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                                C A T C H   R A T E   F A Q
    
    
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                  E-mail: DChiuch[at]gmail[dot]com
                 Started: 12/10/2006
                 Updated: 25/01/2006
                 Version: 1.15
    
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      Table of Contents
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                 Catch Rate .................. CTCH
                 Pokémon Catch Rates ......... PKMN
                 - 1st Generation ............ 1stG
                 - 2nd Generation ............ 2ndG
                 - 3rd Generation ............ 3rdG
                 Poké Balls .................. BALL
                 Examples .................... EXMP
                 FAQ ......................... FAQS
                 Credits ..................... CRED
                 Version History ............. VERS
                 Contact & Legal Info ........ CONT
    
    
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      Catch Rate                                                              CTCH
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                  o===============================================o
                  |                     NOTE                      |
                  o===============================================o
                  |  The formula used in this guide is based on   |
                  |  the one from Bulbapedia and Serebii.net. It  |
                  |  is likely that this formula is slightly      |
                  |  incorrect. This guide will discuss the       |
                  |  formula as if it is completely correct.      |
                  o===============================================o
    
    When you throw a Poké Ball at a wild Pokémon, the game uses a formula based on
    the wild Pokémon's current health, any status effect it may have, and that 
    Pokémon's Catch Rate, to determine your chances of catching that Pokémon. The 
    formula is as follows:
    
    ( ( 4 * TotalHP - 2 * CurrentHP) * CatchRate ) / TotalHP + Status
    
    CurrentHP = The wild Pokémon's current HP.
    TotalHP   = The wild Pokémon's total HP.
    CatchRate = The wild Pokémon's catch rate, listed below. This can be modified 
                with the use of different Poké Ball types, listed below.
    Status    = If the wild Pokémon is Asleep or Frozen, it equals 11. If the wild
                Pokémon is Paralyzed, Poisoned or Burnt, it equals 6. Otherwise,
                it equals 1.
    
    After all these values have been calculated, the game computes a random number
    from 0 to 255. If this random number is less than the number calculated above,
    the Pokémon is caught.
    
    
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      Pokémon Catch Rates                                                     PKMN
    ==============================================================================
    
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      1st Generation                                                          1stG
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Pokémon Name	Catch Rate
    ------------    ----------
    Bulbasaur	045 
    Ivysaur 	045 
    Venusaur 	045 
    Charmander	045 
    Charmeleon 	045 
    Charizard 	045 
    Squirtle 	045 
    Wartortle 	045 
    Blastoise 	045 
    Caterpie 	255 
    Metapod 	120 
    Butterfree	045 
    Weedle 		255 
    Kakuna 		120 
    Beedrill 	045 
    Pidgey 		255 
    Pidgeotto 	120 
    Pidgeot 	045 
    Rattata 	255 
    Raticate 	090 
    Spearow 	255 
    Fearow 		090 
    Ekans 		255 
    Arbok 		090 
    Pikachu 	190 
    Raichu 		075 
    Sandshrew 	255 
    Sandslash 	090 
    NidoranF 	235 
    Nidorina 	120 
    Nidoqueen 	045 
    NidoranM 	235 
    Nidorino 	120 
    Nidoking 	045 
    Clefairy 	150 
    Clefable 	025 
    Vulpix 		190 
    Ninetales 	075 
    Jigglypuff 	170 
    Wigglytuff 	050 
    Zubat 		255 
    Golbat 		090 
    Oddish 		255 
    Gloom 		120 
    Vileplume 	045 
    Paras 		190 
    Parasect 	075 
    Venonat 	190 
    Venomoth 	075 
    Diglett 	255 
    Dugtrio 	050 
    Meowth 		255 
    Persian 	090 
    Psyduck 	190 
    Golduck 	075 
    Mankey 		190 
    Primeape	075 
    Growlithe 	190 
    Arcanine 	075 
    Poliwag 	255 
    Poliwhirl 	120 
    Poliwrath 	045 
    Abra 		200 
    Kadabra 	100 
    Alakazam 	050 
    Machop 		180 
    Machoke 	090 
    Machamp 	045 
    Bellsprout 	255 
    Weepinbell 	120 
    Victreebel 	045 
    Tentacool 	190 
    Tentacruel 	060 
    Geodude 	255 
    Graveler 	120 
    Golem 		045 
    Ponyta 		190 
    Rapidash 	060 
    Slowpoke 	190 
    Slowbro 	075 
    Magnemite 	190 
    Magneton 	060 
    Farfetch'd 	045 
    Doduo 		190 
    Dodrio		045 
    Seel 		190 
    Dewgong 	075 
    Grimer 		190 
    Muk 		075 
    Shellder 	190 
    Cloyster 	060 
    Gastly 		190 
    Haunter 	090 
    Gengar 		045 
    Onix 		045 
    Drowzee 	190 
    Hypno 		075 
    Krabby 		215 
    Kingler 	060 
    Voltorb 	190 
    Electrode 	060 
    Exeggcute 	090 
    Exeggutor 	045 
    Cubone 		190 
    Marowak 	075 
    Hitmonlee 	045 
    Hitmonchan 	045 
    Lickitung 	045 
    Koffing 	190 
    Weezing 	060 
    Rhyhorn 	120 
    Rhydon 		060 
    Chansey 	030 
    Tangela 	045 
    Kangaskhan 	045 
    Horsea 		215 
    Seadra 		075 
    Goldeen 	215 
    Seaking 	060 
    Staryu 		215 
    Starmie 	060 
    Mr. Mime 	045 
    Scyther 	045 
    Jynx 		045 
    Electabuzz 	045 
    Magmar 		045 
    Pinsir 		045 
    Tauros 		045 
    Magikarp 	255 
    Gyarados 	045 
    Lapras 		045 
    Ditto 		035 
    Eevee 		045 
    Vaporeon 	045 
    Jolteon 	045 
    Flareon 	045 
    Porygon 	045 
    Omanyte 	045 
    Omastar 	045 
    Kabuto 		045 
    Kabutops 	045 
    Aerodactyl 	045 
    Snorlax 	025 
    Articuno 	003 
    Zapdos 		003 
    Moltres 	003 
    Dratini 	045 
    Dragonair 	045 
    Dragonite 	045 
    Mewtwo 		003 
    Mew 		045 
    
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      2nd Generation                                                          2ndG
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    Pokémon Name	Catch Rate
    ------------    ----------
    Chikorita 	045 
    Bayleef 	045 
    Meganium 	045 
    Cyndaquil 	045 
    Quilava 	045 
    Typhlosion 	045 
    Totodile 	045 
    Croconaw 	045 
    Feraligatr 	045 
    Sentret 	255 
    Furret 		090 
    Hoothoot 	255 
    Noctowl 	090 
    Ledyba 		255 
    Ledian 		090 
    Spinarak 	255 
    Ariados 	090 
    Crobat 		090 
    Chinchou 	190 
    Lanturn 	075 
    Pichu 		190 
    Cleffa 		150 
    Igglybuff 	170 
    Togepi 		190 
    Togetic 	075 
    Natu 		190 
    Xatu 		075 
    Mareep 		235 
    Flaaffy 	120 
    Ampharos 	045 
    Bellossom 	045 
    Marill 		190 
    Azumarill 	075 
    Sudowoodo 	065 
    Politoed 	045 
    Hoppip 		255 
    Skiploom 	120 
    Jumpluff 	045 
    Aipom 		045 
    Sunkern 	235 
    Sunflora 	120 
    Yanma 		075 
    Wooper 		255 
    Quagsire 	010 
    Espeon 		045 
    Umbreon 	045 
    Murkrow 	030 
    Slowking 	070 
    Misdreavus 	045 
    Unown 		215 
    Wobbuffet 	045 
    Girafarig 	060 
    Pineco 		190 
    Forretress 	075 
    Dunsparce 	190 
    Gligar 		060 
    Steelix 	025 
    Snubbull 	190 
    Granbull 	075 
    Qwilfish 	045 
    Scizor 		025 
    Shuckle 	190 
    Heracross 	045 
    Sneasel 	060 
    Teddiursa 	120 
    Ursaring 	060 
    Slugma 		190 
    Magcargo 	075 
    Swinub 		215 
    Piloswine 	075 
    Corsola 	060 
    Remoraid 	190 
    Octillery 	075 
    Delibird 	045 
    Mantine 	025 
    Skarmory 	025 
    Houndour 	120 
    Houndoom 	045 
    Kingdra 	045 
    Phanpy 		120 
    Donphan 	060 
    Porygon2 	045 
    Stantler 	045 
    Smeargle 	045 
    Tyrogue 	075 
    Hitmontop 	045 
    Smoochum 	045 
    Elekid 		045 
    Magby 		045 
    Miltank 	045 
    Blissey 	030 
    Raikou 		003 
    Entei 		003 
    Suicune 	003 
    Larvitar 	045 
    Pupitar 	045 
    Tyranitar 	045 
    Lugia 		003 
    Ho-oh 		003 
    Celebi 		045 
    
