Niantic Labs has been criticized often for not introducing more Pokemon to the line-up of catchable pocket monsters in Pokemon Go, but despite being slow to add the newer generation Pokemon, the developers have still managed to get around to the task. In fact, just recently Niantic added the very first Generation 3 Legendary Pokemon: Groudon.
Gamespot is reporting that Groudon is now available in Pokemon Go. Previously, Niantic had made Ho-Oh available for a limited time for gamers to capture around the globe. You won't have a whole lot of time to get your hands on the Legendary Gen 3 Pokemon though, because Groudon will only be available up until January 15th, 2018.
Groudon is a ground-type that appeared with the release of the highly popular Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire. The dinosaur-inspired Pokemon has pretty good stats, known for being extra tough, delivering massive damage and having a lot of skills under its belt to dispense of its foes in quick fashion.
You can acquire a Groudon as part of a Raid Battle that takes place at the Gyms scattered throughout Pokemon Go. Don't think that you can go at it alone, though. You'll need plenty of friends to take down your Pokemon foes in the Raid Battle. If you manage to weaken the Groudon enough, you may be able to get it into a weakened state where it can be captured using a Master Ball. The addition of the new Battle Parties also makes it easier to battle Legendaries now that players can put together a party of six Pokemon in the Battle Parties and bring them out whenever it's time to head into a Raid Battle. It's like having your favorite loadout on standby.
As noted by Gamespot, the previous Legendary that was available for a limited time was Ho-Oh from Pokemon Gold and Pokemon HeartGold. This represented a mid-way point between Generation 2 and Generation 3. The flying-type Legendary was one of the Legendary Beasts and has been around from Gold up until Alpha Sapphire. This particular Pokemon was part of Niantic's roll-out of Generation 2 Pokemon, which were originally made available from way back in February of 2017.
Gamers have been begging Niantic Labs for more Generation 3 content, and the developers finally acquiesced with the update that went live back on December 11, which introduced 50 all-new Generation 3 Pokemon, the new Battle Parties and the new weather system.
The dynamic weather system plays a pretty big role in how you can catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go these days, given that water-types are now out in greater frequency when the real-life weather is rainy. This means some locations will obviously have more access to water types than others.
Pokemon Go may be receiving all these updates so that Niantic can focus on the upcoming Ingress Prime and the new Harry Potter mobile game. The developer will definitely have its hands full heading into 2018, but then again, players will also have their hands full attempting to battle and capture the Legendary Pokemon, Groudon.