It Is 2017. Where Are The Legendary Pokemon?

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Pokemon GO Gen 2’s debut is already upon us, with the 8 new Pokemon uncovered last month. The entirety of Gen 1 has not been introduced in-game, despite trainer hopes of seeing the legendary Pokemon making the cut in 2016.

Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos, with the addition of Mew and Mewtwo, all from the original Pokedex of Pokemon Red and Blue, are core Pokemon that are unfortunately missing from the Pokemon GO experience.

Mew, Mewtwo And The Legendary Birds Story

In the original game, these three mighty Legendary Bird Pokemon are directly attached to the story, serving as bosses that the trainer has to track down, battle, and hopefully defeat and capture.

Their Pokedex numbers run from 144 through 146, with Mewtwo and Mew at 150 and 151, respectively. You probably know that already if you managed to fill most of your Pokedex.

Mew is said to have the DNA of every single Pokémon contained within its body, and as such is able to learn any attack.


Mewtwo was created after years of horrific gene splicing and DNA engineering experiments based on Mew. It is said to have the most savage heart among all Pokémon, lack compassion, and strike fear into its enemy with cold, glowing eyes. Because it was engineered to be the ultimate in battle, it can only think of defeating its foes. In the first movie, Mewtwo exemplified these vicious characteristics and was shown to be capable of levitation, telepathy and mind control. It was later shown to be caring, protective, and even altruistic. Another Mewtwo in the anime shared its aversion to contact with others, but was much less belligerent. Mewtwo conserves energy by remaining motionless in order to unleash its full power in battle. It is also capable of materializing psychic waves in the form of its signature move, Psystrike. Though rarely seen in the wild, it is said to be resting in a dark cave somewhere.

When Should We Expect To See These Pokemon?

With Pokemon GO events coming in quick succession at the tail end of last year and the beginning of 2017, it’s hard to see something major happening in January.

However, 2017 is the year when the rest of Gen 2 is going to be introduced, and there are more features like trading, trainer battles and more to keep the team at Niantic occupied. Releasing the birds from their cages would be reasonable ahead of all the major changes the game is facing. We expect March to be the month we finally get to witness these magnificent Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

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