[Last Chance] Pokemon Go Clone Guide: All The Clone Pokemon And How To Catch Them

Attack of the clones.

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Pokemon Go's Pokemon Day event is underway until March 2. Not only has Niantic brought Armored Mewtwo back for the occasion, it has also introduced new kinds of Pokemon to the game: Clone Pokemon. Like Mewtwo, you can encounter these monsters in Raids, but they'll only be around for a limited time. If you're hoping to catch a few of them while you can, we've broken down everything you need to know about Clone Pokemon below.

What Are Clone Pokemon?

Like Armored Mewtwo, Clone Pokemon are from the Pokemon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (which itself is a CG remake of the very first Pokemon film from 1998). They are just as their name says--cloned versions of other Pokemon that Mewtwo created. While their general appearance is the same, they feature unique patterns on their bodies that regular Pokemon don't have.

What Clone Pokemon Are There?

There are four different Clone Pokemon in Go:

  • Venusaur
  • Charizard
  • Blastoise
  • Pikachu

Each of these Clone Pokemon will be available until the Pokemon Day events at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on March 2. Aside from their unique appearance, what makes the Clone versions of Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise special is they each know their respective Community Day moves, which they can't normally learn outside of that event. Clone Venusaur knows Frenzy Plant; Clone Charizard knows Blast Burn; and Clone Blastoise knows Hydro Cannon. These attacks are all very useful in battle, so it's a good idea to catch some Clone Pokemon before they leave the game.

How To Catch Clone Pokemon

Clone Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise will appear in four-star Raids throughout the Pokemon Day event, so to catch them, you'll first need to team up with other players and defeat them in battle. Here are some good Pokemon to bring along when you face each:

  • Venusaur -- Entei, Heatran, Chandelure, Moltres
  • Charizard -- Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Terrakion, Kyogre
  • Blastoise -- Raikou, Electivire, Tangrowth, Alolan Exeggutor

Clone Pikachu, meanwhile, can be encountered a little differently. When you take a photo of a Pokemon using the game's Go Snapshot feature, there's a chance Clone Pikachu will photobomb your picture. If that happens, it will appear in the wild once you back out of the menu. Tap and catch it as you would any other Pokemon to add it to your collection.

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