My journal says that my Ponyta ran away

So, I was wondering when and why does a Pokemon run away?


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    Your Ponyta didn't run away, a wild Ponyta did. Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 13:46
  • CP plays a factor in the rate at which a Pokemon will flee. It has also been noted by others that higher rates at which a Pokemon will run away are a punishment for GPS Spoofing.
    – Sean
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 13:48
  • @Sean, if there is a GPS spoofing penalty, I think the same penalty may apply if you are for real moving quite fast IRL. When I am sitting on the train trying to catch a pokemon, they tend to run away much more frequently than if I am walking.
    – Alderath
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 18:17
  • When you are sitting on the train, you (also?) tend to run away much more frequently than if you are walking.
    – Burned
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 21:19
  • @Alderath That's what I've seen. I've read reports on the Pokemon GO reddit about people being temporarily banned for gaining a huge distance in such a short space of time - I guess they can't really differentiate between the two.
    – Sean
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 8:11

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Your own captured Pokémon will not run away. The only way to lose it is transferring it by accident. Your journal is showing an instance of a wild Ponyta fleeing from battle, which can happen randomly if you fail to capture it too many times, probably more commonly with stronger Pokémon.

A good way to ensure a capture is using better Pokéballs and Razz Berries, but keep in mind that capture attempts can still fail and Pokémon can still flee even when using those items.

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    "too long to capture" is that time based or number of attempts? Like if I sit there for 3 minutes before throwing my first ball is it more likely to run than if I had thrown one right away?
    – DasBeasto
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 16:35
  • I have noticed that when on a bus, flee rates are higher. I assume that is about moving out of range.
    – Sobrique
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 20:07
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    @DasBeasto once you enter the capture screen, the pokemon will stay there as long as your app is open. The only time pokemon will run is after an unsuccessful capture attempt. Each attempt has a separate chance of having the pokemon run
    – Joey Hoang
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 22:01
  • @JoeyHoang source?
    – anon
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 3:07
  • clarification: source of Each attempt has a separate chance of having the pokemon run, please.
    – anon
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 3:20

The more CP a Pokémon has the harder it gets to catch it. That Ponyta had 400 CP, which is pretty hard to catch with a simple Pokéball. You'll have to use better Pokéballs and Berries in order to have a good chance of catching a high CP Pokémon.

(There is still no guarantee to actually catch one when using Berries and good Pokéballs, but it will increase the chance significantly.)


Once a Pokemon is captured, it will never run. You can send it away to the professor, but it won't run on it's own.

While in battle, however, they can flee. Some Pokemon have a higher chance to flee naturally compared to others. The higher CP they have, the higher their chance as well. The higher your level is, the higher their chance seems to also be. This could mean you are trying to get a 50cp pidgey and it may flee if you are level 20+ anyhow. Last but not least, as others have said, if you are moving too fast.. it seems to increase the flee rate as well. This may simply be once you are out of the range of where they spawned while you still battle them that the flee may happen (or is increased in likelyhood).

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