Pokemon Go - When To Expect Legendary Birds Like Zapdos, Articuno, And Moltres
It may be that Niantic has special plans for when Legendary creatures become available.
Pokemon series veterans will no doubt remember hustling to find several Legendary Pokemon, including the flying creatures Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres in addition to other classic monsters like Mewtwo. Thanks to a bit of handy data mining, we know that several Legendary Pokemon are present within Pokemon Go, as YouTube user NesstendoYT has uncovered records pointing to their existence within the game. Still, almost no Legendary Pokemon have appeared. As of right now, there are zero confirmed reports of Legendary Pokemon appearing with Pokemon Go, but hints point to them potentially appearing under very specific circumstances.
A Legendary Tease
Just one Pokemon Go player, Kait Covey of Ohio, has ever received a Legendary bird Pokemon. She claims that her Articuno was gifted to her by Niantic after a bug caused her to lose her own copy of the creature — and she had screenshots and video evidence to back it up. Curiously, however, developer Niantic later removed Articuno from her collection and issued a statement saying that the creature appeared erroneously.
Beyond this instance, no other Legendary birds have shown up within the game. However, promotional materials for Pokemon Go included a commercial (seen above) that showed a group of people taking down a Mewtwo in Times Square, suggesting that Legendary creatures may show up as part of planned public events.
Further adding to this concept are results from data mining, which not only shows that creatures like Mewtwo and Ho-Oh are some of the most powerful creatures in the games, but that these creatures have no capture rate at all. The bottom line seems to indicate that Legendary creatures won't be captured in the same way as other Pokemon within the game, which lends credence to the idea of them appearing during special events.
If any rogue Legendary Pokemon show up within Pokemon Go, we'll certainly spill all of the details, but for now, it appears Niantic alone know the secrets to capturing and training legendary creatures.
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