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Most popular Legendary Pokemon from every generation revealed

Published: 4/Sep/2020 1:34 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 2:39

by Paul Cot

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There are a lot of Legendary Pokemon, so we have decided to find out which are the most popular in every generation.

There are 57 Legendary Pokemon through Gen 1 to Gen 8. This gives us a surprisingly high average of just above seven for each generation!

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With so many, it is understandable that the mystique just isn’t there for some of them. Some trainers will remember the aura surrounding the Kanto birds during the Gen 1 days. However, most of the time, other generation’s Legendary equivalents don’t have that same feeling.

It is difficult to measure the popularity of each Legendary ‘mon. After all, what specifically measures popularity? The closest we can do is analyze search volume for each Pokemon, although this will include other factors such as controversy and whether or not they were in the news.

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Nevertheless, here is each generation’s most popular Legendary Pokemon. The data displayed is based on worldwide searches for the last five years.

Gen 1 Legendary Search Volume
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Mewtwo unsurprisingly comes out ahead of Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.

Gen 1 – Mewtwo

The Kanto region’s most popular Legendary should come as no surprise. After all, Mewtwo is one of the most iconic Pokemon, period. Therefore we would have expected it to comfortably beat Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres when it comes to search traffic.

The boost in the summer of 2016, as is the case for the others too, was due to their release in Pokemon Go. This was that magical time when seemingly everybody was playing the mobile game.

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The other boosts are presumably due to the Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution movie. When it comes to the Legendary birds, though, what is interesting, is that Zapdos comes out on top, albeit ever so slightly, while Moltres had the least searches for the period.

Gen 2 Legendary Search Volume
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Lugia beats Ho-Oh when it comes to Gen 2 popularity.

Gen 2 – Lugia

There were five Legendary Pokemon originating from the Johto region – Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia and Ho-Oh. Of course, nobody will have expected any of the under-loved Johto dogs to outdo either Lugia or Ho-Oh.

It seems the three Legendary dogs never fully resonated with Pokemon fans. Suicune and Entei’s spikes in late 2019 can be explained by their Shadow forms being introduced to Pokemon Go.

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The graph shows a clear winner though: Lugia. This is despite Ho-Oh, at least originally, being positioned as the main cover star for the Gold and Silver games.

The defensively minded Lugia has always seemed to prove more popular, though. This could be down to Ho-Oh’s design or that Lugia featured on the incredibly popular Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness Gamecube game.

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Gen 3 Legendary Search Volume
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Rayquaza comes out on top ahead of all the Hoenn legends.

Gen 3 – Rayquaza

The Hoenn region introduced an additional eight Legendary Pokemon to the franchise. Among these were the Regi-trio (Regirock, Regice, Registeel), Latias, Latios, Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza.

The results here are as expected, again. The Regi-trio and the Eon duo are far less popular than the main legends: Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza. Interestingly Regirock beats its ice and steel counterparts while Latios ever-so-slightly beats Latias.

Rayquaza is the comfortable winner, however. The graph once again shows several spikes and these seem to align with its involvement in Pokemon Go Raid Battles.

Gen 4 Legendary Search Volume
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Giratina wins at everything and that even includes search traffic.

Gen 4 – Giratina

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl added another nine Legendary Pokemon. The increased numbers may go someway to explain why the allure of legends has decreased over time, but that is besides the point.

The Lake Guardians, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, are the weaker legends of the generation. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that these are the least popular in terms of searches. Notably though, Uxie did beat the other two – just barely.

Then there are Cresselia, Heatran, and Regigigas. We’d have thought Regigigas would have beat the other two but, in actual fact, it is Heatran that comes out on top.

For those of you that think Pokemon Go is dying, the search volume for these legends show just how strong and alive the mobile game still is. Any time one of these Pokemon are featured in Raid Battles, their search volumes spike. This is exactly what you’re seeing with Heatran in the above graph.

