After over a month of hunting down the legendary birds, Pokemon GO players have moved on to new level five Battle Raids and are currently facing off against one of the legendary beasts (depending on which region they are in). While trainers in America are busying tracking down 100% IV Raikous, the community is still eagerly awaiting Exclusive Raid invites to take down and capture Mewtwo. According to some recent data, it seems like actually capturing Mewtwo may not be as difficult as players originally imagined.
We’re still not sure how frequently Pokemon GO Exclusive Raid invites will go out or how rare they will be, but we do know that the base catch rate for Mewtwo is not nearly is low as expected. As a matter of fact, the super rare Pokemon actually has a higher base catch rate than the level four Battle Raid boss Tyranitar.
Here’s a look at the game code that confirms Mewtwo is currently set to have about a 6% base catch rate, which is higher than Tyranitar and the legendary birds…
That mess of code probably doesn’t mean much to most readers, but the base capture rate of 0.06 means that Mewtwo will be easier to catch than not only all of the other current legendary Battle Raid bosses, but also even easier to catch than Tyranitar. Assuming it is fairly difficult or rare to secure an Exclusive Raid invite, it makes sense that Niantic would want more of the participants to have a successful raid and catch Mewtwo while they have the chance.
There have been complaints for weeks that the other legendaries have base catch rates that are too low, so this could also be a change in response to that. The catch rates for those others haven’t changed though, so it seems like that may not be the case. Either way, we’ll be monitoring the situation, so check back for updates once Mewtwo Battle Raids start firing off. Good luck out there, trainers!
Pokemon GO is available now in select regions on Android and iOS devices.