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In Pokémon GO, all forms are determined at the time of capture and cannot be changed, regardless of the mechanics in the core series. Although every species has one Pokédex entry each, alternate forms of the same species are registered as different. This means that even if a player has one form of the species registered in the Pokédex, an alternate form, if not yet obtained, will still appear as a silhouette in the "Nearby" view, and receiving one in a trade requires a Special Trade.

Alternate forms

The following lists the alternate forms that do get registered in the Pokédex.

Regional forms

Regional forms were first introduced to Pokémon GO around the time Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was officially announced. Some species appear in the wild, while others are exclusive to 7 km Eggs, raids, and later, Field Research (with the exception of limited-time events). Galarian Weezing was introduced on November 16, 2019 in raids to celebrate the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Obtainability Pokémon
Wild encounters

Rattata Diglett Geodude Exeggutor

Non-wild encounters

Raichu Sandshrew Vulpix Meowth Meowth Grimer Marowak Weezing Zigzagoon Darumaka

Unown

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.

Certain forms of Unown have been made available in increased spawns during certain local events. The forms available typically correspond to the characters of a word related to the event.

Event Word Unown forms
Pokémon GO Fest 2017
(July 22, 2017)
CHICAGO

Unown (A) Unown (C) Unown (G) Unown (H) Unown (I)

Pokémon GO Park
(August 9 - 15, 2017)
YOKOHAMA

Unown (A) Unown (H) Unown (K) Unown (M) Unown (O) Unown (Y)

Pokémon World Championships
(August 18 - 20, 2017)
WORLDS

Unown (D) Unown (L) Unown (O) Unown (R) Unown (S) Unown (W)

Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Europe
(September 16 - October 14, 2017)
SAFARI

Unown (A) Unown (F) Unown (R) Unown (I) Unown (S)

TwitchCon
(October 20 - 22, 2017)
TWITCH

Unown (C) Unown (H) Unown (I) Unown (T) Unown (W)

Pokémon GO Week in Korea
(November 10 - 12, 2017)
SEOUL

Unown (S) Unown (L) Unown (O) Unown (S) Unown (U)

Pokémon GO Safari in Tottori
(November 24 - 26, 2017)
SAFARI

Unown (A) Unown (F) Unown (R) Unown (I) Unown (S)

RTX Convention, Sydney
(February 3, 2018)
RTX

Unown (R) Unown (T) Unown (X)

Pokémon GO Safari in Chiayi
(November 24 - 26, 2017)
CHIAYI

Unown (A) Unown (C) Unown (H) Unown (I) Unown (Y)

SXSW, Austin
(November 24 - 26, 2017)
SXSW

Unown (S) Unown (W) Unown (X)

Game Developer Conference, San Francisco
(March 21 - April 1, 2018)
GDC

Unown (C) Unown (D) Unown (G)

Armageddon Expo, Wellington
(March 30 - April 1, 2018)
ARMAGEDDON

Unown (A) Unown (D) Unown (E) Unown (G)
Unown (M) Unown (N) Unown (O) Unown (R)

Comic Con, Utrecht
(March 31 - April 2, 2018)
COMIC CON

Unown (C) Unown (I) Unown (M) Unown (N) Unown (O)

PAX East, Boston
(April 6 - 8, 2018)
PAX

Unown (A) Unown (P) Unown (X)

Ultra Bonus Week #1
September 2 - 9, 2019
ULTRA

Unown (A) Unown (L) Unown (R) Unown (T) Unown (U)

Spinda

Unlike in the core series, each of Spinda's patterns is treated as one of nine alternate forms, each registered separately in the Pokédex. Spinda can only be caught as a reward for completing specific Field Research. Only one pattern is available worldwide at any time, and the pattern rotates periodically. Pattern 9 specifically was made available exclusively for the 2019 Valentine's Day Event. Since July 2019, Spinda has a possibility of being Shiny, with the Shiny forms' spot patterns being slightly different from their normal counterparts'.

