I noticed that you can upgrade your Pokemon storage, to hold more Pokemon. The base amount is 250.

This opens 2 questions:

  • How many unique Pokemon are there?
  • If there is less than 250, is there any point to having more than 1 of any given Pokemon?
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    "If there is less than 250, is there any point to having more than 1 of any given Pokemon?" Trading. – Ave Jul 7 '16 at 13:09
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    @ardaozkal Either I've missed something or trading is not currently possible. – Robotnik Jul 7 '16 at 13:45
  • @Robotnik is correct. How to trade in Pokemon Go – Wondercricket Jul 7 '16 at 13:47
  • @Robotnik shame if trading isn't out yet, however the game is not out in Turkey so I was just assuming. – Ave Jul 7 '16 at 13:48

Pokémon GO Pokédex lists the original 151 Pokemon as capturable.You are able to catch up to 250 if you desire to have multiple of each Pokemon.

As @nickson104 mentioned, catching Pokemon is the primary way of leveling and training your Pokemon. In order to power up your Pokemon and evolve, you need to accumulate Candies. One of the ways mentioned is to catch multiple of that Pokemon (3 candy) and transfer (1 candy)

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    Also catching multiple of the same is central to the gameplay as it is the primary way of being able to 'train' your pokemon – nickson104 Jul 7 '16 at 13:07
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    You mean the only 151 Pokemon. Whippersnappers. – MikeTheLiar Jul 7 '16 at 13:33
  • @mikeTheLiar Meowth! That's right – Wondercricket Jul 7 '16 at 16:29
  • Mewtwo... Please tell me, please... – ABcDexter Jul 7 '16 at 17:13
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    Oohhh I get it now. 150 spaces for the other pokemon, and then 100 soaces for my Arcanine army. Gotcha – Ben Jul 7 '16 at 22:53

When you assign a pokemon to a gym, that pokemon stays there until it is unseated; you won't be able to assign it to a different gym, or use it when attacking rival team gyms. As a result it may be useful to have several of the same pokemon just so you have spares you can use in attacks or to assign to multiple gyms.


The original 151 Pokemon are currently available as of release.

There technically is no point in keeping more than 1 Pokemon unless you are going to evolve them later.


While there are only 151 Pokémon currently available, it's important to know that each one can have a different moveset from others of the same species, which could be a very good reason to keep more than one of any given Pokémon.


So the 151 current Pokemon have been mentioned but the rest is jumbled so here goes.

Move sets: with the different moves on each Pokemon of the same type you will run into some that will more effectively counter certain Pokemon. These moves only change when evolved but aren't gauranteed to.

Gyms: as stated above if you leave a Pokemon to defend a gym it is gone to you until it is kicked out.. Here depending on movesets having a back up is a good idea but not really necessary based on the CP and movesets of your other Pokemon

Candy: catching a Pokemon gives 3 candy of the base for a Pokemon I.e. Pidgey gives 3 Pidgey candy pidgeot also will give 3 Pidgey candies. Transferring a Pokemon to the professor will give 1 of base type.
1 candy to power up the CP and 12-50 to evolve.

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    Magikarp need 400 candies to evolve. – Jouramie Jul 12 '16 at 20:42
  • The candy cost for powering up your pokemon seems to increase once you breach a certain CP threshold (I saw a 305 Venonat requiring 2 on an earlier g.se comment. – KizTrap Jul 14 '16 at 15:23

You need more room for the following:

  1. when you have a lot of pokemon, you don't wanna go clean your storage every single time you catch another one

  2. your will definitely have pokemon of the same kind, because, for example, if you have 2 Vaporeons with good IVs and Hydropump you definitely will wanna use them un battles or send to defend gyms. Or if you send one to the gym, you would like to have a good water type mon on hand to kick ass fire or ground type.

  3. you will have your collection pokemon, that are just to have every spice, your potentially good pokemon that you look forward to evolve and your badass pokemon squad that you send to gyms and battle

well, this will make sense only on higher lvls though


Wondercricket's answer covers most of the part but catching more than 1 pokemon of the same type will give some type of balls(I don't know what they are called) that can either be used to power up or evolve a pokemon.

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