Pokemon Go

Gamers have been clamoring for more Pokemon in Pokemon Go. They've constantly wondered when new generation Pokemon would land in the game and when new Legendary Pokemon would show up. Well, we finally get an answer to that question.

Polygon is reporting that in an interview with the German extension of Wired, Niantic Labs' CEO John Hanke finally put a time frame on when we can expect to see Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go, briefly explaining...

I can say with certainty that we will see it more this year.

This is encouraging news for fans of Pokemon Go who may have become restless with all of the delays and information being shrouded in mystery when it comes to the Legendary pocket monsters.

Wired does, however, note that some of the Legendary Pokemon are already in Pokemon Go. They explain that Ditto, who can mimic every other Pokemon in the game, is available in the mobile version even though Ditto doesn't exactly fit the Legendary mold. The fact that it can clone the moves of other Pokemon makes it a very dangerous foe in the hands of a proper trainer.

Wired also points out that appearances from Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are present as well, but only insofar as representing the three teams featured in Pokemon Go. The Legendary bird Pokemon work as mascots for the teams. However, one user did manage to glitch the game and capture an Articuno, which caused quite the stir in the Pokemon Go circles. The reason being is that Articuno wasn't supposed to be wildly available to the public, and Niantic Labs had to run some damage control and admit that the user ended up getting the Pokemon by mistake.

It doesn't seem unlikely that if Legendary Pokemon make a public appearance in Pokemon Go as capturable beasts that it would be Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres.

Additionally, Wired also points out something that most people may have also overlooked: Mew and Mewtwo.

The two psychic Pokemon have been consistently used in the promotional material for Pokemon Go, and even featured in a segment in the original commercial where everyone was in Time's Square attempting to capture Mewtwo. It would make a ton of sense if they were made available more widely within the mobile game.

The article, however, juxtaposes Hanke's comments with those of game director Tatsuo Nomura, who explained that the reason that Pokemon Go doesn't have Legendary Pokemon widely available right now is because they like to treat them special, and offer gamers an opportunity to capture them when the time is right and the moment is special. And so, the team at Niantic Labs are trying to treat the introduction of each Legendary type as a special moment for players.

This is similar to how they approach the Legendaries in the other Pokemon titles for the Nintendo handheld units. You just can't go around capturing all of them, you have to actually put in the time and the effort and really fight to get them into your stash. At least now we know that more Legendary types will be making their way into Pokemon Go at some point later in the year. Don't be surprised if a few become available through special, public events.

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