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Pokémon Go Hack Info Updates 2018

Pokémon Go news & updates for June 2018

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Pokémon Go launched in the summer of 2016 and has been updated regularly ever since. In 2017 we got Gen 2, Raid Battles, the new Gyms, the first two generations of Legendary Pokémon and the beginning of Gen 3. So far, 2018 has brought us Field Research and Alolan Forms. what’s next? Player vs. Player (PvP), Gen 4, Trading? Here are all the latest Pokémon Go updates! Hope you all will enjoy this!

The Legendary Pokémon Regice Is Ready for Bone-Chilling Raid Battles! 21 JUN 2018

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Trainers,

Pokémon’s legendary year continues with three Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region harnessing their power to take over Raid Battles in Pokémon GO, starting with Regice on June 21!

Regice, the Iceberg Pokémon, has awakened from its slumber and will be the first to appear in Raid Battles across the world until July 19. This Ice-type Legendary Pokémon has a strong defense, but is weak to Fire-, Fighting-, Rock-, and Steel-type attacks.

The presence of this defensive powerhouse kicks off a summer of earth-shattering events, as Regirock and Registeel will also roar into Gyms worldwide!

Don’t miss this chance to catch this Legendary Pokémon before it returns to another long slumber! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Alolan shinies, new badges, and finally a trading system.

June 19, 2018: Going full Alola

A big update is hitting Pokémon Go this week, adding some fun new features for the core game but also setting up a new Friendship and Trading system we will see rolling out sometime after the update has reached everyone. Specific updates you will notice right away include a way to search for Alolan variants of your Pokémon, new badges for the upcoming trading and friendship features, and of course a new Alolan loading screen.

In keeping with the Alolan theme, new sprites for 19 Alolan variant Pokémon have been added to the library. That means it will soon be possible to catch Alolan versions of:

  • Meowth and Persian
  • Vulpix and Ninetales
  • Ratata and Raticate
  • Geodude, Graveller, and Golem
  • Grimer and Muk
  • Diglett and Dugtrio
  • Sandshrew and Sandslash
  • Marowak

This update also remembers recent searches when assembling a battle team, making it faster to squad up when the battle is about to start. Keep an eye on this space for the Trading and Friendship updates to roll out soon!

Pokémon Go Alolan Forms list: How to get Exeggutor, Muk, Ninetails, and more!

What you need to know about the Alolan forms of Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region coming to Pokémon Go this summer!

Just when you were expecting Pokémon Go to start ramping up Gen 4, it went and threw us an Alolan Forms curveball. So, what are these tropical variants of a dozen-and-a-half Gen 1 Pokémon and how do you hatch, catch, and evolve them? Here’s what we know so far!

Which Alolan Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go?

As of June 2018:

  1. Alolan Exeggutor (Catch)
  2. Alolan Grimer (Hatch from 7 KM Egg)
  3. Alolan Muk (Evolve)
  4. Alolan Meowth (Hatch from 7 KM Egg)
  5. Alolan Persian (Evolve)
  6. Alolan Vulpix (Hatch from 7 KM Egg)
  7. Alolan Ninetails (Evolve)
  8. Alolan Sandshrew (Hatch from 7 KM Egg)
  9. Alolan Sandslash (Evolve)
  10. Alolan Rattata (Catch)
  11. Alolan Raticate (Evolve)

Which Alolan Forms aren’t yet available in Pokémon Go?

  1. Alolan Raichu
  2. Alolan Diglett (Announced for Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018)
  3. Alolan Dugtrio (Announced for Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018)
  4. Alolan Geodude (Announced for Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018)
  5. Alolan Graveler (Announced for Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018)
  6. Alolan Golem (Announced for Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018)
  7. Alolan Marowak

June 23, 2018: Alolan Rattata now spawning in the wild

The Alolan form of Rattata is now in the wild and available for you to catch. And, yes, you can evolve it into Alolan Raticate as well. That increases the total number of Alolan forms now available by two. (No word yet on whether Alolan Raticate is also spawning in the wild.)

Catch:

  1. Alolan Rattata

Evolve:

  1. Alolan Raticate

Unlike standard Rattata and Raticate, Alolan Raticate has a second typing: Dark. It appears in Sightings, so you should be able to track it down if it’s in your vicinity.

Good luck!

June 21, 2018; Alolan Forms now hatching from 7 KM eggs, Alolan Exeggutor is back

As previously announced, the 7 KM eggs received from Gifting are now available, and the following Alolan Forms have already been hatched in Pokémon Go:

  1. Alolan Grimer
  2. Alolan Meowth
  3. Alolan Vulpix
  4. Alolan Sandshrew

These can be evolved into:

  1. Alolan Muk
  2. Alolan Persian
  3. Alolan Ninetails
  4. Alolan Sandslash

Also, Alolan Exeggutor appears to be spawning in the wild again, though nowhere nearly as much as when it first appeared.

June 18, 2018: More Alolan Forms coming as 7 KM eggs… from gifting!

Pokémon Go is introducing some new game mechanics, including Friendship, Trading, and Gifting. As part of Gifting, more Alolan Forms will be on their way… as 7 KM eggs!

When you spin a Photo Disc at a PokéStop or Gym, you have a chance of receiving a special Gift. Although you can’t open the Gifts you receive from PokéStops, you can send them to a friend on your Friend List. Inside the Gift will be a stash of helpful items, which your friend will receive along with a postcard showing where you picked up your Gift. Gifts can also include a special surprise: an Egg that, when hatched, will contain an Alolan form of a Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region!

No word yet on which Alolan Forms will come from the new 7 KM eggs, but hopefully we’ll find out soon!

June 16, 2018; Pokémon Go pre-announces Alolan Diglett and Geodude

Pokémon Go Fest 2018 is coming in July and, with it will be the Alolan Forms of Diglett and Geodude.

From Pokémon Go:

The Alolan forms of Diglett and Geodude will be in on the fun, too. Beginning [the weekend of July 14 and 15] Alolan Diglett and Alolan Geodude will be appearing globally for the first time in Pokémon GO. Don’t miss the chance to encounter the unique forms of these Pokémon.

There may be more before then, but there’ll definitely be those to by then.

May 29, 2018: Alolan Exeggutor is out… and very, very tall!

Look up. Waaaay up. That giant Poké-palm-tree you’re seeing is Alolan Exeggutor and its the first of the Alolan Forms to be released in Pokémon Go.

From Pokémon Go:

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are coming to the Nintendo Switch in November 2018! Once released, Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that you have caught in Pokémon GO can be brought into these two new Nintendo Switch games. In celebration of this announcement, Alolan Exeggutor will now appear all over the world in Pokémon GO! This is the first Alolan form of a Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region to arrive in Pokémon GO. Keep an eye out for this Pokémon’s tall and stately presence all over the world, where it will appear more often for a limited time. Enjoy, Trainers, and stay tuned for more news about Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! soon.

Alolan Eggs looks as ridiculously amazing in-game, and especially in-Gym, as you’d expect. They’re spawning all over the place right now but, since there’s no way of knowing how long that will last, go catch ’em while you can.

More on Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

What has Pokémon Go said about Alolan Forms?

Very little. Just a tease.

Sunny days are ahead! Whether your forecast calls for rain or shine, we’re celebrating all around the world by introducing some special Pokémon from the tropical Alola region to Pokémon GO. Get ready for some of the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region to appear in their Alolan forms! These unique variants were first seen in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, and they will make their way to Pokémon GO in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for news related to this exciting change—and don’t forget to tell your friends! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Even less from Pokémon proper:

So far in Pokémon GO, we have seen Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn regions. Next up, be on the lookout for the Alolan forms of Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region, which will soon make their debut. Stock up on Poké Balls and get ready to expand your Pokémon collection!

What are Alolan Forms in Pokémon Go?

Here’s what Bulbapedia has to say:

In the Alola region, a species’ regional variant is referred to as its Alola Form (Japanese: アローラのすがた Alola form). A Pokémon in its Alola Form is described as Alolan — for example, Exeggutor in its Alola Form is referred to as Alolan Exeggutor. Only Pokémon introduced in Generation I have Alola Forms.

In Alola, when breeding Pokémon whose offspring has a regional variant, the offspring’s form depends on its parents. If either parent is the species’ normal form and holds an Everstone, and if the offspring is in the same family as that parent, then the offspring will hatch as the normal form. In all other cases, the offspring will always hatch in its Alola Form.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, if a Pokémon evolves from a species that does not have an Alola Form to one that does, such as Cubone, it will always evolve into its Alola Form and cannot evolve into its normal form. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Pokémon will evolve into its Alola Form while in Alola itself, but can also evolve into its normal form while in Ultra Space.

What makes an Alolan Form different from a regular Pokémon?

The Alola versions of Pokémon look different and also have different types, which means they can learn different movesets as well.

Which Gen 1 Pokémon have Alolan Forms?

There are 18 Alola variants, all of them for Gen 1 Pokémon.

