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Pokemon Go: Kyurem expected to be the next legend released

by Paul Cot
Pokemon Company

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It's looking like Kyurem will be the next legendary Pokemon to be added to Pokemon Go.

Why do we suspect that? References to Kyurem have been found in the Pokemon Go Game Master (GM) file. For those of you who don't know, this is a file that sits on your iPhone or Android device which makes the game run smoother.

Specifically modifications to the Gen 5 legend's model height were found. Kyurem itself has been in the game's code ever since generation 5 started rolling out, though.

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Kyurem could be the next legendary Pokemon to come to the mobile game...

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Interestingly that code differentiates between Kyurem, White Kyurem and Black Kyurem even though they share the same Pokedex entry. This shows it's almost certain that all three will be available at some point. For now though, it looks 'standard' Kyurem is up first as this would be the most logical way to release it.

When will Kyurem release?

With Landorus' stay in Raid Battles being extended to April 28, the next legend should be just around the corner. Assuming Kyurem is indeed next, then we can expect to hear about at the beginning of next week on April 27.

With each of the Swords of Justice and Forces of Nature having already been released, there are only a few Gen 5 legends remaining. These include the Therian Forms of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus along with the more powerful two of the Tao Trio - Reshiram and Zekrom. So, logically, that's why Kyurem should be next.

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White and Black Kyurem will likely be released after Kyurem as they're both more powerful...

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Stats

There will be inevitably a lot of hype surrounding the release of Kyurem but it won't be shaking up the Pokemon Go meta. Unfortunately while it stats are very good, as would be expected for such a high profile legend, they just aren't good enough.

This makes sense considering White and Black Kyurem will be coming in the future and Reshiram/Zekrom are known to be more powerful. So, at least for the being, Dialga will retain its throne of being the go-to Master League Pokemon.

The Temporal Pokemon has a superior typing in addition to higher stats. Meanwhile, Kyurem will be weak against more types as well as having far fewer resistances.

It's not all bad news however, as Kyurem will have Dragon Breath, Dragon Claw, Draco Meteor and Icy Wind to fall back on. Now all that's left to do is wait for Niantic to make the announcement!