The four Legendary Birds recently released in “Pokemon Go” are coming back. Niantic Labs announced that the mythical birds Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos will be available to battles and can be caught through Raids. The legendaries will be in the augmented reality game until the end of August 2017.

The Legendaries

When the game developer announced the schedule of Zapdos’ exit in the game, fans were anxious that there will no longer be able to battle and catch the mythical birds. However, before the weekend, Niantic sent an email to the trainers reminding them of Zapdos’ schedule and hinting on something about the mythical creatures in the game.

The email asks players to stay tuned for more Legendary adventures in the game.

Although Niantic Labs has not mentioned any detail, fans are anticipating that something is going to happen. The general assumption was that Ho-Oh might be released in the game on August 14 during the Stadium Event in Yokohama, Japan. However, as of this writing, no sign of Ho-Oh has been heard yet. Instead, Mewtwo was launched in the game.

Since the powerful Legendary is only exclusive in Japan, more than being excited, fans are disappointed as they are not able to enjoy the creature. Niantic Labs, however, has something on their sleeves and the good news is the developer is sending back the four legendaries that were previously launched in “Pokemon Go” since the Chicago fest.

Moreover, players who were not able to catch Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos can still do so. The mythical birds will be available in the game until the end of August.

Improved players’ engagement

While Niantic could say the noblest things about making the legendaries stay in the game longer, it is inevitable to think that these creatures have brought so much to the company.

Noticeably, there are more players who are hooked to the game as compared to the time when the legendaries were not yet launched in the game. More players’ immersed in the game connotes more revenue.


So far, Niantic Labs has not yet revealed if the catch rates for the returning mythical birds in the game will be tweaked.

It is worth noting that the game developer previously increased the base capture rate of Lugia, Articuno, and Moltres upon announcing that they will only be available for a limited time. Currently, Lugia has the lowest capture rate of 2 percent among all legendaries in the popular augmented reality game, “Pokemon Go.”