How to get Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

Mewtwo in a Pokemon Go promo imageNiantic/The Pokemon Company

Mewtwo is one of the most powerful species in Pokemon Go. Players want to get their hands on this Legendary Psychic-type beast and make a solid team for PvP and PvE battles. So, here are all the details about getting Mewtwo in Pokemon Go.

With the competitive scene in Pokemon Go more active than ever, players must unlock and power up the strongest Pokemon to win the Go Battle League tournaments and Raids. While there are many strong species in Pokemon Go, there are hardly any as powerful as the one-and-only Mewtwo.

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Players realize that having this formidable Pokemon in their teams could help them win more PvP and PvE battles, and earn bragging rights in the game. Now, they are eager to know how they can obtain it and also its other forms, such as shiny Mewtwo and Shadow Mewtwo.

So, here’s all you need to know about unlocking Mewtwo, Shiny Mewtwo, and Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon Go.

mewtwo pokemon go promo imageNiantic
Mewtwo can counter almost every species in Pokemon Go.

How to catch Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

The best way to catch Mewtwo in Pokemon Go is by winning 5-Star Raid battles when it is the Raid Boss. This Legendary Pokemon is not currently available in Raid battles but we will provide an update once it is back.

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Beating Mewtwo in a Raid is as difficult as it sounds. You need to team up with several players and use your best Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type Pokemon, as these types are strong against Psychic-type Pokemon.

The difficulty of a Tier 5 Mewtwo Raid can be overwhelming for two players. It is best to take on such a challenge in the game with at least three to five high-leveled players.

After the battle, you’ll get a limited number of Premier Balls. Make the most of them by making Great and Excellent Throws, as they increase the chances of catching the Pokemon. Using Razz, Golden Razz, and Silver Pinap berries can also ease the process.

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Can you trade a Mewtwo in Pokemon Go?

Yes, you can use trading to get yourself a Mewtwo in Pokemon Go. However, the cost of trading a Legendary Pokemon can be outrageous. It is lower if the person receiving the Mewtwo already has it registered on their Pokedex.

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This chart reveals the Stardust required to trade a Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go:

Friends typeStardust needed for registered Legendary PokemonStardust needed for new Legendary Pokemon
Good Friends20,0001,000,000
Great Friends16,000800,000
Ultra Friends1,60080,000
Best Friends80040,000

How to catch a shiny Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

If you’re lucky enough, you might get a chance at catching Shiny Mewtwo in Pokemon Go after beating it in a Tier 5 raid. A shiny Mewtwo has a green tail instead of purple.

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Shiny Pokemon do not guarantee better IVs or attacks. They are different only visually and are sought-after because of their extremely low spawn rate.

Do note that shiny Legendary Pokemon that you encounter in Raids are a guaranteed catch. There’s no use in spending Razz Berries, so you should use Pinap or Silver Pinap Berries to get more Candy.

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Shiny Mewtwo is one of the most sought-after shinies in Pokemon Go.

How to catch Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

You cannot get a Shadow Mewtwo at the moment because none of the Team Go Rocket leaders has it in their lineup.

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Back in 2021, Giovanni was using a Mewtwo and players had to complete a special research called An Inter-egg-sting Development to face the Team Go Rocket leader and catch it. In May 2023, the Rising Shadows event also brought Shadow Mewtwo back for a limited time. So we expect a popular Pokemon like Mewtwo to be eventually back in the game,

All in all, Pokemon Go players will have to patiently wait for the return of Mewtwo in 5-Star Raids and Giovanni’s lineup to catch its standard, shiny, and Shadow variants. We’ll update this article whenever such an event arrives.

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That’s all you need to know about Mewtwo in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon Go content, be sure to check out our other guides:

How to connect Pokemon Go to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | How to heal Pokemon in Pokemon Go | How many Pokemon are there? | Best Pokemon for PvP battles in Pokemon Go | How to get revives in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go best attackers ranked | How to get the Master Ball in Pokemon Go | How to get different Vivillion patterns in Pokemon Go & Scarlet and Violet

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