  1. Rattata – Normal / Dark
  2. Raticate: Normal / Dark
  3. Raichu: Electric / Psychic
  4. Sandshew: Ice / Steel
  5. Sandlash: Ice/Steel
  6. Vulpix: Ice
  7. Ninetails: Ice / Fairy
  8. Diglett: Ground / Steel
  9. Dugtrio: Ground / Steel
  10. Meowth: Dark
  11. Persian: Dark
  12. Geodude: Rock /Electric
  13. Graveler: Rock / Electric
  14. Golem: Rock /Electric
  15. Grimer: Poison / Dark
  16. Muk: Poison / Dark
  17. Exeggutor: Grass / Dragon
  18. Marowak: Fire / Ghost

Wait, no Alolan Pikachu, Exeggute, or Cubone?

No. While the other Alolan variants are all families, and can presumably evolve from one to the next, Alola Raichu, Exeggutor, and Marowak are all stand-alone split evolutions and will presumably require some other mechanic like weather, time of day, etc. to evolve.

We’ll have to wait and see how Pokémon Go handles all that.

Are there Shiny Alolan Forms as well?

Image via Know Your Meme

There are indeed. Let your quest for 100% Shiny Alolan Raichu begin!

(Raichu is currently the only Shiny Pokémon in the game with an Alolan Form, but that could change fast.)

When exactly are the Alola variants coming to Pokémon Go?

“In the coming weeks” is all Pokémon Go has said when it comes to timing. While anything from all at once to one a week or every couple of weeks is possible, since there are only 18 variants, the game probably can’t drag them out too long.

With rumors of a second annual Adventure Week kicking off this May, perhaps the Alolan Forms will show up then?

What about Pokémon Go Gen 4?

That’s the big questions. Previously, this was the pattern:

  • Pokémon Go Gen 1: July, 2016.
  • Pokémon Go Gen 2: Februrary, 2017.
  • Pokémon Go Gen 3: October, 2017.

So, if that pattern held, we were looking at:

  • Pokémon Go Gen 4: July, 2018.

But, now, with the Gen 7 Alolan Forms launching this summer, that might push Gen 4 back to February of 2019, or it could just be filler for May until Gen 4 arrives on (imagined) schedule in July.

We’ll have to wait and see.

Any Pokémon Go Alolan Forms questions?

Drop them in the comments below!

 

May 29, 2018: Pokémon: Let’s Go!

The just-released game trailer for Pokémon: Let’s Go shows the Nintendo Switch game sending a present to Pokémon Go on iOS or Android. Apparently, the present is a Pokémon — but not just any Pokémon — it’ll be a Pokémon we’ve never seen before.

View image on Twitter

Pokémon@Pokemon

Even more news! Trainers, the special Pokémon referenced at the end of the trailer is referring to a Pokémon never seen before!

That’s quite the cross-promotional incentive.

May 29, 2018: Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that you’ve caught in Pokémon Go can be brought into Pokémon: Let’s Go, coming November 16 to Nintendo Switch

Pokémon@Pokemon

Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that you’ve caught in Pokémon GO can be brought into ! http://bit.ly/2ISUMVX 

Great news for Pokémon players who have both Pokémon Go on iOS or Android and a Nintendo Switch.

May 29, 2018: Pokéball Plus accessory coming in November

Pokémon@Pokemon

You can use the as a Joy-Con in ! Good things may happen if you place one of your favorite Pokémon into the device and walk around with it in the real world. It will be able to connect to Pokémon GO as well!

It looks far more functional on the upcoming Pokémon Games for the Nintendo Switch, but should work like the current Pokémon Go Plus for Pokémon Go — with the added bonus of step counting for eggs and candy.

May 29, 2018: Pokémon Go app updated ability to view and activate items, such as Rare Candy and TMs, directly from a Pokémon’s info screen

  • Improved in-game messaging for error codes.
  • Added ability to view and activate items, such as Rare Candy and TMs, directly from a Pokémon’s info screen.

Also finally.

May 16, 2018: Pokémon Go app updated with bulk Rare Candy transfer goodness

  • Trainers can now transform Rare Candy to a specific Pokémon’s Candy in bulk.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

Finally.

May 16, 2018: You can now upgrade your Pokémon Go backpack to store up to 2000 items. Rejoice!

If you’ve been hitting the Pokémon Go storage limit of your backpack because of item bonuses or just the frequency you spin, raid, and complete research tasks, then good news. Pokémon Go is kicking it up from 1500 to 2000. Finally.

Pokémon GO@PokemonGoApp

Trainers, great news! Now, you can purchase even more space to allow you to carry up to 2,000 items. That’s plenty of room to store your Poké Balls, Berries, and more!

Of course, once you hit that limit you’ll still have to trash lesser potions and all the Nanab Berries, like always.

April 30, 2018: Pokémon Go app updated for in-Raid Lucky Egg and Star Piece dropping, and to finally work properly on iPhone X

  • Aspect ratios and UI are now optimized for larger screens such as the iPhone X.
  • Lucky Eggs and Star Pieces are now accessible and usable from the Raid and Gym Battle inventories.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

Finally.

March 31, 2018: Pokémon Goes 8-bit for April Fool’s

In silly celebration of April Fool’s day, all Pokémon Go sprites (but not 3D models) will be going retro — in full-on 8-bit glory — for the week.

From Pokémon Go:

We always want to bring you the most immersive graphics experience possible, and we’re excited to share our latest breakthrough with millions of Pokémon GO Trainers around the world. Starting later today, you can be one of the first to experience this all-new graphics engine.

Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created.

We feel 100% confident in saying that you’ve never seen Pokémon like this in Pokémon GO! We’re looking forward to your feedback on this brand-new feature. Tell us your thoughts on our latest update with #PokemonGO, and be sure to include a picture of your favorite Pokémon!

Love it.

March 26, 2018: Pokémon Go bringing Field Research to the game

Pokémon Go is about to add its biggest new feature since Raids. It’s called Field Research and not only will it give you a chance to go on fun quests, master important skills, and earn rewards, but it’ll give you the opportunity to meet the Mythical Gen 1 Pokémon, Mew.

From Pokémon Go:

A series of mysterious happenings is occurring all over the world, and Professor Willow is seeking Trainers to help him find out if this is connected to the Mythical Pokémon Mew. These research tasks will become available to Trainers around the world later this week!

There are two different types of research you can contribute to: Field Research and Special Research. Gather Field Research tasks by spinning nearby PokéStops, which will give you objectives that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging with battles, among other things. Special Research may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and will take you on a journey to make important discoveries!

Both types of research offer great rewards, including a variety of useful items and even encounters with certain Pokémon! You can complete as many research tasks as you want every day, leading to a full day of adventures. These tasks also have different levels of difficulty, so the more challenging a research task is, the greater the reward waiting for you.

You can earn one Stamp per day by completing at least one Field Research task, and when you obtain seven stamps, you can achieve a Research Breakthrough to receive even greater rewards! You may even have an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon!

Research tasks will provide interesting challenges that will help you get better at discovering, battling, and catching Pokémon! We’re excited to see your contributions to the exciting field of Pokémon research, and we can’t wait to hear about the adventures you have along the way! Let’s get moving!

There’s also a developer insights post up on Pokémon Go with even more details about the feature design.

It goes live on March 30 at 1pm PT, 2pm ET, happy researching!

March 17, 2018: 8 patterns of Spinda, 5 kinds of Weather Ball, and PokéStop submission!

The Silph Road has torn into the latest Pokémon Go update, and here’s what they’ve found:

A whole new species has been discovered in the APK this round: Spinda! [..]

An exciting clue has appeared in the metadata that points to a special handling of the panda-mon: 8 variants have been added to the species dictionary! We’re excited to see what might cause these variants to differ in wild encounters soon.

In addition to the improvement to Sky Attack, they also found another new and interesting move:

But in a surprise addition, another move has also appeared: Weather Ball!

This is a signature move of Castform – and it’s a bit of a special case as well. Weather Ball is a normal type move, but will change its type depending on the weather! […]

Looks like there’ll be Fire, Ice, Rock, and Water-typings, likely tying into Clear, Snow, and Rainy weather patterns.

Potentially the biggest news, though, if it pans out, is PokéStop submission.

As if the aforementioned additions weren’t exciting enough, a new POI management system has just appeared in the APK. In plain English, this means a tool to submit the points of interest that power POKESTOPS in Pokemon GO and portals in Ingress.

There’s no indication yet whether this feature will ever be enabled in Pokemon GO, or if this is simply a new Niantic platform tool. But our suspicion is that this is the beginnings of a POI-submission system for Pokemon GO players.

Right now, Pokémon Go pulls from Niantic’s other location-based game, Ingress. Having submission directly in Pokémon Go, though, would really help fill out the dead zones that many suburban and rural players have to contend with.

Check out The Silph Road for all the details and specifics.

March 16, 2018: Pokémon Go updating to version 0.95.3 for Android and 1.65.3 for iOS

From Pokémon Go:

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.95.3 for Android and 1.65.3 for iOS devices. Details from our development team:

Facebook credentials can now be used to log into the app via the ‘Account’ section in Settings. Various bug fixes and performance updates.

March 15, 2018: Facebook Account Linking coming to Pokémon go

You’ll soon be able to use your Facebook login for Pokémon Go, if you have one.

From Pokémon Go:

Good news, Trainers! We’ll soon begin rolling out support for account linking with Facebook. Along with a simpler sign-in process, linking Pokémon GO to your Facebook account gives you more options to log in and helps preserve your progress across devices.