Form Availability
GO327.pngGO327 s.png
Pattern 1
  • October 2018 — Make 2 Nice Curveball Throws
GO327B.pngGO327B s.png
Pattern 2
  • March - April 2019 — Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row
GO327C.pngGO327C s.png
Pattern 3
  • September 2018 — Make a Great Curveball Throw
GO327D.pngGO327D s.png
Pattern 4
  • May - June 2019 — Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row
GO327E.pngGO327E s.png
Pattern 5
  • January - February 2019 — Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row
GO327F.pngGO327F s.png
Pattern 6
  • December 2018 — Make a Great Curveball Throw
GO327G.pngGO327G s.png
Pattern 7
  • November 2018 — Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws
GO327H.pngGO327H s.png
Pattern 8
  • August 2018 — Make 3 Curveball Throws in a row
  • July 2019 — Make 5 Curveball Throws in a row Shiny possible
GO327I.pngGO327I s.png
Pattern 9
  • Valentine's Day: February 13 - 21, 2019 — Make 5 Great Curveball Throws in a row

Castform

Castform's form in the wild depends on the current weather in the game. Unlike in the core series, Castform is locked to one form once caught. Additionally, even a change in weather will not affect already-spawned Castform's form.

Form Fast Attacks Charged Attacks Weather

Castform
Normal
GO Normal.png

GO Normal.png Tackle
GO Ghost.png Hex

GO Flying.png Hurricane
GO Grass.png Energy Ball
GO Normal.png Weather Ball

Partyly cloudyCloudyWindy

Castform
Sunny Form
GO Fire.png

GO Fire.png Ember
GO Normal.png Tackle

GO Fire.png Fire Blast
GO Grass.png Solar Beam
GO Fire.png Weather Ball

SunnyClear

Castform
Rainy Form
GO Water.png

GO Water.png Water Gun
GO Normal.png Tackle

GO Water.png Hydro Pump
GO Electric.png Thunder
GO Water.png Weather Ball

Rainy

Castform
Snowy Form
GO Ice.png

GO Ice.png Powder Snow
GO Normal.png Tackle

GO Ice.png Blizzard
GO Ice.png Ice Beam
GO Ice.png Weather Ball

SnowFog

Deoxys

Deoxys was exclusively available in EX Raids from October 2018 to September 2019, with its forms rotating every several months.

Form Stats Moves Availability
HP Atk Def Fast Attacks Charged Attacks
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Normal Forme
137 345 115

GO Psychic.png Zen Headbutt
GO Electric.png Charge Beam

GO Psychic.png Psycho Boost
GO Electric.png Zap Cannon
GO Normal.png Hyper Beam

  • Oct 1 - Dec 28, 2018
GO386A.png
Attack Forme
137 414 46

GO Psychic.png Zen Headbutt
GO Electric.png Charge Beam

GO Psychic.png Psycho Boost
GO Electric.png Zap Cannon
GO Dark.png Dark Pulse

  • Dec 28, 2018 - Mar 25, 2019
GO386D.png
Defense Forme
137 144 330

GO Psychic.png Zen Headbutt
GO Fighting.png Counter

GO Psychic.png Psycho Boost
GO Electric.png Thunderbolt
GO Rock.png Rock Slide

  • Mar 25 - Jun 24, 2019
GO386S.png
Speed Forme
137 230 218

GO Psychic.png Zen Headbutt
GO Electric.png Charge Beam

GO Psychic.png Psycho Boost
GO Electric.png Thunderbolt
GO Normal.png Swift

  • July 1 - Sep 28, 2019

Cherrim

Cherrim's form in the wild depends on the current weather in the game, using the same mechanic that determine's Castform's form. It will appear in its Sunshine Form in sunny/clear weather and Overcast Form otherwise. If evolved from Cherubi, Cherrim's form is determined purely at random, without regard to the current weather.

Form Fast Attacks Charged Attacks Weather

Cherrim
Sunshine Form

GO Grass.png Razor Leaf
GO Grass.png Bullet Seed
GO Fairy.png Dazzling Gleam
GO Normal.png Hyper Beam
GO Grass.png Solar Beam
GO Fire.png Weather Ball
SunnyClear

Cherrim
Overcast Form

GO Grass.png Razor Leaf
GO Grass.png Bullet Seed
GO Fairy.png Dazzling Gleam
GO Normal.png Hyper Beam
GO Grass.png Solar Beam
All other weather

Giratina

Giratina was exclusively available in level 5 Raid Battles. Its forms were available at different times.

