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The 10 Rarest Pokémon in 'Pokémon Go' and How to Catch Them

Spending too much time staring at your Pokédex wondering why you can't find so many of those empty silhouettes? Maybe they're just too rare for you to capture. Here to lend a helping hand, Youtub-er Ali-A counts down his own list of the 10 rarest Pokémon.

The most useful part of the list is it gives a nice look at how to capture the ones that are within reach and maybe some reasons why you haven't been able to find that Mr. Mime you want so badly.

10. Snorlax

It can be hatched through a 10km egg, which isn't the easiest way to get a Pokémon, but if it was easy it wouldn't be on this list. Maybe take up walking dogs at your local shelter to help you get there.

9. Lapras

Here's another that can be hatched from a 10km egg, but is a little harder to find in the wild. If you do find one, good for you. It's a nice one to take down the street to the gym.

8. Gyarados

Gyarados requires 400 Magikarp candies to evolve, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to save up your best CP Magikarp for the evolution, ensuring that your Gyarados is truly a boss.

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7. Chansey

It's not a particularly strong Pokémon, but a Chansey is able to withstand a crazy number of hits because of its top-level stamina. If you didn't know that, check out The Silph Road's stats page. It's a great resource.

6. Dragonite

Part of a three-stage evolution starting with Dratini, Dragonite takes a while to evolve and, as is the case on this list, is hard to find out in the streets.

5. Alakazam

It's hard to even find an Abra in the wild to start the three-stage evolution toward having an Alakazam on your roster.

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4. Porygon

Porygon is not the most exciting on the list, but it's not easy to find one.

3. Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard

It's kind of cheating with three ranking third, but it actually makes sense to lump these next three groups together rather than randomly sorting the Pokémon in those groups into arbitrary rankings.

These are all rare and they don't hang around on your nearby list for you to finish up what you're doing should one happen to be close to you. It's easy enough to find a Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander to start the evolutions, but it takes a lot of time to make it work.

2. Tauros, Farfetchd, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime

These are the region-specific Pokémon. Tauros can only be found in the wild in North America, Kangaskhan in Australia and the Pacific Islands, Mr. Mime in Europe, and Farfetchd in Asia. They can be hatched from 5km eggs, but with so many Pokémon in the 5km category, it will take some work.

1. Mew, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Ditto

These "legendaries" (except Ditto) are, according to Ali, yet to be found by any user on Pokémon Go, but could be coming soon. 

This list should cause no shortage of people with some differing opinions. Maybe Aerodactyl should be here, or maybe you were one of the people losing your god damn mind over a Vaporeon in Central Park. No matter what, if you've got a handful of these you should, ahem, count yourself lucky.

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record, but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.