Pokemon Go - Legendary Pokemon, Raids, and Battles

Learn about Legendary Raid Battles and Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Now that Raids have officially been added to Pokémon Go, it appears that the year-long wait for Legendary Pokémon might soon be over. Players have been anxiously waiting for the appearance of Legendary Pokémon such as Articuno, Mew, Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-oh, and many more since the game’s launch back in 2016. After extensive data mining, The Silph Road and Pokémon Go Hub have discovered important details regarding Legendary Pokémon and how Legendary Raid Battles will work in Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go Legendary Battles

Data mining efforts by Pokémon Go Hub and The Silph Road have uncovered various details regarding Legendary Battles and Legendary Raid tickets in Pokémon Go. While we can only speculate on what this data means at this point, previous data acquired by The Silph Road has been reliable in the past for predicting the contents of future updates. It’s fair to assume that Pokémon Go will integrate Legendary Raids into the game sometime soon.

Legendary Raid Pass

Judging by the way Raids currently work in Pokémon Go, we can predict several details about how Legendary Raids will work as well: 

  • Legendary Eggs will indicate a Legendary Raid Battle.
  • Legendary Battles will require the use of a Legendary Ticket or Legendary Pass to participate.
  • Legendary Pokémon may be captured after defeating them in a Raid. 

We don’t know how Legendary Raid Passes will be obtained in Pokémon Go, but Niantic developers have alluded to the fact that these special Raid passes will be given to high-level Trainers who are very active in Raid Battles already. That makes it seem as if Legendary Raid Passes are awarded after a particular milestone, rather than being a purchasable item in the Shop like Premium Raid Passes. 

Legendary Badges

Where there’s Legendary Raids, there’s also Legendary Pokémon, such as Mewtwo or Lugia. Data mining has also revealed that Legendary Badges are coming to Pokémon Go that signify the number of Legendary Battles a player has completed.

Pokemon Go Legendary Badges will come in bronze, silver, and gold.

Legendary Badges will come in three tiers: bronze, silver, and gold. According to Pokémon Go Hub, these badges are only awarded for Legendary Battles won, and not Legendary Pokémon captured. We suspect that Legendary Raids won’t be easy, and capturing their respective Legendary boss Pokémon will be even less so. Badge award progress being based on Legendary Battles won seems like the more reasonable approach. 

Though we still have yet to hear concrete details from Niantic about Legendary Pokémon and how Legendary Battles will work in Pokémon Go, it’s pretty safe to say that Legendary Pokémon will be arriving in the game before the end of summer. 

Read: Pokemon Go Raid Battle Guide


Larryn is a full-time editor who has written guides and editorial features for various gaming websites. She is obsessed with Witcher 3 and is known to put hot sauce on everything.

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