When you open the Pokemon menu in Pokemon Go you can see a list of the Pokemon that you’ve caught in the game. The information included on that screen for each Pokemon is its CP, its picture, and its current name.
By default, the name of a Pokemon will be its name in the game. This is practical if you aren’t familiar with some of the Pokemon, but the fact that you can catch multiples of the same Pokemon will eventually leave you with a lot of the same Pokemon. But not all Pokemon are created the same, and you might have some that are more powerful, have better moves, or have a special level of significance to you based on where or when it was caught. Fortunately you can rename a Pokemon in Pokemon Go to make it easier to identify when you are viewing it in the Pokemon list.
How to Change the Name of a Pokemon in Pokemon Go
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3.2. The Pokemon Go version being used is the most current one available when this article was written. By completing the steps in this guide you will be changing the name of one of the Pokemon that you have caught. This will not affect other Pokemon of the same type, just the specific one that you have changed. For example, I am changing the name of a Paras in the steps below, but other Paras Pokemon that I have caught will retain their own names.
Step 1: Open Pokemon Go.
Step 2: Touch the red and white Pokeball at the bottom-center of the screen.
Step 3: Tap the Pokemon option.
Step 4: Choose the Pokemon that you want to rename. Note that you can tap the blue-green circle at the bottom-right corner of the screen to change how your Pokemon are currently sorted.
Step 5: Touch the pencil to the right of the current Pokemon name.
Step 6: Delete the existing name, enter the name that you wish to use, then tap the OK button.
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