Ditto has always been one of my favorite Pokémon from the first generation, mainly because of how awesome that little dude is. Ditto can transform into any other Pokémon in the game, steal their moves, and then beat them into a bloody pulp. My kinda Pokémon.
But when it comes to Pokémon GO, Ditto is very, well, let’s say absent. Despite the fact that the game has been out for three full weeks now (my god, time has been flying!), nobody has managed to catch (or even encounter) a wild Ditto. Well, that might be about to change.
There’s a group of Pokémon GO fans over on Reddit who are devoting their time to finding the elusive Pokémon, and boy, they’ve tried some pretty wacky stuff to get him to appear. Here are a few things they’ve tried that failed:
- They tried to walk away from the starter Pokémon, waited for Pikachu to appear, and then walked away from Pikachu as well. No Ditto.
- They tried to evolve Pokémon that had the exact same height and weight as Ditto (0.3m and 4kg), but that didn’t work either. Even when the Pokémon were given the nickname of “Ditto”, it failed.
- They tried to rename certain Pokémon “Ditto” or “Duplica” (Ditto’s owner in the anime was named Duplica; it’s Spanish for duplicate), and then evolve those Pokémon. That didn’t work either.
- They took a picture of a Bulbasaur in the wild, and hoped it would transform into a Ditto. This one is based on the fact that in the anime, a Ditto transformed into a Bulbasaur but didn’t quite pull it off. But surprise surprise, this attempt failed as well.
They’ve tried so hard to encounter a Ditto, but every attempt thus far has ended in failure. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. The more we try and try and try to find Ditto, and the more we fail, the more likely we are to eventually find it. Here are a few discoveries that haven’t been fully explored yet:
- Ditto, Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Charmander, and Squirtle are the only Pokémon in the game to have a base catch rate of 0.16 and a base flee rate of 0.1. Is there a connection between the three starter Pokémon, Pikachu, and Ditto?
- Apparently Ditto likes to transform into a rock when it goes to sleep to avoid being attacked. Geodude is one of the only rock Pokémon available in the first generation of Pokémon, and if you turn him around on Pokémon GO, it looks like he has a face on his back. Is Ditto posing as a Geodude?
- In the older games, Ditto and Poliwag had the same cry, which has led some to think there is a relationship between these Pokémon. It should be noted that Ditto doesn’t have the same cry as Poliwag anymore, however, but this could still be a clue.
- Pokémon GO came out on July 6, and in the Pokémon lore, we know that Mew was discovered in South America on the 5th of July. Could Ditto be an event exclusive Pokémon that will only appear on the 5th of July? Maybe Ditto will only be available in South America?
And I’m only scratching the surface with that list; seriously, there are so many weird connections being drawn between the anime, previous games, and Pokémon GO over on Reddit. Eventually, one of the many theories will be proven correct, and we’ll all look back on these dark times and laugh.
Until then, however, I have a mission for you. The guys over on Reddit, myself, and the entire Pokémon GO community need your help. We need people to keep coming up with these theories, and possibly more importantly, we need people to test them out in-game. Here’s a link to the thread about Ditto on Reddit. Head on over and give them a hand!
But what do you think about this whole Ditto business? Do you think we’re going to find him in the next few weeks, or will his presence in the game remain hidden until an event further down the line? Let me know what you think in the comments below!