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Pokemon GO Nesting Species List

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Introduction

Pokemon nests can be difficult to keep track of. Reddit user u/Zyxwgh has here a rundown of Pokemon nesting habits. 

Assumptions:

  • Babies, legendaries, and mythicals don't spawn in the wild and therefore they don't nest.

  • Babies' first evolutions count as "unevolved adults" that may nest.

List of NON-NESTING species

While any Pokemon absent from the main list below should be considered "non-nesting",  these are a few categories that generally exclude a Pokemon from being able to nest in the first place. While Niantic could change this at the drop of a hat if they so desire, these qualifiers have been observed to be true since the system was discovered

  • Current or former regional exclusives
    Examples: Mr. Mime, Heracross, Corsola
    If a Pokemon only exists within a specific geographic region, no matter how large or small it may be, that Pokemon has not been observed to be a nesting species.

  • Most 10km eggs
    Examples: Dratini, Beldum, Gible
    If a Pokemon hatches from a 10k egg outside of special events, then it will generally not be able to nest.
    *: Note that some species have left the 10k egg pool over the years and can now nest.
  • Some former 10km eggs (now 5km eggs):
    Examples: Pineco, Mareep, Trapinch
    If a Pokemonhas left the 10k egg group, it can still remain a non-nesting species.
  • The Hitmons
    Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Hitmontop
    Despite being a first-form after a baby Pokemon (Tyrouge), the Hitmons are still considered rare Pokemon and cannot nest.
  • Egg, Research, or Raid exclusives
    Mawile, Absol, Shinx, Lucario
    Their unique status of generally not being available in the wild outside of special circumstances has lead them to being unable to nest.
  • Special cases
    Togetic, Ditto, Unown, Delibird, Smeargle, Nincada, Chimecho, Clamperl, Spiritomb, Yamask
    These Pokemon all have something that makes them unique. Be it holiday-status, event availability, unique in-game function, or research-exclusivity, these Pokemon have not been observed nesting as a result.