With this change, you will also be able to link your Trainer profile to your Facebook and Google accounts, and use any of those credentials to access Pokémon GO. For example, someone who currently logs in with Pokémon Trainer Club could link their Trainer profile to both their Google and Facebook accounts, and then they can use whichever account they prefer going forward. To link your Trainer profile to a Google or Facebook account, access the Settings menu and then select the platform you’d like to link.

Account linking is especially useful for someone who has registered for Pokémon GO using a Google Account that they may not be able to access in the future, such as one associated with a work or university email address. By linking their Facebook account, they can continue to make progress on their Pokédex, and even link a new Google account to their Trainer profile.

Please note: this feature will only be available to Trainers aged 13 and over.

The last part is especially great. Previously, if you used a school or work Google account, and lost access to it, you lost access to Pokémon Go as well. Now, while the process still seems needlessly convoluted, you can at least link a Facebook account and then swap out the Google acconts.

February 6, 2018: In-game quests are coming to Pokémon Go!

Based on a teardown of the latest Pokémon Go for Android APK, it looks like in-game quests are on their way to Pokémon Go.

From The Sliph Road

Previously, the daily spin / daily catch bonus was called a ‘Quest’ in the APK.

With this new update, this entire section has been reworked and a lot has been added. The team has done our best to piece together how this metadata might suggest the mechanics work together in the final product – but this is a hypothesis only at this point!

There are now entries for both Story Quests and Challenge Quests and — Multi-part Quests!

And instead of just first spin and first catch of the day, there are now entries for hatching, walking, feeding, winning a Gym battle, completing a raid, and leveling up a Gym badge.

Also, Quest Characters!

We’re looking at the beginnings of an in-game quest system that appears to encapsulate all of the mechanics available in Pokemon GO, even incorporates characters who grant them, and pre-conditions that suggest increasing levels of difficulty and progress.

Quests would certainly be a better mechanic for handling, say Ex-Raid invitations, than the current system.

February 5, 2018: Pokémon GO updated to version 0.91.1 for Android and 1.61.1 for iOS

From Pokémon Go:

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.91.1 for Android and 1.61.1 for iOS devices. Details from our development team:

  • Improved the in-game News feature.
  • The Pokémon Collection search function now lets Trainers search using “Shiny.”
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

January 17, 2018: Pokémon GO updated to version 0.89.1 for Android and 1.59.1 for iOS

From Pokémon Go:

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.89.1 for Android and 1.59.1 for iOS devices. Details from our development team:

  • Resolved a bug that caused the Pokémon collection screen to scroll to the top after evolving, transferring, or renaming a Pokémon.
  • Added the ability to sort the Pokédex by region.
  • Improved incubator sorting order when selecting an incubator.
  • Improved the way Pokémon scale throughout the app.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

As usual, the Android version of the update has been thoroughly torn down by The Sliph Road:

  • There are a slew of changes related to how large Pokemon appear in different scenarios (encounters, battle, info screen, dodge animations, etc).
  • Incubators are now grouped by type and … the infinite incubator now appears before paid incubators!
  • A chunk of new tweaks were made to the AR+ functionality – but nothing groundbreaking.
  • Now it’s even harder to accidentally transfer your shiny Pokemon, travelers. The shiny icon (stars) appear in the listing page above any shiny Pokemon you’ve caught – calling extra attention to them!
  • Your last selected Pokeball is now remembered from encounter to encounter, travelers.

As usual, you can sideload the update on Android right away if you really want to or you can just wait for it to hit your App Store or Play Store updates.

January 9, 2018: Pokémon Go dropping support for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, older iPads and iPods touch

Pokémon Go has announced that, as of February 28, 2018, the game will no longer support devices that can’t run iOS 11. That includes iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and earlier, iPad mini, iPad 4 and earlier, and iPod touch 5 and earlier.

From Pokémon Go:

In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO, we will end support for Apple devices not capable of upgrading to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c models. This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices. This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokéCoins or other items in their Bags. They will need to switch to a supported device to continue playing Pokémon GO. You can see the full list of impacted devices and learn more by visiting our Help Center.

Note: You don’t have to update to iOS 11, you just have to have a device that’s capable of running iOS 11. It’s an odd way to phrase the device requirement but probably one Pokémon Go felt was simpler than saying 64-bit or A7 processor or later.

Here’s the list of devices that support iOS 11, and hence will still be able to play Pokémon Go:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inches
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inches
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inches
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6

Obviously, this sucks for people — and especially kids — using older devices who now face a choice between losing access to their accounts and having to shell out for a more modern device.

Support will continue all the way back to the 2012 iPhone 5s, though so, hopefully, that’s enough for most of the people currently playing the game.

How to add Friends and manage Friendship in Pokémon Go

Friendship in Pokémon Go lets you receive gifts, gain bonuses, trade Pokémon, and get Alolan 7 KM eggs. Here’s how!

Friendship is one of the biggest updates ever to hit Pokémon Go. With it, you can build relationships in the game world that grant you extra Premier Balls for Raids, attack bonuses for Gym battles, let you trade Pokémon, and even let you receive Gifts containing items and, just maybe, the all-new 7 KM Egg that contains Alolan Forms.

But Friendship is an investment — it takes time to reach the higher levels. Here’s how it all works!

What has Pokémon Go said about Friendship?

Here’s the original post:

In order to add a friend in Pokémon GO, you must first ask them to share their Trainer Code with you. To invite a Trainer to become your friend, simply enter their Trainer Code and then send them a request. If they accept, you’ll become friends, and you’ll see them in your Friends List.

When you send a Gift to a friend or participate in a raid or Gym battle with them, you can increase your Friendship Level. As your Friendship Level builds, you’ll then unlock bonuses when you play together. For example, when you and a Great Friend participate in a Gym battle or Raid Battle together, you can earn an Attack bonus to give your Pokémon an edge! You can increase your Friendship Level once per day per friend.

You can also build your Friendship Level by trading Pokémon with a friend. If you’re near a friend and have a Trainer Level of 10 or higher, you can trade Pokémon you’ve caught with that friend.

And a little more from the Developer Insights series:

Once a Trainer shares their Trainer Code with someone, that person can then send them a Friend Request. After two Trainers have become friends, they’ll be able to send each other Gifts. Gifts are initially obtained by spinning the Photo Disc at a PokéStop or Gym. When receiving a Gift from a friend, Trainers will see a postcard from the PokéStop or Gym where the friend acquired the Gift. We want this to mirror the feeling of when a friend gives you a present from a store you enjoy or sends you a postcard from a far-off land. It’s intentionally sentimental and brings two Trainers together in their travels. Plus, how exciting would it be if one Trainer sent a Gift from a special vacation spot or an exclusive event?

When designing this feature, we wanted friends to be able to help each other directly in Gyms and Raid Battles by activating bonuses. Great Friends will receive not only an Attack bonus to help them take down a Raid Boss at a much faster rate, but also extra Premier Balls to catch the Pokémon when the battle is complete. This adds more rewards and incentives for actions they’re already taking and can be especially beneficial for smaller groups of Trainers that battle together. When tight-knit friends take on a Raid Boss, even a small group can be mighty.

In the real world, friendships build over time. As you get to know someone, you become closer and your friendship is strengthened. So we set out to create a feature that captures this feeling of growing a friendship. As you complete all of the above activities, you’ll build your Friendship level with your friend and, in turn, continue to earn and unlock bonuses for playing together. In the game, you’ll notice the interface shows the growth of a friendship, building incrementally and deliberately as it unlocks rewards that are even more meaningful.

How do you add a Friend in Pokémon Go?

Before you can gain the benefits of Friendship, you have to add Friends. There are a couple ways to do this.

First, you can send someone your Trainer Code.

  1. Tap on your Avatar, bottom right.
  2. Tap on the Friends tab, top right (if you aren’t on that tab already).
  3. Tap on Add Friend, top center.
  4. Tap Share my Trainer Code.
  5. Tap on the method you want to use to share.

You can also tap on Copy my Trainer Code and simply paste it wherever you want.

When you receive a Friend Request:

  1. Tap on your Avatar, bottom right.
  2. Tap on the Friends tab, top right (if you aren’t on that tab already).
  3. Tap on Add Friend, next to “X people sent you Friend Requests”, top left.
  4. Tap Accept on any and all Friends you want to add.

The Friend will be added to your Friend list.

You can delete any requests you don’t ever want to accept.

If someone sends you their Trainer Code first:

  1. Tap on your Avatar, bottom right.
  2. Tap on the Friends tab, top right (if you aren’t on that tab already).
  3. Tap on Add Friend, top center.
  4. Type in the Trainer Code.
  5. Tap on Send.

As soon as they receive and accept your Friend Request, they’ll show up in your Friends list.

Can Friends see information about you?

Yes they can. It’s similar but even more encompassing that what you can see in a Raid lobby.

On the Friend List screen, you can see:

  1. Trainer avatar.
  2. Trainer Friendship level (in hearts).
  3. Trainer Nickname.
  4. Last day active (Today, 1 day ago, 2 days ago, or 2+ days ago).
  5. Last activity (Sent you a gift or last Pokémon caught).

