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Pokémon GO Legendaries: Now What?

/ Aug 14th, 2017 No Comments

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Niantic introduced legendary Pokémon to Pokémon GO after Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. Since then, players have had the opportunity to battle these titans in raids, which require multiple players to simultaneously attack the Pokémon at a gym.

Defeating the legendary birds at raids has been easy (as long as enough people are participating) but catching Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos and Lugia has proven to be a real challenge. Now that the legendary birds are out in the wild, what’s next for Pokémon GO?

How are You Playing Pokémon GO?

When it comes to Pokémon GO, my main concern is only catching ’em all. I also aim to have reasonable moves for each creature in my Pokédex because what’s the point of having a Blastoise if he has no good water moves? So for me, it was exciting to see new Pokémon added to the game, but once I caught all four legendaries, my eagerness to play the game was gone.

I’ve completed all I can for now. With the exception of region-specific Pokémon, such as the Australia-only Kangaskhan, I’m finished until more Pokémon are added — Ukown still evades me, but that is one Pokémon that is entirely random on and only a select few have even seen one.

Pokémon Go

Team Instinct represent! Where my people at?

But I’m not the only one who plays the game and others have their own reasons to continue playing. For instance, many people seem to care about “IV,” which are stats for each creature that determine how good its attacks, defenses and HP are. Many Pokémon trainers are on the hunt for more legendaries in an attempt to up their monsters’ IV.

Others are using the game’s buddy system to obtain more candy for each Pokémon by walking with them. The candy, along with stardust, can be used to upgrade Pokémon. The goal is to improve the monsters that you currently have to be the best version of themselves. However, this is a grind. In fact, the entire experience of playing Pokémon GO can feel like a grind these days. How can Niantic bring back the excitement to Pokémon GO?

What’s Next for Niantic?

Niantic is in a tricky situation with Pokémon GO. Summer is a primetime for players and it is coming to a close. Legendary Pokémon set a high bar and proved that players will flock to Pokémon GO if the incentive is good enough. Now, the developer must try to keep the attention of its large player-base during the colder winter months and holiday season.

One possible solution is to take the concept of Pokémon GO Fest and introduce it on a smaller scale for weekly events. Anything that keeps Pokémon GO fresh and exciting will keep trainers wanting to play. We saw this with the introduction of raids and more so with the release of legendary Pokémon. If Niantic introduced small scale events in cities throughout the world, people will find fellow trainers to tackle these events with.

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Is trading around the bend or will it take another year to see this feature?

But the most obvious solution to grinding is to add more Pokémon. At least one new Pokémon will be coming to the game, as Niantic announced Mewtwo will soon be available in invite-only raids. Invites will be sent to players who have recently defeated a raid boss at the gym where Mewtwo will appear. Meanwhile, all four legendary birds will be available at raids through Aug. 31.

Is one new Pokémon enough to keep Pokémon trainers’ interest? Probably not. Programming an entirely new generation of creatures into the game is no simple task, though. That is why Niantic is slowly trickling out the rest of the Generation I and II Pokémon that have yet to be released.

But it also means players will be wondering what’s the plan for Pokémon GO’s future? Will trading ever come to the game? Are events like Pokémon GO Fest Niantic’s way of keeping players busy? These are questions that the developer is likely asking as well. In the meantime, I’ll have to book a flight to Europe to catch Mr. Mime.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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