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      3rd Generation                                                          3rdG
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Pokémon Name	Catch Rate
    ------------    ----------
    Treecko 	045 
    Grovyle 	045 
    Sceptile 	045 
    Torchic 	045 
    Combusken 	045 
    Blaziken 	045 
    Mudkip 		045 
    Marshtomp 	045 
    Swampert 	045 
    Poochyena 	255 
    Mightyena 	127 
    Zigzagoon 	255 
    Linoone 	090 
    Wurmple 	255 
    Silcoon 	120 
    Beautifly 	045 
    Cascoon 	120 
    Dustox 		045 
    Lotad 		255 
    Lombre 		120 
    Ludicolo 	045 
    Seedot 		255 
    Nuzleaf 	120 
    Shiftry 	045 
    Taillow 	200 
    Swellow 	045 
    Wingull 	190 
    Pelipper 	045 
    Ralts 		235 
    Kirlia 		120 
    Gardevoir 	045 
    Surskit 	200 
    Masquerain 	075 
    Shroomish 	255 
    Breloom 	090 
    Slakoth 	255 
    Vigoroth 	120 
    Slaking 	045 
    Nincada 	255 
    Ninjask 	120 
    Shedinja 	045 
    Whismur 	190 
    Loudred 	120 
    Exploud 	045 
    Makuhita 	180 
    Hariyama 	200 
    Azurill 	150 
    Nosepass 	255 
    Skitty 		255 
    Delcatty 	060 
    Sableye 	045 
    Mawile 		045 
    Aron 		180 
    Lairon 		090 
    Aggron 		045 
    Meditite 	180 
    Medicham 	090 
    Electrike 	120 
    Manectric 	045 
    Plusle 		200 
    Minun 		200 
    Volbeat 	150 
    Illumise 	150 
    Roselia 	150 
    Gulpin 		225 
    Swalot		075 
    Carvanha 	225 
    Sharpedo 	060 
    Wailmer 	125 
    Wailord 	060 
    Numel 		255 
    Camerupt 	150 
    Torkoal 	090 
    Spoink 		255 
    Grumpig 	060 
    Spinda 		255 
    Trapinch 	255 
    Vibrava 	120 
    Flygon 		045 
    Cacnea 		190 
    Cacturne 	060 
    Swablu 		255 
    Altaria 	045 
    Zangoose 	090 
    Seviper 	090 
    Lunatone 	045 
    Solrock 	045 
    Barboach 	190 
    Whiscash 	075 
    Corphish 	205 
    Crawdaunt 	155 
    Baltoy 		255 
    Claydol 	090 
    Lileep 		045 
    Cradily 	045 
    Anorith 	045 
    Armaldo 	045 
    Feebas 		255 
    Milotic 	060 
    Castform 	045 
    Kecleon 	200 
    Shuppet 	225 
    Banette 	045 
    Duskull 	190 
    Dusclops 	090 
    Tropius 	200 
    Chimecho 	045 
    Absol 		030 
    Wynaut 		125 
    Snorunt 	190 
    Glalie 		075 
    Spheal 		255 
    Sealeo 		120 
    Walrein 	045 
    Clamperl 	255 
    Huntail 	060 
    Gorebyss 	060 
    Relicanth 	025 
    Luvdisc 	225 
    Bagon 		045 
    Shelgon	 	045 
    Salamence 	045 
    Beldum 		003 
    Metang 		003 
    Metagross 	003 
    Regirock 	003 
    Regice 		003 
    Registeel 	003 
    Latias 		003 
    Latios 		003 
    Kyogre 		005 
    Groudon 	005 
    Rayquaza 	003 
    Jirachi 	003 
    Deoxys 		003 
    
