Catching Legendary Pokemon is one of the most thrilling experiences in Pokemon Go, but they’re not easy to get. Here are all of the Legendaries currently available and some of the best tips on how to catch them.
Ever since the original Pokemon games were released on the Game Boy back in the 1990s, Legendaries have been the most sought-after creatures for Trainers of all ages. They’re powerful, cool, and incredibly rare – so naturally, everyone wants them.
Whether you’re looking for the classics like Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno, or more recent additions like Zacian and Tapu Koko in the game, you’ll be glad to know that most Legendaries are available in Pokemon Go – although there are some notable exclusions.
Below, you’ll find details on every Legendary Pokemon that’s made its debut in Pokemon Go, the ones you can currently obtain in Raid Battles, and some tips on how to catch them when they’re defeated.
- All Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go
- How to catch Legendaries in Pokemon Go
- Which Legendaries are currently available?
- Which Legendaries are missing?
Here are all of the Legendaries that have made their debut in Pokemon Go so far:
|Legendary Pokemon||Release Date||Shiny Availability|
|Galarian Articuno||July 2022||No|
|Galarian Moltres||July 2022||No|
|Galarian Zapdos||July 2022||No|
|Giratina (Altered)||October 2018||Yes|
|Giratina (Origin)||April 2019||Yes|
|Therian Forme Thundurus||March 2021||Yes|
|Therian Forme Tornadus||March 2021||Yes|
|Therian Forme Landorus||April 2021||Yes|
|Tapu Koko||March 2022||No|
|Tapu Lele||March 2022||No|
|Tapu Bulu||April 2022||No|
|Tapu Fini||May 2022||No|
If you’re wondering why fan-favorite Pokemon like Darkrai and Deoxys don’t appear on this list, that’s because they’re technically Mythical creatures, not Legendaries.
Quite a few Mythical Pokemon are also only obtainable by completing limited-time Special Research stories, so it’s often not possible to obtain them any other way.
The only way to catch a Legendary in Pokemon Go is to first beat one in a 5-Star Raid Battle. These battles take place at Gyms, and you’ll typically need to team up with at least five other Trainers to win.
Once you’ve beaten a Legendary, you’ll be given a limited amount of Premier Balls to try and capture it. Their catch rates are very low, so there’s never a guarantee that you’ll catch a Legendary you’ve just beaten.
You can increase your chances by landing Excellent Throws and Curve Balls. You can also get more Premier Balls to throw by performing well in the battle or battling in a Gym that matches your team’s color.
Make sure you have enough Raid Passes before going Legendary hunting, though, as you’ll need these valuable items to take part. We’ve got a guide to getting more Remote Raid Passes right here.
Things work a little differently for the Galarian versions of Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. These three can only be encountered in the wild when using a Daily Adventure Incense, although it’s very rare to find them.
During the month of August 2022, Trainers will be able to encounter Palkia, Zacian, and Zamazenta on various dates.
Niantic regularly rotates the Legendaries that appear in 5-Star Raid Battles, so the best way to keep up to date with what’s available to catch is to check our Raid Boss guide, which is updated each month.
There will usually only be one Legendary available to catch at a time, although this sometimes changes if there’s a special event. During Pokemon Go Fest 2021, for example, every single Legendary showed up!
The following Legendaries have not made their Pokemon Go debut yet:
- Type: Null
It’s likely that all of these Pokemon will appear in Pokemon Go eventually, but there could be a long wait as Niantic only tends to debut a few new Legendaries each year.
Good luck catching those Legendaries! For more tips and tricks, check out some of our other Pokemon Go guides:
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