Raikou, Entei, and Suicune from Pokemon GO

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Pokémon Go is releasing legendary dogs for you to fight and catch

They’re good legendary dogs.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 31, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:48 pm CDT

Pokémon Go users have already been able to get their hands on five Legendary Pokémon over the past few weeks, but now the next generation of Legendary Pokémon are making their grand entrance.

Niantic announced Thursday that for the next month—Aug. 31 until Sept. 30—Pokémon Go players will be able to get their hands on one of the three Legendary Beasts (which are essentially giant dog Pokémon) of Johto that first appear in Generation II. These Pokémon will only be available in gyms during Raid Battles, which has multiple players teaming up to take a Pokémon down for the chance to catch it.

Unlike the Legendary Birds, which started to appear everywhere after a certain date, the release of Raikou (Electric-type), Entei (Fire-type), and Suicune (Water-type) will be restricted by region. Raikou will first appear in the Americas, Entei will show up throughout Europe and Africa, and you can catch Suicune in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the end of September, the three Legendary Beasts will switch locations until Oct. 31. After that, they’ll swap locations again, so players will be able to get their hands on all three Legendary Beasts in a few months. As was the case with the Legendary Birds, they won’t necessarily be around forever.

Pokémon Go will also test out new features for EX Raid Battles (which was known as Exclusive Raid Battles), which will open for certain players as soon as Sept. 6.

H/T Polygon

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*First Published: Aug 31, 2017, 12:11 pm CDT