Learn everything about Substitute in Pokemon GO. Find out which are best Substitute movesets, its strongest Raid and Gym counters, what are its type advantages and weaknesses, and more.

Max CP18 CP
Attack1 ATK
Defense1 DEF
Stamina1 STA
Weather Boosted
  • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
Buddy distance1 km
Height m
Weight kg
RegionUnknown (Gen 0)
Base Catch Rate0.0%
Catch rewards
3 Candy
100 Stardust
Charge Move unlock cost
0 Candy
0 Stardust
TradableNot tradable
Transfer to Pokémon HomeAllowed

Substitute type chart

Substitute is a Normal-type Pokémon. It is weak to Fighting type moves. It takes reduced damage from Ghost type moves.


Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.

Substitute moves and movesets


List of best Substitute moves and movesets in Pokémon GO. You can use the moveset controls below to see how different moves perform versus different Pokémon and weather conditions.

Fast Attack
Charged Attack
Score 🔽
DarkBite NormalFrustration 63.2511.2441.1

      The table above provides information on different moves Substitute has in Pokémon GO, along with their corresponding DPS (damage per second) and TDO (total damage output). The table is sorted by the Score column, which is an overall rating of the move's effectiveness. Each move's type is indicated by an icon beside its name. Legacy moves are marked with an asterisk (*).

      Fast Attacks

      Charged Attacks

      Substitute Combat Power chart

      CP Chart

      A guide to Substitute Combat Power values in Pokémon GO. Includes a complete Substitute CP per level chart. You can use the level controls below to customize the chart.

      Useful Combat Power values

      Field ResearchResearch3 CP - 6 CP
      Level 15,
      10/10/10 minimum IVs
      Pokémon EggEggs4 CP - 9 CP
      Level 20,
      10/10/10 minimum IVs
      Raid catchRaids4 CP - 9 CP
      Level 20,
      10/10/10 minimum IVs
      Raid catchRaidsWeather boost
      • partlyCloudy
      5 CP - 11 CP
      Weather boosted, Level 25,
      10/10/10 minimum IVs

      Max Combat Power per Level chart

      This table shows maximum Combat Power values that Substitute can have from Level 1 to Level 50.

      1231 CP
      41 CP52 CP62 CP
      73 CP83 CP94 CP
      104 CP115 CP125 CP
      135 CP146 CP156 CP
      167 CP177 CP188 CP
      198 CP209 CP219 CP
      2210 CP2310 CP2410 CP
      2511 CP2611 CP2712 CP
      2812 CP2913 CP3013 CP
      3113 CP3214 CP3314 CP
      3414 CP3514 CP3615 CP
      3715 CP3815 CP3915 CP
      4015 CP4116 CP4216 CP
      4316 CP4416 CP4517 CP
      4617 CP4717 CP4817 CP
      4917 CP5018 CP
      InfoMore information
      • Field and Special Research encounters are always Level 15. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Field Research encounters have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
      • Pokémon hatched from Eggs are always Level 20. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Egg Hatches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
      • Raid Bosses caught without weather boost are always Level 20. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Raid Catches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
      • Raid Bosses caught with weather boost are always Level 25. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Weather boosted Raid Catches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
      • Pokémon encountered in Wild encounters range from Level 1 to Level 30 Pokémon. Their IVs range from 0 (min) to 15 (max) for each stat.
      • Weather Boosted wild Pokémon encounters get a 5 Level boost, bringing their Level range to Level 6 to Level 35. In addition, they have a guaraneed minimum IV value of 4 for each stat, resulting in a 4/4/4 IV floor.

      Substitute Catch Rates

      Catch Rates

      Catch Rates for Substitute in Pokémon GO, calculated for catching a Level 20 Substitute by default. Catching lower level Substitute is easier than catching higher level ones - try playing around with the controls above to see how it changes.

      Catch rates

              No Berry
              Razz BerryRazz Berry
              Silver Pinap BerrySilver Pinap Berry
              - 0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
              Golden Razz BerryGolden Razz Berry
              - 0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

              Catch probability with multiple throws

              In order to help Trainers understand their overall odds when catching Substitute, we enable the functionality to showing the total chance to catch it depending on the number of available throws. We calculate this chance as if you repeated the same throw N-number of times.

              To activate this functionality, change the number of Number of throws to a value greater than 1. The Number of throws option is available in the configuration options above the chart

              InfoMore information

              Catch rate formula

              Pokémon GO catch rate formula can be expressed as follows:

              • CATCH_MULTIPLIERS = ball * curve * berry * throwType * (type1Medal + type2Medal / 2)
              • CATCH_RATE = 1 - Math.pow(1 - baseCatchRate / (2 * cpm), CATCH_MULTIPLIERS)

              There are different multipliers that come into play when calculating catch rate.

              Curved throws are more effective than regular throws, stronger types of Poké Ball have a higher catch rate, and using a Razz Berry or a Golden Razz Berry also improves your chances.

              Catch rate multipliers

              The following table shows all the different catch rate multipliers in Pokémon GO:

              Razz Berry1.5
              Silver Pinap Berry1.8
              Golden Razz Berry2.5
              Nice Throw1.15
              Great Throw1.5
              Excellent Throw1.85
              Premier Ball1.0
              Great Ball1.5
              Ultra Ball2.0
              Bronze medal1.1
              Silver medal1.2
              Gold medal1.3

              Substitute evolution chart

              No evolutions found.
              Substitute has no known evolutions. If you think this is a mistake, email us at [email protected] and we will take a look.

              Substitute family

              A list of Pokémon that are somehow related to Substitute. Includes evolutions, regional, and form variations.


              Type chartUnknown Pokédex The user creates a decoy using one-quarter of its full HP.

              Substitute Sprites


              No sprites found for Substitute at this time. Please come back later and see if Team GO Rocket has returned the sprites to this screen.

              There are several reasons why there are no sprites here:

              • The Pokémon is not yet available in Pokémon GO.
              • The Pokémon's stats are available in Pokémon GO, but the sprites have not been added to the game yet.
              • The Pokémon is available in Pokémon GO, but we haven't imported the sprites yet.
              • There is a bug with this Pokémon.

              Substitute Pokédex entries

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