After MONTHS of rumours, we finally have confirmation that legendaries are coming to Pokemon GO this weekend -- here's what you need to know to capture your own.
Previously, we knew that the very first Pokemon GO Fest event would give players rare prizes for capturing monsters and doing raids. Turns out, the prizes are gonna be legendaries, just as players suspected. Niantic explains how it's going to work:
As Trainers around the world go out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokemon and Raid Battles, they can keep an eye out for unique Legendary Eggs appearing at Gyms. If Trainers and their team are able to successfully defeat a Legendary Raid Boss, they will have the opportunity to catch a Legendary Pokemon of their own! While Legendary Pokemon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they're not willing to leave their Trainer's side, so they can't be left to defend Gyms.
On July 22, thousands of Trainers in Grant Park for Pokemon GO Fest and the millions of others around the world will be working together to unlock in-game bonuses for the entire Pokemon GO community. If they manage to catch enough Pokemon during the Pokemon GO Fest Challenge Windows, the first Legendary Pokemon will be revealed in Grant Park. If the Trainers in Chicago succeed in defeating the Legendary Pokemon, that Pokemon will start appearing in Raid Battles around the world, after Pokemon GO Fest.
So, folks in Chicago attending the event will get first dibs on legendaries, while players around the world will get a chance to encounter the same monsters if the requirements are met. In the trailer, we see all sorts of mythical monsters, from Ho-oh to Lugia and Mewtwo, but it's unclear which, specifically, will start appearing on Saturday. Niantic says that, if successful, legendaries will start appearing for everyone starting on July 23 (so probably Monday, July 24 in Australia), but only in legendary raids.
If nothing else, I suspect a ton of people are about to start playing Pokemon GO this weekend. Remember, you need to be at least level 15 to raid, so go get grinding if you're not there already! Given these are legendary-raid-specific, it's sounding like mostly high level players with powerful monsters to begin with will be able to own legendaries.