What started out as just 150 (technically 152) pocket monsters has now grown to nearly a thousand, give or take. Now imagine trying to re-implement all those in the real world. Definitely not an easy task. That is why AR game developers Niantic Labs has only been teasing bits and pieces of the entire Pokemon world in waves. The newest to make the journey to our world is a legendary one, literally. Hoenn region’s Gourdon is finally in Pokemon Go, but getting it will naturally be quite the challenge.
Niantic seems to be alternating between two strategies in adding legendary Pokemon to the game. On the one hand, you have limited-time monsters like the Gen 1 birds Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, and Ho-oh available only in raid battles for a limited time, one after the other. The Gen 2 legendary dogs from the Johto region, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, on the other hand, got revealed all at the same time and go on global rotations.
Groudon, the game’s first ground type legendary Pokemon, is of the first kind. It was announced just hours after Ho-oh time on the stage ended. And just like Ho-oh, Groudon will only be available for 30 days and only in Raid battles. So, until January 15, 2018, keep an eye out for it in Gyms around the world.
Battling it won’t be easy, as befits a legendary Pokemon, but there are a few things peculiar to Pokemon Go that could give players the advantage. First is that the game hasn’t implemented Primal versions yet, so Groudon remains a ground type all throughout. Second is that Pokemon Go can now be affected by real-world weather. So anything that boosts water and grass Pokemon and attacks will be highly effective.
SOURCE: Niantic Labs