None of these were going to beat the likes of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, though. These are unofficially the most iconic of all Legendary Pokemon, as there is no trio more ferocious in the franchise. This is part of the reason the Diamond and Pearl games are still so revered.

Giratina seemingly wins at everything and search volumes are no different. It comfortably beats both Dialga and Palkia, which are very well searched in their own right.

Gen 5 Legendary Search Volume
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Zekrom and Kyurem are more searched than Reshiram.

Gen 5 – Zekrom and Kyurem

Unova region’s Legendary Pokemon are similar to that of previous generations whereby the ‘main’ legends come out on top. Gen 5 adds nine new Legendary ‘mons comprising of the Swords of Justice (Cobalion, Virizon, and Terrakion), the Forces of Nature (Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus) and then the intimidating Tao trio (Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem).

There isn’t a lot between the Swords of Justice although Cobalion edges it, barely. The same can be said for the Forces of Nature with Landorus coming out on top, although in this instance a little more comfortably.

It was always going to be one of the Tao trio to win the battle of Gen 5, though. Zekrom and Kyurem share the win here, edging out Reshiram – there is little deviation between the three, however.

Once again, we can see a clear correlation between these Pokemon and their features in Pokemon Go Raid Battles.

Gen 6 Legendary Search Volume
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Zygarde is the clear winner ahead of Xerneas and Yveltal.

Gen 6 – Zygarde

The Kalos region was the first generation to add fewer Legendaries than the gen before it. Only three were added in Gen 6: Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde – known as the Aura Trio.

This was an interesting change of strategy from the Pokemon Company but likely gave the Aura Trio more prestige as a result. Being one of the newer generations, some Pokemon fans may not be as aware of these legends in comparison to earlier ones.

None of Gen 6 has yet to feature in Pokemon Go either, which is another reason they will be less known. Nonetheless, out of the three, Zygarde is a lot more searched than Xerneas and Yveltal.

Gen 7 Legendary Search Volume
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Again, the most powerful Legendary Pokemon of the generation comes out on top. In this case: Zecrozma.

Gen 7 – Type: Null and Necrozma

The Alola region made up for the lack of legends introduced in Kalos, adding the most in one generation to date: 11. The Tapu Pokemon were one of these groups, consisting of Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini. Tapu Koko is the most searched out of these.

Then there are the Beast Killers – Type: Null and Silvally. The former is far more searched here and actually finishes top of all Gen 7 Legendary ‘mon.

Solgaleo out-volumes Lunala, Cosmog, and Cosmoem but does fall behind Type: Null. Necrozma is obviously the featured legend and consequently comes out on top. It is equal with Type: Null however, which does have somewhat of a cult popularity.

 

Gen 8 Legendary Search Volume
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Zacian is a more popular search term than both Zamazenta and Eternatus.

Gen 8 – Zacian

Gen 8 reverted back to just three new Legendary Pokemon, although another in Kubfu (and Urshifu) was introduced in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC. Despite Eternatus being one of the strongest Pokemon in the entire franchise, Zacian is seemingly more popular.

Obviously, comparing these Galar legends with those of other regions is tricky because they are all less than a year old. Over time it will be interesting to see whether they can maintain their current notoriety.

Most Popular Legendary Pokemon Searches
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Surprise surprise, Mewtwo is the most searched Legendary Pokemon.

Most popular overall

Given we know the most popular Pokemon from each generation, we can try to figure out which is the overall most popular. The answer to that is Mewtwo, by far.

However, this isn’t necessarily a fair comparison. Mewtwo is the original legend, has a movie named after it and is subject to a lot of promotion.

The second is Lugia, which suggests trainers favor the older ‘mons. After all, nostalgia is powerful. Giratina comes out in third, although Dialga comes very close. This shows that promotion and chronological order aside, Gen 4 may just be the most popular.

There you have it though, Mewtwo is, and may always be, the consummate Legendary Pokemon.

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.