Pokemon Go trainers were given the cold shoulder from Articuno as its spawning week wraps up, and have warmly welcomed the newest catchable Legendary – Moltres. The Team Valor mascot has started popping up at gyms boasting a CP of over 41,000. Trainers are reporting successful raids with as few as five people, relying on strong rock-type Pokemon to bear Moltres’ fire attacks while launching 90kg stone projectiles over 300 metres to pummel the bird into submission.
Though Rock types are still a complete counter for all three of the legendary birds (even the upcoming Zapdos won’t damage them much), trainers can also use their water Pokemon to hit with super effective attacks. If you don’t have a Tyranitar or a team of bulked up Golem, consider counters in the form of the electric/water type Lanturn or the rock/water Pokemon Kabutops or Omastar to blast away at Moltres’ massive CP (just don’t count on them lasting the battle). Again… leave your Blisseys defending other gyms.
With the release of Moltres, the core number of catchable Pokemon sits at 235, or, if you’re lucky enough to have caught every regional Pokemon, your Pokedex would be sitting pretty with a count of 241. The remaining Pokemon spaces are the yet-to be released Legendary Pokemon, and Pokemon who use “special” moves. Similar to Ditto’s transform move causing the delay in players seeing the Pokemon released, both Smeargle and Delibird have signature moves which work differently to the usual damaging moves. In the handheld games, Smeargle’s signature move “Sketch” allows it to copy a move of another Pokemon, then add it to its moveset. Delibird’s signature move, “Present“, literally throws a gift at another Pokemon, with the results randomised between dealing damage and healing the gift receiver. Due to the delay in releasing Smeargle and Delibird, we can assume (hope!) that Niantic are working on a way to incorporate these moves into battles, as opposed to assigning more generic damaging ones.
So, breaking down the catchable Pokemon list into generations, we have:
Generation 1: 151 PokeDex spaces(7 empty)
4 Regional(catchable if travelling)
- Mr Mime
3 Legendary(not yet released)
Generation 2: 97 PokeDex spaces(7 empty)
2 Regional(catchable if travelling)
3 Legendary(not yet released)
2 Special Move Pokemon(not yet released)
As most players will have access to one regional Pokemon (two if you can get to North Queensland for a Corsola), you’ll be able to catch 236 Pokemon without leaving your state. If you just want to fill out the PokeDex space, with the recent gym update, it’s quite easy to go through nearby gyms and sneak a peek at the more exotic region-locked Pokemon that trainers enjoy showing off. If you want to acquire them yourself (legally), you can either wish really hard for a Safari Zone event to come to you, or you’d better start saving for a trip. I hear Cancun, Mexico can net you a Corsola and Heracross… I’m sure the place is lovely too, but… priorities…
There has been still no word from Niantic about when the legendary Lugia will stop appearing, or if its partner legendary Ho-oh will replace it when it does eventually disappear. With Zapdos being the last legendary bird to be released next week, and upcoming events being postponed and reorganised it’s probably best to not hold your breath.