Pokemon Go: All Legendary Pokemon & how to catch them (2024)

Daniel Megarry
A poster containing all Legendary Pokemon

Legendaries are the hardest creatures to find and capture in Pokemon Go, which makes them the most desirable among completionists and competitive trainers. Here’s the full list of all the Legendary Pokemon available in Niantic’s game, as well as their Shiny and Shadow variations.

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 Regidrago or Regieleki, or classic creatures Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno, most of them are available in Pokemon Go. However, there are still some noticeable absences 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 (2024)

Here are all of the Legendaries that have made their debut in Pokemon Go so far:

LEGENDARY POKEMONSPRITERELEASE DATESHINY AVAILABILTY
ArticunoArticuno in Pokemon GoJuly 2017Yes
Galarian ArticunoGalarian ArticunoJuly 2022No
MoltresMoltres in Pokemon GoJuly 2017Yes
Galarian MoltresGalarian MoltresJuly 2022No
ZapdosZapdos in Pokemon GoAugust 2017Yes
Galarian ZapdosGalarian ZapdosJuly 2022No
MewtwoMewtwo Pokemon GoAugust 2017Yes
Armored Mewtwoarmored mewtwoJuly 2019No
RaikouRaikouAugust 2017Yes
EnteiEntei Pokemon GoAugust 2017Yes
SuicunePokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Suicine profile imageSeptember 2017Yes
LugiaPokemon Go LugiaJuly 2017Yes
Ho-OhHo-OhNovember 2017Yes
RegirockRegirock Pokemon GoAugust 2018Yes
RegiceBrilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Regice profile imageJune 2018Yes
RegisteelBrilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Registeel profile imageJuly 2018Yes
LatiasLatiasApril 2018Yes
LatiosPokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Latios profile imageApril 2018Yes
KyogreKyogreJanuary 2018Yes
GroudonPokemon Go GroudonDecember 2017Yes
RayquazaRayquazaFebruary 2018Yes
UxieUxieApril 2019Yes
MespritMespritApril 2019Yes
AzelfAzelfApril 2019Yes
DialgaDialgaMarch 2019Yes
Dialga (Origin)February 2024Yes
PalkiaPalkiaJanuary 2019Yes
Palkia (Origin)pokemon palkia originFebruary 2024Yes
Giratina (Altered)Giratina Altered FormeOctober 2018Yes
Giratina (Origin)Pokemon Go Giratina Origin Forme Master LeagueApril 2019Yes
HeatranHeatran Pokemon GoDecember 2018Yes
RegigigasPokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Regigigas profile imageNovember 2019Yes
CresseliaCresseliaNovember 2018Yes
CobalionCobalionNovember 2019Yes
TerrakionTerrakionNovember 2019Yes
VirizionVirizionDecember 2019Yes
TornadusTornadusFebruary 2020Yes
ThundurusThundurusMarch 2020Yes
LandorusLandorus Pokemon GoMarch 2020Yes
Enamorusenamorus pokemonFebruary 2024No
Therian Forme ThundurusTherian Forme ThundurusMarch 2021Yes
Therian Forme TornadusTherian Forme TornadusMarch 2021Yes
Therian Forme LandorusTherian Forme LandorusApril 2021Yes
ReshiramReshiramMay 2020Yes
ZekromZekromJune 2020Yes
KyuremKyurem in Pokemon GoJuly 2020Yes
XerneasXerneasMay 2021Yes
YveltalYveltalMay 2021Yes
Zygarde July 2023No
Tapu KokoTapu Koko in Pokemon GOMarch 2022Yes
Tapu LeleTapu Lele in Pokemon GoMarch 2022Yes
Tapu BuluTapu Bulu in Pokemon Go raidsApril 2022Yes
Tapu FiniTapu Fini in Pokemon GoMay 2022Yes
CosmogCosmogSeptember 2022No
CosmoemCosmoem in Pokemon GoOctober 2022No
SolgaleoSolgaleoNovember 2022No
LunalaLunalaNovember 2022No
ZacianZacianAugust 2021No
ZamazentaZamazentaAugust 2021No
RegidragoRegidragoMarch 2023No
RegielekiRegieleki in Pokemon GoMarch 2023No
NecrozmanecrozmaMay 2024Yes
Dusk Mane Necrozmadusk mane necrozmaMay 2024Yes
Dawn Wings NecrozmaDawn Wings NecrozmaMay 2024Yes

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.

All Shadow Legendaries in Pokemon Go

Shadow Pokemon are a rare variation of Pokemon in the game left behind by Team GO Rocket. These are corrupted creatures that you can recognize by their red eyes and purple auras that deal 20% more damage but also take 20% more damage from enemies. 

Here’s the complete list of all the Legendary Pokemon that have a Shadow version in Pokemon Go.

ArticunoHo-Oh
ZapdosRegirock
MoltresRegice
MewtwoRegisteel
RaikouLatias
EnteiLatios
SuicuneKyogre
LugiaRegigigas

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 occur 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 number of Premier Balls to try to capture it. Their catch rates are very low, so there’s never a guarantee that you’ll catch a Legendary you’ve just beaten.

The Legendary Zekrom appearing in Pokemon Go
Catching a Legendary requires a mix of timing, patience, and luck.

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 participate. 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 regional variants can only be encountered in the wild when using a Daily Adventure Incense, although they are very rare to find.

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 can evolve it into either Solgaleo or Lunala.

Which Legendary Pokemon are currently available to catch?

The Galarian forms of the Legendary Birds (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) are always available in the game. However, they only appear using the Daily Adventure Incense and they have a very high flee rate.

The Lake Trio (Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf) can also be found in the wild, or 5-star Raid battles, however they are region-locked.

During July, Shadow Entei will be available at Shadow Raids every weekend, while every Ultra Beast (except Poipole and Naganadel) – along with Articuno and Tornadus (Incarnate Forme) – will be featured in 5-Star Raids. Additionally, all of them will also have their own Raid Hours during the month.

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!

What Legendaries are not in Pokemon Go yet?

The following Legendaries have not made their Pokemon Go debut yet:

  • Type: Null
  • Silvally
  • Eternatus
  • Kubfu
  • Urshifu
  • Glastrier
  • Spectrier
  • Calyrex
  • Enamorus (Therian Forme)
  • Wo-Chien
  • Chien-Pao
  • Ting-Lu
  • Chi-Yu
  • Koraidon
  • Miraidon
  • Okidogi
  • Munkidori
  • Fezandipiti
  • Ogerpon
  • Terapagos

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.

That’s all you need to know about Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go. Remember to check out All the Ultra Beasts available in the game, as well as How to get Remote Raid Passes and some very useful catching tips for your upcoming battles.

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