With Lugia finally leaving raid battles in Pokémon Go, Niantic has announced not one, but two Pokémon will be taking its place as Legendary bosses. According to the developer’s latest blog post, Generation III’s Latios and Latias will be flying into Gyms on April 2nd.
Similar to the release of Generation II’s Legendary beasts, Latios will only “appear in North America, South America, and Africa,” while Latias will be found in Europe and Asia. However, on May 8th, the two compassionate creatures will swap places before finally leaving raids altogether on June 5th.
The excellent news for trainers is that both Latios and Latias will be relatively easy bosses to take down. Each of the Legendaries will have a combat power level below 50,000, a figure that signifies its overall strength, defense, and health points. Similar to Rayquaza, this likely means only a minimum of four people will be needed to defeat them. Due to the fact they’re Psychic/Dragon-types, it’s recommended trainers use their best Dragon-, Dark-, and Bug-types against them. Good options would include Rayquaza, Dragonite, Salamence, Tyranitar, and Scizor.
Niantic has also been surprising players recently with several new shiny versions of Pokémon. It’s unclear if Latios and Latias will offer their color-swapped versions, but players should be on the lookout. The shiny version of Latios, if it exists, would appear as bright green, while Latias would be dark yellow.
For a little trivia on the newcomers, when both of the Pokémon initially appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, they came with a defining difference from the previous Legendaries: genders. The blue and gray Latios is male, while the red and white Latias is female.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live