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8 Pokemon that should have been Legendaries: Arcanine, Lucario, & more

Published: 2/Feb/2021 12:27

by James Busby


Legendary Pokemon are the most highly coveted creatures in the series, but there are a number of pocket monsters that fall just short of this status. 

Pokemon has always been home to incredibly powerful monsters. In fact, each game brings with it new Legendary creatures for players to catch and train. From iconic Psychic-type Pokemon like Mewtwo to the Sword & Shield’s Zamazenta, there are plenty of strong Pokemon that have made their way onto the Legendary list.

These powerful Pokemon don’t just have cool designs and powerful movesets, they also feature in numerous events, movies, and special giveaways. As a result, these Pokemon are highly sought after amongst trainers. However, there have been times when the boundary between Legendary and non-Legendary Pokemon has been blurred.

8. Unown

Unown Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Unown have a strong connection to Legendary Pokemon.

Unown certainly holds a special significance in the wider world of Pokemon, particularly pertaining to that of the movie Spell of the Unown: Entei. While these symbolic Pokemon come in a variety of shapes and sizes, the details surrounding them are still a mystery. In fact, the Pokedex entries for Unown state that “research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.”

Many Pokemon Gold and Silver fans once believed that catching all the Unown would lead to a big in-game secret. After all, many Unown are found within ancient ruins (Ruins of Alph), which would indicate that there is some greater mystery yet to be discovered.  Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. 

7. Rotom

Rotom Pokemon

This dual-type Electric/Ghost Pokémon confused many Pokemon trainers in Diamond and Pearl. After all, Rotom famously featured the Battle! theme, which is saved for Legendary Pokemon encounters. To date, Rotom is still the only non-Legendary Pokémon to do this. 

If the music wasn’t confusing enough, Rotom’s sighting in Diamond and Pearl also screams that of a Legendary encounter. During the player’s exploration of the spooky Old Chateau, they will come across a room with a TV in it. Upon interacting with said TV, Rotom will burst out and the Legendary Battle! theme will begin. 

Combine this with fact that Rotom doesn’t evolve, and you have a non-Legendary Pokemon that tricked many Pokemon fans upon its release. In fact, the only real giveaway here is that Rotom can breed with Ditto.

6. Dragonite

Dragonite Pokemon Go Premier Cup
The Pokemon Company
Dragonite has long been a fan-favorite since gen-one.

Part of what makes a Pokemon Legendary is its rarity, strength, and overall mystery that surrounds it. While Dragonite failed to join the Legendary Pokemon club, it has been dubbed as a pseudo-Legendary by many Pokemon fans – joining the likes of Tyranitar, Salamence, Metagross, Garchomp, and more. The gen-one Dragon-type is the first pseudo-Legendary to make the list due to its “above average” stats. 

According to Red/Blue’s Pokedex entries, Dragonite is “an extremely rarely seen marine Pokémon. Its intelligence is said to match that of humans.” Dragonite’s illusiveness was also portrayed in the original Pokemon episode Mystery at the Lighthouse, where it was depicted as unknown giant Pokémon that avoided humans.

5. Zorua/Zoroark

Zoroark Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Zoroark certainly looks like a Legendary Pokemon.

While Zorark also had its own film (Zoroark: Master of Illusions) and unique event in Black and White, the Dark-type still didn’t get to join the Legendary party. This is particularly strange when you consider that this Pokemon is capable of hiding its “true identity by transforming into people and Pokémon.”

In addition to this superhuman trait, obtaining Zorua also wasn’t a particularly easy feat, either. In fact, players needed a special event Celebi to secure it. If you missed the Celebi giveaway or didn’t have any friends that could help you out, then Zorua would remain unattainable. Prior to Pokémon Black and White 2, Zorua was also the only non-Mythical Pokémon to have been event-exclusive. Despite this, Zorua and Zoroark remain popular non-Legendary picks.

4. Lucario

Lucario Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Lucario surprised many fans when it was found not to be a Legendary.

Lucario continues to be one of the most popular Pokemon thanks to its cool-looking design and powerful movepool. The Fighting/Steel-type famously made its first non-cameo debut in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. It’s not every day when non-Legendary Pokemon get their very own film, let alone feature alongside the most iconic Mythical Pokemon. 

As a result, many fans believed Lucario would be one of the Legendary Pokemon that would be obtainable in Diamond & Pearl. If that wasn’t enough, Lucario was also depicted as being one of the few Pokemon that is capable of telepathically communicating with humans. Despite its high intelligence and ability to “sense auras… and take in the feelings of creatures over half a mile away,” Lucario falls just short of claiming a Legendary title.

3. Volcarona

Volcarona Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Volcarona’s original encounter is befitting of a Legendary battle.

Velcarona duped many a Pokemon trainer thanks to its encounter method. While the majority of non-Legendary Pokemon can be found in numerous areas of the game’s overworld, Volcarona drastically switched things up. The dual-type Bug/Fire Pokemon only appeared at the end of Black and White’s Relic Castle.

After navigating through several mazes, players would finally find themselves in an ancient tomb. The encounter itself was certainly very reminiscent of a Legendary Pokemon battle, but many fans were surprised to find that it was just a normal Pokemon. 

2. Arcanine

Arcanine Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Arcanine really burs the Legendary line.

Not only does Arcanine look incredibly convincing as a Legendary dog, but it also has a lot of in-game lore that points towards it being worthy of this title. After all, the Fire-type Pokemon is officially dubbed as the “Legendary Pokémon”, while a Pokedex entry from Pokemon Yellow simply states that Arcanine is: “A legendary Pokémon in China.” 

