Pokemon Go Azelf, Mesprit, And Uxie Raid Event: Start Times And What To Know

The Legendary lake trio are returning for a special Raid Hour; here's what you need to know about the event.


Pokemon Go's Water Festival event is back again for another year, and as part of the festivities, Niantic is giving players around the world another chance to catch a rare Legendary Pokemon. Today, August 28, the Legendary lake trio Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie will return to Raid Battles in their respective regions--but they'll only be around for a very short time. [Update: This event is over, but Gen 5 Pokemon are officially on the way.]

From 6-7 PM local time, the Legendary Psychic Pokemon will appear again as Raid bosses, giving you only an hour to add them to your collection. To help you prepare, we've rounded up everything you need to know about this week's Legendary Raid Hour below, from what regions each Legendary will appear in to battling tips for when you challenge them.

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Which Region Are The Legendaries In?

All three of the Legendary Psychic Pokemon will return for the Legendary Raid Hour, but each one will only appear in specific regions, so which one you encounter during the event will depend on where you live. You can see which Legendary is exclusive to each region below.

Americas and Greenland

  • Azelf

Europe, Africa, and Middle East

  • Mesprit


  • Uxie

How To Catch

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Before you can catch the Legendary Pokemon, you'll first need to visit a Gym that's hosting a five-star Raid and challenge them to a battle. Fortunately, there will be no shortage of Legendary Raids happening during the aforementioned hour, so it should be easy to find a Gym to visit. Like other Legendaries, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie have high CP, so you'll need to team up with several other players in-person if you're hoping to battle them. Once the Legendaries have been defeated, everyone who participated in the Raid will receive a handful of Premier Balls along with the chance to catch them.

Best Pokemon To Use Against Azelf, Mesprit, And Uxie

All three Legendary Pokemon are pure Psychic-types, so regardless of which one you encounter, you'll generally want to use the same strategy. Dark, Ghost, and Bug Pokemon all have an advantage against Psychic-types, so your best bet will be to bring along Giratina, Tyranitar, Houndoom, Weavile, and Scizor. Gengar will also deal super-effective damage against the Legendaries, but thanks to its secondary Poison typing, it'll receive super-effective damage from them back.

Despite their similar appearance, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie all have slightly different stats and movesets, which you should be aware of before you challenge them. Azelf deals the most damage but is the weakest defensively; Uxie excels at defense; and Mesprit falls between the two of them. You can find more tips on how to catch the Legendaries on the official Pokemon website.

Other Bonuses

While Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie will only be around for a limited time, you'll have until August 30 to take advantage of the Water Festival's other bonuses. Throughout the event, Water-type Pokemon like Magikarp, Wailmer, and others are spawning in the wild more often than normal, and if you're near a body of water, you'll have a greater chance to find the following Pokemon:

  • Wartortle
  • Poliwhirl
  • Seaking
  • Lapras
  • Qwilfish
  • Mantine
  • Lotad
  • Feebas
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Finneon

Additionally, Shiny versions of Carvanha and Barboach are appearing in the wild, and Water Pokemon are more likely to hatch from eggs. Separately, Niantic is soon rolling out a set of Ultra Bonuses for the game, which includes the arrival of Gen 5 Pokemon. The Mythical Jirachi is also available through a new Special Research questline called A Thousand-Year Slumber.

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