One the Friend Detail screen, you can see:

  1. Trainer Nickname.
  2. Trainer Buddy Name.
  3. Trainer Friendship level (in hearts).
  4. Trainer avatar + buddy
  5. Trainer level.
  6. Battles won.
  7. Walking distance.
  8. Pokémon caught.

What levels of Friendship are there?

There are five (5) levels of Friendship in Pokémon Go, indicated by the number of hearts in your friend bar (from 0 to 5).

  • Friend: Just added. You can make normal (non-special) trades. (Non-Lengendary, non-Shiny, non-new-for-your-Pokédex.)
  • Good Friend: Play together for one (1) day. You can make special trades.
  • Great Friend: Play together for seven (7) days. Slight reduction in Stardust for trades, +1 Premier Ball for Raids, small attack bonus for Gyms.
  • Ultra Friend: Play together for thirty (30) days. Moderate reduction in Stardust for trades, +1 Premier Ball for Raids, medium attack bonus for Gyms.
  • Best Friend: Play together for ninety (90) days. Big reduction in Stardust for trades, +1 Premier Ball for Raids, big attack bonus for Gyms.

How do you increase your Friendship level in Pokémon Go?

You increase your Friendship level by playing together. Every day you complete one of the following actions with a friend, you get one day closer to your next Friendship level:

  1. Send a Gift
  2. Trade a Pokémon
  3. Participate in a Raid together
  4. Battle in a Gym together

How do you delete a Friend in Pokémon Go?

If you added someone by mistake or simply don’t want to be friends with someone anymore, you can remove them at any time.

  1. Tap on your Avatar, bottom right.
  2. Tap on the Friends tab, top right (if you aren’t on that tab already).
  3. Tap on the Friend you want to remove.
  4. Tap on Remove Friend at the very bottom.

Any questions about Friendship or Gifting in Pokémon Go?

If you have any questions about Friendship or Gifting in Pokémon Go, drop them in the comments below!

How to send and receive gifts in Pokémon Go

Gifts allow you to send random packages of happiness to all of your friends, but there’s a trick to making them as effective as possible!

With its latest update, Pokémon Go has finally placed the same emphasis on friendship we’ve seen in other games from this universe. The more you play with your friends, the better off you will all be in battles against the mighty ‘mon to come later this year. Friendship also makes trading Pokémon easier, which is going to be a much bigger deal as the rest of Gen 3 starts rolling out this year.

While you can increase your Friendship rating with friends by battling in Gyms together, Pokémon Go is a global game and you have global friends. That means you can’t always battle side by side with your closest friends. To make sure you can still be besties in the game, Pokémon Go now has a gifting system. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of it!

What are Pokémon Go gifts?

 

After the Friendship and Trading update, players in Pokémon Go will now find gift packages in their inventory as an item you can send to friends. Gifts are blind boxes, meaning no one has any idea what is inside of it until the recipient opens it.

The biggest reason to send and receive Pokémon Go gifts? Doing so increases your Friendship rating with the person you are sharing with! There are, of course, rules for this system.

  • You can send up to 20 gifts per day, but you can receive as many as you have friends to send
  • Only one gift shared with a friend per day will go towards increasing your Friendship rating

What can be inside a gift?

So far, we’ve confirmed gift boxes can contain the following:

  • Alolan 7km eggs
  • Poké Balls or Great Balls
  • Potions, Hyper Potions, and Max Potions
  • Pinap Berries, Nanab Berries, and normal Razz Berries
  • Revives and Max Revives

The contents of each gift is random, but so is the volume of those contents. You could get two Nanab Berries and Five Great Balls, or you could get one Alolan 7km egg and a single Max Revive. Opening a gift is a lot like spinning a disc at a Poké Stop, as soon as the package is open the items are added to your inventory, but you don’t have any control over its contents.

Where do I find gifts?

As long as you are near a Poké Stop, you can get gifts to share with friends! Gifts are now one of the random items you can get from spinning a disc at a Poké Stop, just like Potions or Poké Balls or Eggs. You aren’t guaranteed to get one every time like that first free Raid Pass of the day, but if you have a couple of Poké Stops near you there’s a good chance you will come across a couple of gifts throughout the course of a day.

Gifts know where they came from, and carry that information with it to the person you send them to. In addition to the actual gift, recipients get a post card from the Poké Stop you collected the gift from. This allows you to share parts of your travels with people who have never been to the places you have been, which is a super cool little bonus to the gift itself!

How do I share gifts with my friends?

As long as you have gifts in your inventory, sharing them is easy! Here’s how you get it done:

  1. Tap on your Pokémon Go Avatar in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen
  2. Tap on the Friends tab at the top of the Avatar screen
  3. Choose a friend you want to share a gift with
  4. Tap Send Gift from the options underneath your friends’ Avatar
  5. Choose a gift from the list of locations you have found gifts
  6. Tap Send to confirm this is the gift you want to send

Congrats, you just sent your friend something cool! You’ll see a “Gift Sent” bubble pop up in the middle of the screen to confirm it was sent, and when your friend opens the gift you will both be notified about the change to your Friendship level if that is the first gift sent that day.

How do I open gifts?

If you have gifts waiting for you to open, you will be notified when you open the Pokémon Go app. If you miss that notification, here’s what you do:

  1. Tap on your Pokémon Go Avatar in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen
  2. Tap on the Friends tab at the top of the Avatar screen
  3. Look for the gift icon next to your friend in the list, and tap on the gift

Once you have a gift, here’s how you open it:

  1. Read the post card attached to the gift
  2. Tap Open to open the gift
  3. Watch as each item comes out of the gift and is added to your inventory

And that’s it! You can open gifts as soon as you receive them, and it shouldn’t ever impact the contents of the gift.

Any questions about Friendship or Gifting in Pokémon Go?

If you have any questions about Friendship or Gifting in Pokémon Go, drop them in the comments below!

April 2, 2018: The Eon Duo, Legendary Dragon-types Latios and Latias, are now appearing in Raids

Gen 3 is all about the Dragon-types, including the first Legendary Dragons, and Latios and Latias — the Eon Duo — are here.

From Pokémon Go:

As Pokémon’s legendary year continues, two Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are appearing in Pokémon GO Raid Battles for the first time! Dragon- and Psychic-type Pokémon Latias and Latios will appear in different areas around the world for a limited time starting April 2.

Drawn to compassionate spirits, the Eon Pokémon Latias and Latios are known for being highly intelligent, and are able to communicate telepathically with humans. They are also stealthy and extremely fast in flight—with Latias able to use its down to refract light to make itself invisible and Latios able to overtake jet planes. Make sure you encounter these special and elusive Pokémon while they roam during this limited time!

The Legendary Pokémon Latias will appear in Raid Battles across Europe and Asia, while Latios will appear in North America, South America, and Africa. On May 8, the Eon Pokémon will switch locations and will be available until June 5, so all Trainers will have the opportunity to catch both powerful Pokémon.

Which Gen 3 Pokémon are out now?

Gen 3 kicked off with Ghost-types for Halloween, starting October 20, 2017, at 12:00 P.M. PDT.

Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokémon GO.

The next wave of 50, which include the Gen 3 starters, and many Normal-, Fairy-, and Fighting-types, launched on December 8, 2017, at 1:00 P.M. PDT.

Starting later this week, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and several more Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will start appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time ever—with even more to be discovered over the next several weeks!

On December 15, we saw the first Gen 3 Legendary, with Groudon Raids starting up.

From Pokémon Go:

Groudon, the Ground-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world! Keep an eye out for Groudon at Gyms near you, and you may be one of the first to catch this Legendary Pokémon. But don’t delay—Groudon will only be available until 1:00 p.m. PST on January 15, 2018.

The third wave, which included 20 winter-ready Water- and Ice-type Pokémon, hit on December 21, 2017, at 1:00 P.M. PDT.

From Pokémon Go:

In addition to more Ice-type Pokémon appearing around the world, additional Water-type and Ice-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will also begin appearing in Pokémon GO for the very first time.

On January 12, 2018, the Legendary Kyogre appeared — a few days sooner than expected.

From Pokémon Go

Kyogre, the Water-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world! Keep an eye out for Kyogre at Gyms near you, and you may be one of the first to catch this Legendary Pokémon. But don’t delay—Kyogre will only be available until 1:00 P.M. PST on February 14, 2018. Good luck, Trainers!

As of January 23, we got the desert-themed Gen 3, primarily Rock- and Ground-types.

From Pokémon Go:

Starting later today, 23 additional Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will begin appearing in Pokémon GO for the very first time.

On February 9, Rayquaza and the Dragon- and Flying-types appeared.

From Pokémon Go:

Prepare for exciting new adventures as you encounter even more Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region on February 9! Alongside several Flying- and Dragon-type Pokémon appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time, the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza will descend from the ozone layer and become available in Raid Battles for a limited time.

In celebration, Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will take over wild encounters until February 13. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch powerful Pokémon such as Salamence, Altaria, Metagross, and more!

Starting April 2, the Eon Duo and Legendary Dragon-types, Latios and Latias started appearing in Raids:

From Pokémon Go:

As Pokémon’s legendary year continues, two Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are appearing in Pokémon GO Raid Battles for the first time! Dragon- and Psychic-type Pokémon Latias and Latios will appear in different areas around the world for a limited time starting April 2.

