Fleeing Pokemon TipsHave you ever noticed that sometimes a Wild Pokemon you are trying to catch turns into a ball of smoke and flees from the battle? This can be one of the more frustrating aspects of Pokemon GO, especially if you were attempting to capture a great and rare Pokemon. Many trainers are usually left wondering what they did wrong and why this has happened to them, more often than not without any answer to said questions.
The truth is, a Pokemon in Pokemon GO can run away from a battle for a number of reasons:
1) A player has traveled too far away from the original spot of battle, causing the Pokemon to flee. This is especially true for people that think driving is a good idea while playing Pokemon GO, at least outside of slower residential areas. Once you reach a certain distance away from the Pokemon, like how it is with both PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms, the game with automatically sense the speed at which you are traveling and the distance made from the original Pokemon Encounter. It will then give you one last chance at throwing a Pokemon - though a player will not know this - and then it will kick out a signal that sends the Pokemon packing.
2) The Pokemon is beyond what your trainer Level can handle. Odds are when you are just starting out in your game, probably before even reaching level 5, a freak occurrence will happen and you will run into a much higher leveled, rarer Pokemon (orange or red rings when holding your PokeBall in the encounter). Usually, this Pokemon will be way out of your league, and it will disappear as quickly as it popped. It can be frustrating when it does this because the truth is you never know if you will ever find that Pokemon again in the wild, but this does add to the real and authentic vibe of the game. Many Pokemon will flee from battle in the Mainstream Games because they think they are too good for the likes of your trainer, and you have to imagine that if you did live in the World of Pokemon that many would leave battle the same way in order to never be captured.
3) abra is notorious for fleeing battles. Much like how Abra once loved to frustrate players by teleporting in Pokemon Red & Blue if not caught on the first turn, so the same in Pokemon GO. Better make that one throw count.
4) The Pokemon Timer Is Up. Every Pokemon spawn in Pokemon GO is based on a timer from anywhere between 0-30 Minutes, causing it to remain in that exact location. If this time runs out during battle, it might just take the Pokemon with it.
5) All Pokemon Have flee Rates. Yes, every Pokemon is meant to flee from battle at some point, each having a percent with their given species. The higher this percentage, the higher the possibility of the Pokemon leaving the battle.
6) With The New AR+ For Apple Users, Pokemon will flee in their Awareness Meter is completely filled. Luckily, at least for this one, you have a chance at finding that same Pokemon again in the nearby grasses should you be quick enough.
Even with the number of factors that go into a Pokemon fleeing, however, a player can attempt to prevent this from happening in a couple of ways:
1) Gain more experience in order to level up your trainer. The higher you Trainer Level, the more rarer Pokemon you will find, in addition to better items being found and received from PokeStops.
2) Use Berries on those higher leveled Pokemon. This will allow them to become easier to catch with the next throw, giving you a realistic chance to catch them before fleeing.
3) Stay in the general area where you first spotted the Pokemon. This can be especially hard to do if you are in a car, but the Pokemon might flee if you get too far away.
4) Make your throws count when you yet do not have Berries and only regular pokeballs. Make sure your aim is good so every PokeBall hits the Wild Pokemon. This, plus a little luck, might just see you catch it somehow when you are still at a lower trainer Level.