Nocturnal Pokémon

Oddish seen in the night

Some Pokémon are nocturnal Pokémon, which means they appear more frequently in the wild at night, or do not appear at all unless it is night. This only applies to Generation II, Generation IV, and Generation VII, where time is a major feature.

In Generation II

Pokémon active at night

Pokémon Games Locations
  Rattata G S C Routes 30 and 31
  Rattata G S C Route 4
  Raticate G S C Route 1
  Clefairy G S C Routes 3 and 4
  Zubat G S C Routes 3, 4, and 42
  Zubat G S C Routes 3, 4, 9, 10, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 42
  Golbat G S C Route 28, Rock Tunnel, and Mt. Silver (exterior)
  Oddish G S C Routes 5, 6, 24, and 25, Ilex Forest
  Oddish G S C Routes 24 and 25, Ilex Forest
  Gloom G S C Route 24
  Venonat G S C Routes 9, 10, 13, 14, 25, and 43, Ilex Forest, National Park
  Venomoth G S C Routes 9, 10, 13, 14, 25, and 43
  Meowth G S C Routes 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 38, and 39
  Persian G S C Route 7
  Psyduck G S C Routes 6 and 35, Ilex Forest, National Park
  Golduck G S C Mt. Silver (interior)
  Poliwag G S C Routes 30, 31, and 44
  Poliwhirl G S C Routes 28 and 44, Mt. Silver (exterior)
  Gastly G S C Sprout Tower and Tin Tower
  Gastly G S C Routes 31, 32, and 36, Sprout Tower, Tin Tower
  Haunter G S C Route 8
  Haunter G S C Route 8 and Rock Tunnel
  Drowzee G S C Routes 6, 11, 34, and 35
  Hypno G S C Route 11
  Staryu G S C Routes 19, 20, 21, 34, 40, and 41, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cerulean City, Cherrygrove City, Cinnabar Island
  Hoothoot G S C Routes 1, 2, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, and 37, National Park
  Hoothoot G S C Routes 1, 2, 5, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, and 37, Ilex Forest, National Park
  Noctowl G S C Routes 2, 8, 13, 14, and 43
  Noctowl G S C Routes 2, 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 25, 26, 27, 37, 38, 39, and 43
  Spinarak G S C Routes 2, 30, 31, and 37
  Spinarak G S C Routes 2, 30, 31, 36, and 37, National Park
  Ariados G S C Route 2
  Ariados G S C Routes 2 and 37
  Marill G S C Route 42 and Mt. Mortar
  Wooper G S C Route 32, Union Cave, and Ruins of Alph
  Quagsire G S C Routes 13, 14, 26, and 27, Union Cave, Ruins of Alph
  Murkrow G S C Route 7
  Misdreavus G S C Mt. Silver (interior)
  Wobbuffet G S C Dark Cave
  Sneasel G S C Route 28 and Mt. Silver (exterior)
  Sneasel G S C Ice Path
  Delibird G S C Ice Path
  Houndour G S C Route 7
  Stantler G S C Route 37


Pokémon active at night and morning

Pokémon Games Locations
  Zubat G S C Routes 32 and 33
  Wooper G S C Route 32 (grass encounters only)
  Quagsire G S C Routes 10, 13, 14, 26, and 27 (grass encounters only)


Pokémon active at night and daytime

Pokémon Games Locations
  Raticate G S C Mt. Mortar
  Zubat G S C Mt. Mortar
  Golbat G S C Mt. Mortar and Mt. Silver (interior)
  Geodude G S C Mt. Mortar


