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Sinistea has two forms: Phony and Antique, often called the fake and real forms, respectively. They can be distinguished by either:

  • The item required to evolve it. Phony form requires a Cracked Pot, and Antique form requires a Chipped Pot
  • A mark of authenticity. Only the Antique form has this. This mark is on the bottom of the cup, appearing as a grey seal inside the rim at the cup's bottom. enter image description here

The mark of authenticity is difficult to spot, so often the first is the easier way. But this requires catching Sinistea.

If you find a wild Sinistea, can you distinguish the two forms apart in the wild? For example, can you see the mark of authenticity on wild Sinistea as the battle camera changes?

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    you can try to use a ditto; he will copy every point of the wild sinistea, so you will probably wait less time to have the right camera angle to check if it's an authentic or a phony version – damadam Jul 18 '20 at 21:31
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Following damadam’s comment, it is possible to check whether or not the Sinistea is authentic or phony without having to catch it. There are two steps required for the fastest method:

  1. Imposter Ditto (Transform will probably also work, but Imposter will be faster)

  2. Use an attack move, and must deal damage. If the enemy Sinistea uses protect or other similar moves, it won’t work.

By doing the method above, Ditto will transform into the Sinistea, and using a move to deal damage will cause your Ditto/Sinistea to lean into the proper angle. If done correctly, you can see the Mark of Authenticity

Ditto with Mark of Authenticity

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