The colored circle you see when catching Pokemon changes if different ball types are used, but doesn't change when you use a razzberry. So there doesn't seem to be consistency whether it changes based on anything besides Pokemon level, but has anyone determined whether the catch bonus changes the color at all?

  • It's actually the other way around Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 23:35
  • What's the other way around?
    – mjr
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 23:37
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    As far as I know, it changes with Razz Berry. The change is just much smaller than when you change Balls, so it's not really noticeable.
    – scenia
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 6:04
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    @scenia pretty sure razzberry and Greatball have the same catch boost (50%), but berries change the color far less noticeably than Greatballs, if at all
    – mjr
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 13:16

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This can help you, it calculates the catch chance with color circles and on the bottom of the page explains you a little about how they do the calc.


Extra info from link [13/10/2016]:

This tool allows trainers to view catch chances of different Pokemon based on the ball they use and the colour of the ring they observe in-game.

The colour of the rings in this tool match exactly the colours in game thanks to some stunning research by u/dondon151 (reddit user).

Ring size calculation is still tentative but accurate to a reasonably large sample size thanks to a lot of work by u/RhyniD (reddit user).

The science on catch chance isn't 100% complete, but for what we know right now, this tool is accurate:

Final Chance = 1 - (( 1 - Level Chance) ^ BallMulti) ^ SizeMulti


Level Chance = 50% / CPMulti(Level) * Base Species Chance

The SizeMulti increase from 1 to 2 as the coloured ring's size decreases relative to the grey ring.

The BallMulti increases from 1 -> 1.5 -> 2 as the trainer uses better balls.

There is no evidence yet that Berries, "Nice Throws" or curve balls affect catch chance.

Info extracted from SysDragon's link:


The research add information about 'Great, Nice & Excellents shots' multipliers and Berries, not included on pokeassistant.

Table from second link

  • Fist: You should include the relevant info of the link in your answer just in case the link changes or stops working
    – SysDragon
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 7:47
  • Second: The information on the guide is incorrect (outdated). Great, Nice & Excellents shots give a boost on your capture chances.
    – SysDragon
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 7:48
  • ok thanks, any demonstration over there about the 'Great, Nice & Excellents shots' boost? @SysDragon Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 7:56
  • gaming.stackexchange.com/a/281187/43105
    – SysDragon
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 8:00

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