    
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      Poké Balls                                                              BALL
    ==============================================================================
    
    Poké Ball	Catch Rate Modifier
    --------        -------------------
    Poké Ball	* 1
    Great Ball	* 1.5
    Ultra Ball	* 2
    Safari Ball	* 1.5
    Master Ball	* Infinite
    Luxury Ball	* 1
    Premier Ball	* 1
    Net Ball	IF Pokémon is Bug or Water Type, * 3
    Dive Ball	IF battling underwater, * 3.5
    Nest Ball	IF Pokémon is between level 1 to 19, * 3
                    IF Pokémon is between level 20 to 29, * 2
    Repeat Ball	IF Pokémon has been caught before, * 3
    Timer Ball	IF 30 turns have passed, * 4
                    IF 20 turns have passed, * 3
                    IF 10 turns have passed, * 2
    
    
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      Examples                                                                EXMP
    ==============================================================================
    
    Say we've found a wild Pidgey with 20 total HP. Lets pretend that we don't
    weaken it at all, and throw a Poké Ball straight away. The formula again is:
    
    ( ( 4 * TotalHP - 2 * CurrentHP) * CatchRate ) / TotalHP + Status
    
    We would replace TotalHP with 20, and CurrentHP with 20, seeing as it still
    has full health. The Pidgey doesn't have a Status problem so Status will equal
    1. We'll replace CatchRate with 255, because Pidgeys catch rate is 255. This
    leaves us with the equation:
    
    ( ( 4 * 20 - 2 * 20 ) * 255 ) / 20 + 1
    
    If we put that in a calulator we'll end up with 511. The game will then
    calculate a random number from 0 to 255. If the number is smaller than 511,
    which of course it will be, then the Pidgey is caught. In other words, if you
    find a Pidgey with 20 total HP, and throw a Poké Ball at it, the Pidgey will
    definantly be caught.
    
    Now for another example. Let's say we find an an Absol with 150 total HP. You
    might then weaken it a bit so it only has 75 current HP. Then you might put it
    to sleep and throw a Great Ball at it. Let's put these details into the
    formula. Note that although Absol's catch rate is 30, we would multiply it by
    1.5 because we're using a Great Ball.
    
    ( ( 4 * 150 - 2 * 75 ) * 45 ) / 150 + 11
    
    After putting that into a calculator we find out the result is 146. This means
    that if the random number generated is less than 146 then the Absol is caught.
    
    
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      FAQ                                                                     FAQS
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    I want to catch -----. What would be the easiest way to do so?
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Use a Master Ball. If you don't want to do that, then first weaken it down to
    as little health as you can get it. Put it to sleep or somehow freeze it. Then
    pick the Poké Ball type that best suits the situation. A Ultra Ball is 2 times
    as good as a Poké Ball. Timer Balls can be up to 4 times as good if the
    battles been going on for long enough. Theres many other types of Poké Balls
    that would be good in some situations. Go check the list and find out what
    works best.
    
    I want to catch -----. Where can I find it?
    -------------------------------------------
    This is a guide explaining how easy something is to catch. Not a guide of
    where you can find it. Go look at the Pokémon Locations FAQ.
    
    
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      Credits                                                                 CRED
    ==============================================================================
    
    Thanks to Nintendo, GameFreak and The Pokémon Company for making these games.
    Thanks to GameFAQs for hosting my guide.
    Thanks to BulbaPedia for supplying most of the information.
    Thanks to starscream_uk for pointing out an error in the example formula.
    Thanks to you for reading this guide.
    
    
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      Version History                                                         VRSN
    ==============================================================================
    
    [Version 1.15 - 25/01/2007] Minor layout changes.
    [Version 1.14 - 18/11/2006] Minor edits.
    [Version 1.13 - 01/11/2006] Fixed Absol formula error. Added note.
    [Version 1.12 - 18/10/2006] Updated Allowed Sites. Fixed error.
    [Version 1.11 - 17/10/2006] Fixed error.
    [Version 1.10 - 14/10/2006] Added Examples and FAQ.
    [Version 1.00 - 12/10/2006] Finished 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen.
    [Version 0.80 - 12/10/2006] Finished 1st Gen, Catch Rates and Poké Balls.
    
    
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