How to Catch Latios and Latias in the Pokémon Games

Updated on April 18, 2016
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Dreamhowl has been playing Pokemon since 1999. She favorites include SoulSilver, X, and AlphaSapphire. She enjoys breeding Pokemon.

What are Latios and Latias?

Latios and Latias are Dragon and Psychic-type legendary Pokémon featured in Generations III, IV and V of the Pokémon games. These Pokémon do not have any known evolutions and together form the eon duo of Hoenn - Latios is male, while Latias is female. Both Pokémon have bodies the shape of an airplane, making them extremely aerodynamic and fast fliers. Latios and Latias each have jet-plane wings and stubby little feet. Both Latios and Latias are said to be highly intelligent and capable of understanding human speech. Latias can telepathically communicate with others, while Latios can telepathically determine the locations and emotions of others.

As Legendary Pokémon, Latios and Latias can be tough to battle, and tougher to catch. Both Pokémon have the ability Levitate, which renders them completely immune to Ground-type moves, as well as Spikes, Toxic Spikes, Arena Trap and any damage that would normally be taken from Sky Drop. Special Defense is usually its highest stat, followed by Speed and Special Attack. Catching Latios or Latias will involve a lot of chasing in most games but end with the capture of a great Legendary Pokemon.

In Pokemon SoulSilver, Latios is caught roaming in the wild at level 35.
In Pokemon SoulSilver, Latios is caught roaming in the wild at level 35. | Source

How to Catch Latios and Latias

As all Pokémon players know, Legendary Pokémon only appear once in their respective games - once they are caught or defeated, they do not reappear. Furthermore, Legendary Pokémon have better stats and moves than common wild Pokémon. The secret to catching Legendary Pokémon like Latios and Latias is in powerful Pokeballs, specialized moves and strong Pokémon. When out hunting for Latios or Latias, bring the following Pokeballs:

  • Master Ball(s)

  • Ultra Balls

  • Timer Balls

Master Balls are 100% guaranteed to capture any wild Pokémon, no matter its strength or rarity. In the original Pokémon games, players only received one Master Ball per saved file; in Pokémon Red, Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Yellow, the player can receive a Master Ball after speaking to the president of the Silph Co. after defeating Giovanni. In Generation II, Generation III and Generation IV games, players can win more Master Balls through the Pokemon Lottery Corner and on the Lucky Channel. These lotteries take place daily on the ground floor of the Goldenrod Radio Tower in Goldenrod City.

The Lottery in Goldenrod City occasionally offers rare prizes, including Master Balls.
The Lottery in Goldenrod City occasionally offers rare prizes, including Master Balls. | Source

Ultra Balls have a 100% higher chance to catch Pokemon than a normal Pokeball and a 33% higher chance than a Great Ball. Nearly all Poke Marts in the Pokemon games sell Ultra Balls for 1200 Pokedollars apiece. More basic Pokeballs are cheaper, but Ultra Balls are much more effective and worth the extra money. If you don’t have a Master Ball in your inventory, having thirty or more Ultra Balls is your best bet to catch Latios and Latias.

Ultra Balls are the strongest Pokeballs you can buy from the Poke Mart.
Ultra Balls are the strongest Pokeballs you can buy from the Poke Mart. | Source

The Generation III Pokemon games introduced the Timer Ball as an alternative method to catching wild Pokemon of all types. The starting effectiveness of a Timer Ball is the same as your basic Pokeball; however, for every ten turns that pass in battle with a wild Pokemon, the effectiveness of the Timer Ball increases. Timer Balls can be purchased in Poke Marts for 1000 Pokedollars each. There is an equation to determining the success of a Timer Ball below:

  • Generation III and Generation IV: (Amount of turns in battle + 10) /10(maximum up to 4x)

  • Generation V: 1x + 1229/4096 (maximum up to 4x)

To increase the success of catching any Legendary Pokemon, you need to use Pokemon with status-inducing moves. Legendary Pokemon are tough and love to break out of Pokeballs when you least expect it. Carrying Pokemon in your party with moves that cause status ailments can be what turns the tides of battle. Moves that can help you catch either Latios or Latias include:

  • Mean Look

  • Spore

  • Thunderwave

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Mean Look is a must-have when hunting Legendary Pokemon that constantly run from battle. This move doesn’t cause any damage, but it prevents the target Pokemon from running away from battle (or switching with another party Pokemon). This effect only lasts if the Pokemon that uses Mean Look remains in battle, however; if the player switches to another Pokemon, Latios or Latias will have the option to run away again. Some Psychic, Ghost or Poison-type Pokemon have the ability to learn this move naturally (such as Haunter, Golbat or Jynx) but it cannot be taught as a TM.

