POKEMON GO Legendary Raid Pokemon Moltres is set to be replaced by Zapdos in the coming days, as good news is revealed for fans on Lugia.
Pokemon GO trainers have only a handful more days to capture Zapdos, before the third Gen 1 Legendary Raid Pokemon is removed from the game.
In past weeks this has typically coincided with the introduction of a new Pokemon, first with Moltresreplacing Articuno and the Zapdos replacing Moltres a week later.
Niantic announced after the Pokemon GO Fest that the game would be rotating out the Legendary Pokemon, having first introduced Articuno as a prize for players efforts during the worldwide Pokemon GO Fest.
But there’s been no word on what will occur after Zapdos is removed from the game. More on that below the gallery, because for the time being, players concentration should be going fully into capturing Zapdos before the Legendary departs.
Speaking of which, Niantic has yet again not mentioned a precise time for when Zapdos will depart, and unlike past weeks we’ve not been able to accurately say as normaly the end of one Pokemon has been signalled by the arival of another.
That said, if Zapdos follows the same pattern as past weeks, it’s likely the electric Legendary will be available until roughly 1AM GMT on Tuesday 15th.
While players are in the dark somewhat, a new Niantic newsletter sent earlier this week certainly suggests the developers know what’s going to happen in the future.
This is evidanced by one paragraph in the latest Pokemon GO Newsletter, which appears to suggest “more” legendary action. It reads:
“Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos have been spotted in Pokémon GO! Have you battled one of these Legendary Pokémon yet? From August 7–14, Zapdos, the Legendary Pokémon that represents Team Instinct, will appear at Raid Battles in the real world. Team up with your fellow Trainers and line up your Pokémon carefully when battling these extremely powerful and rare Legendary Pokémon. Good luck, Trainer. Be prepared for more legendary adventures!“
The newsletter was sent out on August 10 2017, a couple of days after Zapdos was released, so it’s strange that Niantic are refering to “more legendary adventures”.
It’s possible they could be looking to roll out Mewtwo or Ho-Oh who were both featured in the games Legendary trailer.
Ho-Oh seems the more likely of the two, despite the fact that more recently the GAME_MASTER file was changed and completely removed Base Capture Rates for 5 Legendary Pokemon, including Ho-Oh, Mewtwo, Raikou, Entei and Suicune.
“Ho-Oh caught us off guard, as we’re quite certain he should be available on the Yokohama Pokemon GO Stadium event,” Pokemon GO Hub has said before.
“Again, take this with a grain of salt. It’s not uncommon for Niantic to change these values back on short notice, much like it happened the morning before GO Fest, when Legendary Bird BCRs were added.”
Assuming Pokemon GO Hub are correct, Ho-Oh could be introduced as early as next week:
“We believe that Ho-Oh will be released at the Japanese Pokémon Stadium event (Monday, August 14, 2017 18:00 – 21:00), that takes place during the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama (August 9 – 15).
“This event will tie in perfectly with the movie, as the movie retells Ash’s original journey through Kanto, including the Ho-Oh encounter.”
The most likely scenario is that once Zapdos has departed, on August 15th, Niantic will introduce the games new black Legendary raid egg.
If this occurs, all four legendary Pokemon that have previously been playable would still be in the game, but more sporadically.
This, in turn, would make them A LOT rarer, which in itself present’s another big challenge given their extraordinarily difficult catch rates.
“Legendary Pokémon can be caught after being defeated in Legendary Raids, but their Capture Chance is very slim,” writes Pokemon GO Hub.
“With a Base Capture Chance of 3%, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are a bit easier than Lugia (2% BCR).”
The website covers the whole spectrum of percentages based on whether you use a razz berry, or golden razz berry as well as other key variables such as throwing a curve ball and whether it’s a ‘nice’, ‘great’ or ‘Excellent’ throw.
But it should be noted that even if you throw a curved ‘excellent’ aided by a Golden Razz – the best possible combination – you’re still only in with a 23.59% chance.
Bottom line? While the Legendary Pokemon are available in stages right now, players need to make the most of them, because trying to capture one once they’re gone is going to be an awful lot harder!
While legendary Pokemon are available right now, players need to make the most of them, because trying to capture one once they’re gone is going to be an awful lot harder!