As of August 1st, Moltres is now possible to catch in Pokémon Go, this brings the current list of legendaries to three. As of now Moltres, Articuno, and Lugia have been obtainable from raids and Go-Fest with many more on the way. Following this up, Zapdos should start appearing in Raid battles for a limited time from August 7th-14th.
Niantic has made it clear that these Legendaries are not available year-round (Moltres will reputedly no longer be available after the 7th.) meaning it’s important to get out there and catch them! Also when trading is added to Go in the upcoming future, the rumor is that Legendaries won’t be tradeable. This means catching them is something you need to do yourself!
Use them for battle and to finish off that Pokedex!
Moltres and Zapdos will fill an interesting niche as once caught, a Legendary becomes a lower CP creature in your Squad. Still they are INCREDIBLY powerful and the combination of Ice, Fire, and Electricity are great for being super-effective in combat. Those that manage to get the first four-legendaries will have quite the powerhouse in duels. While a Legendary cannot be placed to defend a Gym, it can be used to attack one. Add to this that Go will most likely add in personal duels and you have a reason to keep your Legendary Pokémon battle ready!
Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno correspond to the three team colors in Pokémon Go and nearly finish the original Pokedex from the Johto Region. After this, 149 of the original 150/151 Pokémon will be obtainable in Go! Moltres is a flaming bird Pokémon that resembles the mythical Phoenix, while Zapdos is representative of the Thunder-Bird of Native American lore. These three Pokémon were some of the most challenging fights in the original Red and Blue and have a strong pull of nostalgia for those who grew up with Pokémon.
What comes after the birds?
With these three legendaries being released, it leaves us to wonder which one will come next. Many believe Mewtwo to be the next upcoming Legendary, a fan favorite, Mewtwo was the subject of the first U.S. Pokémon Movie and also the last of the original 150 Pokemon (Excluding the near impossible to obtain Mew). Having appeared as a playable character in Smash Brothers and the subject of several Pokémon Go Trailers, it is likely Mewtwo will be saved for a big event. Sadly after the last even from Niantic, people may be a bit wary to trek across the world for another Go-Fest. Another likely contender is Ho-oh, in keeping with the theme of birds!
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