Pokemon Go Adds Wild Legendary Pokemon For First Time [Update]
Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie are now available in the mobile game.
Origin Forme Giratina may no longer be available in Pokemon Go, but some new Legendaries have taken its place in the hit mobile game. The Lake trio from Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum--Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie--have begun appearing around the world, and this time, you won't need to battle them in Raids. [Update: Following their surprise debut, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie are now appearing in Raid Battles until May 27.]
Unlike most other Legendaries to appear in Pokemon Go, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie aren't available as Raid bosses; rather, the Legendaries are spawning in the wild like typical Pokemon. However, as befits their status, the Pokemon are quite rare, so the odds of running into one are fairly low.
Moreover, it appears that each Pokemon is currently only available in a specific part of the world. Azelf is only appearing in the Americas and Greenland; Mesprit is available in Europe; and Uxie is currently spawning in the Asia-Pacific region. Just as in the mainline games, the Legendaries are also reportedly appearing near bodies of water.
It's unclear how long the new Pokemon will appear in Go, but Legendaries typically hang around for approximately a month before Niantic cycles them out for new Pokemon. With the reports that each one is only available in a certain area, it seems likely that the Legendaries will swap regions before they leave the game entirely.
Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie aren't the only Legendaries currently available in Pokemon Go. Groudon has also returned to the game for a limited-time as one of the game's Earth Day bonuses. On top of that, Ground-type Pokemon are spawning more frequently than normal, and Shiny Diglett is appearing for the first time. However, these Earth Day bonuses will only be live until May 2.
Shiny Meltan is also appearing once again Pokemon Go until May 5; be sure to check out our guide on how to catch one while it's still available. Meanwhile, Pokemon Go's next Community Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 19. The featured Pokemon this month will be Torchic, the Fire-type starter from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.