All Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go & how to catch them
Every trainer wants to add some Legendary Pokemon to their team in Pokemon Go, so here’s a full list of all of the ones you can currently obtain in the game and how to catch them all.
Legendary Pokemon have been the most sought-after ‘mon for Trainers to find ever since the original Pokemon games were released back in the 1990s. These unique creatures are incredibly rare so everyone wants to add at least one to their team.
Whether it’s more recent Legendaries like Solgaleo and Lunala, or classic creatures Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno, the majority of Legendary Pokemon are available to obtain in Pokemon Go, however, some still aren’t available in the game.
So, here’s every Legendary Pokemon you can get in Pokemon Go, including some tips on how to catch them.
- All Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go
- How to catch Legendaries in Pokemon Go
- Which Legendaries are currently available?
- Which Legendaries are missing?
All Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go
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.
How to catch Legendaries in Pokemon Go
The main 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.
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Things work a little differently for the Galarian versions of Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. These three regional variants can only be encountered in the wild when using a Daily Adventure Incense, although it’s very rare to find them.
Cosmog also works differently from other Legendaries in the game. The only way to get one is to work through the Cosmic Companion Special Research story. Completing this story is also how you’ll be able to evolve it into either Solgaleo or Lunala.
Which Legendary Pokemon are currently available to catch?
During the month of December 2022, Trainers will be able to encounter Virizion, Terrakion, Cobalion, and Kyurem 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!
Which Legendaries are missing in Pokemon Go?
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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