As time goes on, more and more Pokemon Go legendaries are added to the game. From Moltres to Mesprit, these are the toughest pocket monsters to acquire in Pokemon Go, but not all of them are available at any one time. Pokemon Go legendaries are on a rotation system, and some can be caught in raids, while others are field research rewards. Here's everything you need to know about Pokemon Go legendary Pokemon.
The Pokemon Go legendaries available are constantly changing, as more get released and the game progresses. Catching all of the legendary Pokemon is a slow burn because not every single one is available at any one point, but we've got the full list of legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go here so you can work out which ones you still need to catch.
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Complete list of legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go has a plethora of legendary Pokemon available, from the original three legendary birds to the Gen 4 legendaries. The caveat is that not all legendary Pokemon are available at any one time. Here's the full list of legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go:
- #144 - Articuno - Unavailable
- #145 - Zapdos - Unavailable
- #146 - Moltres - Unavailable
- #150 - Mewtwo - Unavailable
- #151 - Mew
- #243 - Raikou - Unavailable
- #244 - Entei - Unavailable
- #245 - Suicune - Unavailable
- #249 - Lugia - Unavailable
- #250 - Ho-Oh - Unavailable
- #251 - Celebi
- #377 - Regirock - Unavailable
- #378 - Regice - Unavailable
- #379 - Registeel - Unavailable
- #380 - Latias
- #381 - Latios
- #382 - Kyogre
- #383 - Groudon
- #384 - Rayquaza - Unavailable
- #386 - Deoxys
- #480 - Uxie
- #481 - Mesprit
- #482 - Azelf
- #483 - Dialga - Unavailable
- #484 - Palkia - Unavailable
- #485 - Heatran - Unavailable
- #487 - Giratina - Unavailable
- #488 - Cresselia - Unavailable
- #808 - Meltan
- #809 - Melmetal
Current level five raid legendary: Groudon
From June 27 until July 10, Groudon is available in level five raids, following on from Cresselia and Kyogre. If you don't manage to get a Groudon during this time though, don't worry because it's also a reward for field research until September 1.
Current ex-raid legendary: Deoxys Speed Forme
Following on from Deoxys Attack Forme as the legendary Pokemon exclusive to ex-raids, is Deoxys Speed Forme. If you're unsure what an ex-raid in Pokemon Go is, venture over to our Pokemon Go raids guide which also includes counters for all of the Pokemon available in raids right now.
Special research legendary Pokemon: Mew, Celebi, and Meltan
Mew was the first legendary Pokemon available via special research, in a quest line called "A Mythical Discovery". This is the only way to obtain Mew, and you can read more on that with our how to catch Mew and Mewtwo in Pokemon Go guide.
Celebi is also now available through the "A Ripple In Time" special research quest. Just like Mew, you need to do a series of potentially lengthy tasks, which we've covered in detail here: how to catch Celebi in Pokemon Go.
Technically, Meltan and its evolution Melmetal are mythical Pokemon instead of legendaries, but for the purposes of this guide, they count as legendaries. We've covered how to catch Meltan in Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let's Go but the basic gist of things is that you either need to transfer a Pokemon from the former to the latter, to receive Meltan in the former, or complete the special research called "Let's GO, Meltan.
Field research legendary Pokemon: Kyogre, Groudon, Latias, Latios
When you complete seven pieces of field research, you'll earn a special reward encounter with a legendary Pokemon. This can be one of many, and is the only way to obtain these legendaries at this point in the game. They all used to be available as level five raid bosses, and they've now returned as field research rewards from July 1 till September 1.
Advice for catching Pokemon Go Legendaries
- It’s disappointing but don’t expect to catch on your first Raid. The catch rates differ per Legendary but the odds are not high.
- Increase your odds with curveballs and Golden Razz Berries but only do curveballs if you are definitely sure you can hit it. Don’t waste Poke Balls unnecessarily
- Take friends to not only support the attack but also net you extra Poke Balls. Dependent on your in game relationship status with Pokemon Go friends, you’ll earn more Raid balls and they definitely come in handy.
- Throw your Poke Ball after a Legendary has just done its attack move to make sure they don’t just flick your Poke Ball away.
- If you are having trouble with Raid numbers, try signing up for your local Discord or Facebook Pokemon Go community. There’ll be plenty of people in the same situation and organising Raid groups.
Good luck, trainer!