In Generation IV

Pokémon active at night

Pokémon Games Locations
  Rattata D P Pt HG SS Routes 30 and 31
  Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211, 216, and 217, Acuity Lakefront
  Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211, and 216
  Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 3, 4, and 42, Cliff Cave
  Golbat D P Pt HG SS Route 227, Mt. Coronet (summit), and Stark Mountain (exterior)
  Golbat D P Pt HG SS Route 227, Mt. Coronet (summit), Stark Mountain (exterior), and Sendoff Spring
  Oddish D P Pt HG SS Routes 224 and 230
  Oddish D P Pt HG SS Routes 5, 6, 24, and 25, Ilex Forest
  Gloom D P Pt HG SS Route 5
  Venomoth D P Pt HG SS Routes 24 and 25
  Gastly D P Pt HG SS Route 209
  Gastly D P Pt HG SS Sprout Tower and Bell Tower
  Haunter D P Pt HG SS Route 8
  Gengar D P Pt HG SS Old Chateau (Dual-slot mode)
  Staryu D P Pt HG SS Routes 19, 34, and 40, Cherrygrove City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Union Cave (Good Rod and Super Rod)
  Hoothoot D P Pt HG SS Routes 210 and 211, Great Marsh
  Hoothoot D P Pt HG SS Routes 205, 210 and 211, Eterna Forest, Great Marsh (Areas 3 and 4)
  Hoothoot D P Pt HG SS Routes 1, 2, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, and 37, Viridian Forest, National Park
  Noctowl D P Pt HG SS Routes 210, 211, 216, and 217, Lake Valor, Lake Acuity, Acuity Lakefront, Sendoff Spring, Great Marsh (Areas 1 and 2), Mt. Coronet (summit)
  Noctowl D P Pt HG SS Routes 210 and 211, Great Marsh, Mt. Coronet (summit)
  Noctowl D P Pt HG SS Routes 2, 8, 13, 14, 15, 43, and 47, Viridian Forest
  Ariados D P Pt HG SS Route 229
  Ariados D P Pt HG SS Route 2
  Wooper D P Pt HG SS Route 32
  Quagsire D P Pt HG SS Routes 10, 13, 14, 15, 26, and 27
  Murkrow D P Pt HG SS Eterna Forest and Lost Tower
  Murkrow D P Pt HG SS Routes 7 and 16
  Misdreavus D P Pt HG SS Eterna Forest and Lost Tower
  Misdreavus D P Pt HG SS Cliff Cave and Mt. Silver (interior)
  Sneasel D P Pt HG SS Route 28 and Mt. Silver (exterior)
  Houndour D P Pt HG SS Route 7
  Banette D P Pt HG SS Routes 225, 226, and 227, Stark Mountain (exterior)
  Banette D P Pt HG SS Routes 225 and 226
  Duskull D P Pt HG SS Route 209 and Lost Tower
  Snorunt D P Pt HG SS Routes 216 and 217, Lake Acuity, Acuity Lakefront
  Rotom D P Pt HG SS Old Chateau (one only)


Pokémon active at night and morning

Pokémon Games Locations
  Beedrill D P Pt HG SS Route 2
  Clefairy D P Pt HG SS Mt. Coronet
  Zubat D P Pt HG SS Routes 32 and 33
  Venonat D P Pt HG SS Routes 24 and 43
  Spinarak D P Pt HG SS Routes 2, 30, 31, and 37
  Cleffa D P Pt HG SS Mt. Coronet
  Kricketot D P Pt HG SS Routes 203, 204, and 207
  Kricketot D P Pt HG SS Routes 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, and 207, Eterna Forest
  Kricketune D P Pt HG SS Route 206 and Valor Lakefront


Pokémon active at night and daytime

No Pokémon are active during both the night and daytime in Generation IV.

Generation VII

Pokémon Games Locations
  Rattata
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, Hau'oli City, Kala'e Bay
  Rattata
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, Kala'e Bay
  Raticate
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, Akala Outskirts, Ancient Poni Path, Malie City, Poni Gauntlet, Poni Grove, Poni Plains, Poni Wilds, Tapu Village
  Raticate
Alolan Form
S M US UM Routes 10, 15, 16, 17, Akala Outskirts, Tapu Village, Mount Lanakila, Poni Plains
Route 8 (SOS Battle)
  Clefairy S M US UM Mount Hokulani (SOS Battle)
  Hoothoot S M US UM Lush Jungle
  Noctowl S M US UM Lush Jungle (SOS Battle)
  Spinarak S M US UM Route 1
  Ariados S M US UM Routes 10, 11, 17, Malie Garden, Ula'ula Meadow
  Cleffa S M US UM Mount Hokulani
  Politoed S M US UM Malie Garden (SOS Battle in rain)
  Umbreon S M US UM Routes 4, 6 (SOS Battle)
  Murkrow S M US UM Hau'oli Cemetery
  Misdreavus S M US UM Hau'oli Cemetery
  Misdreavus S M US UM Poni Meadow
  Surskit S M US UM Brooklet Hill
  Masquerain S M US UM Malie Garden
  Huntail S M US UM Route 15, Melemele Sea (SOS Battle, fishing)
  Pikipek S M US UM Routes 4 and 6
  Lycanroc
Midnight Form
S M US UM Vast Poni Canyon
  Morelull S M US UM Route 11, Brooklet Hill, Lush Jungle
  Morelull S M US UM Brooklet Hill, Lush Jungle
  Shiinotic S M US UM Route 11


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