Drawn to compassionate spirits, the Eon Pokémon Latias and Latios are known for being highly intelligent, and are able to communicate telepathically with humans. They are also stealthy and extremely fast in flight—with Latias able to use its down to refract light to make itself invisible and Latios able to overtake jet planes. Make sure you encounter these special and elusive Pokémon while they roam during this limited time!

As of June 21, Regice is the first of the Legendary titans of Hoenn to enter Pokémon Go, became the new Legendary Raid Boss:

Pokémon’s legendary year continues with three Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region harnessing their power to take over Raid Battles in Pokémon GO, starting with Regice on June 21!

The presence of this defensive powerhouse kicks off a summer of earth-shattering events, as Regirock and Registeel will also roar into Gyms worldwide!

What’s the current list of Gen 3 available in Pokémon Go?

Taken together, we now have:

  1. Treecko: Grass — 923
  2. Grovyle: Grass — 1508
  3. Sceptile: Grass — 2584
  4. Torchic: Fire — 959
  5. Combusken: Fire / Fighting — 1472
  6. Blaziken: Fire / Fighting — 2631
  7. Mudkip: Water — 981
  8. Marshtomp: Water / Ground — 1617
  9. Swampert: Water / Ground — 2815
  10. Poochyena: Dark — 564
  11. Mightyena: Dark — 1783
  12. Zigzagoon: Normal — 423
  13. Linoone: Normal — 1533
  14. Wurmple: Bug — 502
  15. Silcoon: Bug — 517
  16. Beautifly: Bug / Flying — 1573
  17. Cascoon: Bug — 517
  18. Dustox: Bug / Poison — 1121
  19. Lotad: Water / Grass — 526
  20. Lombre: Water / Grass — 1102
  21. Ludicolo: Water / Grass — 2229
  22. Seedot: Grass — 526
  23. Nuzleaf: Grass / Dark — 1117
  24. Shiftry: Grass / Dark — 2186
  25. Ralts: Psychic — 436
  26. Kirlia: Psychic — 843
  27. Gardevoir: Psychic — 2964
  28. Shroomish: Grass — 722
  29. Breloom: Grass / Fighting — 2407
  30. Slakoth: Normal — 942
  31. Vigoroth: Normal — 1896
  32. Slaking: Normal — 4548
  33. Makuhita: Fighting — 745
  34. Hariyama: Fighting — 2765
  35. Azurill: Normal — 316
  36. Skitty: Normal — 659
  37. Delcatty: Normal — 1385
  38. Sableye: Dark / Ghost — 1305
  39. Mawile: Steel — 1484
  40. Meditite: Fighting / Psychic — 555
  41. Medicham: Fighting / Psychic — 1275
  42. Electrike: Electric — 810
  43. Manectric: Electric — 2131
  44. Plusle: Electric — 1681
  45. Minun: Electric — 1585
  46. Roselia: Grass / Poison — 1718
  47. Gulpin: Poison — 788
  48. Swalot: Poison — 1872
  49. Carvanha: Water / Dark — 874
  50. Sharpedo: Water / Dark — 1986
  51. Wailmer: Water — 1424
  52. Wailord: Water — 2258
  53. Spoink: Psychic — 1285
  54. Grumpig: Psychic — 2310
  55. Zangoose: Normal — 2214
  56. Seviper: Poison — 1928
  57. Barboach: Water / Ground — 716
  58. Whiscash: Water / Ground — 1991
  59. Corphish: Water — 1107
  60. Crawdaunt: Water / Dark — 2317
  61. Feebas: Water — 220
  62. Milotic: Water — 2967
  63. Shuppet: Ghost — 872
  64. Banette: Ghost — 2073
  65. Duskull: Ghost — 523
  66. Dusclops: Ghost — 1335
  67. Absol: Dark — 2280
  68. Wynaut: Psychic — 503
  69. Snorunt: Ice — 772
  70. Glalie: Ice — 1945
  71. Spheal: Ice / Water — 876
  72. Sealeo: Ice / Water — 1607
  73. Walrein: Ice / Water — 2606
  74. Relicanth: Rock / Water — 2557
  75. Luvdisc: Water — 735
  76. Kyogre: Water — 4874
  77. Groudon: Ground — 4074
  78. Whismur: Normal — 603
  79. Loudred: Normal — 1233
  80. Exploud: Normal — 2267
  81. Nosepass: Rock — 831
  82. Aron: Steel / Rock — 1232
  83. Lairon: Steel / Rock — 2004
  84. Aggron: Steel / Rock — 3004
  85. Numel: Fire / Ground — 957
  86. Camerupt: Fire / Ground — 2016
  87. Torkoal: Fire — 2036
  88. Trapinch: Ground — 1092
  89. Vibrava: Ground / Dragon — 1065
  90. Flygon: Ground / Dragon — 2458
  91. Cacnea: Grass — 1080
  92. Cacturne: Grass / Dark — 2092
  93. Lunatone: Rock / Psychic — 2245
  94. Solrock: Rock / Psychic — 2245
  95. Baltoy: Ground / Psychic — 676
  96. Claydol: Ground / Psychic — 1782
  97. Lileep: Rock / Grass — 1181
  98. Cradily: Rock / Grass — 2081
  99. Anorith: Rock / Bug — 1310
  100. Armaldo: Rock / Bug — 2675
  101. Castform: Normal — 1486
  102. Swablu: Normal / Flying — 722
  103. Altaria: Dragon / Flying — 1868
  104. Taillow: Normal / Flying — 642
  105. Swellow: Normal / Flying — 1747
  106. Wingull: Water / Flying — 642
  107. Pelipper: Water / Flying — 1969
  108. Surskit: Bug / Water — 695
  109. Masquerain: Bug / Flying — 2135
  110. Chimecho: Psychic — 2095
  111. Tropius: Grass / Flying — 1846
  112. Bagon: Dragon — 1053
  113. Shelgon: Dragon — 1958
  114. Salamence: Dragon / Flying — 3532
  115. Beldum: Steel / Psychic — 843
  116. Metang: Steel / Psychic — 1570
  117. Metagross: Steel / Psychic — 3644
  118. Rayquaza: Dragon / Flying — 4354
  119. Latias: Dragon / Psychic — 3377
  120. Latios: Dragon / Psychic — 3644
  121. Regice: Ice — 3087

Which Pokémon from Gen 3 aren’t yet in Pokémon Go?

A few! Including some of the most valuable like Metagross and Salamence.

  1. Nincada: Bug / Ground — 674
  2. Ninjask: Bug / Flying — 1790
  3. Shedinja: Bug / Ghost — 421
  4. Spinda: Normal — 1088
  5. Kecleon: Normal — 1924
  6. Huntail: Water — 2140
  7. Gorebyss: Water — 2281
  8. Regirock: Rock — 3087
  9. Registeel: Steel — 2261
  10. Jirachi: Steel / Psychic — 3090
  11. Deoxys: Psychic — 2749

Who are the Pokémon Go Gen 3 starters?

Just like Gen 1 had Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander, and Gen 2 had Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, Gen 3 has a set of Grass-, Fire-, and Water-type starters all its own. Gen 2 didn’t make any special use of its starters, aside from making them characteristically hard to catch and keeping them out of Pokémon Eggs for extended periods of time. It’s likely Gen 3 won’t either. Still, if the starters hold a special place in your heart, here’s a reminder of who they are in Gen 3:

Gen 3 Grass-type starter Pokémon and evolutions

  • Treecko: Grass — 923
  • Grovyle: Grass — 1508
  • Sceptile: Grass — 2584

Gen 3 Fire-type starter Pokémon and evolutions

  • Torchic: Fire — 959
  • Combusken: Fire / Fighting — 1472
  • Blaziken: Fire / Fighting — 2631

Gen 3 Water-type starter Pokémon and evolutions

  • Mudkip: Water — 981
  • Marshtomp: Water / Ground — 1617
  • Swampert: Water / Ground — 2815

Any common Gen 3 Pokémon good for XP grinding?

Gen 1 gave us three common, 12-candy evolutions to grind for XP: Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle. Gen 2… gave us none. With Gen 3, we have two so far:

  1. Wurmple: Bug — 502
  2. Whismur: Normal — 603

There are no 25 candy evolutions in Gen 3 so far, so nothing equivalent to Rattata or Sentrat.

How do you evolve Feebas into Milotic? Does it need Friendship?

Milotic is a Water-type Pokémon, sometimes called the Gyarados. It evolves from Feebas, which is reminiscent of Magikarp. Unlike Gyarados and Magikarp candy, though, It doesn’t take 400 Feebas candy to evolve Milotic. It only takes 100. But, it also takes Friendship.

Friendship is a mechanic we saw in Pokémon Go Gen 2 where, in order to evolve an Eevee into Espeon or Umbreon, you had to make it your Buddy Pokémon and walk it for 10 KM.

Feebas is similar. But in order to evolve it into Miltoic, you need to walk it 20 KM.

Important: You can’t just walk any Feebas for 20 KM in order to evolve one into Milotic. You need to walk the specific Feebas you want to evolve for 20 KM. That means, if you want a good (high iV) Milotic, you first need to find a good (high IV) Feebas. If you find a better Feebas you’d rather evolve, you’ll have to start over.

