The other day it seemed like Ditto was about to be released into Pokémon GO thanks to some newly mined data after a recently, seemingly innocuous update. But in the last few hours, it’s been confirmed that Ditto is actually live, and trainers all around the world are catching him left and right as we speak.
So, how do you find him? If you know anything about Ditto, you may have guessed that he’s not just going to show up in the wild as a giant pink blob. Ditto has been inserting into Pokémon GO disguised as other Pokémon, and you won’t know if you’ve caught him until after you capture whatever he’s transformed himself into.
So far, it seems that some of the most common Pokémon are the ones secretly hiding Ditto. I have heard of Rattatas, Pidgeys, Spearows and Magikarp all turning into Dittos. He shows up not just in the wild, but if you use lures or incense as well.
If you just play casually, and put your phone down after the Pokeball clicks for a capture, you might not have even realized you caught Ditto, as this is a totally new mechanic. I’ve heard at least one story of someone casually catching Ditto without even realizing it until they checked their recent catches. But if you stick around, there’s a short cutscene where you will see Ditto reveal himself, so now you should be paying special attention to every catch you make. You can catch multiple Dittos, which has also been confirmed, though I’m still trying to figure out how likely you are to run across him. I’ve started to burn incense myself, but no luck yet from the Pokémon that have shown up. I’ve seen a number of reports of people catching him, but it’s hard to measure that against the mammoth player population of the game worldwide.
Once you have a Ditto, he will automatically use transform in gyms, and copy the look and moves of whatever Pokémon you’re facing off against. Ditto is a 3 km buddy so you can increase his CP by walking, though I don’t imagine he’ll exactly be a battling powerhouse. Perhaps it’s too early to tell.
So, what better way to kick off tomorrow’s Thanksgiving event than with a little Ditto hunting? Get out there, and leave no Pidgey or Rattata unturned.