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Legendary Pokémon

Legendary Pokémon are group of Pokémon considered to be very rare and powerful. They cannot be obtained by catching them in the wild nor hatching from eggs. The most common method to capture Legendary Pokémon is defeating them in Raid Battle and then can catch them in Bonus Challenge. Other ways include claiming Research Breakthrough and defeating Giovanni. They can also be traded in a Special Trade. The Lake Guardians are the special cases available in wild. There are total of 38 Legendary Pokémon and 37 of them have been made available through the normal Raid Battles system currently.

Mythical Pokémon share similar characteristics, but their obtain method is different.

Characteristics

Raid Egg indicates Legendary Pokémon

Research Breakthrough

Legendary Pokémon share the following characteristics:

  • does not evolve from or into any other Pokémon
  • low catch rate, usually 2%
  • Buddy Pokémon 20 km for 1 candy
  • require 100,000 Stardusts and 100 candies to unlock the second Charged Attack
  • require 20,000 Stardusts and 20 candies to purify
  • can be filtered in Pokémon search by typing legendary
  • an extra warning appears when trainers try to transfer them, cannot be mass transferred as well
  • require a Special Trade, cost a large amount of Stardust even if already registered by both trainers
  • cannot be assigned to Gym
  • cannot participate Premier Cup in GO Battle League

Kanto

There are four Legendary Pokémon from Kanto region.

Three of these Legendary Pokémon are known as Legendary Birds. These are:

Articuno
#144
Ice   Flying
Zapdos
#145
Electric   Flying
Moltres
#146
Fire   Flying

There is also a very powerful Psychic-type Pokémon - Mewtwo. It has an extra Armored Form and 2 Mega Forms.

Mewtwo
#150
Psychic
Mewtwo
#150
Psychic

Johto

There are five Legendary Pokémon from Johto region. They belong to two groups.

First group is known as Legendary Beasts, which are:

Raikou
#243
Electric
Entei
#244
Fire
Suicune
#245
Water

And two Flying-type Pokémon known as Tower Duo and they are:

Lugia
#249
Psychic   Flying
Ho-Oh
#250
Fire   Flying

Hoenn

There are eight Legendary Pokémon from Hoenn region. They belong to three groups.

The first group is called Legendary Titans, which are:

Regice
#378
Ice

The second group is a duo of two Dragon, Psychic-Pokémon known as Eon Duo and it consists of:

Latias
#380
Dragon   Psychic
Latios
#381
Dragon   Psychic

The third group is known as Weather Trio and it consists of:

Kyogre
#382
Water
Groudon
#383
Ground
Rayquaza
#384
Dragon   Flying

Sinnoh

There are nine Legendary Pokémon from Sinnoh region. Six of them belong to two groups.

First group is called Lake Guardians and consists of three Psychic-type Pokémon. Their trio master is Mythical Pokémon – Arceus.

Uxie
#480
Psychic
Mesprit
#481
Psychic
Azelf
#482
Psychic

Second group of Legendary Pokémon is called Creation Trio. Giratina has two forms namely Altered Forme and Origin Forme. Their trio master is Mythical Pokémon – Arceus.

Dialga
#483
 
Steel   Dragon
Palkia
#484
 
Water   Dragon
Giratina
#487
Altered
Ghost   Dragon
Giratina
#487
Origin
Ghost   Dragon

Other Legendary Pokémon are Cresselia, Heatran and Regigigas, neither of them is related to each other. Regigigas is the trio master of Legendary Titans from Hoenn region while Cresselia is member of Lunar Duo with Mythical PokémonDarkrai.

Heatran
#485
Fire   Steel

Unova

There are nine Legendary Pokémon from Unova region. Each three of them belong to one of three groups.

First group is called Swords of Justice and consists of three Fighting-type Legendary Pokémon with addition of fourth Mythical PokémonKeldeo.

Cobalion
#638
Steel   Fighting
Terrakion
#639
Rock   Fighting
Virizion
#640
Grass   Fighting

Second group of Unova-region Legendary Pokémon are Forces of Nature. They have two forms namely Incarnate Forme and Therian Forme.

Tornadus
#641
Incarnate
Flying
Thundurus
#642
Incarnate
Electric   Flying
Landorus
#645
Incarnate
Ground   Flying
Tornadus
#641
Therian
Flying
Thundurus
#642
Therian
Electric   Flying
Landorus
#645
Therian
Ground   Flying

The third group is called Tao Trio. Kyurem has two extra forms namely White and Black.

Reshiram
#643
Dragon   Fire
Zekrom
#644
Dragon   Electric
Kyurem
#646
Dragon   Ice
Kyurem
#646
White
Dragon   Ice
Kyurem
#646
Black
Dragon   Ice

Kalos

There are three Legendary Pokémon from Kalos region.

