Asked by a Follower on Facebook: “Good day! Do larvitar’s nest too or at least has a biome? Thank you and more power to pokemon go hub!”

In order to answer this question completely, we decided to create a list of all Pokemon species that do not nest. We get questions like these a lot, especially this one: “Where can I find <insert specie> Nests in my town?”

In order to clarify confusion, let’s recap what’s known and confirmed by research:

  • not all Pokemon species create or have nests
  • nests are places where you can regularly find a certain Pokemon specie
  • you can find a map of known Nests in your area using The Silph Road’s Nest Atlas.

With that in mind, here’s the list of Pokemon species that DO NOT nest:

Category Pokemon
Pokemon obtainable from 10KM eggs Dratini, Pineco, Larvitar, Mantine, Gligar, Chansey, Mareep, Sudowoodo, Aerodactyl, Snorlax, Lapras, Skarmory, Miltank
Baby Pokemon Pichu, Togepi, Cleffa, Magby, Igglybuff, Elekid, Smoochum
Regional Pokemon Mr. Mime, Kangashkan, Farfetch’d, Heracross, Corsola, Tauros
Tyrogue family Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Hitmontop
Amorphic Pokemon Dtito, Porygon, Grimer, Koffing
Others Stantler, Phanpy, Togetic, Unown, Lickitung, Tangela
  • Togetic is highlighted as other evolved forms of Baby Pokemon do nest! For example, Electabuzz and Magmar can nest.

And what about biomes?

As for biomes, almost all of these Pokemon have an assigned biome, however, it doesn’t have anything to do with Nests. For example, it’s known that Mantine is specific to Sea, Rivar and Lake biome and it’s rumored that Larvitar is specific to Mountain and Forest biome.

Remember that the understanding of Pokemon GO biomes is still very naive, so take these definitions with a grain of salt.

  • GonzoI

    Mantine is not just lake/sea. It’s also river. It’s been frequently appearing on spawn points that are clear river type rather than lake/sea (river is psyduck, slowpoke, magikarp mostly, zero ice family, while lake/sea have ice families like shellder and seel).

    • GO Hub Admin

      Thanks for the correction, we’ll update the Answer soon.

  • Heydavid17

    Hmmm… interesting! “Larvitar is specific to mountain biome.”
    We don’t even have mountains in Denmark!!! Yet, I see so many Tyranitars in gyms!

    • Antoine Pillard

      In north of France, no mountains but in my town there is a mountain biome on a hiking trail !

    • GO Hub Admin

      The mountain biome is in-game considered anything that is relatively high when compared to it’s surroundings.

      • GonzoI

        That explains why I couldn’t find the silhouetted one I saw the first day of Gen 2. I was looking where Rhyhorn had shown up before, but there’s a big hill in the opposite direction. Only other one I’ve found was also on a hill.

      • Heydavid17

        Exactly, that’s why it makes no sense, since I live in Denmark, and to be more precise then I live in Copenhagen. Everything around is water, the highest point in this entire country, is only 178m high.
        I’ve caught 2 Larvitars in all this time, and 1 was next to a church, the other was literally next to the sea. This is why I’m so confused about these ones.

        • Joel Sinn

          Larvitar comes out of other spawn points, Just less often. I got one of mine in a Walmart parking lot, and one in a river valley. I hatched 8 more out of eggs to evolve and powerup my Tyranitar.

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      • Joel Sinn

        Eggs, I live in a Grass Biome, and have seen 2 in the wild, but have a fully powered Tyranitar for my Level of 36 from Eggs, I have hatched 8, and caught 2 with Pinap Candy.

    • Hiếu Vũ

      I live in Arhus, Denmark, Larvitar appears in the forest (or wood), and hill with a lot of trees. It appeared one time in the city center.

  • Julian Shoesmith

    In my town we had a stantler nest last migration

    • GO Hub Admin

      Many Pokemon spawns are commonly mistaken for nests.

    • GonzoI

      Around here, I’ve noticed Stantler show up in waves (as do a lot of uncommon/rare pokemon like starters, Dratini, Rhyhorn, Aipom, Vulpix, etc.). They’ll be on Nearby near several pokestops in an area for an hour or two, then gone. It looks like a nest, but they don’t keep reappearing like nests do. I’ve seen it often enough that I think these “waves” are an intentional mechanic in the game, similar to nests, but in much shorter periods.

      • Joel Sinn

        I saw someone posting that with Lapras late last year, they had 6 or 7 Lapras in their town spawn within an hour or two in almost 2 perfect parallel lines on their local scanner. They showed them slowly spawning north, then later, they slowly spawned south in the same pattern.