Mean Look is a great move to keep roaming Legendary Pokemon from running away.
Mean Look is a great move to keep roaming Legendary Pokemon from running away. | Source

Spore is arguably the best sleep-inducing Pokemon move available because it has 100% accuracy; Sleep Powder is a close second with only 75% accuracy, but still with the effect of putting the target Pokemon to sleep. Putting Latios and Latias to sleep decreases the damage your Pokemon will take and makes the Legendary Pokemon easier to catch. Spore is learned by leveling Paras and Parasect in most Pokemon games, and is learned around level 30.

Paras learns Spore at a low level but don't neglect to train it to a higher level.
Paras learns Spore at a low level but don't neglect to train it to a higher level. | Source

Thunderwave is an Electric-type move with both 100% accuracy and 100% probability of causing paralysis. A paralyzed Pokemon is unable to attack and has its speed decreased by 25%. Thunderwave can be learned by many Electric-type Pokemon, such as the famous Pikachu, and is very useful in weakening and capturing Legendary Pokemon. There are other moves that can cause paralysis, but Thunderwave is your best option.

Status effects like Paralysis can make a Legendary Pokemon easier to catch.
Status effects like Paralysis can make a Legendary Pokemon easier to catch. | Source

When you find Latios or Latias in the wild, you will meet them around level 40 or 45. While this is lower than many Legendary Pokemon, be sure to have Pokemon in your party with matching levels and the appropriate status-inducing moves. Furthermore, you’ll need to use Pokemon whose types aren’t weak against Latios and Latias. None of the Legendary Pokemon’s moves should be “super effective” against your Pokemon; if anything, it should be the other way around. Before you start hunting for Latios or Latias, be sure to:

  • your Pokemon’s levels match Latios/Latias

  • Latios/Latias’ moves aren’t effective to your Pokemon

  • Latios/Latias is weak to your Pokemon

Latios and Latias are both immune to Ground-type moves (due to their Levitate ability). Furthermore, both Legendary Pokemon are partially resistant to Fighting, Fire, Water, Grass, Electric and Psychic-type moves. What moves should you use against Latios and Latias, then? This Legendary duo is weak to Bug, Ghost, Ice, Dragon and Dark-type moves. Using Pokemon that have these types of moves will damage Latios and Latias more easily and hopefully shorten the task of capturing these Legendary Pokemon. Also remember to check your Pokemon for type weaknesses: Latios and Latias know a mixture of Psychic, Normal and Dragon-type moves.

Where to Catch Latios

Game Version
Location
Ruby
Roaming Hoenn
Sapphire
Southern Island
Emerald
Roaming Hoenn, Southern Island
HeartGold
Pewter City (requires Enigma Stone)
SoulSilver
Roaming Kanto
Black 2
Dreamyard
Omega Ruby
Southern Island
Alpha Sapphire
Southern Island

Where to Catch Latias

Game Version
Location
Ruby
Southern Island
Sapphire
Roaming Hoenn
Emerald
Southern Island, Roaming Hoenn
HeartGold
Roaming Kanto
SoulSilver
Pewter City (requires Enigma Stone)
White 2
Dreamyard
Omega Ruby
Southern Island
Alpha Sapphire
Southern Island

Where to Catch Latios and Latias

Latios and Latias were unavailable prior to the Generation III Pokemon games. Depending on the Pokemon game, Latios and Latias are found in different locations. And remember that these two Legendary Pokemon can not be caught in all Pokemon games. The location of Latios and Latias is overall unknown, while the Legendary Pokemon can be found wandering in certain locations.

The Pokemon game you are playing determines which Pokemon of the duo you can catch - Latios or Latias. If your game version doesn’t include Latios or Latias as Legendary Pokemon, you will be required to trade them over from another Pokemon game. In Pokemon Ruby, Pokemon Sapphire and Pokemon Emerald the player can catch both Latios and Latias; in Pokemon Heartgold, Pokemon SoulSilver, Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, the game version determines which of the two appears. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, players can catch both; whichever is native to their game version, and the other if they acquire an Eon ticket.

In the end, remember to have fun while hunting your Latios or Latias! These Legendary Pokemon will run from battle the first chance they get, but don’t let that discourage you. By using the proper Pokemon moves and powerful Pokeballs, you can soon have your own Latios and Latias added to your Legendary collection. Happy hunting!

© 2013 Jessica Marello

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      Jessica Marello 2 years ago from United States

      @Jackie: Unfortunately, Latios/Latias cannot be caught in every Pokemon game. You would need to obtain either one via trade in Pokemon Y.

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      Jackie 2 years ago

      I have pokemon y and how can I cache hime :/

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      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks!

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      Sam 3 years ago from Australia

      Love the summary!

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