Great job catching those 3 billion Pokémon during the Pokémon GO Global Catch Challenge, because now players can encounter the Legendary Bird Ho-Oh in a Raid battle, which means they can catch one of the most powerful Pokémon ever for a limited time
Pokémon GO Travel kicked off November 19 as a few select players hosted the first ever Pokémon GO Global Catch Challenge. At first, the best rewards promised included Farfetch’d being made available to North American players after 3 billion Pokémon were caught. But since players managed to capture 3.36 billion creatures — and Farfetch’d has returned to the far East — Niantic decided to offer an even more special global reward: Ho-Oh. The announcement came today via the Pokémon GO Blog.
Ho-Oh is perhaps most famous for being the Pokémon Ash sees at the very end of the first Pokémon anime episode ever (making it the first Generation II Pokémon viewers ever saw), but it also graced the cover of Pokémon Gold alongside Lugia on Pokémon Silver.
According to the Pokémon GO Hub, the base capture rate for the Pokémon is only 2 percent, on par with its counterpart Lugia. For a better chance, players will need to use Berries and use optimal throws with their Poké Balls. Its Max CP is relatively high at 3889, but Ho-Oh’s typing and moveset make it less useful than a Mewtwo. Even though there are plenty of better Legendary Pokémon out there, Ho-Oh could still be a welcome addition to any roster.
With Ho-Oh finally available, that means the only remaining Generation II Legendary left to debut in Pokémon GO is Celebi.
Whether or not that Pokémon might pop up in a Raid battle remains to be seen, but you’ve got about two week to find, defeat, and catch Ho-Oh before the Legendary Bird disappears.
Ho-Oh will be available in Raid Battles until December 12, 2017.