Legendaries are typically the most powerful monsters in the compendium, so getting one next week is likely going to be tough. Fortunately, players are already figuring out the most efficient counters to all the possibilities.
Source: Pokemon Wikia
During the legendaries trailer, we can spot a handful of familiar faces: Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno, Ho-oh, Lugia and even Mewtwo. Technically, the second generation of legendaries should also include the likes of creatures such as Suicune and Celebi, but they weren't actually pictured in the footage at all. Judging by how heavily Pokemon GO has emphasised the birds already — they are, after all, the emblems for the different teams — and judging by the trailer itself, it seems like a pretty good bet that the first legendary is going to be a bird. Hell, we know that the birds are already in the game, they're just not widely available yet.
It would follow, then, that you want a monster that can take down a legendary bird. For months now, players have theorised that one of the best possible match-ups is Golem. It's a funny choice — Golem isn't the first critter that comes to mind when you think of strong Pokemon, and he isn't exactly tearing up competitive Pokemon in the main games. Still, some of the most hardcore players out there are powering up Golems right now, or at least recommending that everyone do so.
Golem, you see, is a rock/ground-type monster that has a max CP of 2916 and an attack of 211. This means he'll be effective against Articuno, Moltres and Lugia, all of which are weak to rock, and he'll be effective against Zapdos, because ground-type is strong against electricity. No surprise, then, that players specifically want Golem with with Rock Throw, Stone Edge or Rock Blast, all of which A) can actually hit their flying targets, and B) are powerful moves. If you have a Golem, and the Stardust/Candy to spare, it might not be a bad idea to start beefing that rock up to prepare for the upcoming legendary raids.
In the meantime, don't be surprised if you see posts like these on social media, ramping up even more as Pokemon GO Fest draws near:
Using every bit of stardust I can get on this baby! pic.twitter.com/SfGhgzffgq
— AnnMarie |-/ (@gogglewhack) July 17, 2017
— Raichube (@Raichube) July 21, 2017
— PokemonGo Trainer (@PokemonGoTrain5) July 21, 2017
— Texasmade006 Gaming (@texasmade006) July 21, 2017
Let's prepare for Legendary!
I will be tweeting out numerous Graveler & Golem coordinates
Let's do some candies party!
— StarDustFarmPoGo©️? (@StarDustFarmPG) July 20, 2017
Get some Golem and Tyranitar ready for when Legendaries drop! Rock types will cleave the legendary birds and Tyranitar is great for Mewtwo!
— Garuku (@GarBluemoon) July 13, 2017
Granted, not everyone will be able to capture a Golem — I've never even seen one during my many hours of playtime. For those of you in the same boat, other top attackers include Tyranitar and Omastar, though even more common creatures such as Jolteon, Flareon and Vaporeon can be useful, depending on what legendary you're facing up against. Heck, even Dragonite isn't too bad.
Pokemon GO Fest starts at 10AM on July 22 in Chicago, and if players manage to complete specific challenges, the first legendary will appear. If defeated, that legendary will start appearing for everyone on July 23 in special raid battles (so probably July 24 in Australia).
A quick primer, if you haven't seen it yet: