Normally when I encounter a Pokemon, it displays the CP. A Venomoth popped up and I engaged to catch it. This time the CP was shown as "???".

I eventually caught it and it's CP was 285. Was there any signifcance to why the CP was initially hidden?

a Venomoth with unknown CP

  • This happened to me with a Weepinbell, although his CP ended up as 156. I'm curious as well. Jul 10, 2016 at 1:57
  • I think time will tell, but I think it has to do with your trainer level or whether you've aired got pokedex info on it or not
    – Throsby
    Jul 10, 2016 at 3:09
  • It normally does this to me when I watch one to find it, or it is a higher cp Pokémon
    – Dragonrage
    Jul 10, 2016 at 3:21
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    What is CP? I have just started playing the game and it never told me what it is.
    – Diti
    Jul 10, 2016 at 10:44
  • 5
    @Diti Abbreviation of Combat Power
    – Sumurai8
    Jul 10, 2016 at 13:51

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The CP is hidden if it's higher than any Pokémon's CP that you have ever had in your possession. This is easily seen when starting out a new game, where all of the starter choices' CPs are hidden, despite being very low.

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    Does this include only explicitly caught CP? If I level my top pokemon up from 500 to 1000, will I see a wild pokemon at level 750, or at "???"?
    – Stephen S
    Jul 11, 2016 at 19:32
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    @StephenSchrauger From my experiences, it will be ???, though more testing is needed to be certain.
    – user127650
    Jul 11, 2016 at 19:33
  • @Mego On the same note what if I we're to hatch or evolve my highest CP pokemon. Would that still be the highest "caught"?
    – DasBeasto
    Aug 7, 2016 at 21:49
  • @DasBeasto As far as I can tell, by going through my in-game journal, the CP of a Pokémon you're trying to catch displays as "???" if it has a higher CP than any other Pokémon that you've caught - hatching, evolving, and powering up don't play a role here.
    – user127650
    Aug 7, 2016 at 23:03
  • I'm sure that there's a threshold. I only saw 1 pokemon with hidden CP. And it was a Ponyta with 430CP, when I was at level 7. I've seen and found a few 900+ CP pokemons, and they all showed the CP. Or the CP of your pokemons has influence in the CP being hidden? Aug 27, 2016 at 11:20

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