Pokemon GO: Ho-oh Finally Released

Ho-oh, the Pokemon that sounds like the name of a delicious snack cake, has now been added to the game.

It seems that developer Niantic Labs isn’t done rewarding Pokemon GO players for helping to complete the recent three billion captures challenge. They’ve already allowed players in all regions to capture Farfetch’d, but now, they’ve added a far more valuable Pokemon to the game’s roster of catchable creatures. 

Niantic has confirmed via Twitter that players will now be able to capture the legendary bird Pokemon Ho-oh via special in-game raids. 

Earlier this year, Niantic added fellow legendary bird Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia to the game. At the time, there was quite a bit of speculation regarding why Ho-oh wasn’t added alongside his companions. The most popular theory was that he was being save for a future in-game event, and it seems we now know exactly what that event is. 

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From now until December 12, players will have a chance to capture Ho-oh via raid battles. If it’s been a little while since you played Pokemon GO, then the first thing you should know is that you will need a full squad of 20 players to participate in the raid that results in the capture of Ho-oh.

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Fortunately, Niantic recently made quite a few changes to the game’s raid system which makes them far more rewarding overall. Between those changes and the chance to capture this legendary bird, you should find it pretty easy to find a raid group. 

Furthermore, you should know that Friday is the last day that you’ll have the chance to capture this month’s legendary dog Pokemon in the game’s Tier 5 raids. That is also the day that the remainder of the rewards from the Global Catch Challenge – which include double XP, double Stardust, and an increased capture rate overall – will expire. In short, now would be a great time to jump back into Pokemon GO if you haven’t done so recently.