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Pokemon Go Spinda: How to catch the Spot Panda Pokemon

Pokemon Go Spinda

Pokemon Go Spinda is one of the rarest and most unique Pokemon in the game for a couple of reasons. For one, it can't be caught in the wild and when you combine that with the different patterns available each month, it becomes one of the hardest pocket monsters in Pokemon Go to track down. If your goal is to complete the Pokedex and get every different pattern of Pokemon Go Spinda, we're here to help with our complete guide to the teddy bear-esque Pokemon.

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How to get 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 5 Great 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 five great curveball throws in a row and you'll be able to start the Pokemon Go Spinda encounter. This isn't easy, so it may take a while to complete.

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

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 to 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. 

All Pokemon Go Spinda variations

Pokemon Go Spinda

There were originally eight versions of Spinda in the game files, and they've now all been released - plus an extra one for Valentine's Day. Here are all the Spinda versions from when they were datamined:

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Number eight is the current Spinda available in-game. Another 12 versions of Spinda have since been found in the files, but none of these have been released yet. Throughout the Valentine's Day event there was also a special love heart version of Spinda available but since that event has now passed, it's not available anymore. That makes 21 versions of Spinda in total.

Chrales also found shiny versions of the eight original Spinda, which you can see below:

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