Back to the AI challenge again, this time with a question of immediate practical concern.
Past topics in this series:
- Royal Family Generation
- Stealing Stuff?
- Define a Sandbox MMORPG
- A Tank in EVE Online
- Finding a Warm Ocean in Minecraft
- Why So Many Fantasy MMORPGs?
- MMOs vs MMORPGs
This time around I am turning to the AIs to answer a question I had on Friday. As I wrote then, Pokemon Go had a challenge that awarded a Master Ball, the most coveted Pokeball of all time, one that offers you a 100% guarantee of a catch.
The question was, what Pokemon is worth expending that most precious ball upon?
This time around I am going to start with ChatGPT because with it I run into an immediate issue, the fact that it doesn’t know anything beyond September of 2021. So It has not data on a Master Ball in Pokemon Go. So I had to frame the question around that, ending up with this:
What is the hardest pokemon to catch in pokemon go?
From that, ChatGPT gave me:
As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go is Mewtwo. Mewtwo is a legendary Pokémon known for its powerful psychic abilities. It has a low catch rate, meaning it can be quite challenging to capture. In addition to its base catch rate, Mewtwo’s evasive movements and high CP (Combat Power) make it even more difficult to catch.
It’s important to note that Pokémon Go is regularly updated with new content, including the introduction of new Pokémon and changes to catch rates. Therefore, the difficulty of catching specific Pokémon may have changed since my last update. I recommend checking the official Pokémon Go website or the in-game announcements for the most up-to-date information on the catch rates of different Pokémon.
Well, I’ll give it points for trying. Mewtwo is a tough one, but I already have a few of them, including a shiny, so it is unlikely to be on my list. And, of course, ChatGPT has to warn me over and over about the limits of its knowledge.
Then it was time for Google Bard. Google has been sending me notes telling me that Bard has been upgraded recently, so it was time to see if it could rise beyond mere comedy relief in these posts.
The hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Go are:
Mew: Mew is arguably the rarest Pokémon in Pokémon GO, since it cannot be captured in the wild, and many players still do not have one to this day. It can only be obtained through special events or by completing special research tasks.
Mewtwo: Mewtwo is another rare Pokémon that is difficult to catch. It has a 6% catch rate, and it is only available through 5-star raids.
Shaymin: Shaymin is a mythical Pokémon that was only available during a special event in 2019. It is not currently available in Pokémon GO, but it is possible that it will be released again in the future.
Deoxys: Deoxys is a mythical Pokémon that has four different forms, each with its own set of stats and abilities. It is only available through special research tasks, and it can be difficult to catch even with a high level of expertise.
Galarian Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos: These three Legendary Pokémon were originally only available through special raids during the 2020 Season of Legends event. They are now available through regular raids, but they are still quite difficult to catch.
These are just a few of the hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon GO. There are many other rare and powerful Pokémon that can be difficult to capture, but these are some of the most challenging.
That was a decent answer, though it included some Pokemon, like Mew and Shaymin, that were event rewards, so only hard to catch in the sense that you had to be there at the right time to do so. There was no call to use a Master Ball on them.
Bard also provided images of each of the Pokemon, indicating the source from which it swiped them, and even gave me a source for some of its response, a Screen Rant post about Pokemon Go.
That, however, only answered the question I asked, not the question I needed answered. But, I figured that Bard should know about more recent events, so I straight up asked it:
Which pokemon should I use the master ball on in Pokemon Go?
And to that it gave me:
The Master Ball is a rare item in Pokémon Go that is guaranteed to catch any Pokémon. It is a good idea to save your Master Ball for a very rare or difficult to catch Pokémon. Some good options for using your Master Ball include:
- Mew: Mew is a mythical Pokémon that is very rare and difficult to catch. It can only be obtained through special events or by completing special research tasks.
- Mewtwo: Mewtwo is a legendary Pokémon that is also very rare and difficult to catch. It is only available through 5-star raids.
- Shaymin: Shaymin is a mythical Pokémon that was only available during a special event in 2019. It is not currently available in Pokémon GO, but it is possible that it will be released again in the future.
- Deoxys: Deoxys is a mythical Pokémon that has four different forms, each with its own set of stats and abilities. It is only available through special research tasks, and it can be difficult to catch even with a high level of expertise.
- Galarian Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos: These three Legendary Pokémon were originally only available through special raids during the 2020 Season of Legends event. They are now available through regular raids, but they are still quite difficult to catch.
Ultimately, the decision of which Pokémon to use your Master Ball on is up to you. However, these are some of the best options if you are looking for a guaranteed catch.
Here are some additional tips for using your Master Ball:
Don’t use it on a Pokémon that you can easily catch with other Poké Balls. There’s no point in wasting a Master Ball on a Pokémon that you can catch with a regular Poké Ball or Great Ball.
Save it for a Pokémon that you really want. If there’s a specific Pokémon that you’ve been wanting to add to your collection, then the Master Ball is a great way to guarantee that you’ll be able to catch it.