Form Stats Moves Availability
HP Atk Def Fast Attacks Charged Attacks
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Altered Forme
284 187 225

GO Dragon.png Dragon Breath
GO Ghost.png Shadow Claw

GO Dragon.png Dragon Claw
GO Rock.png Ancient Power
GO Ghost.png Shadow Sneak

  • October 23 - November 20, 2018
  • March 28 - April 2, 2019
GO487O.png
Origin Forme
284 225 187

GO Dragon.png Dragon Tail
GO Ghost.png Shadow Claw

GO Dragon.png Dragon Pulse
GO Ghost.png Ominous Wind
GO Ghost.png Shadow Ball

  • April 2 - April 29, 2019

Event Pokémon

Event Pokémon, also known as Costume Pokémon, are special forms that have appeared during various events for a limited time. These forms feature an otherwise-normal Pokémon with an event-relevant costume. Some Event Pokémon can potentially be Shiny as well or know event-exclusive moves. Some event forms can evolve, and if they do, retain the costume after doing so. Event forms do not appear in the Pokédex of Pokémon GO, but are still treated differently in terms of Pokédex registration. Since event Pokémon are unique to Pokémon GO, they cannot be transferred to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

Bulbasaur family

Form Availability

Bulbasaur
Shedinja costume

  • Halloween 2019: Oct 17 - Nov 1, 2019 Shiny possible

Bulbasaur
Party Hat

Venusaur
Clone

Charmander family

Form Availability

Charmander
Cubone costume

  • Halloween 2019: October 17 - November 1, 2019 Shiny possible

Charmander
Party Hat

Charizard
Clone

Squirtle family

Squirtle wearing sunglasses was made available during the Squirtle Community Day as a reward for completing event-exclusive Field Research tasks.

Form Availability
GO007S.pngGO008S.pngGO009S.png
Squirtle Squad sunglasses

Squirtle
Yamask costume

  • Halloween 2019: October 17 - November 1, 2019 Shiny possible

Squirtle
Party Hat

Blastoise
Clone

Raticate

Form Availability
GO020P.png

Party hat

  • Adventure Sync Hatchathon: January 2 - 16, 2020 Shiny possible
  • Minccino Limited Research Day: February 2, 2020 Shiny possible

Pikachu family

For certain global events, Pikachu wearing corresponding costumes became available in the wild at increased spawn rates, and Pichu wearing the same costumes could be hatched from Eggs received during the same period.

Form Availability
GO172F.pngGO025F.pngGO026F.png
Festive hat
  • Holiday: December 12, 2016 - January 3, 2017
  • Holiday: December 21, 2017 - January 4, 2018
  • Holiday: December 18, 2018 - January 2, 2019 Shiny possible
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 6, 2019 Shiny possible
GO172P.pngGO025P.pngGO026P.png
Party hat
  • Pokémon Day: February 26 - March 6, 2017
  • Pokémon Day: February 26 - February 28, 2018
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 7, 2019 Shiny possible
  • Adventure Sync Hatchathon: January 2 - 16, 2020 Shiny possible
GO172O.pngGO025O.pngGO026O.png
Ash hat
  • 1st Anniversary: July 6 - July 27, 2017
  • April Fool's Day: April 1 - 2, 2019 — 5 per day via GO Snapshot Shiny possible
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 8, 2019 Shiny possible
GO172H.pngGO025H.pngGO026H.png
Witch hat
  • Halloween: October 20 - November 2, 2017
  • Halloween: October 23 - November 1, 2018 Shiny possible
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 9, 2019 Shiny possible
GO172S.pngGO025S.pngGO026S.png
Summer-style
  • 2nd Anniversary: July 5 - July 31, 2018
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 10, 2019 Shiny possible
GO025C.pngGO026C.png
H.F. Custom Cap
  • October 6 - 7, 2018 Shiny possible
GO172G.pngGO025G.pngGO026G.png
Flower crown
  • Pokémon Day: February 26 - 28, 2019 Shiny possible
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 11, 2019 Shiny possible
GO025D.pngGO026D.png
Detective Pikachu
  • Detective Pikachu: May 7 - 17, 2019 — 1 per day via GO Snapshot
    • Male only; Shiny not possible*
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama: August 12, 2019
    • Male only
GO025L.png
Straw hat
  • Kumamoto Revival Project: July 22 - July 29, 2019 Shiny possible
GO025F19.png
Mimikyu costume
  • Halloween 2019: October 17 - November 1, 2019 Shiny possible
    • Male only
100pxGO025W.pngGO026W.png
Beanie hat
  • Holiday 2019: December 24, 2019 - January 1, 2020 Shiny possible

