Another batch of Pokémon GO news today, with the announcement that new legendaries in Pokémon GO are being introduced…. but will be locked down to regions.
The news came as part of the latest Pokémon GO blog post, which shows off three new Legendary Pokémon and the timings for their release.
Fortunately, these Pokémon will move around the world, meaning that you could catch all of them in one region, but they are only visiting each region for a short time.
Where in the world?
From today – 31 August 2017 – the three new doggie Legendaries will be available at:
- Raikou (Electric-type) – Americas
- Entei (Fire-type) – Europe and Africa
- Suicune (Water-type) – Asia-Pacific
They will be available as part of Raid battles from today until the 30 September 2017 when they are due to move around.
On 31 October 2017, they will make their final move and they will have visited each region.
Although we have no confirmation of when they will finally leave, it is pretty likely that they will maintain the monthly pattern and will leave around the end of November.
The arrival of the new Legendaries marks the end of the four bird legendaries being available – Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia – but it is still possible these will return as part of a future event.
Mewtwo on the way?
Another announcement is the upcoming “EX Raid Battles” which are being tested at certain gyms before being rolled out globally. These battles are the “Exclusive” raids which require a special raid pass, and seems likely to be preparing for the highly-anticipated release of Mewtwo into the game, as detailed in a previous update post.
While we have no solid information when we can expect Mewtwo‘s worldwide introduction, these “Exclusive Raid Battles” are expected to grant players around the globe the chance to battle the elusive Mewtwo in the next few weeks.
The recent Niantic update stated that:
Mewtwo is the first Pokémon that Trainers will be able to face in Exclusive Raid Battles, but other powerful Pokémon may also start to hatch from the Raid Eggs found at Exclusive Raid Battles over the next several weeks.
Apparently “invites are being sent out” for these new raids, so don’t expect to jump into one straight away. The EX Raid Battles will start testing on 6 September 2017 and we’ll hopefully get some more news about those very soon.
Finally there were some changes to the app in the latest update, adding a very useful feature for anyone who owns a Pokémon GO Plus device. With the latest version, players will now be able to spin gym stops for items using the Plus device, which formerly only allowed Pokéstops to be spun.
A small but helpful change is that you will now be able to see the number of trainers in (or preparing for) a raid battle before you join, so you can make a meaningful choice about whether it is worth spending your raid pass before you get into the battle.
Some bug fixes were also applied, including this bastard:
Resolved a bug which caused the Raid Boss to always break free from the last Premier Ball
How annoying would that be!? Wearing a raid boss down, using all your Premier Balls on the little shite, only for your very last one to be a guaranteed failure! Glad they sorted that one out!