All of them belong to a group called Aura Trio.

Xerneas
#716
Fairy
Yveltal
#717
Dark   Flying
Zygarde
#718
Dragon   Ground

Galar

There are two Legendary Pokémon from Galar region.

Both belong to a group called Hero Duo.

Zacian
#888
Fairy

Availability

The Lake Guardians are region-exclusive Pokémon regardless of wild or raid. Uxie is in the Asia-Pacific region. Mesprit is in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India. Azelf is in the Americas and Greenland.

Shiny release indicates if the shiny variant was released for the first time during that period.

Shadow indicates if it is shadow variant.

Pokémon Availability period
Raid Battles:
  • July 22nd to 30th, 2017
  • August 12th to 31st, 2017
  • July 7th, 2018 (3-hour) Shiny release
  • September 13th to 20th, 2018
  • September 18th to 25th, 2020
  • February 20th to March 1st, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Special Research:

Research Breakthrough:

  • June 2018
  • December 2018 to February 2019
  • November to December 2019

Giovanni: Shadow

  • November 2019
  • March 2021
Raid Battles:
  • August 7th to 31st, 2017
  • July 21st, 2018 (3-hour) Shiny release
  • September 13th to 20th, 2018
  • September 25th to October 2nd, 2020
  • February 20th to March 1st, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Special Research:

Research Breakthrough:

  • May 2018
  • December 2018 to February 2019
  • November to December 2019

Giovanni: Shadow

  • December 2019
  • April 2021
  • June 1st to June 17th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • July 31st to August 7th, 2017
  • August 12th to 31st, 2017
  • September 8th, 2018 (3-hour) Shiny release
  • September 13th to 20th, 2018
  • October 2nd to 9th, 2020
  • February 20th to March 1st, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Special Research:

Research Breakthrough:

  • April 2018
  • December 2018 to February 2019
  • November to December 2019

Giovanni: Shadow

  • January 2020
  • May 2021
EX Raid Battles:
  • August 14th, 2017 to early September, 2018
  • October 5th to November 18th, 2019

Raid Battles:

  • September 20th to October 23rd, 2018
  • September 16th to 23rd, 2019 Shiny release
  • October 8th, 2019 (1-hour)
  • February 20th to March 1st, 2021
  • July 16th to 23rd, 2021

Special Research:

Giovanni: Shadow

  • October 2020 to February 2021
Raid Battles:
  • July 10th to 31st, 2019
  • February 25th to March 2nd, 2020
Raid Battles:
  • August 31st to November 30th, 2017
  • June 29th, 2019 (3-hour) Shiny release
  • September 2nd to 9th, 2019
  • January 31st to February 4th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • August 2018
  • December 2018 to April 2019

Giovanni: Shadow

  • February 2020
Raid Battles:
  • August 31st to November 30th, 2017
  • July 14th, 2019 (3-hour) Shiny release
  • September 2nd to 9th, 2019
  • January 26th to 31st, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • September 2018
  • December 2018 to April 2019

Giovanni: Shadow

  • March to April 2020
Raid Battles:
  • August 31st to November 30th, 2017
  • August 17th, 2019 (3-hour) Shiny release
  • September 2nd to 9th, 2019
  • February 4th to 9th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • October 2018
  • December 2018 to April 2019

Giovanni: Shadow

Raid Battles:
  • July 22nd to August 31st, 2017
  • March 16th to April 2nd, 2018 Shiny release
  • July 14th to 15th, 2018
  • December 14th to 17th, 2018
  • December 20th to 23rd, 2019
  • November 5th to 16th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
  • September 1st to 14th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • January to June 2019
Raid Battles:
  • November 27th to December 14th, 2017
  • May 19th to June 7th, 2018 Shiny release
  • August 25th to 27th, 2018
  • December 14th to 17th, 2018
  • December 20th to 23rd, 2019
  • July 3rd to 6th, 2020
  • January 1st to 5th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • January to June 2019

Special Research:

Giovanni: Shadow

  • June 17th to September 1st, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • August 16th to September 20th, 2018 (suspended when Ho-Oh took place)
  • November 1st to 4th, 2019 Shiny release
  • December 12th to 13th, 2020
  • June 1st to 17th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • March to April 2019
Raid Battles:
  • June 21st to July 19th, 2018 (suspended when Lugia took place)
  • November 1st to 4th, 2019 Shiny release
  • December 28th, 2019 (8-hour)
  • December 26th to 27th, 2020
  • June 1st to 17th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • March to April 2019
Raid Battles:
  • July 19th to August 16th, 2018
  • November 1st to 4th, 2019 Shiny release
  • March 10th to 12th, 2020
  • December 19th to 20th, 2020
  • June 1st to 17th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • March to April 2019
Raid Battles:
  • April 2nd to June 5th, 2018
  • February 22nd to March 1st, 2019 Shiny release
  • January 24th to 27th, 2020
  • June 12th to 15th, 2020
  • February 9th to 20th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • May to August 2019
Raid Battles:
  • April 2nd to June 5th, 2018
  • April 15th to 22nd, 2019 Shiny release
  • January 24th to 27th, 2020
  • June 12th to 15th, 2020
  • February 9th to 20th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • May to August 2019
Raid Battles:
  • January 12th to February 14th, 2018
  • February 23rd to March 5th, 2018
  • June 7th to 21st, 2018 Shiny release
  • January 15th to 29th, 2019
  • June 18th to 27th, 2019
  • July 25th, 2020
  • January 19th to 26th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • July to August 2019
  • November to December 2019
Raid Battles:
  • December 15th, 2017 to January 15th, 2018
  • February 23rd to March 5th, 2018
  • January 15th to 29th, 2019 Shiny release
  • April 29th to May 2nd, 2019
  • June 27th to July 10th, 2019
  • July 25th, 2020
  • January 19th to 26th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Research Breakthrough:

  • July to August 2019
  • November to December 2019

Special Research:

Raid Battles:
  • February 9th to March 16th, 2018
  • March 15th to 18th, 2019
  • July 31st to September 2nd, 2019 Shiny release
  • July 31st to August 7th, 2020
  • March 27th to 28th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021

Special Research:

Raid Battles:
  • May 2nd to 27th, 2019
  • August 28th, 2019 (1-hour)
  • November 24th to December 1st, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
  • September 14th to October 1st, 2021 Shiny release
Raid Battles:
  • May 2nd to 27th, 2019
  • August 28th, 2019 (1-hour)
  • November 24th to December 1st, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
  • September 14th to October 1st, 2021 Shiny release
Raid Battles:
  • May 2nd to 27th, 2019
  • August 28th, 2019 (1-hour)
  • November 24th to December 1st, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
  • September 14th to October 1st, 2021 Shiny release
Raid Battles:
  • March 1st to 28th, 2019
  • July 26th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
  • July 23rd to August 6th, 2021 Shiny release
Raid Battles:
  • January 29th to February 28th, 2019
  • July 26th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
  • August 6th to 20th, 2021 Shiny release
Raid Battles:
  • December 18th, 2018 to January 15th, 2019
  • January 7th to February 4th, 2020 Shiny release
  • August 21st to September 10th, 2020
  • January 12th to 19th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • June 17th to July 1st, 2021 Shiny release
  • July 18th, 2021

Special Research:

EX Raid Battles:

  • November 18th, 2019 to March 15th, 2020
Raid Battles:
  • October 23rd to November 20th, 2018
  • March 28th to April 2nd, 2019
  • September 23rd to October 17th, 2019 Shiny release
  • March 13th to 16th, 2020
  • May 5th to 12th, 2020
  • July 26th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • April 2nd to 29th, 2019
  • July 26th, 2020
  • October 9th to 23rd, 2020 Shiny release
Raid Battles:
  • November 20th to December 18th, 2018
  • May 27th to June 18th, 2019 Shiny release
  • March 10th to 12th, 2020
  • September 10th to 18th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021

Special Research:

Raid Battles:
  • November 4th to 26th, 2019
  • March 17th to 31st, 2020 Shiny release
  • November 16th to 24th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • November 26th to December 17th, 2019
  • May 19th to 26th, 2020 Shiny release
  • November 16th to 24th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • December 17th, 2019 to January 7th, 2020
  • May 12th to 19th, 2020 Shiny release
  • November 16th to 24th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • February 4th to 25th, 2020
  • March 6th to 11th, 2021 Shiny release
  • April 27th to 4th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • March 30th to April 13th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • March 2nd to 31st, 2020
  • March 11th to 16th, 2021 Shiny release
  • April 27th to May 4th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • March 16th to March 30th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • May 26th to June 16th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • June 16th to July 7th, 2020
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • March 31st to April 28th, 2020
  • March 1st to 6th, 2021 Shiny release
  • April 27th to May 4th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • April 13th to 27th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • July 7th to 31st, 2020 (suspended during Pokémon GO Fest 2020)
  • December 1st, 2020 to January 1st, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • May 4th to 18th, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • May 18th to June 1st, 2021
  • July 18th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • August 20th to 26th, 2021
Raid Battles:
  • August 26th to September 1st, 2021

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