Despite an array of issues plaguing the live event today, Pokemon GO players will soon get a chance at a very rare monster. Fest attendees in particular will all get legendary Lugia in their accounts tonight, and players worldwide will start seeing Lugia appear in raid battles within the next 48 hours, Niantic announced. That's not all.
Niantic has been tracking individual team's contributions to the overall "Mystery Challenge" that's been running during today's big event. Team Mystic won the whole thing, and so the second legendary monster will be Articuno. No word yet on when Articuno will be available, though.
Here's how it will work once it all goes live:
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.
Lugia may not be active yet, but we do know that it will be a Flying / Psychic type, so get your counters ready! The raid battle and consequent capture attempts, are likely going to be tough. Still, this is great news: earlier today, many fans were worried that the rocky Fest launch meant that players wouldn’t be able to unlock legendaries at all.
For those of you preparing, as predicted, Golem and Tyranitar are particularly well-suited for a match-up against Lugia. If you don’t have those, do note that Lugia takes extra damage from electric, dark, ice, ghost and rock-type moves. Good luck, trainers.