Biomes in Pokémon GO: Complete Guide

Biomes are a new feature that launched in Pokémon GO on Earth Day 2024, updating the in-game catch visuals, and bringing a new spawn mechanic to the game! Let’s see together what’s new with Pokémon GO Biomes!

What are biomes?
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Biomes are real world ecosystems that Pokémon GO can use to help determine which Pokémon might appear as Wild spawns, and which environment graphics might be displayed. There are several different biomes: forest, beach, mountain, city, etc.

Some Kanto Pokémon have been discovered to appear more in specific biomes! As of today, only Kanto Pokémon have shown this behaviour:

  • The forest biome is home to Pokémon first discovered in Kanto such as Bulbasaur, Caterpie, Weedle, Oddish, and more.
  • The beach biome is home to Squirtle, Psyduck, Seel, Magikarp, and more.
  • The mountain biome is home to Sandshrew, Clefairy, Zubat, Diglett, and more.
  • The city biome is home to Caterpie, Pidgey, Machop, Gastly, and more.

There are a handful variations of beach, forest, and body of water biomes, and the game can change the way each biome looks slighly. One of the goals of Pokémon GO biomes is to make each Pokémon encounter look a little different, even when they are in the same biome. Here’s an example of the Forest biome:

Niantic hasn’t publicly confirmed all of the biomes which exists, but we know that there should be around half a dozen biomes in the game. Here is a short list of those that have been discovered:

  • Forest
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • River
  • Ocean
  • Mountain
  • City

Biomes also support seasonality, with colors of selected plant species changing to reflect Trainer location’s. Biomes are based on USGS data set on global ecosystems

Biomes can display different graphics based on time of day as well, and Niantic shared they are particularly proud of the sunset at the beach visuals. 

Biome spawns can appear elsewhere during special events

Biomes not only impact appearance, but also the Pokémon that will appear in that environment. Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will appear in specific biomes, although they have been known to appear outside of these biomes during certain Pokémon GO Seasons or special events. Keep an eye on these biomes to see what other Pokémon may appear there!

Some iconic Kanto Pokémon will now be tied to biomes, unless they are featured in an event, or as a seasonal spawn.

Biomes are not habitats

Trainers sometimes mistakenly use the term “habitat” to refer to certain areas where a Pokémon might spawn. This is not correct, as habitats are used to refer to specific areas of Pokémon GO’s GO Fest event venues, and only in that context. Examples include “Noxious Swamp”, “Prehistoric Volcano”.

Meet a new friend, Wiglett!

Pokémon GO Wigglet
Pokémon GO Wigglet


Wiglett, the Garden Eel Pokémon, will make its Pokémon GO debut in the beach biome.

Wiglett is a Water-type Pokémon with a Max CP of 648 in Pokémon GO. Wiglett’s best moveset is Water Gun and Surf. It is weather boosted by Rain weather, and it was originally found in the Paldea region. 

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