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Catching Pokemon

Vincent Lau

Weaken the wild Pokémon first before throwing anything its way.

Assembling your invincible team of Pokémon is one of the fun things about Pokémon. To do that, you’ll need to obtain some Pokémon first. Initially you’ll be given a starter Pokémon to get you started. But the rest is on you and this is where Poke Balls and catching Pokémon becomes key.

Basics of Capture

Catching Pokémon is quite simple on paper. You just need to throw a Poke Ball at it and there’s a chance the Pokémon will be caught (yay!) or it will break free (oh no!). To increase your odds, you should weaken the Pokémon down with your moves.

However, you don’t want to drop the opposing Pokémon’s HP down to 0, as it will faint and magically disappear, wasting your efforts (but providing experience). So try to watch their HP and use weak moves until their HP bar is very low or as low as it’ll go before you think you’ll faint it.

In particular, the move False Swipe (or Hold Back, if you have that) is perfect for whittling down a Pokémon’s HP, as it cannot KO a Pokémon, reducing its HP to 1 at best. (To obtain it, speak to the man with shades in the Rustboro Poké Mart.)

It also helps if you use a move that inflicts an ailment, such as Sleep or Paralyse , on the Pokémon, as this will increase the capture rate somewhat. Later, you can also use improved Poke Balls, like the Great Ball or Ultra Ball, when the critters become increasingly harder to snare.


After you’ve caught a Pokémon, you can use it for battle instantly. Although if you just caught it, you may need to heal it and train it before it becomes a viable party member. Do note that you can only have up to 6 Pokémon in your battle party at once.

If you catch any more Pokémon, they will be transported to a Pokémon box , which you can access from the PC inside any Pokémon Centre. You can also use the PC to move Pokémon from your party to your box(es) and vice versa–useful if you need to rearrange your team.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Relive your adventures in Hoenn or start a brand new journey with this re-imagining of a much-loved game. Collect and battle your way to the Pokemon League for the right to challenge the Elite Four. Hunt legendary Pokemon, breed them and become the best Pokemon Master you can be with the help of our guide!

  • A full walkthrough for all badges and the Pokemon League challenges.
  • Side quest information on legendary Pokemon and the different Routes and Caves.
  • Information on breeding, Pokemon Contests, the Battle Maison and much more!
  • Full-color screenshots throughout and useful tips to help you along the way.
  • Comparisons between the original game and remake.

Updates (Aug 2016):

  • Added Encounter Rates to Wild Pokémon table lists as well as general locations making it easier to find your favorite Pokémon.
  • Fixed some formatting issues and general editing.
  • Expanded Introduction with loads of new information.
  • Restructured Extra Activities section (at the end) for easier navigation and reading.

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