'Pokémon Go' Storage Search Tips: How to Find Exactly What You're Looking For

The storage system in Pokémon Go is somewhat similar to that of the mainline entries in the franchise. However, searching for a particular Pokémon has never been easy for users of the popular mobile game.

Niantic has begun to roll out a more refined search feature for the Pokémon Go storage. In the past, Niantic made it easier to find your Shiny Pokémon, but now there are new tricks to see all your Mythicals, Legendaries, traded, babies and Pokémon from the same evolutionary line.

There are even ways to see which Pokémon can evolve, and which evolve through an item. Pokémon Go players can even find a Pokémon through its Pokedex number, how much HP or CP it has. Trainers who like to battle, will find it useful to search for Pokémon with a specific type of attack.

Here's some helpful tricks for navigating your Pokémon Go storage with ease:

pokemon go search function tips and tricks


Most Pokémon Go players know they can search for a Pokémon by its name or nickname, but it's also possible to separate storage Pokémon into categories by typing the following terms:

Shiny - Shows all Shiny Pokémon

Mythical - Shows all Pokémon classified as Mythical

Legendary - Shows all Pokémon classified as Legendary

Alola - Shows all Alola form Pokémon

Baby - Shows all Baby Pokémon

Hatched - Shows all Pokémon hatched from an Egg

Lucky - Shows all Lucky Pokémon

Traded - Shows all Pokémon acquired in a trade

Defender - Shows all Pokémon defending a Gym

Evolve - Shows all Pokémon that can evolve

Item - Shows all Pokémon that can evolve with an item

Players can also separate Pokémon by type. For example, typing FIRE will show all the Fire-type Pokémon you own. The same goes for HP and CP. Typing hp100 or cp100 will show Pokémon with those stats.


Trainers looking to form Battle and Raid teams will want to use the search function to find the right attacks in their storage.

By simply typing the name of the attack with an ampersat (@) preceding it, all the Pokémon in your storage with that attack will appear. For example, typing @BITE will show Pokémon that know the attack Bite.

This also goes for types of attacks. If you want a more general search, simply type the type with the ampersat. For example, @ICE will show all the Pokémon with at least one Ice-type attack.

If you want to get more sophisticated, you can add an ampersand (&) in your search. For example, typing @BITE&@AVALANCHE will show Pokémon with both attacks. Trainers can also do a combined search. For instance, typing @BITE&@DARK will bring Pokémon that know the move Bite and Dark-type attacks.

You can also separate searches by quick and charged attacks by using the numbers 1-3. The number one refers to a quick move while two and three are the charged attacks.

Typing @1BITE will show Pokémon with Bite as a quick move. Typing @1BUG will show Pokémon with a Bug-type attack as its quick move.

pokemon go search attacks


Pokémon Go players can also take advantage of more complex searches.

Using the plus sign (+) with a Pokémon's name will show every Pokémon that use that candy. For example, +pikachu will show Pikachu and its family line that includes Pichu, Raichu and Alolan Raichu. However, if you have a Pokémon that's nicknamed "Pikachu," they will show up as well.

pikachu pokemon go search

Finally, we have the symbols (-), (,) and (!). The exclamation point will omit certain queries. The best example is !EVOLVE. This will omit Pokémon that cannot evolve either by not having an evolution, having reached the final stage of its line or a trainer lacking the requirements to evolve.

The em dash (-) is great for finding a range of Pokémon using its HP or CP stat. By typing cp2000-2500, you'll see Pokémon with a CP stat range between 2000 and 2500.

pokemon go cp search

The comma (,) is useful for coupling search queries together. For example: shiny, legendary will show all Shiny and all Legendary Pokémon.

pokemon go search comma

What do you think of the search feature in Pokémon Go now? Do you hope Niantic makes it a bit easier? Let us know in the comments section below.