Legendary Pokemon are finally gracing Pokemon GO before this summer ends, or at least that’s what Niantic’s new comment suggests. At the 21st Annual Webby Awards, at which the publisher won an award for Best Mobile Game, Niantic’s global product marketing lead Archit Bhargava gave the following acceptance speech: “This summer will be Legendary.”
It’s unclear what he meant by his statement. It’s possible that Bhargava was just implying that trainers will have a lot of fun with the game this summer. However, it’s not hard to imagine also that the reference to “legendary” was him really trying to get people excited about Legendary Pokémon’s impending arrival to the game.
Now, you may be asking which Legendary is making its way to Pokemon GO first. As usual, Niantic is tight-lipped about this part. However, we can recall Articuno already made an appearance August last year, with some players even claiming to have caught the creature. It was a claim that had many players skeptical until the publisher itself confirmed that the Legendary Pokemon has indeed arrived in the game, but weren’t supposed to. Sure enough, the monsters were revoked shortly after.
That said, perhaps Niantic is rolling them out this time for good; not just Articuno, but all three Legendary birds.
Pokemon GO Legendary Release via Summer Coop Event?
Niantic CEO John Hanke had previously suggested that they might introduce the Legendaries as part of some kind of cooperative event, like where trainers have to team up to be able to catch the creatures. It would not come as a surprise if this becomes a team-based activity. The three legendary birds– Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres– are associated with the game’s three factions, after all.
But it’s important to note that the trio isn’t the only legendary Pokemon missing from the game. We still have Mewtwo, Mew, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou. Mewtwo has already been teased in the original trailer for the game years ago, so maybe it’s among the first ones to arrive in Pokemon GO as well. We can’t know for sure. Regardless of which creature it is, we’re excited to know some of them may finally be on their way.
In the meantime, Adventure Week— a Rock-type Pokemon event– is currently still running in the game. If you haven’t caught an Onix or an Aerodactyl yet, be sure to log in before May 25.
Any thoughts about the Pokemon GO Legendary release update? Which creatures would you like to see in the game first? Let us know in the comments section below!