When Pokemon Go players catch a pocket monster, the first step is often to check the game’s rating option to see if the latest catch is a Hundo. A Hundo, as we have already explained to you in a separate article, is the name of a perfect Pokémon that achieves 15 out of a possible 15 points in each of the three attributes attack, defense and endurance. Incidentally, these attributes are also used to calculate the IV value of a Pokémon, which can be a maximum of 100%.
Most trainers then don’t do much with this information, other than maybe marking the new Hundo as a favorite so that it doesn’t accidentally get sent or traded away. Hundos are considered a prestige object for the majority of players. Only those who are really into the PvE or PvP metagame really understand the value of having a Hundo versus a non-Hundo. To put it bluntly, a Hundo Tyranitar is de facto superior to a non-Hundo Tyranitar, but most people won’t notice the differences. Unless, of course, the non-Hundo is a lousy Pokemon. Being able to take an occasional hit more than a non-Hundo can tip the scales between victory and defeat in a Trainer Battle or in a solo raid.
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How rare are hounds in Pokemon Go?
As a trainer, you have no control over the stat distribution of Pokémon you catch in the wild. Even when trading fortunes between players, there’s only a probability that the stats won’t fall below a certain limit (of 12/12/12), but there’s no 100% guarantee that you’ll get a Hundo even above that. On the contrary, with bad luck (and bad luck is common in Pokémon Go), the traded Pokémon has a worse value than before. In fact, if luck swapping with another trainer isn’t available, things can go absolutely underground.
So that means: If you get a Hundo in Pokémon Go, then you simply had a good portion of luck. This is also shown by the discussion of the trainers under the Reddit post by PoGo fan WadaCool. The player himself writes: “I’ve been playing for a long time and I still don’t have a perfect Pokémon”. He also shows a screenshot of his Pokébox. He sorted by “Perfect” and the sad number under the results says zero.
Other players also have their say. For one, it took three years until the first Hundo. More share their stats. This gives you an idea of how rare hundos really are, apart from the fact that their catch depends purely on luck. One player has 20 hundos at 17,000 mon captured, another 45 at 45,200 pocket monsters captured, another has 130 hundos at 133,000 mon captured in his Pokéballs. Of course, this gives a rough estimate that out of every 1,000 Pokémon caught, about one is a Hundo.
There are also outliers who do not follow this carefully worded “rule”. I only caught 11,500 Pokemon and 23 Hundos. One of the trainers under WadaCool’s post writes that he has caught around 346,000 Pokémon and has 194 Hundos in his collection, 30 of which are redeemed pocket monsters. At the end of the day, as mentioned several times, your Hundo chance is just down to luck. At least until the developers at Niantic can look at their cards to see if a random number generator is at work. Which will probably never happen.
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