  1. Tap on your Avatar.
  2. Tap on your Buddy.
  3. Tap on the Switch button, bottom right.
  4. Tap on Yes to confirm you want to switch buddies.
  5. Choose the Feebas you want to walk.
  6. Walk with your Feebas Buddy for 20 KM.
  7. Collect 100 Feebas candy as you go (if you haven’t already).
  8. Tap on your Feebas Buddy.
  9. Tap Evolve.

Once you’re done, you’ll have your Milotic. If you didn’t get Waterfall and Surf as the Fast and Charge moves, you’ll want to TM them at your soonest opportunity. If you want the best moveset, that is.

How do you evolve Wailord and Altaria?

Wailord is one of the biggest Pokémon in the game — a literal blue whale Water-type. Altaria is another Dragon / Flying-type in a generation that includes some of the biggest and baddest in the game. Neither of them are as potent as Gyarados, but they still require 400 candy to evolve.

But, hey, at least they don’t need Friendship.

  1. Wailmer: Water — 1424
  2. Wailord: Water — 2258
  3. Swablu: Normal / Flying — 722
  4. Altaria: Dragon / Flying — 1868

Is Wailord as ridiculously oversized in Gyms as Steelix?

More. Even funnier is Wailord as a buddy. Behind you, you can only see its eye. In front of you, you can’t see anything else. Including you.

How do you evolve Wurmple into Dustox and Beautifly? Is it really random?

Wurmple has a split second-stage evolution: It can evolve into either Cascoon or Silcoon. Split evolutions are something we’ve seen since Gen 1, also with Eevee. Evolve an Eevee and you could get Flareon, Jolteon, or Vaporeon. Picture that, but with only two second-stage possibilities — and with each of those possibilities having a third stage evolution.

Important: Unlike Eevee in Gen 1, there’s no trainer name trick you can use to guarantee control of at least one of each evolution. Unlike Eevee in Gen 2, there’s also no Friendship mechanic and day vs. night trick to guarantee control over allevolutions. With Wurmple, second stage evolutions seem to be totally and completely random.

  1. Choose the Wurmple you want to evolve.
  2. Tap Evolve.
  3. Repeat as often as is necessary to get both Cascoon and Silcoon.
  4. Evolve Cascoon into Dustox and Silcoon into Beautifly whenever you have the candy and the opportunity.

Which of the current Gen 3 Pokémon can you hatch from Pokémon Eggs?

Several. And, as expected, they run the gamut of distances and rarity tiers. Only one of them is exclusive to Eggs so far:: Baby Azurill.

Gen 3 Pokémon in 2KM Eggs

  1. Poochyena: Dark — 564
  2. Zigzagoon: Normal — 423
  3. Wurmple: Bug — 502
  4. Skitty: Normal — 659
  5. Gulpin: Poison — 788
  6. Spoink: Psychic — 1285
  7. Wailmer: Water — 1424
  8. Barboach: Water / Ground — 716
  9. Spheal: Ice / Water — 876
  10. Luvdisc: Water — 735
  11. Whismur: Normal — 603
  12. Aron: Steel / Rock — 1232
  13. Swablu: Normal / Flying — 722

Gen 3 Pokémon in 5KM Eggs

  1. Treecko: Grass — 923
  2. Torchic: Fire — 959
  3. Mudkip: Water — 981
  4. Lotad: Water / Grass — 526
  5. Carvanha: Water / Dark — 874
  6. Seedot: Grass — 526
  7. Shroomish: Grass — 722
  8. Makuhita: Fighting — 745
  9. Corphish: Water — 1107
  10. Azurill: Normal — 316
  11. Wynaut: Psychic — 503
  12. Numel: Fire / Ground — 957
  13. Nosepass: Rock — 831
  14. Baltoy: Ground / Psychic — 676
  15. Cacnea: Grass — 1080

Gen 3 Pokémon in 10KM Eggs

  1. Ralts: Psychic — 436
  2. Slakoth: Normal — 942
  3. Feebas: Water — 220
  4. Trapinch: Ground — 1092

How about Raid Battles? Are any of the Gen 3 Pokémon Raid bosses?

A lot now. most seem to spawn and show up in Raids. But Mawile and Absol are Raid-only for now. And, of course, the Legendaries are exclusive to Raids.

  1. Tier 2: Mawile: Steel — 1484
  2. Tier 4: Absol: Dark — 2280
  3. Tier 5: Groudon: Ground — 4074 [Over]
  4. Tier 5: Kyogre: Water — 4074 [Over]
  5. Tier 5: Rayquaza — 4354 [Over]
  6. Tier 5:. Latias — 3377 [Over]
  7. Tier 5: Latios — 3644 [Over]
  8. Tier 5: Regice— 3087 [Over]

What are the regional exclusive Pokémon in Gen 3?

Image via The Sliph Road

There are a bunch. The first few are somewhat traditional:

  1. Plusle: Electric — 1681 (Americas and Africa)
  2. Minun: Electric — 1585 (Europe, Asia, and Australia)
  3. Relicanth: Rock / Water — 2557 (New Zealand and surrounding islands)
  4. Torkoal: Fire — 2036 (India)
  5. Tropius: Grass / Flying — 1846 (Africa and the Mediterranean.)

The next six rotate between regions, but in pairs that never cross paths. So, if one is in the Americas, the other may be in Europe, or vice versa.

  1. Zangoose: Normal — 2214
  2. Seviper: Poison — 1928

Zangoose started in the Americas and Africa but on January 4, switched to Europe, Asia, and Australia. Seviper, vice versa.

  1. Volbeat: Bug — 1620
  2. Illumise: Bug — 1620

Volbeat currently appears in the same region as Zangoose, Illumise the same as Seviper.

  1. Lunatone: Rock / Psychic — 2245
  2. Solrock: Rock / Psychic — 2245

Lunatone and Solrock switched sides of the world following the Summer Soultice on June 21.

Who are the Legendary Pokémon in Gen 3?

Legendary Pokémon are significantly boosted in Gen 3 with a whopping eight new arrivals — almost as many as in Gen 1 and Gen 2 combined. There are a couple of new Mythicals as well.

Weather Trio

The Weather Trio represent the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the atmosphere, and were the icons of the original Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald games.

Currently, the Weather Trio are the only Gen 3 Legendary Pokémon available in Pokémon Go, but only in Tier 5 Raids and each only for a limited time:

  1. Groudon: Ground — 4074 (ended January 15, 2018).
  2. Kyogre: Water — 4074 (ends Februrary 14, 2018).
  3. Rayquaza: Dragon / Flying — 3645 (ends March 16, 2018).

Legendary Titans

Where Gen 1 had Legendary Birds and Gen 2 had Legendary Beasts, Gen 3 has Legendary Titans. Unlike previous generations, the Titans aren’t based on the typical red/fire, yellow/electric, blue/water or ice formula. With Gen 3, we get some rock and some steel. Also, like Gen 1, the Legendary Titan’s master doesn’t show up until the next generation — in this case, Regigigas in Gen 4.

  • Regirock: Rock — 3087
  • Regice: Ice — 3087
  • Registeel: Steel — 2261

Eon Duo

“Eon Duo” is a term applied to a pair of powerful psychic dragons — the female Latias and male Latios.

  • Latias: Dragon / Psychic — 3377
  • Latios: Dragon / Psychic — 3644

Jirachi

Jirachi is a Steel- and Psychic-type Pokémon. Since we haven’t seen Gen 1’s Mew or Gen 2’s Celebi yet, Jirachi is likely still a long way off.

Deoxys

The mythical Psychic-type Pokémon, Deoxys, has additional forms each of which focus on a different stat. (Speed isn’t currently implemented in Pokémon Go, though Stamina is, so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s all implemented.)

  • Normal Form
  • Attack Form
  • Defense Form
  • Speed Form

Who are the new Dragonite, Tyranitar, Blissey, and Snorlax of Pokémon Go Gen 3?

When Pokémon Go Gen 2 debuted, Tyranitar was seen as the new Dragonite and Blissey as the new Snorlax. Gen 3 likewise brings some new super-powered Pokémon to the gaming table.

Slaking

Slacking should have had a CP over 5000 — FIVE THOUSAND — but Pokémon Go reduced (nerfed) it before it ever had a chance. Even so, it can still reach over 4500. And while Slaking doesn’t have the stamina of Blissey or Snorlax, it ranks just below the latter. It’s stuck with the powerless Yawn as a quick move, but Play Rough makes it a good defender — especially against the Fighter-types that would normally dynamic punch right through it.

  • Slakoth: Normal — 942
  • Vigoroth: Normal — 1896
  • Slaking: Normal — 4548

Metagross

Nothing is going to touch Tyranitar for generations to come, but Metagross and it’s Psychic- and Steel-typing is going to significantly round things out.

  • Beldum: Steel / Psychic — 843
  • Metang: Steel / Psychic — 1570
  • Metagross: Steel / Psychic — 3644

Salamence

By contrast, Salamence will absolutely be the new Dragonite. Also a Dragon- and Flying-type, it does a little more damage but is a little less durable. We’ll just have to see where the movesets land.

  • Bagon: Dragon — 1053
  • Shelgon: Dragon — 1958
  • Salamence: Dragon / Flying — 3532

Any Pokémon like Unown in Generation 3?

