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Pokémon Go legendary - full list of all available legendaries

Looking to catch them all? Well, we can’t guarantee that, but we can give you a complete list of all the Pokémon Go legendary Pokémon

Pokémon Go's Mewtwo against a blue background

Legendary Pokémon took a year to turn up in Pokémon Go, but boy, were they worth the wait. By legendary, we mean rare to catch, don’t evolve from, or into any other Pokémon, and cannot be assigned to a gym, to name but a few of the similar characteristics between them.

It’s a roster packed with fan-favourites such as Articuno and Mewtwo. Unsurprisingly, being a Pokémon Go legendary means they’re some of the rarest to find and catch within the game. You can find them in a variety of places such as Legendary Raids, the Go Battle League, and as Field Research rewards, but even knowing where they’re going to turn up doesn’t mean they’ll be easy to catch once you get there.

With every new generation comes a host of new legendaries and we’ll cover generations one to six below alongside their type, counters, and release date. But, before we get into it, you might want to also check out information on upcoming Pokémon Go events, the latest Pokémon Go codes for in-game freebies, and our Pokémon Go raid guide.

Now, let’s get into our Pokémon Go legendary Pokémon list.

Pokémon Go generation one legendaries

Lugia, Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres flying through the sky

Articuno (#144)

  • Type: Ice, Flying
  • Counters: Arcanine, Flareon, Golem, Omastar (rock moves), Tyranitar
  • Release date: 22nd July 2017

Zapdos (#145)

  • Type: Electric, Flying
  • Counters: Dragonite, Golem, Jynx, Piloswine (double ice moves), Tyranitar
  • Release date: 7th August 2017

Moltres (#146)

  • Type: Fire, Flying
  • Counters: Golem, Kabutops, Omastar (rock moves), Tyranitar, Vaporeon
  • Release date: 31st July 2017

Mewtwo (#150)

  • Type: Psychic
  • Counters: Gengar, Houndoom, Lugia, Mewtwo, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 14th August 2017

Pokémon Go generation two legendaries

Raikou, Entei, and Suicune standing on a hill

Raikou (#243)

  • Type: Electric
  • Counters: Donphan, Golem, Rhydon
  • Release date: 31st August 2017

Entei (#244)

  • Type: Fire
  • Counters: Golem, Omastar, Vaporeon
  • Release date: 31st August 2017

Suicune (#245)

  • Type: Ice
  • Counters: Jolteon, Venusaur, Zapdos
  • Release date: 31st August 2017

Lugia (#249)

  • Type: Psychic, Flying
  • Counters: Articuno, Gengar, Houndoom, Omastar, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 22nd July 2017

Ho-Oh #(250)

  • Type: Fire, Flying
  • Counters: Golem, Raikou, Tyranitar, Vaporeon
  • Release date: 27th November 2017

Pokémon Go generation three legendaries

The Regis in a dark cave

Regirock (#377)

  • Type: Rock
  • Counters: Breloom, Groudon, Gyarados, Kyogre, Machamp
  • Release date: 16th August 2018

Regice (#378)

  • Type: Ice
  • Counters: Entei, Flareon, Machamp, Moltres
  • Release date: 21st July 2018

Registeel (#379)

  • Type: Steel
  • Counters: Donphan, Entei, Flareon, Moltres, Rhydon
  • Release date: 19th July 2018

Latias (#380)

  • Type: Psychic, Dragon
  • Counters: Dragonite, Gengar, Latios/Latias, Mewtwo, Rayquza, Salamence, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 2nd April 2018

Latios (#381)

  • Type: Psychic, Dragon
  • Counters: Dragonite, Gengar, Latios/Latias, Mewtwo, Rayquza, Salamence, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 2nd April 2018

Kyogre (#382)

  • Type: Water
  • Counters: Exeggutor, Jolteon, Raikou, Venusaur
  • Release date: 12th January 2018

Groudon (#383)

