4 Brilliant Ways to Catch Mewtwo in Pokémon Go [2024]

Simon Crawford | Feb 05, 2024

Gamer and big fan of Pokémon Go. Also, a copywriter who consistently shared tips & tricks about Pokémon Go since 2017, helping new trainers become experts.

As one of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO, Mewtwo is a prized catch for trainers aiming to bolster their ranks. Snaring this psychic powerhouse is no small feat, challenging even the most seasoned adventurers.


This guide shines a beacon through the fog, offering strategic tips to navigate the complexities of capturing Mewtwo and its elusive variants. Read until the end—each tip brings you one step closer to claiming victory over this legendary adversary!



Brief Introduction to Mewtwo

Mewtwo, a psychic-type Pokémon, is known for its impressive strength and vulnerability to Ghost, Bug, and Dark types. Unlike common Pokémon, Mewtwo cannot be found wandering in the wild and is only available during specific events in Pokémon GO.

To capture Mewtwo, trainers must participate in special events hosted by Niantic, the creators of Pokémon GO. These events are the key to unlocking the opportunity to catch Mewtwo and require careful preparation and coordination.

Historical Appearances:

Mewtwo has appeared during end-of-July events in recent years, becoming a staple of the summer Pokémon GO festivities.

Additionally, Mewtwo was a featured reward in a tour event in February 2023 and played a pivotal role in the battle against Team Rocket in 2020.

Most notably, on November 14, 2023, trainers had the opportunity to capture Mewtwo as a reward for triumphing over Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, in the third phase of their battle.

Now that we've introduced Mewtwo and its rare appearances in Pokémon GO let's dive deeper into the primary method of capturing this elusive Pokémon.

1. Win a five-star Raid Battle

Winning a five-star raid is the best way to capture Mewtwo, but as mentioned earlier, you need to do it in a team. This Pokémon occasionally appears in five-star raids and was seen between June 16 and July 1, 2023.

Once you beat Mewtwo, you will receive a limited number of Premier Pokeballs. The Pokeballs help you catch Mewtwo, but this is not a guarantee. You will need to make excellent throws to increase your chances.

 Premier Ball

Premier Ball

When assembling a team to coordinate a raid battle, ensure each trainer can pull their weight. Mewtwo is powerful, and you need a strong team on your back to stand a chance at winning. Also, avoid bringing fighting or psychic-type Pokémon to the raid, as these won't help much.

2. Trade a Mewtwo

You can also get a Mewtwo by trading for one, especially from veteran trainers with multiple creatures. Trading is a viable option if you missed the event or could not create a team in time.

However, this is tough because you need to find someone willing to part with a legendary Pokémon, and the cost of trading Legendary Pokémons can be outrageous. It requires a massive amount of Stardust to complete the transaction. But the cost can be lower if you have already registered Mewtwo in your Pokedex.

The Mewtwo

The Mewtwo

Below is the amount of Stardust you need to trade a legendary Pokémon:

Friends type New Legendary Pokémon
Good Friends 1,000,000
Great Friends 800,000
Ultra Friends 80,000
Best Friends 40,000

3. Catch a Shiny Mewtwo

Once you beat Mewtwo in a Tier 5 raid, you may be lucky enough to get a chance at catching Shiny Mewtwo. It is mainly differentiated from a regular Mewtwo by its green tail instead of a pink one. Shiny Mewtwo does not guarantee better attacks or IVs, as it is only different visually. They are sought-after due to their incredibly low Spawn rate.

Shiny Mewtwo

Shiny Mewtwo

4. Catch a Shadow Mewtwo

To catch Shadow Mewtwo, you need to beat the Team Go Rocket leader Giovanni. But, before getting to Giovanni, you must defeat his grunts and team leaders.

You will then embark on a three-phase battle which will entail fighting Shadow Mewtwo in the final phase. This event began on November 14, 2023. Once it's over, players will have to wait until Giovanni has Shadow Mewtwo in his lineup again.

Shadow Mewtwo

Shadow Mewtwo

How To Battle Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo in Pokémon GO?