There are a couple of Pokémon in Gen 3 that have multiple forms, though none to the extent of Unown. One of them in Mythical, the other… cloudy. Speaking of Unown, it gets some additional forms in Gen 3 as well.

Unown

Everyone’s favorite alphabet-shaped, Psychic-type Pokémon gets into punctuation in Gen 3. They aren’t in the game yet, but eventually we should see:

  • Question Mark
  • Exclamation Point

Castform

Normal-type? Fire-type? Water-type? Ice-type? With Castform, it’s appearance and even its typing varies based on the weather.

  • Normal
  • Sunny
  • Rainy
  • Snowy

Are there any new evolutions for existing Pokémon in Gen 3?

Sadly, no. Gen 3 is pretty much its own thing. Gen 4, though will introduce several new evolutions for Gen 1 and Gen 2 Pokémon alike.

What about babies? Any new Pokémon babies in Gen 3?

Because, babies, right? You don’t have to prepare for them because they’ll be new pre-evolutions, not post-evolutions. But, in case you’re curious, here are the new Gen 3 babies:

  • Azurill (baby Marill)
  • Wynaut (baby Wobuffet)

Do any Pokémon from Gen 3 have new evolutions or babies in Gen 4?

Several! These are the Pokémon from Gen 3 that you’ll want to keep catching and hatching so you get as much candy as possible and as good a candidate (high IV) as possible, for future evolutions.

  • Ralts and Kirlia to evolve into Galade (split)
  • Nosepass to evolve into Probopass.
  • Roselia to evolve into Roserade.
  • Duskull and Duskclops to evolve into Dusknoir.
  • Snorut to evolve into Froslass.

Gen 4 also adds a couple new babies for a couple Gen 3 Pokémon:

  • Budew (baby Roselia)
  • Chingling (baby Chimecho)

What do you want to see in Pokémon Go Gen 3?

How Pokémon Go deals with Rhydon — already a 3000+ CP ‘mon — evolving into Rhyperior is going to be interesting, isn’t it? If you have any idea, or any questions about Gen 3 or Gen 4 in general, drop ’em in the comments below!

How to beat Regice, Kyogre and other Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go

Regice is the first of the Legendary titans of Hoenn to enter Pokémon Go — and will be available to Raid until July 19!

Pokémon Go Legendary Raids are in full effect. We’ve already had the Gen 1 Legendary Birds, the Gen 2 Legendary Beasts, their masters, Lugia and Ho-Oh, and the Gen 3 Weather Trio, Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza. Now it’s all about the Eon Duo, Latios and Latios, and the psychic dragons have split the world between them!

June 21, 2018: Regice is the new Legendary Boss until July 19

Regice is the first of the Legendary titans of Hoenn to enter Pokémon Go — and will be available to Raid until July 19!

Pokémon’s legendary year continues with three Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region harnessing their power to take over Raid Battles in Pokémon GO, starting with Regice on June 21!

Regice, the Iceberg Pokémon, has awakened from its slumber and will be the first to appear in Raid Battles across the world until July 19. This Ice-type Legendary Pokémon has a strong defense, but is weak to Fire-, Fighting-, Rock-, and Steel-type attacks.

The presence of this defensive powerhouse kicks off a summer of earth-shattering events, as Regirock and Registeel will also roar into Gyms worldwide!

Don’t miss this chance to catch this Legendary Pokémon before it returns to another long slumber! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

June 7, 2018: Kyogre is back, and Shiny Kyogre is with it — until June 21!

If you missed catching Kyogre, the best Water-type Pokémon for generations, you can try again until June 21. What’s more, Kyogre’s Shiny form is available now as well!

Raid Battles will also feature powerful Water-type Pokémon for the duration of the celebration, including the exciting return of the Legendary Pokémon Kyogre. And, if you challenge Kyogre during the event and come out victorious, there is a chance you’ll encounter its Shiny form!

May 18, 2018: Ho-Oh joins Latias and Latios in Legendary Raids until June 7!

If you missed out on catching the Leader of the Legendary Beasts, you’ve now got another chance to get your Ho-Oh on!

From Pokémon Go

Get ready for a surprise: The Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh will return to Raid Battles in Pokémon GO on May 19! A powerful Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, the Rainbow Pokémon Ho-Oh will appear in Gyms across the globe alongside Latias and Latios, which will remain in their designated regions. Plus, if you’re fortunate, you might be able to encounter a Shiny Ho-Oh after you win the battle! You can challenge Ho-Oh until June 7 and seize the opportunity to add this Legendary Pokémon to your Pokédex. So, gather your strongest party to take on Ho-Oh before it returns to the skies!

That’s right, Shiny Ho-Oh, and when it’s Shiny, it’s got a 100% catch-rate.

Of course, it adds the usual uncertainty over which Tier 5 Egg will hatch which Legendary, and that can make it harder to get organized and get people out for one or the other Raids. So, not everyone is going to be happy about it. We’ll have to wait and see.

May 8, 2018: Latias and Latios Legendary Raids until June 5! (And they’ve just switched places!)

It’s May 8, and that means Latias is now live in North America, South America, and Africa, and Latios has moved on to Europe and Asia.

The Eon Duo is here! Generation 3’s Psychic- Dragon-types, Latias and Latios have arrived in Raids.

From Pokémon Go:

The Legendary Pokémon Latias will appear in Raid Battles across Europe and Asia, while Latios will appear in North America, South America, and Africa. On May 8, the Eon Pokémon will switch locations and will be available until June 5, so all Trainers will have the opportunity to catch both powerful Pokémon.

Happy Raiding!

March 15, 2018: Lugia Legendary Raids are back until April 2!

Rather than give us a new Legendary Boss to Raid, Pokémon Go is bringing back the very first! Lugia returns from March 16 to April 2.

From Pokémon Go:

The Legendary Pokémon Lugia will return to Raid Battles in Pokémon GO on March 16! A powerful Psychic- and Flying-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, Lugia will appear in Gyms across the globe as the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza returns to the ozone layer. You can challenge Lugia, which will know the newly improved Flying-type move Sky Attack, until April 2. So gather your strongest party to take on this Legendary Pokémon before it returns to the sea!

February 23, 2018: Kyogre and Groudon join Rayquaza in Raids until March 5

If you missed out on battling, beating, and catching the Legendary Ground-type, Groudon, or Water-type, Kyogre — two of the best Pokémon in the game — you now have a second chance… for one week only.

From Pokémon Go:

Now is the time to test your strength! Legendary Pokémon Kyogre and Groudon return to Raid Battles alongside Rayquaza for a limited time. Now is an excellent chance to finally catch all three ancient Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region!

Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza each have their own strengths and weaknesses, so challenging all three will take skill! Power up your strongest Pokémon, grab your friends, and head to nearby Gyms for a chance to battle and catch them from February 23 until March 5.

We’re in for some legendary battles, and the overall result will be exciting! If Rayquaza is defeated more than Kyogre and Groudon combined, Pokémon that typically prefer windy weather (for example, Bagon) are more likely to hatch from Eggs from March 5 to March 16. If not, Pokémon that prefer sunny or rainy weather (like Trapinch or Lotad) are more likely to hatch.

These battles will be tough, so we have new special boxes debuting on February 24, containing Raid Passes to help you prepare. Visit the in-game store to find out more.

Did you know Pokémon is celebrating a ‘legendary’ year in 2018? You can learn about more about these and other Legendary Pokémon at Pokemon.com/Legendary.

February 8, 2018: Legendary Rayquaza Raids until March 16

From Pokémon Go:

Prepare for exciting new adventures as you encounter even more Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region on February 9! Alongside several Flying- and Dragon-type Pokémon appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time, the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza will descend from the ozone layer and become available in Raid Battles for a limited time.

The Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza will be appearing in Raid Battles in Gyms near you until March 16. You’ll also have a chance to battle the Legendary Water-type Pokémon Kyogre before it swims away on February 14. Will you be the first to catch all three ancient Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region?

Who comes next, the Rocks?

January 12, 2018: Legendary Kyogre Raids until February 14

Legendary Groudon Raids are still on for a few more days but now it’s greatest rival, Kyogre, is also showing up in Legendary Raids around the world.

From Pokémon Go

Kyogre, the Water-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world! Keep an eye out for Kyogre at Gyms near you, and you may be one of the first to catch this Legendary Pokémon. But don’t delay—Kyogre will only be available until 1:00 P.M. PST on February 14, 2018. Good luck, Trainers!

It’s widely anticipated that the final member of the Weather Trio, the Dragon-type Rayquaza, will follow in early March.

December 15, 2017: Legendary Groudon Raids until January 15

Legendary Ho-Oh Raids may be over but Legendary Groudon is here to take its place!

From Pokémon Go

Groudon, the Ground-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world! Keep an eye out for Groudon at Gyms near you, and you may be one of the first to catch this Legendary Pokémon. But don’t delay—Groudon will only be available until 1:00 p.m. PST on January 15, 2018.

Start watching that clock because Groudon will disappear late on January 15, 2018.

December 14, 2017:

Bye-bye birdie. Hopefully, Ho-Oh will make a return appearance soon.

November 30, 2017: The Legendary Dog Raids — Raikou, Entei, and Suicune — are over

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Trainers, remember that you only have until 1 P.M. PST on 11/30 to battle Suicune in the Americas. Good luck!

