Pokemon GO has been out for a couple of weeks now, so you might be wondering where all the legendary Pokemon are. So far, the only traces of these mythical monsters in the game are in the logos of the three teams?that players choose from during the early stages of the game.
Where Are the Pokemon GO Legendaries?
However, some players on The Silph Road subreddit have managed to dig deep into the game files to see how exactly you might be able to catch Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. Based on their findings, it looks like legendary bird encounters play very differently from those with regular Pokemon.
According to user C4stor,?the game data shows that Pokemon GO legendaries don?t seem to have a ?base capture rate.? What they do have is a ?base flee rate,? which he thinks is an indication that they can only be caught via a Master Ball.?The presence of a flee rate indicates that they can be encountered in the game world. Here?s one interesting fan theory on how they might work.
?I kinda think it would be an event to get a masterball and then you?d have a rare chance of seeing one in the wild, and to catch it you?d have to use your masterball,? said user Slipperyslips.
Another commenter by the name of Aihana_Etsu added, ?So, like Kalos’s legendary birds? Chase them around to build up global Zapdos/Articuno/Moltres counters (regardless of team, independent birds) and once they hit a certain number the birds will spawn at a set time in a set location??
However, not all players were convinced by such findings. TheotherSteve7 urged players not to read too much into the mined data since Legendary Pokemon are still being worked on by Niantic.
?As Legendaries are still in development I wouldn’t take the existing legendary code too seriously. It’s probably just a bunch of stubs thrown in so the code runs,? he warned.
Nevertheless, it?s still pretty interesting to speculate on how Pokemon GO legendaries might work.