How Often Do Pokémon Spawn? (How to get more Pokémon to spawn)

Since I evolved from a simple enthusiast to a fully-fledged Pokémon trainer, I have been fascinated by the spawning mechanics of Pokémon.

Learning to use the tools and conditions in the game🎮 to my advantage has made me an expert at catching these mythical creatures, and even bagging some of the rarest of the Pokémon.

So, let’s dive into some of the ways you can improve your odds of encountering and catching Pokémon.


How often Do Pokémon Spawn?

Spawning occurs at predetermined points in the game and is affected by various factors. At regular spawn points, Pokémon appear at constant hourly rates.

Areas with high player activity have high incidences of cluster spawns.

However, the frequency may be altered by lures and incense, which usually attract Pokémon and half the time it takes for them to appear and reappear.

How to get more Pokémon to spawn?

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The art of finding and catching Pokémon hinges on understanding in-game events and player experience.

Here are some of the factors to keep in mind as a player to encounter and catch more Pokémon.



Visiting High Traffic Places

Places with high human traffic and activity, like parks, malls, and popular landmarks, typically boast higher numbers of spawns and greater frequency of Pokémon appearing.

Special Events

In-game events and community days have higher spawn rates for specific Pokémon. Special events also heighten spawn rates in the locations where they are held.

Use of Lures and Incense

Lures work best in areas with increased player traffic. Activating lures where a large number of players converge attract more Pokémon, thus increasing the chances of encountering and capturing Pokémon.

Incense is most effective in attracting Pokémon to specific places for players who are on the move. It is also player-specific and a single-player spawning magnet.

Nest Location

These are specific places/locations where specific Pokémon spawn. Knowing these locations is a vital thing for players who want to catch more Pokémon.

Playing During Peak Hours

Peak hours are usually when most players are active in the game. During these peak hours, there are increased incidences of spawning.

Depending on your location, these times may vary. If you are traveling, it would be beneficial to find out the peak playing hours for your destination.


The appearance of specific Pokémon is affected by the different weather conditions in the game. A good example is the Water-type Pokémon who appear more frequently during rainy weather.


Different habitats in the game boost the appearance of specific Pokémon types. You are more likely to find poison-type Pokémon in urban areas and cities than in rural areas with less human traffic.

Staying Active

Players who play daily get streak bonuses. The longer the streak, the better the bonuses. Also, the game has a feature that rewards players who achieve specific distance milestones. Players get to kill two birds🐦 with one stone, staying fit while earning rewards🎁.

How long does it take for Pokémon to Respawn?

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It takes approximately 15 minutes for Pokémon to reappear. However, this time will be affected by the rarity of the Pokémon, in which case, it may take up to 45 minutes.

In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and Pokémon Sword & Shield, some roaming Pokémon respawn immediately after you leave the area.

How often do spawns change?

Some spawns change with seasons, which change every three months. You see more Grass-types during spring. Special events, which occur weekly nowadays, also cause changes with spawning.

An example is the Valentine’s Day💖 event, where you can find pink Pokémon like Luvdisc or even gender-based Pokémon like Nidorans.

Also, spawn points which improve with game updates, increase frequency and foster fair distribution in areas where player traffic is low. Spawn variety also changes every three months with the seasons.

How long does a Pokémon spawn for?

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How long does a Pokémon spawn for? Image source: Pokemon

The time⏲ it takes for Pokémon to spawn is determined by how rare they are. Common Pokémon appear for sixty minutes.

Less common Pokémon spawn for 45 minutes, the rare ones spawn for 30 minutes, and the super rare Pokémon only appear for 10-15 minutes.

How long does it take for Pokémon stops to Respawn?

Typically, it takes approximately 5 minutes for Pokéstops to cool down and allow players to get another spin.

However, if you use a lure, this time is shortened by half, which increases your chances of encountering and catching wild Pokémon.

Also, incense half the time it takes Pokéstops to respawn. If you combine a lure and incense, it will take a minute and 15 seconds to respawn.

How do you get wandering Pokémon to Respawn?

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Wandering Pokémon can be found in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and Pokémon Sword & Shield in the Galar and Paldea regions .

There are different ways to make roaming Pokémon respawn. You can get wandering Pokémon to respawn by defeating it when you encounter it.

Some, like the Carkol and the Corvisquire, respawn when you leave the area.

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