How to Use the Pokémon Go Search Bar
One of the best recent quality-of-life updates to Pokémon Go has been the new strings you can enter into the search bar when viewing the list of Pokémon in your bag.
It’s easy to forget that the search bar itself didn’t exist when the game was originally released, but merely searching by name was just the start.
And now, thanks to the new appraisal system, you can search for Pokémon according to their IV rating, from 0* all the way up to 4*, which means perfect IVs.
So here’s what you need to type to find everything you’ll ever need.
Search by IV, HP & CP
Pokémon have individual values (IVs) for Attack, Defence and HP (Hit Points). Each value ranges from 0-15, and these are then combined into an overall percentage, which explains the gaps between the levels below.
|0*||Everything with IV from 0-48.9%|
|1*||Everything with IV from 51.1-64.4%|
|2*||Everything with IV from 66.7-80%|
|3*||Everything with IV from 82.2-97.8%|
|0*,1*,2*||Everything with IV from 0-80%|
|cp1000-1499||All Pokémon with CP between 1000 and 1499|
|cp-1500||All Pokémon with CP under 1500|
|hp100-200||All Pokémon with HP between 100 and 200|
This system makes it very fast to find low IV Pokémon to transfer them and free up bag space. A comma is equivalent to “or”, which means you can combine searches, as in the last example.
An & means “and” which is subtly different to “or” in some searches. There is also a “not” operator, so you can use !4* to find all Pokémon which are not 100%.
You can combine search terms. Here are some examples:
|evolve&3*,4*||Pokémon 82.2-100% for which you have enough candy to evolve|
|!evolve||Pokémon which either do not evolve or you don’t have enough candy to evolve|
|evolve&pikachu||Displays only Pikachu which can be evolved|
Search by keyword
|@weather||All Pokémon currently boosted by the weather|
|costume||Pokémon with hats, glasses, etc|
|defender||Pokémon defending gyms|
|hatched||Pokémon hatched from eggs|
|legendary||All your legendary Pokémon|
|item||Pokémon which can be evolved using an item|
|purified||Pokémon you have purified|
|shadow||All shadow Pokémon|
|traded||Pokémon which have been traded to you|
|female||All female Pokémon|
|male||All male Pokémon|
|genderunknown||All genderless Pokémon|
Search by move or type
|@smack||Pokémon with a fast or charged attack beginning with smack (e.g. Smack Down)|
|@1smack||Pokémon with a fast move beginning with smack|
|@2draco||Pokémon a charged move starting with draco (e.g. Draco Meteor)|
|@3dragon||Pokémon with a dragon-type secondary charged attack|
|[email protected]||Pokémon which have already learned a secondary attack|
|@move||Pokémon which cab learn a secondary attack|
|@1ground||Pokémon with a ground-type fast attack|
|@1ground&@2ground||Pokémon with both ground-type fast and charged attack moves|
|flying||All flying-type Pokémon|
|dragon,ground||All dragon-type and all ground-type Pokémon|
|water&flying||Pokémon which are both water and flying type|
Note: If you want to search for Shadow Ball or any other move starting with Shadow, you must type @shado (without the W) because of a conflict with shadow Pokémon caught from Rocket stops. Unfortunately we are unaware of any way you can search specifically for Shadow Ball, or any other particular move beginning with Shadow.
Search by Pokédex
|bulbasaur||Returns all Bulbasaurs|
|MyPoke||Returns Pokémon with this nickname|
|+eevee||Returns all evolutions of Eevee, including Eevee|
|1||Returns Pokémon with Pokédex number 1|
|1-10||Returns Pokémon with Pokédex numbers from 1 to 10|
You can also read our guide to using AR+ in Pokémon Go.