As we see in this Question/Answer, Pokémon Go now contains special items that are used to evolve certain Pokémon in Generation II.

  • Seadra → Kingdra (Dragon Scale + 100 Horsea Candy)
  • Slowpoke → Slowking (King's Rock + 50 Slowpoke Candy)
  • Poliwhirl → Politoed (King's Rock + 100 Poliwag Candy)
  • Onix → Steelix (Metal Coat + 50 Onix Candy)
  • Scyther → Scizor (Metal Coat + 50 Scyther Candy)
  • Gloom → Bellossom (Sun Stone + 100 Oddish Candy)
  • Sunkern → Sunflora (Sun Stone + 50 Sunkern Candy)
  • Porygon → Porygon2 (Upgrade + 50 Porygon Candy)

Are these Generation II Pokémon catchable in the wild, or are they only obtainable through evolving since they require a special items?

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    This post on GameFAQ says no, but without real proof
    – Fabich
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 14:00

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According to data compiled in this reporting, it does not look like second generation evolutions that require an evolutionary item are available in the wild.

Gen2s that require items in evolution are not available in wild, this incluidng those from Gen1 including Porygon2, Bellossom, Slowking, Steelix, Kingdra, Scizor, Politoed, as well as Sunflora from Gen2. Despite people have shown screenshot, I have not read evidence that these were caught in wild (unless there is a bug in multiple trackers). Blissey and Crobat are availabe in wild, because their evolutions do not require stone. We have not seen Umbreon and Espeon in wild in San Diego. We have data for 10523 rare spawns and these were not observed. So I can say for sure this is the case!

This thread has amassed data over a 24 hour period in Lisbon, Portugal and recorded 0 item evolution spawns, which supports that they are not available in the wild.

To start with something we are almost certain of, there are no spawns of Heracross or Corsola. Also no Porygon 2, Espeon, Umbreon or any other Pokemon that uses item to evolve have not been found, which helps proves that they dont spawn in wild.

Another thread that has compiled data that was taken over roughly a week says that exactly 0 Porygon2, Sunflora, Steelix, Scizor, Slowking, Kingdra, Politoed, Bellossom, Umbreon, or Espeon have spawned in that timeframe.

Zero spawns of evolutions that need special items or special circumstances (espeon/umbreon).

Since Crobat and Blissey do not require evolutionary items to evolve, however, these appear to be catchable.

It does not seem like Umbreon or Espeon have been seen in the wild, though. This may be due to the friendship requirement to evolve them (aside from the one-time naming trick).


While I have not caught any, I would say they are catchable based on the GAME MASTER file showing base capture rates for each of those listed.

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    Don't the Gen I legendaries also have base capture rates as well?
    – Vemonus
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 19:00
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    You may verify with the GAME MASTER file, but no, they do not. In retrospect, the question should be rephrased to ask if those Pokemon are available or have spawned.
    – Jerry
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:00
  • It asked if they were catchable, though, which implies that they are both available and have spawned, doesn't it? With that same logic, you could say that since the legendaries have a flee rate, they have to be encounterable since they are able to flee.
    – Vemonus
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:01
  • A counter example is Ditto.
    – Jerry
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:04

Since the release of evolution items, Porygon's community day (09/20/2020) has been the first known instance where you could catch a Pokemon that required an item in order to evolve.

While not spawned normally in the wild, Porygon2 and Porygon-Z were some of the catchable rewards for the Decoding Porygon special research.

Porygon2 catch Porygon-Z catch

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