If that wasn’t enough, this regal canine was famously featured alongside Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres on a stone tablet in episode two of the original anime. It certainly seems Arcanine was originally destined to be a Legendary Pokemon, especially given how it is displayed in both the games and TV show. 

1. MissingNo.

Missingno Pokemon
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MissingNo. sparked a lot of excitement upon its discovery.

While MissingNo. “missing number” is not an official species of Pokemon, it certainly sparked a lot of excitement upon its discovery in 1999. The glitch Pokemon appeared as a dual Bird/Normal-type Pokémon in the European/North American copies of Red and Blue. After doing a series of in-game sequences, players could encounter MissingNo. while surfing off the east coast of Cinnabar Island. 

Many Pokemon fans speculated that the glitch Pokemon was a Legendary creature that was cut from the game. However, Nintendo later dispelled this rumor during an official statement where they said that “MissingNO is a programming quirk, and not a real part of the game.” Despite, this confirmation, we still think it would be great to see MissingNo. Make an appearance as a Legendary Pokemon in a future title. 

There you have it, eight Pokemon that should have been Legendaries in the series. Make sure to check out our Pokemon hub for all the latest news and updates.

Call of Duty

Warzone Season 2 early patch notes: Ship POI, 2 new weapons, map changes, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 1:10 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 1:18

by Calum Patterson


Not long left until Season Two of Warzone kicks off later tonight, so we’ve got everything you need to know about the new update, including new points of interest on the Verdansk map, two weapons, modes, and more.

A new season means new content for Call of Duty’s prized battle royale game. Warzone is set to receive a brand new POI in the shape of a large cargo tanker, along with other undisclosed changes to Verdansk. A couple of new modes will also be making their debut, as well as the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG.

On top of all this new stuff, Raven Software are also making changes to the game and adding in fixes for several bugs. All of the details can be found in the official Season 2 patch notes below.

New Warzone locations in Season 2: Ship POI & map changes

Tanker ship POI in Warzone Season 2.
New cargo tanker ship POI coming to Warzone in Season 2!

First and foremost, Verdansk is getting some major new points of interest in what feels like forever, starting with the Vodianoy cargo tanker ship that’s approaching the Port. The tanker is said to be carrying “unknown cargo,” so players will be able to access it for loot, although it could end up being a hot spot early in the season.

That’s not the only new POI in Season 2, but it’s the only one we know of right now. Activision said that “something major is beginning to rumble deep underground” within Verdansk and that players can explore these areas at their own risk since further intel is currently “classified.”

New Warzone weapons in Season 2: FARA 83 & LC-10

FARA 83 in Season 2
The FARA 83 assault rifle can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Black Ops Cold War is set to receive six new weapons in Season 2, which means that they’ll all be available in Warzone as well due to the two games’ integration within each other.

Two of those weapons will be released right at the launch of S2 – the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG. The FARA 83 is a remake of the iconic Galil AR from previous Black Ops titles, while the LC-10 is a brand new addition to the series.

The FARA can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the S2 Battle Pass while the LC-10 is available after Tier 31.

LC-10 SMG in Season 2
The brand new LC-10 SMG is available at Tier 31 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

New Warzone modes in Season 2

Rebirth Island Resurgence Extreme

Rebirth Island is about to get wild in Season 2!

Rebirth Island’s new Resurgence Extreme mode will be available right away when Season 2 launches. This is essentially the current Resurgence mode but on steroids, increasing the player count up to 90!

“The high-octane, respawn-enabled Resurgence mode on Rebirth Island will be taken to the extreme during Season Two, upping the max player count in the limited-time Rebirth Island Resurgence Extreme mode. Up to 90 players can drop onto Rebirth Island for an incredibly frenetic fight for supremacy, as they look to eliminate every last member of enemy squads to prevent them from getting a second, third, or even forth chance at revenge.

Just like Resurgence, squad members can spawn back in if their Rebirth Countdown hits zero and at least one of their allies is still alive, and specific Caches around the map will refresh their items frequently to ensure there is no shortage of firepower around the island.”


Warzone Season 2’s new Exfiltration mode will be played on Verdansk.

Exfiltration is a new mode that will be played on Verdansk. It will be added in-season, meaning it won’t be available at the start of Season 2.

“It’s about time that the exfil chopper arrives before the Circle Collapse fully closes in. During an Exfiltration Battle Royale, a portable radio crackles into life, coming online somewhere in Verdansk. The Operator who secures this radio and holds onto it for a sufficient period of time automatically wins the game for them (or their squad, in non-Solo modes). To ensure their exfil isn’t by the book, anyone holding the radio is marked on the Tac Map as if they were under a Most Wanted Contract (also known as an HVT or High Value Target) with all Operators also receiving intel on how much longer the current radio holder has until they win. Other than this new win condition, the same Battle Royale rules apply. Expect a circle collapse and a winner to be determined by last Operator or squad standing, should nobody receive an early exfil with the radio.”

When is Warzone Season 2? Update release date & time

Both the Warzone Season 2 update and all of the new Season 2 content will be hitting live servers at the same time: February 24 at 9PM PT.

Here are the release times around the world:

  • February 24
    • 9:00 PM PT
    • 11:00 PM CT
  • February 25
    • 12:00 AM ET
    • 5:00 AM GMT (UK)
    • 6:00 AM CET (EU)
    • 4:00 PM AEDT (Australia)

For more details about the new content for Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies, make sure to check out the BOCW Season 2 Patch Notes and our “What’s new in Black Ops Cold War Season 2” page.