How to find Galarian Articuno, Moltres & Zapdos in Pokemon Go and can they be Shiny?

Daniel Megarry
Galarian Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos in Pokemon Go

Galarian Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos have all made their surprise debut in Pokemon Go, but finding them is tricky and will require you to use a new item known as the Daily Adventure Incense.

Adding a new Legendary to your collection in Pokemon Go usually requires you to defeat them in a Raid Battle, but things work a little differently for the Galarian versions of Kanto’s Legendary birds.

These three powerful creatures — Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos — have been in Pokemon Go for a healthy period of time but the Galarian versions are far from easy to obtain.

Below, you’ll find all the information you need to encounter Galarian Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos in Pokemon Go.


How to find Galarian Articuno, Moltres & Zapdos in Pokemon Go

Right now, the only way to encounter Galarian Articuno, Galarian Moltres, or Galarian Zapdos in Pokemon Go is to use the Daily Adventure Incense item and explore until one spawns.

Daily Adventure Incense is a special Incense that lasts for 15 minutes and has the potential to attract some rare Pokemon to your location. Even better, a free one will appear in your Items every day.

You’ll need to complete the A Mysterious Incense Special Research story before you can use the Daily Adventure Incense.

A poster for the Mysterious Incense Special Research in Pokemon Go

How to catch Galarian Articuno, Moltres & Zapdos in Pokemon Go

Once you’ve encountered a Galarian Articuno, Moltres, or Zapdos, the hard part will be catching it as these rare Legendaries have a 90% flee rate. This means they’ll likely run away if you miss your shot.

While it’s never guaranteed that you’ll be able to catch them, you can increase your chances by using Silver Pinap Berries or Golden Razz Berries and then landing Excellent Curveball Throws.

Fortunately, a new Daily Adventure Incense will appear in your items collection each day, so if the Galarian Legendary bird you encounter flees, you’ll always get another chance tomorrow!

Can the Legendary Galarian Birds be Shiny in Pokemon Go?

No, the Galarian versions of Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos do not have Shiny versions available in Pokemon Go.

The Kanto versions of those three birds, however, do have Shiny versions.

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