Sadness. Hopefully they, like the Legendary Birds, will return at some point. And, Shiny.

November 27, 2017: Ho-Oh Legendary Raids are on until December 12!

Ho-Oh, the Legendary Pokémon and master of the Legendary Beasts, has been unlocked.

From Pokémon Go:

Congratulations! We issued a challenge—and you answered the call. Collectively, you caught over 3 billion Pokémon during the Global Catch Challenge, unlocking some amazing rewards along the way. But that’s not all… As a result of all your hard work, Ho-Oh is now appearing in Raid Battles at Gyms around the world until December 12, 2017. So, gather your friends and find a Legendary Raid near you!

October 31, 207:

The Legendary Beasts have made their final rotation. Here’s where they stand:

  • Raikou, an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout Europe and Africa.
  • Entei, a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Asia-Pacific region
  • Suicune, a Water-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Americas.

September 30, 2017: Legendary Beast Raids have rotated!

A new month means a new Legendary Beast to catch. Here’s the migration:

  • Entei, a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Americas
  • Suicune, a Water-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout Europe and Africa.
  • Raikou, an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

What are Pokémon Go Legendary Raids?

From Pokémon Go:

On September 30, all three of these Legendary Pokémon will move to a different location and will be available for Trainers to battle with friends until October 31. They will make their final stop in the last remaining location on October 31. Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be available for this limited time period, so make sure to battle against them when they arrive at Gyms near you!

While these Legendary Pokémon are traveling the world, we’ll also begin an EX Raid Battle (formerly Exclusive Raid Battle) field-testing phase at select Gyms before the feature is made available globally. We have collected some valuable early feedback on the new EX Raid Battle feature and will look to further test and hone the experience through the feedback of the dedicated global Trainer community. During the field test, we’ll be making periodic adjustments to EX Raid eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations with the goal of making the EX Raid Battle feature engaging, rewarding, and most importantly, fun for Trainers who regularly participate in Raid Battles.

The first EX Raid Passes will be sent out soon, and those invited will have an opportunity to try out the new system as early as September 6. Stay tuned for more updates as we launch the EX Raid Battle field test to more Gyms in the weeks ahead. We look forward to reading all your constructive feedback on our social media channels and encourage you to continue share your thoughts throughout the EX Raid Battle field test!

When did Legendary Raids start?

Lugia debuted immediately following Pokémon Go Fest Chicago on July 22, 2017 and was available through Thursday, August 31, 2017. Initially, the other Legendary Birds debuted as follows:

  • Articuno (Team Mystic) released on Saturday, July 22 and available through Monday, July 31.
  • Moltres (Team Valor) to be released on Monday, July 31 and available through Monday, August 7.
  • Zapdos (Team Instinct) to be released on Monday, August 7 and available through Monday, August 14.

Then, Pokémon Go re-released all three Legendary Birds on August 14, 2017 and let them run until August 31, 2017.

If you missed a Legendary Pokémon, can you still get it?

Sometimes. The initial run of the Legendary Birds ended but they were brought back for an encore. Lugia was the first Legendary Raid in July of 2017 and has been brought back for 2 weeks in March of 2018, and with its Shiny form as well.

Similarly, just at the Legendary Weather Trio was coming to an end, all of them made a return appearance for a week. Luigia, Ho-Oh, and Kyogre have also come back again with Shiny variants as well.

While there haven’t been any Legendary Pokémon released in the wild, Field Research has been capping off seven days of success with a Legendary encounter. April was Moltres. May was Zapdos. June, Articuno. That may continue with re-runs of all the Legendary Pokémon.

Either way, you’re still best off grabbing a Legendary Pokémon whenever you can because who knows when — or how — the game will give you another chance.

What about Mewtwo? When will that Legendary be released?

Mewtwo has already been released. It’s being done through invitation-only Ex-Raids, though. And so far, they’ve been a bit of a frustration.

And the Mythicals, Mew and Celebi? Will they be released soon too?

Mew became available when Field Research launched. Celebi could follow.

What are the best counters for Legendary Raid Battles in Pokémon Go?

There are a lot of lists out there and a lot of opinions on what it takes to make it on a list. I’ve tested various counters in over 1000 Battle Raids, including over 700 Legendary Raids, and this is the list I’ve come to depend on.

What I’ve found during the course of many, many raids is that, due to how hard Charge Moves from Raid Bosses are to dodge, and how glitchy the Pokémon Go servers are in general, high DPS and perfect type matching aren’t enough. For example, Pokémon like Gengar just don’t last long enough to really take advantage of their high damage output. Same is, unfortunately, true for Golem. It can get shredded after a single Stone Edge.

Also, because Stardust, Technical Machines (TM) and other resources are scarce, Pokémon that can be used against several Raid Bosses, like Tyrantiar, are better than unitaskers who’re only useful against one, like Piloswine.

If you don’t have these Pokémon, try to get them from Raid Battles. If you have them but don’t have the right movesets, try to change them with TMs. If you absolutely can’t get them or get enough of them, use Pokémon of the same type and similar typing and movesets. It’s not ideal but sometimes you have to dance with the Pokémon you have.

How do you beat the Legendary Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go?

Tyranitar is the hero in this list, especially against the Legendary Birds so getting one, making sure it has good moves, and then powering it up to around Level 30 will be paramount. Golem, thanks to good stats and great typing can be great as well, provided you can successfully dodge a few Charge moves. Rhydon works well against some of the the Legendary Dogs as well.

Pokémon Type Best counter Other counters
Regice Ice Moltres or Entei Machamp or Hariyama
Latias Dragon / Flying Any big Dragon-type (Dragon moves) Tyranitar (Crunch)
Latios Dragon / Flying Any big Dragon-type (Dragon moves) Tyranitar (Crunch)
** Rayquaza** Dragon / Flying Articuno or Lapras (Blizzard / Ice Beam) Dragonite or Rayquaza (Outrage)
Groundon Ground Exeggutor (Solar Beam) Gyarados (Hydro Pump)
Kyogre Water Raikou (Thunder Shock + Wild Charge) Exeggutor or Venusaur (Solar Beam)
Articuno Flying/Ice Tyranitar (Stone Edge) Moltres or any big Fire-type (Fire Spin + Overheat)
Moltres Flying/Fire Golem (Rock Throw + Stone Edge) Tyranitar (Bite + Stone Edge) or Vaporeon (Hydro Pump)
Zapdos Flying/Electric Golem (Rock Throw + Stone Edge) Tyranitar (Stone Edge) or Dragonite (Dragon Tail + Outrage)
Mewtwo Psychic Tyranitar (Bite + Crunch) Dragonite
Mew Psychic Tyranitar (Bite + Crunch) Gengar (Hex + Shadow Ball)
Raikou Electric Rhydon or Golem (Mud Slap + Earthquake) Dragonite
Entei Fire Golem (Mud Slap + Stone Edge) Vaporeon (Hydro Pump)
Suicune Water Raikou (Thunder Shock + Wild Charge) Exeggutor or Venusaur (Solar Beam)
Lugia Flying/Psychic Tyranitar (Bite + Crunch)
Gyarados (Bite + Crunch)
Zapdos (Charge beam + Thunderbolt) | Raikou (Thunder Shock + Wild Charge)
Zapdos (Charge Beam + Thunderbolt) | Golem (Mud Slap + Stone Edge)
Ho-Oh Flying/Fire Tyranitar (Stone Edge) Golem (Rock Throw + Stone Edge)
Raikou (Thunder Shock + Wild Charge)
Celebi Grass/Psychic Tyranitar (Bite + Crunch) Flareon (Fire Spin + Overheat) or Scizor or Pinsir (Fury Cutter + X-Scissor)

What are the best movesets for the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon?

Some of the best movesets are really the best. Others are a matter of opinion or what you want to use them to counter.

Pokémon Type Quick Move Change Move
Articuno Ice/Flying Frost Breath Blizzard
Zapdos Electric/Flying Charge Beam Thunder Bolt
Moltres Fire/Flying Fire Spin Overheat
Mewtwo Psychic Confusion Psychic
Mew Psychic Pound Solar Beam or Focus Blast
Raikou Electric Thunder Shock Wild Charge
Entei Fire Fire Spin Overheat
Sicune Water Extrasensory Hydro Hump
Lugia Psychic/Flying Extrasensory Future Sight
Ho-Oh Fire/Flying Extrasensory Fire Blast or Solar Beam
Celebi Grass/Psychic Confusion Dazzling Gleam
Groudon Ground Dragon Tail Solar Beam
Kyogre Water Waterfall Hydro Pump
Rayquaza Dragon / Flying Dragon Tail Outrage
Latios Dragon/Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Claw
Latias Dragon/Flying Dragon Breath Outrage
Regice Frost Breath Blizzard

These are all attack-centric movesets, since those will be the ones that matter. Because…

Will you be able to put Legendary and Mythical Pokémon on Gyms?

No. Pokémon Go said that right up front:

While Legendary Pokémon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they’re not willing to leave their Trainer’s side, so they can’t be left to defend Gyms.

So, yeah, focus on offense.

Which Pokémon Go Legendary Raid Boss beaters are you considering?

If you have other Pokémon higher up on your Legendary Raid Battle counters list, let us know which ones and why!

 

 

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