Pokémon GO – Legendary Pokemon: How to get Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mew, and Mewtwo

By | 20160711

Pokémon GO is one of the biggest game crazes to come along in history. Go to your local downtown area and tell me you don’t see groups of people on their smartphones trying to find a rare. You can still come across a good amount of uncommons, rares and epics, but legendaries are a whole other story. This game contains all of the original 151 Pokémon, meaning that the legendaries are represented by Mew, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Read on for info on how to get the Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO!

First, let’s run through all of the rumors that have been flying around the internet. Many people have reported seeing Moltres, especially. One person has reported seeing Articuno’s silhouette with three footsteps next to it so far. Nobody that I know of has reported seeing Zapdos or the Mew twins in the wild.

The biggest Mew twins rumor out there centers around the idea that Mewtwo can be found in Times Square. This stems from an old trailer for Pokémon GO that was released which involved players gathering in Times Square, with Mewtwo spawning across all of their phones. They teamed up to face Mewtwo and then they all caught him.

That was just for the trailer, though. Mewtwo has not been spawned in the wild yet and according to the developer Niantic, none of them have. That is because Niantic has to manually spawn the legendaries. The legendaries, unlike the common and even rare Pokémon that permeate the rest of the game, do not show up unless they are manually made to show up.

So the way to get the legendaries is to wait for a special event to happen, and if Niantic’s prior game Ingress is any indication, there will be loads of special events, probably held monthly or whenever there is a new console Pokémon game released or to celebrate an anniversary of some kind. Bring along plenty of Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Master Balls with you when these special events.

Niantic has previously, in the game Ingress, organized events where players fight to take control of a city, and a citywide event could certainly lead to earning the legendaries. In addition, players are organized into three teams with Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres as mascots, so a worldwide top-team competition or an intra-team competition to be the top trainer could be organized with those three birds as the rewards. Having extremely high combat power or CP will help.

As for Ditto, it, like the legendaries, is in the source code of the game; however, Ditto has not been added to the game yet and is so far the only non-legendary Pokémon that not one single person has caught. Expect Ditto to be added to Pokémon GO with a future update to the game. When it is, we will be there with some tips and tricks on how to find Ditto.

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