (including after a Research Breakthrough), Special Research, or Timed Research (since October 31, 2020)
    • gbl — Pokémon caught from a GO Battle League reward
    • rocket — Pokémon rescued after a Team GO Rocket battle
    • snapshot — Pokémon caught after a surprise encounter using GO Snapshot
  • Other key terms

Operators

The search function also uses a set of operators for more complex queries. Operators are evaluated in the order they are listed below.

  • ! — complement of the condition (e.g. !water returns all Pokémon that are not Water-type)
  • ,, :, ; — union of conditions (e.g. fire,evolve returns all Pokémon that are Fire-type or can evolve)
  • &, | — intersection of conditions (e.g. shiny&swinub returns all Shiny Swinub)

By the order of operations, the query !dragon&@ice,@fairy would return all non-Dragon-type Pokémon that know either an Ice-type or a Fairy-type move.

References