With Pokémon Go trainers only currently having access to 54 different Pokémon from Generation III, it was speculated it would be quite awhile before a Legendary from the roster made its way into the game. In a surprise twist, however, Hoenn Legendary Groudon is now available in raid battles, but only for a short amount of time.
Niantic shared the details in a blog and tweet, seen below, which features a shot of Groudon from the Generation III launch trailer. It seems trainers will have a month to catch the creature, as it will only be available until 1 p.m. PT on January 15th.
Watch out, Trainers! Groudon, the Ground-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world. https://t.co/mXvoyIrXIG pic.twitter.com/ZMJf8GR6Er
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 15, 2017
For players unfamiliar with the Pokémon from the Ruby and Sapphire games, it is a pure Ground-type creature. As with other Legendary Pokémon, Groudon has a high Combat Power cap, reaching above 4,000 with the likes of Mewtwo and Ho-Oh. In turn, players attempting to defeat the Pokémon in raid battles will need a high number of players to win, as well as the right types of Pokémon.
For trainers looking for their best chance at success, here’s a short breakdown of tips. Groudon, while a Ground-type, can learn three unique charge moves to use against players: Solar Beam, Earthquake, and Fire Blast. Players will want to use Ice, Grass, and Water-type Pokémon against Groudon, but due to the diverse charge move options it has in battle, trainers should come in with a mix of all three. For example, if a trainer only uses Water-type creatures and Groudon has Solar Beam as its charge move, then all of the Water Pokémon will be easily defeated by the Super Effective Grass-type move. In short, it’s best to plan ahead and not be left dodging attacks the entire battle. It’s important to also remember Groudon comes with the same low two percent capture rate of the other Legendaries, so mastering Curveball throws and using Golden Razzberries is key in giving yourself the best odds to catch it.
While Niantic hasn’t confirmed what the next Legendary Pokémon will be after Groudon, it’s likely the other main Legendary from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Kyogre, will be the pick. In the coming weeks leading into 2018, trainers will also see more Pokémon from the Generation III Pokédex, including fan-favorites Metagross, Milotic, and Salamence.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live Blog