We’re days away from Easter. However, there’s still no word from Niantic about any egg-centric event and this may be because the celebration won’t center on eggs at all. There’s no need to worry, though, because the possible alternative is way better than just getting half-distance eggs and shiny Exeggcutes.
Niantic updated Pokemon GO this week with a patch containing a few secrets inside. For those who missed it, data miners spotted hints of changes coming to Pokemon Gyms, including gym status notification and feeding of Pokemon gym defenders. But one final thing which caught the majority’s attention is the Pokemon cooperative raid.
Raids are basically just players working together to take down AI-controlled enemies. If it rings a bell to you, you’ve probably heard or seen it from the original Pokemon GO trailer before. The footage in question shows players gathering in one place to capture the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo in a limited time. Such scenario has not yet happened in the game. However, it looks like players will finally experience it soon.
Pokemon GO Raids = Legendary Update + Easter Event?
Niantic already guaranteed that the long-awaited Legendary Pokemon would arrive in the game this year. Although it has yet to provide the specifics, many players are almost positive that the powerful creatures will make their way to the game one by one through the Pokemon GO raids.
At this point, there are no details available yet as to when the raids will become available in-game. But with Easter coming up, the new feature could arrive this weekend as the Legendary and Easter event combined. We already predicted earlier that Niantic might have something big up its sleeve for Easter since it skipped April Fools’ Day which commemorates the day Pokemon GO was born. So, it totally makes sense if the first Legendary Pokemon debuts by then.
Which Legendary Pokemon Could Arrive First?
As a refresher, the Legendaries which have not spawned in the game to date include the flying trio– Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres–and the elusive Mew and Mewtwo. Also missing from Pokemon GO now are Gen 2’s Legendary canines Raikou, Entei, Suicune and final Pokédex entries Lugia, Ho-oh and Celebi.
If the Co-op Raids are indeed a Legendary event, we don’t expect them to come out all at once. It’s likely that Niantic will hold some of the creatures back for future big events to lure players back into the game. So, which Legendary can we expect this Easter?
Since Mewtwo was the face of the co-op raids in the trailer, it’s safe to assume it would be one of the first Legendary creatures to grace Pokemon GO. We’ll likely see at least one of the birds as well, especially Articuno which was already spoiled to the players before. It remains unclear if the trio will be limited to the respective teams in the game — i.e. Mystic, Instinct, and Valor. Regardless, their addition is definitely worth looking forward to.
Pokemon GO Candies – Why Save Them?
In related news, Niantic employee David Hollin finally shed light to his “Save your candies” statement in an interview with the A-to-J Connections YouTube channel (via Daily Star). Contrary to fan theories which say there could be a double XP event soon, Hollin clarified that his remark was nothing but a friendly advice to new players.
Currently, there are only generations of Pokemon in the game but plenty more will eventually arrive. When the new creatures are added, trainers will surely want to have some of their candy stocked up.
Magnemite, for instance, can only be evolved into Magneton now. However, when the fourth generation of Pokemon is rolled out, players will be able to evolve it into Magnezone. So in order to do that, they need to have enough Magnemite candy. With that in mind, these are the Pokemon which will have more evolutions in future generations and whose candy players should, therefore, be saving:
- Magnemite – Evolves into Magnezone in Generation 4
- Lickitung – Evolves into Lickilicky in Generation 4
- Rhyhorn – Evolves into Rhyperior in Generation 4
- Tangela – Evolves into Tangrowth in Generation 4
- Elekid – Evolves into Electivire in Generation 4
- Magmar – Evolves into Magmortar in Generation 4
- Porygon – Evolves into Porygon-Z in Generation 4
- Eevee – Evolves into Leafeon or Glaceon in Generation 4
- Togepi – Evolves into Togekiss in Generation 4
- Aipom – Evolves into Ambipom in Generation 4
- Yanma – Evolves into Yanmega in Generation 4
- Murkrow – Evolves into Honchkrow in Generation 4
- Misdreavus – Evolves into Mismagius in Generation 4
- Gligar – Evolves into Gliscor in Generation 4
- Sneasel – Evolves into Weavile in Generation 4
- Swinub – Evolves into Piloswine in Generation 4
Which Legendary do you want to encounter in the Pokemon GO Raids? Let us know in the comments section below!