Next to Pokemon battles, catching Pokemon is the most important thing every Trainer needs to know! Catching Pokemon may seem pretty simple at first, but as you come across rare Pokemon, you’ll see it’s very challenging.
Where to Find Pokemon
All trainers start their adventure with one Pokemon from a professor in their home town. As you go on your adventure you’ll find wild Pokemon in various areas. The most common area to find wild Pokemon is within tall grass. Other areas include the water surface while surfing, within the water while fishing, in caves, in dark sand, and inside certain landmarks and buildings.
In Pokemon Sun and Moon, Pokemon can attack you if there’s a moving shadow in tall grass, a dust cloud in a cave, or a shadow of a flying Pokemon above. If you touch any of these moving Pokemon spots, a battle will begin. After the battle, the Pokemon might drop a random item.
Only wild Pokemon can be caught. If you try to catch a Trainer’s Pokemon, the Trainer will block the Poke Ball and you will lose that thrown Poke Ball.
Encounter a wild Pokemon to instantly start a battle with it. To easily catch the Pokemon, you need to weaken it by lowering its HP and, if necessary, cause some type of Status Condition like Sleep or Paralysis. Once you think it’s weak enough, throw a Poke Ball to capture it.
There are many different types of Poke Balls with different rates for capturing a Pokemon. If the Pokemon breaks out of the Poke Ball, you may need to weaken it some more or use a better type of Poke Ball. The Pokemon move “False Swipe” has the ability to reduce a Pokemon’s HP to one point, which can help tremendously with capturing a Pokemon. Once the Pokemon is captured, the current Pokemon you are using will gain experience equal to the amount of experience they would have normally earned if the opponent Pokemon had fainted.
After a Pokemon is captured inside of a Poke Ball, it will rock three times before becoming yours. If it’s still strong enough to fight, it might break out sometime during this process. It is possible, though uncommon, to capture a Pokemon after the ball rocks once instead of three times. The more Pokemon you capture, the more likely you will get this “Critical Capture.”