Pokemon Go: Get Legendary Pokemon Lugia and Articuno

Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go have been promised from the get go. Its first trailer showed a hypothetical event featuring a massive battle against Mewtwo, which you can see below.  

Niantic finally confirmed the arrival of Legendary Pokemon days before the first Live Event, Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago July 22, 2017.

Legendary Pokemon are only obtainable by defeating Legendary Pokemon Raids. Once defeated, Trainers will have a chance to capture the rare and powerful Pokemon much how they would a normal Raid Boss.

  • You’ll know a soon-to-begin Raid will feature a Legendary Pokemon if the Raid Egg is dark blue
  • Legendary Pokemon will take much longer to hatch: 48 hours. This gives Trainers in the area time to prepare, because they are much more difficult to take down than usual Raid Bosses. 
  • You will want 20 players to take down these beasts. Fewer can defeat them, but they need high-leveled Pokemon perfectly suited for the task. 
  • Legendary Pokemon cannot defend Gyms, but they can battle enemy Gyms and Raid Bosses. 
  • Base Capture Rate for Legendary Pokemon is only 2%, as reported by Pokemon Go Hub
  • Legendary Pokemon Buddy Distance is 20km per 1 candy. 

At the conclusion of Pokemon Go Fest, both Lugia and Articuno were “unlocked” and will now permanently appear as Raid Bosses. 

Both Pokemon are incredibly difficult to take down, especially Lugia. Try to gather  20 trainers to take them on. If not, plan on having high-leveled trainers with Pokemon specifically good at taken them on. A general concensus is 8 well-prepared, high-level trainers can take on a Legendary. 

Lugia Weaknesses: 

Lugia, as a Psychic- and Flying-type Pokemon, is weak to the following types: 

  • Dark
  • Rock
  • Ice
  • Ghost
  • Electric

Each of these will do 1.4x the usual damage. 

Lugia is able to attack with Psychic, Flying, Dragon, and Water-type moves.

Tyranitar would be a good offensive Pokemon to take Lugia on, but you must be especially wary of its Hydro Pump charged attack and plan on manually dodging those, or your Tyranitar may be one-shot. 

Jolteon, with Electric-type moves, and Omastar, with Rock-type moves, will also be good choices. Gengar has super-effective Ghost-type attacks, but is weak to Lugia’s Psychic-type attacks. 

Possible Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Extrasensory Psychic 12
Dragon Tail Dragon 15
Possible Charge Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Sky Attack Flying 70 3
Hydro Pump Water 130 1
Futuresight Psychic 120 1

Articuno Weaknesses: 

Articuno, as an Ice- and Flying-type Pokemon, is weak to the following types: 

  • Electric
  • Fire
  • Steel

Each of these will do 1.4x the usual damage. 

Rock-type attacks will do 1.96x the damage, being undoubtedly the best type to attack Articuno with. 

Articuno only attacks with Ice-type moves, giving Omastar a fantastic advantage against the legendary bird. The Rock- and Water-type Fossil Pokemon Omastar does 1.96x the damage with its Rock-type moves, and is resistant against Articuno’s Ice-type attacks. 

Houndoom is also resistant to Articuno, and will do super-effective damage with its Fire-type attacks. Tyranitar is also a good choice, taking neutral damage but dishing out super-effective Rock-type attacks. 

Possible Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Frost Breath Ice 10
Possible Charge Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Ice Beam Ice 90 3
Icy Wind Ice 60 2
Blizzard Ice 130 3

So far, a handful of Legendary Pokemon have appeared in trailers, but some have yet to be mentioned. We will update this list as Legendary Pokemon become available. 

All of these Legendary Pokemon have appeared in trailers or have otherwise been mentioned in other official materials produced by Niantic.  So far, Lugia and Articuno have been officially available to capture at the conclusion of Pokemon Go Fest. 

These Legendary Pokemon have been noticeably absent from trailers. These include the mythical Pokemon Mew and Celebii, both of which were incredibly difficult to procure in the main Pokemon games. The only way to find Celebii and Mew in the original Pokemon games are through special events.

Mew Celebii

The three legendary dogs from Gen 2, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, are found very rarely wandering the world in the original Pokemon games. Will they have a similar mechanic in Pokemon Go, instead of appearing in Raids? 


Raikou Entei

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