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Pokemon Go legendaries: Every legendary Pokemon and how to catch them

Kyogre, Groudon & Rayquaza

There are only a few Pokemon Go legendaries missing from Gen 5 at this point. We're yet to see Reshiram and Zekrom, the Pokemon representation of yin and yang, but many players expect the duo to be added in the next major update. Kyurem, Keldeo, and Meloetta are also missing from Pokemon Go, but almost every other legendary Pokemon before them is included in the game. So without further ado, here are all of the Pokemon Go legendaries so far, including the ones locked behind special research.

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.

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
  • #145 - Zapdos
  • #146 - Moltres
  • #150 - Mewtwo
  • #151 - Mew
  • #243 - Raikou
  • #244 - Entei
  • #245 - Suicune
  • #249 - Lugia
  • #250 - Ho-Oh
  • #251 - Celebi
  • #377 - Regirock
  • #378 - Regice
  • #379 - Registeel
  • #380 - Latias
  • #381 - Latios
  • #382 - Kyogre
  • #383 - Groudon
  • #384 - Rayquaza
  • #385 - Jirachi
  • #386 - Deoxys
  • #480 - Uxie
  • #481 - Mesprit
  • #482 - Azelf
  • #483 - Dialga
  • #484 - Palkia
  • #485 - Heatran
  • #486 - Regigigas
  • #487 - Giratina
  • #488 - Cresselia
  • #491 - Darkrai
  • #638 - Cobalion
  • #639 - Terrakion
  • #640 - Virizion
  • #641 - Tornadus
  • #642 - Thundurus
  • #645 - Landorus
  • #649 - Genesect
  • #808 - Meltan
  • #809 - Melmetal

Special research legendary Pokemon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, 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.

You can get Jirachi too if you complete the special research called Pokemon Go A Thousand Year Slumber. First introduced during Pokemon Go Fest 2019, we've got a guide on how to complete all of the tasks.

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.

If you participated in the Pokemon Go A Drive To Investigate special research, this is how you can obtain Genesect. Unfortunately, the ticket isn't available any longer, but you can still complete the objectives if you acquired it before.

The same goes for the Pokemon Go A Colossal Discovery special research. This took place in October of last year and was the only method to acquire Regigigas, but if you haven't completed it yet, the objectives will still be in your special research to finish off.

Advice for catching Pokemon Go Legendaries

Moltres in Pokemon Go

- 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!

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