Pokemon GO: Spawn Point Data, Encounter Rates, And More Revealed From Data Mining


A gift from a Pokemon GO tracking app developer to the /r/pokemongodev community has yielded some very interesting and insightful results. After analyzing data from 500 000 Pokemon encounters,  400 000 Poke Stops and 57 000 gyms from USA, Canada, and parts of Europe, there people over at Pokemongohub have managed to shed some light behind some of the mysteries of Pokemon GO:


Pokemon spawn time was one of the first areas these diligent analysts delved into and found some surprising results. From the report, you can see that the spawn and encounter is more or less uniform throughout the day with the “peak” Pokemon encounter time at around 21:00. Since the database sources local times with no time zone constraints the results suggest that Pokemon spawn times are the same across the globe so regardless of where you are these results are applicable.

When analyzing the number of Pokemon encounters by minute of an hour, the data suggests that overall more Pokemon spawn in the final minutes of each hour. There are also strange down times in the number of encounters as seen in the graph below with large drops at the time such as the 25, 30, and 40 minute marks of any given hour. What you can take away from this graph is that if you want the best chance of running into a large number of Pokemon you should focus your hunting in the final minutes of an hour.

Average Spawn Point Frequency

Spawn point frequency data has also revealed some eye opening results on the average number of Pokemon generated at each spawn:

The data reveals that 93% of all spawn points are considered to be low yield spawns (1 – 5 Pokemon). This is the most common type of spawn point. Next up, in terms of percentage of overall spawns are the “high yield” spawns that make up 4% of all spawns. Theses locations typically will generate on average 4 – 10 Pokemon in the tracked period. The report states that 2% of all spawn points are considered as clustered spawns that will yield 10 – 30 Pokemon spawns. The rarest spawn of all as you might has guess are the “high yield clustered spawns” and Nests that comprise the final 1% of all spawns.

Encounters By Species

Unsurprisingly the results of the tracked data correlate with the spawn rates that were datamined by diligent redditors in the Pokemon GO community this summer. The results show that Pidgey, Ratata, Zubat, Caterpie, and Drowzee are the most commonly encountered Pokemon, but the data shows that Eevee which may feel elusive at times is actually one of the highest encountered Pokemon species as well!

With the release of the Buddy System a new Pokemon GO easter egg has also been added click here to find out more!


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