How to catch a Spinda in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Spinda

It’s finally time to catch a Spinda in Pokemon Go. Until very recently, this elusive dizzy panda Pokemon had been missing from the generation three Pokedex. This all changed at the start of August though, when it was revealed that Spinda was available as a Reward for a Field Research Task - a special Spinda Pokemon Go quest. 

While in the main games Spinda has effectively infinite versions thanks to no Pokemon having exactly the same arrangement of spots, dataminers have discovered that the Spinda in Pokemon Go only has eight different versions. Phew. For now though there’s only one version available. Here’s how to catch Spinda in Pokemon Go.   

How to catch Spinda in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Spinda

To catch a Spinda in Pokemon Go, you need to find the right Field Research Task from a Pokestop. Spinda is the reward for spinning a Pokestop and getting the “Make 3 Curveball Throws in a Row” task. In your tasks menu, you will see this exact sentence and next to it will be the circle with a question mark in it and grass behind. This indicates a Pokemon encounter reward.

Do three curveballs in a row and you’ll be able to start the encounter. Refreshingly, these three curveballs do not need to catch the Pokemon or even get a ‘nice,’ ‘great’ or ‘excellent’ result. You just need to throw a curveball three times in a row at a Pokemon without missing. 

For a perfect curveball in Pokemon Go, spin the Poke Ball in small circles in the centre of your screen until stars and sparkles start to appear around it. Dependent on the way you spin the Poke Ball, you want to toss it in the opposite  direction. If you’ve been spinning it left, throw it to the right hand side of the screen and the curveball will recentre it, and vice versa. While you’ll only get an extra 10XP for using curveballs, you do have a better chance of catching Pokemon so it’s best to use them as standard, especially in legendary or shiny catch situations.  

Remember that research rewards mean that the Pokemon can’t flee - that would just be unfair - so take the time to throw your Spinda a Pinap Berry if you want to earn 3 extra candy. Don’t waste your Golden Razz Berries here.  

How to find the Spinda Field Research Task

Pokemon Go Spinda

So you know how to catch Spinda in Pokemon Go, but how do you find the Field Research Task in the first place? The short answer is visit as many Pokestops as possible. Each Pokestop stores only one task for a 24 hour period. The task switches at midnight every day so you can check your local ones again the next day. 

It’s important to note that you can delete Field Research Tasks to make sure you always have room to search for the Pokemon Go Spinda quest. Hit the binoculars icon and you’ll see your three stored tasks. Choose one you don’t want to fulfill, press the small trashcan icon, and a prompt will come up to ask if you are sure you want to delete the task. Hit OK and you’ll be left with a free slot to continue your hunt. 

If you are having problems finding the task, consider joining your local Pokemon Go Discord or Facebook group as there will be plenty of people also looking and keeping each other updated. The joys of the Pokemon Go community knows no bounds. Alternatively, just make sure you visit all your closest stops every day and hopefully you’ll get lucky. 

Other Pokemon Go Spinda variations

Pokemon Go Spinda

Of course, it’s not going to stop here. While catching the slightly creepy dancing panda fills in your Pokedex, there are seven more Spinda variations or forms to catch in Pokemon Go. It’s only a matter of time before these land. Here’s what dataminers have found in the game:

Currently only number eight has been available via the Pokemon Go Spinda quest but there’s plenty of time for that to change over the coming months. It’s not confirmed whether the reward Spinda variation will change from month to month but dataminer Chrales has also found shiny Spinda variations that reflect the eight original forms but in a fetching green. You can see them below:

We will update you as soon as the current Spinda situation changes. But until then, good luck finding and happy catching. 

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