Niantic announced today that Legendary Pokemon will be coming to Pokemon Go very soon. The game's distinctive team logos are based on first set of Legendaries: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. While the Pokemon have been seen in the game's code, they haven't had an official release until now.
"As part of our ongoing celebration of Pokémon Go's one-year anniversary, we're excited to reveal that Legendary Pokémon are nearly here! Soon, millions of Trainers around the world will be able to discover, battle, and catch these extremely rare and very powerful Pokémon," says Niantic in its post.
The trailer shows off Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, Ho-Oh, and Lugia. It seems the Legendary Pokemon are part of the game's new Gym and Raid Battle system. Occasionally, special Legendary Eggs will spawn, giving players a chance to fight a Legendary Raid Boss. Unfortunately, even if you capture a Legendary Pokemon, there will be restrictions.
"As Trainers around the world go out and explore their neighborhoods in search of Pokémon and Raid Battles, they can keep an eye out for unique Legendary Eggs appearing at Gyms," says the developer. "If Trainers and their team are able to successfully defeat a Legendary Raid Boss, they'll have the opportunity to catch a Legendary Pokémon of their own! While Legendary Pokémon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they're not willing to leave their Trainer's side, so they can't be left to defend Gyms."
The anniversary celebration for Pokemon Go, Pokemon Go Fest, will be taking place this weekend at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. The first Legendary Raid Battle will happen at Pokemon Go Fest. If players around the world complete enough Pokemon Go Fest challenges, the Raid Egg will be revealed at the festival. If players there can defeat the Legendary Raid, Legendary Pokemon will go live everywhere.