Catching Pokémon and winning gym matches is the goal in the popular AR game Pokémon GO, but some of the Pokémon in the game are harder to secure than others. One of the most elusive Pokémon in the game is Ditto, who has the ability to disguise itself as other Pokémon.
A Ditto can be a powerful ally to have on your team in a battle, as it will transform into the Pokémon you're battling against, copying its same moves while keeping its own CP and stats.
If you have a particularly strong Ditto on your team, it can easily be an asset in battle, so you'll want one for your team. Here's the most up-to-date information we have on how to capture this tricky Pokémon in Pokémon GO.
How to catch a Ditto — Plus: What Pokémon Ditto is currently disguised as.
Catching a Ditto in the wild is a bit tricky because it will disguise itself as other Pokémon and not reveal its true form until after it's been caught. This means your chances of catching one in the wild are a bit slim, as they already don't spawn frequently.
That being said, there are certain quests and challenges you can complete that will reward you with a Ditto.
Traditionally, Ditto has been disguising itself as one of these eight Pokémon: Gastly, Drowzee, Remoraid, Teddiursa, Gulpin, Numel, Stunky, Dwebble, or Foongus.
But for April Fool's Day, more Dittos are appearing in the wild in the game — and they have some new disguises. Until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1, you'll be able to find Ditto disguised as Ekans, Gastly, Natu, Surskit, Finneon, Dweeble, and Swirlix.
This is just for the holiday, and it's assumed that afterward, Ditto will resume its regular spawn rate and disguises for the rest of April.
Of course, not every one of these Pokémon you find in the wild will be a Ditto in disguise — you'll have to capture them to see if you can find one, and it'll likely take multiple tries before you do. But if you're determined to be a Pokémon master, you'll persevere.
How to catch a Shiny Ditto in 'Pokémon GO.'
Originally introduced during the Tour: Kanto event, a Shiny Ditto is a bit trickier to capture than a regular Ditto in the wild. While they're sometimes offered as a reward for completing certain challenges and tasks, catching one without one of these opportunities often means you'll have to hunt for one.
Unfortunately, if you're looking to capture one on your own, it's a bit trickier. The Shiny Ditto will be disguised as all of the same Pokémon as the regular Ditto, but don't be fooled into thinking that all you'll need to do is capture a shiny version of those Pokémon.
None of the Shiny Gastly, Drowzee, Remoraid, Teddiursa, Gulpin, Numel, Dwebble, and Foongus Pokémon will be a Shiny Ditto in disguise, so as not to ruin an opportunity for trainers to capture the shiny version of any of those Pokémon.
Instead, you'll have to continue to catch regular versions of those Pokémon, and it's possible one of them will be a Shiny Ditto. Again, there is no way to determine if the Pokémon is actually a Ditto until you capture it.