Don’t be afraid to use it. The Master Ball is a rare item, but it’s not meant to be hoarded. If you come across a Pokémon that you really want and you think it’s worth using the Master Ball on, then go for it!
Well, that didn’t add anything to the result, save for some unhelpful coaching at the end.
You don’t need it for Shaymin and Mew, I already have Mewtwo and Deoxys in all of its forms, with shiny versions of each, so I guess Galarian Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos are the suggested targets.
Then it was time for Bing AI to step in, and it answered the first question with:
According to some sources¹²³, some of the hardest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon GO are:
– Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, and Dragonite with a base capture rate of 4%¹.
– Palkia, a Legendary Pokémon that has a Water and Dragon typing and only one weakness: Dragon-type moves².
– Mewtwo, a Legendary Pokémon with a 6% catch rate and powerful stats and moves³.
–Shadow Mewtwo, a Shadow Pokémon that can only be obtained by defeating Team GO Rocket and has a 20% damage bonus³.
– Mr. Mime and Farfetch’d, two region-locked Pokémon that can only be found in specific countries³.
Are you trying to catch any of these Pokémon?👀
(1) The Easiest and Hardest Pokémon to Catch In Pokémon Go – Lifehacker
(2) Pokémon GO: 15 Challenging Pokémon To Catch – TheGamer
(3) Pokémon GO: 10 Hardest Pokémon To Catch, Ranked – Screen Rant
(4) Pokemon GO: Hardest Pokemon To Find – Game Rant
(5) Hardest Pokemon to catch in Pokemon GO – Sportskeeda
Brevity and references are the hallmark of Bing AI, which is more of a search engine assistant than an AI in the way ChatGPT is trying to be, but it did get in there and get me some options, including a familiar one. And it used one of the same sources that Google Bard used. But the answers were not Pokemon I was going to use a Master Ball on, in part because I have them all already, save for the Shadow Mewtwo.
So I asked Bing AI the more direct second question and got the following:
The Master Ball is a very rare item that has a 100% catch rate on any Pokémon you use it on¹. It can be used in normal encounters, Incense/Module encounters, and even Raid encounters¹.
The only way to get a Master Ball in Pokémon Go right now is to complete the Let’s Go! Special Research quest once the final tasks are released on May 22, 2023²³. The Master Ball is a reward for completing all of the tasks in Step 5.
You should use your Master Ball wisely, as there will be limited opportunities to get more in the future²³. Some possible candidates for using your Master Ball are:
– Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, or Moltres found when using Daily Adventure Incense, which have a very low catch rate and a high flee rate².
– A high IV legendary encounter following a raid that you want to level up, such as Mewtwo².
– Shadow Mewtwo, a Shadow Pokémon that can only be obtained by defeating Team GO Rocket and has a 20% damage bonus².
– Mr. Mime and Farfetch’d, two region-locked Pokémon that can only be found in specific countries².
I hope this helps you decide which Pokémon to use your Master Ball on. Good luck!👍
(1) The Master Ball is Coming to Pokemon Go – GamePress
(2) How to get a Master Ball in Pokémon Go, and when to use it
(3) How to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Go – Dexerto
(4) How to get the Master Ball in Pokémon GO: All the details
(5) How to Get the Master Balls in Pokemon Go? – Dr.Fone
(6) Pokemon GO: How To Get and Use Master Ball – Game Rant
Bing AI came back with more references and some recommendations.
Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, or Moltres made the cut again, so maybe I should take that seriously.
Then there is Shadow Mewtwo, which I would consider, but as I mentioned on Friday, Niantic’s desire to force in-person raiding means that you have to show up at the gym during the raid. We have a regular raid group of 10 people, but we’re all middle age, have jobs and kids, and are spread out geographically, so we have never all been in person for a raid. We’re doing good if we can get four, and on a rare occasion six, though that requires some semi-interested spouses. (Does it say something that the wives are the biggest Pokemon Go fans and really drive the group?)
Anyway, that means we have to show up in person an find somebody else willing to raid. That works out on big raid day events. But for general, ongoing raids it is almost never a thing… and it sounds like Shadow Mewtwo needs a bigger than average group with its damage bonus. So not likely to happen.
And I am not sure why Mr. Mime and Farfetch’d keep coming up. Yes, they are rare, but the tough part is finding them. Once found, catching isn’t all that hard. So I am reducing credit for that.
In the end all three gave me something of an answer… and they all seemed to agree that Mewtwo should be in consideration. The low marks are more a response to having few good suggestions, or several bad ones.
But it could be argued, even though they all got a passing grade, that the question itself was not well suited to AIs. Again, in my post on Friday, I have a tough time coming up with a target worthy of expending my one and only Master Ball on. Is it fair to expect AIs to answer questions you cannot? Or is that what they should be there for?
I did like the mention of catch percentages. That could influence my decision, but I am not sure how widely available that information is.