        • GonzoI

          6-7 is not enough to be certain of a linear pattern being anything more than randomness, and spawn points and the patterns each can individually follow are already established. It does fit the wave pattern, though. I’ve also heard people I meet locally talk about what sound like Dragonite waves, though I’ve not personally seen it. I’ve never seen a Lapras in the wild (we don’t get the water-ice families here outside of events and nests), so I don’t know how rare that sort of wave spawn is for them.

  • apax

    Confused, I caught this Gligar today, never seen one before. But if I am reading this post correctly I shouldn’t have been able to, no?

    • GO Hub Admin

      Can you elaborate more, we’re having problems understanding how you got to that conclusion?

      • apax

        Sure. Your list says “With that in mind, here’s the list of Pokemon species that DO NOT nest:” and Gligar is on that list. I caught in the wild today.

        • FireWulf

          did more than one Gligar spawn in that same area or near a stop? Nests are a location that spawns multiples of the same pokemon. I have never seen a Gligar nest just random single gligars in different locations.

          catching a single Gligar in the wild doesnt mean they nest.

    • Silly

      no, you can catch all of these pokemon.
      these pokemon do not form nest. nest are places where the same pokemon will spawn over and over again.

  • juan garcia

    I live in a desert biome (tons of growlithe, sandshrew and some cyndaquils), and i caught a larvitar yesterday

  • Rohan Bhatt

    I think the concept of Biomes should be taken with a grain of salt. It is better to accept whatever that particular area is classified as what Biome rather then judging what biome it should be. I too was upset while figuring out the biome where I live and then I let go and just focused on catching. First of all I consider it to be a mix of rural/urban area. The most common everyday spawns around my area consists of Doduo, Snubull, Murkrow, Eevee, Machop, Geodude, Charmander, Cyndaquil, Rhyhorn, Vulpix, Abra, Cubone, Ponyta, Spinarak, Venonat, Ekans, Teddiursa, Hondour, Diglett, Meowth, Sandshrew, Mankey and may be a couple of others apart from Rattata, Pidgey, Sentret, Hoothoot. It also spawns Stantler, Sudowoodo, Miltank once in 3-4 days. It has also spawned these just a couple of times in past 7 months : Snorlax, Chansey, Aerodactyl, Charizard, Larvitar, Mareep, Alakazam (not that I have been able to catch each of them everytime). So its like I live in a Fire Biome, Dark Biome, Ground, Rock, Bug, Poison, Normal, Fighting, etc. Its a mixed bag and you cannot judge what can spawn. I also saw a Girafarig and Magneton once. I never see a Scyther here although its a bug biome. So you never know.
    Also at 2 places where I go for a walk, its a park with a small pond/water body in it. 1 Park spawns only 1 pokemon every hour which is 80% of the time a water pokemon. The other park has nests everytime and 5-8 spawns through out the park. It once had a Omanyte nest, swinub nest and even once a Electabuzz nest. Currently it is a Seel nest. So it can be a water nest/ice nest/electric nest still I havent found a single Lapras (which spawns where electric and water pokemon spawn near water body) in the park. So its like that you never know what is classified as what. I also go for walk besides a riverbed. Its like a 11KM long walkway created besides a river flowing in the center of the city. Still I have never seen a Gyarados over there at anytime of the day and not even from an incense which I use every month. So rather I focus on catching 100 Magikarps, Walking 400 KMs with each of Snorlax, Larvitar, Mareep, Dratini and so on.
    So basically thats my point. We should focus on our game rather then complaining. I too have never seen Snorlax, Chansey or a Porygon (if it ever spawned) from last 3 months since Nearby got introduced. It kills my sightings list as it shows pokemons from 1 single pokestop nearby in my entire area. And I am sure I could have missed out on lot of stuff but I am not complaining. Rather I started walking more and more with buddies and see I will hit level 32 this week. 🙂 #CheersPlayers
    Note 1: All the spawns I mentioned are irrespective of any special event spawns
    Note 2: What you don’t have will eventually come to you via eggs or different location visits. Dont worry. 🙂

  • Bret

    Interestingly enough, when the game first came out, we had a Hitmonlee nest in town. That lasted the first few weeks and then I’ve never seen Hitmonlee nest since then.

    • There were actually several of the Gen1 Pokemon on this list that nested when the game was first released (we had a Hitmonlee nest in my town as well), but spoofers immediately took advantage of these (especially Dratini nests) and ruined it for the rest of us. Not that a Gligar nest would be sought after, but so be it. It’s actually nice to have a few non-nesting Pokemon in the game meta.

  • Travis Berenyi

    How about Paras?

  • Gekkie

    Haven’t seen any CLUSTER nest of these pokémon indeed. However, I have found frequent spawn points of some of these pokémon. Sometimes I take/took a certain road just because there is/was a frequent Lickitung, Stantler, Porygon or Chansey spawn.