Pokemon Go Nests: What They Are and How to Find Them

Nests can help you capture more Pokemon

Every Pokemon (all of their evolutions) and each Legendary are waiting for you out in the wilds. Finding a specific Pokemon, or capturing enough of a single breed in order to evolve it isn't easy though. That's where Pokemon nests come in. They make things a little bit easier on you.

What is a Nest?

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Tomohiro Ohsumi  

When you're looking for Pokemon, it's easy to overlook what you are capturing in your excitement to catch them all. If you plan on going on your quest a bit more methodically, nests are where you'll find Pokemon in quantity.

Unlike a spawn point where you can find a variety of different Pokemon, nests are where you will find a specific breed of Pokemon. This means if you're gathering up candy to evolve a Pokemon, or you need to complete specific research projects, then nests are what you're looking for.

You can expect to find multiples of a single kind of Pokemon at a nest or commons like Pidgey or Rattata along with a single interesting type Pokemon. Not all Pokemon can be found through a nest, though. Specifically, Pokemon that hatch out of 10km eggs along with ultra-rare Pokemon aren't going to be found in nests. This means you shouldn't expect to find babies, Legendary Pokemon, or Regional Pokemon by going through a nest.

Likewise, using items at a Pokemon Nest won't help you to spawn more of a specific type of Pokemon. Lures or incense will only attract Pokemon local to the biome you are playing in, not attract more of the nested Pokemon nearby. Nest Pokemon also tend to be a bit weaker than the same breed of Pokemon found outside of nests.

It's also worth remembering that not all water type Pokemon will spawn through a nest. While you can usually find a variety of water type Pokemon at spawns, you won't find them through nests. For example, Dratini rarely nests, although this Pokemon tends to crop up in locations where Magikarp continues to spawn.

The Two Methods for Finding Pokemon Nests

One: Anytime you start to see multiple Pokemon of the same kind popping up, then you're probably looking at a nest. However its also possible that you're seeing common Pokemon for a biome, like multiple Caterpie's in a grassy biome.

Two: The more effective method of finding a nest is by taking the time and getting acquainted with The Silph Road. Silph Road is your one-stop shop for all of the ins and outs of finding specific Pokemon, nests, details on migrations and more. From within the website you can find locations of nests for specific Pokemon so you don't have to wander blindly when you're on a mission.

When Do Nests Migrate?

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Once you find a nest, it's easy to hang out there for a week or two and snag as many of a specific breed of Pokemon as you need. However, nests aren't static in the type of Pokemon that you can expect to find spawning.

Every few weeks nests will migrate, which means that the type of Pokemon that spawn from them will change. You can expect Pokemon nests to migrate every two weeks. On alternate Thursdays, at 12 am UTC (4 pm PST/7 pm EST) the pokemon spawning from a nest will change.

This means that if you find a nest spawning Charmander, or any other Pokemon you want to get in quantity you should hit it as often as possible before a migration. There isn't any rhyme or reason as to what the nest will begin to spawn after a migration. While this can be frustrating if you lose on a specific Pokemon, it means that if there is something you're looking for it could suddenly start to appear after nest migrations.