The following are Pokémon Go techniques that can help you beat Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo successfully:

1. Use Mewtwo's weaknesses

Pokémons that naturally cause high damage are the best for tackling Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo. The Pokémons you use should be able to leverage Mewtwo's weaknesses to Ghost, Bugs, and dark-type attacks.

These include Origin Forme Giratina, Chandelure, Gengar, Weavile,Darkrai, and Hydreigon. Mewtwo that know shadow ball are also an excellent choice.

Most of these are rare, but you can also strengthen your rooster with common attackers of similar types. Other Pokémon, such as Tyranitar and Pinsir, can also attack Mewtwo's and Armored Mewtwo's HP.

2. Don't mind the weather

Leveraging the weather can be helpful at a raid, but it doesn't do much when it comes to Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo. Also, since the weather boosts Dark and Ghost-type attacks, there is no meteorological reason to choose one over the other.

On the other hand, Bug-type attacks are boosted by the rain. However, this boost doesn't make a significant difference that would justify using a Bug-type Pokémon over Ghost and Dark-type attackers.

3. Use the best counters for Mewtwo

Below are the recommended counters and moves for battling Mewtwo:

Counters Moves
Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball
Houndoom (Mega/Normal/Shadow) Snarl/Foul Play
Gyarados Bite/Crunch
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball
Chandelure Hex/Shadow Ball
Darkrai Snarl/Shadow Ball
Mewtwo Psycho Cut/Shadow Ball
Yveltal Snarl/Dark Pulse
Hydreigon Bite/Dark Pulse
Tyranitar Bite/Crunch
Genesect (Normal/Burn Drive) Fury Cutter/X-Scissor
Weavile (Normal/Shadow) Snarl/Foul Play
Absol Snarl/Dark Pulse
Regigigas (Ghost) Hidden Power/Giga Impact
Hoopa Astonish & Shadow Ball
Zarude Bite & Dark Pulse

Tips for Catching Legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo

The following are some helpful tips to help you catch legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo:

1. Conserve your Premier Balls

Once you beat Mewtwo, you earn a limited number of Premier Balls which you must use to catch it. Hence you have to be careful when you aim so you can make each Ball count. Battling alongside your friends earns you extra Premier Balls, so you should ask your friends to tag along.

2. Pile up Golden Razz Berry

Using a Golden Razz Berry before throwing increases your chances of success, so you should amass these berries before going into the fight. Defeat other Raid Bosses to gain more Golden Razz Berry.

Golden Razz Berry

Golden Razz Berry

3. Make Excellent Throws

Your chances of capturing a Pokémon are most significant when the target ring is tiny enough for you to land great throws. Throwing curve balls further improves your chances, but you should work within your abilities. If you can't make a good curveball, aim for great throws and nice throws rather than risk missing the target entirely.

Also, avoid making a throw when the Pokémon is moving around. Instead, wait for Mewtwo to start acting up and for its target ring to disappear, then time your throw to land as it stops and the ring reappears.

4. Collect valuable items

Legendary Pokémon are tricky to capture, and Mewtwo is no different, so don't worry if it escapes on your first attempt. You can get a second chance by stocking up on useful items like Golden Razz Berries, Max Potions, and Max Revives. Once you stock them up, try again with some friends.

FAQs About Mewtwo

Now that we have seen how to beat Shadow Mewtwo, let us see some frequently asked questions:

1. What's the difference between Regular Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo?

The main difference between Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo is that regular Mewtwo is better at dishing out damage, while Armored Mewtwo is better at handling an attack. On the other hand, regular Mewtwo has a weaker defense, while Armored Mewtwo has less attacking power.

2. How can you catch an Armored Mewtwo?

Armored Mewtwo appeared once in the game in a 2020 promotion for the company's film 'Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back — Evolution.' This was likely a one-off instance, so if you didn't catch one back then, there might be no chance of getting it again. Thus, if you want to acquire one, you may have to trade for it.


You can now successfully embark on your quest to conquer Mewtwo. With this guide, you can leverage multiple techniques to help you catch this legendary Pokémon.

Remember to keep looking out for Pokémon special events to capture Mewtwo. While you wait, participate in other battles to collect useful items and build up your Rooster.