Pikachu
Party Hat

Pikachu
Clone

Pikachu
Safari hat

Pikachu
Flower hat

Pikachu
Charizard hat

  • Throwback Challenge 2020: Kanto Shiny possible

Pikachu
Umbreon hat

  • Throwback Challenge 2020: Johto Shiny possible

Pikachu
Rayquaza hat

  • Throwback Challenge 2020: Hoenn Shiny possible

Pikachu
Lucario hat

  • Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh Shiny possible

Nidorino

Form Availability

Nidorino
Party hat

Gengar

Form Availability

Gengar
Party hat

Eevee family

Form Availability
GO133G.pngGO134G.pngGO135G.pngGO136G.png

GO196G.pngGO197G.pngGO470G.pngGO471G.png
Flower crown

Eevee
Party Hat

Mewtwo

Armored Mewtwo was released in celebration of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution. It is currently the only Event Pokémon with base stats and a move pool separate from its base form's.

Form Stats Moves Availability
HP Atk Def Fast Attacks Charged Attacks

Mewtwo

214 300 182

GO Psychic.png Psycho Cut
GO Psychic.png Confusion

GO Psychic.png Psychic
GO Fighting.png Focus Blast
GO Fire.png Flamethrower
GO Ice.png Ice Beam
GO Electric.png Thunderbolt
GO Ghost.png Shadow Ball (Legacy)
GO Normal.png Hyper Beam (Legacy)
GO Psychic.png Psystrike (Legacy)

  • Aug 14, 2017 - Sep 20, 2018 (EX Raids)
  • Sep 20 - Oct 23, 2018

Mewtwo
Armored Mewtwo

214 182 278

GO Psychic.png Confusion
GO Steel.png Iron Tail

GO Rock.png Rock Slide
GO Fighting.png Dynamic Punch
GO Ground.png Earthquake
GO Psychic.png Future Sight
GO Psychic.png Psystrike (Legacy)

  • Jul 10 - Jul 31, 2019
  • Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2020

Togepi

Form Availability

Togepi
Flower crown

Wobbuffet

Form Availability
GO202P.png

Party hat

  • Adventure Sync Hatchathon: January 2 - 16, 2020 Shiny possible

Stantler

Form Availability
GO234F.png

Bells

  • Holiday 2019: December 24, 2019 - January 1, 2020 Shiny possible

Wurmple

Form Availability
GO265P.png

Party hat

  • Adventure Sync Hatchathon: January 2 - 16, 2020 Shiny possible

Buneary

Form Availability
GO427G.png
Flower crown

Shadow and Purified Pokémon

Main article: Shadow Pokémon (GO)

Shadow Pokémon are Pokémon that have been artificially altered by Team GO Rocket to be used in battle. Shadow Pokémon have angry, red eyes and a flaming, black aura. Upon being defeated, Team GO Rocket members will abandon one of the Shadow Pokémon used in battle, which the player can then capture. A player can use Candy and Stardust to purify a Shadow Pokémon, returning it to its natural states but with a white aura.

Shadow Pokémon cannot be traded, while Purified Pokémon always count towards a Special Trade, even if the receiving player has already obtained the purified form. These Pokémon also cannot be transferred to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

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