  • Type: Ground
  • Counters: Dragonite, Exeggutor, Gyarados, Venusaur
  • Release date: 15th December 2017

Rayquaza (#384)

  • Type: Flying, Dragon
  • Counters: Dragonite, Golem, Piloswine, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 9th February 2018

Pokémon Go generation four legendaries

Three Pokémon flying through a field of flowers

Uxie (#480)

  • Type: Psychic
  • Counters: Darkrai, Dialga, Latios, Metagross, Mewtwo, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 29th April 2019 – regionally exclusive to Asia-Pacific

Mesprit (#481)

  • Type: Psychic
  • Counters: Darkrai, Dialga, Latios, Metagross, Mewtwo, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 29th April 2019 – regionally exclusive to Europe, Middle East, Africa and India

Azelf (#482)

  • Type: Psychic
  • Counters: Darkrai, Dialga, Latios, Metagross, Mewtwo, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 29th April 2019 – regionally exclusive to the Americas and Greenland

Dialga (#483)

  • Type: Steel, Dragon
  • Counters: Breloom, Groudon, Hariyama, Lucario, Machamp, Mamoswine
  • Release date: 1st March 2019

Palkia (#484)

  • Type: Water, Dragon
  • Counters: Dialga, Garchomp, Palkia, Rayquaza, Salamence, Togekiss
  • Release date: 29th January 2019

Heatran (#485)

  • Type: Fire, Steel
  • Counters: Golem, Groudon, Kyogre, Machamp, Phyperior
  • Release date: 18th December 2018

Regigigas (#486)

  • Type: Normal
  • Counters: Blaziken, Dialga, Emboar, Gallade, Hariyama, Lucario, Machamp, Mewtwo, Palki, Poliwrath, Toxicroak
  • Release date: 2nd November 2019

Giratina – Altered Forme (#487)

  • Type: Ghost, Dragon
  • Counters: Dragonite, Gengar, Latios, Rayquaza, Salamence
  • Release date: 23rd October 2018

Cresselia (#488)

  • Type: Psychic
  • Counters: Gengar, Houndoom, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 20th November 2018

Pokémon Go generation five legendaries

Cobalion standing on top of a mountain

Cobalion (#638)

  • Type: Steel, Fighting
  • Counters: Blaziken, Chandelure, Entei, Flareon, Hariyama, Machamp, Moltres
  • Release date: 4th November 2019

Terrakion (#639)

  • Type: Rock, Fighting
  • Counters: Breloom, Latios, Metagross, Mewtwo, Roserade, Sceptile, Venusaur
  • Release date: 26th November 2019

Virizion (#640)

  • Type: Grass, Fighting
  • Counters: Chandelure, Honchkrow, Lugia, Mewtwo, Moltres, Togekiss, Unfezant
  • Release date: 17th December 2019

Tornadus (#641)

  • Type: Flying
  • Counters: Electivire, Mamoswine, Magnezone, Raikou, Rampardos, Terrakion
  • Release date: 4th February 2020

Thundurus (#642)

  • Type: Electric, Flying
  • Counters: Glaceon, Mamoswine, Rampardos, Rhyperior, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 2nd March 2020

Reshiram (#643)

  • Type: Dragon, Fire
  • Counters: Dialga, Groudon, Rampardos, Rayquaza, Salamence
  • Release date: 26th May 2020

Zekrom (#644)

  • Type: Dragon, Electric
  • Counters: Gardevoir, Groudon, Palkia, Rayquaza, Weavile
  • Release date: 16th June 2020

Landorus (#645)

  • Type: Ground, Flying
  • Counters: Gyarados, Kyogre, Lapras, Mamoswine, Swampert
  • Release date: 31st March 2020

Kyurem (#646)

  • Type: Dragon, Ice
  • Counters: Gardevoir, Lucario, Metagross, Togekiss, Tyranitar
  • Release date: 7th July 2020

Pokémon Go generation six legendaries

Xerneas and Yvetal against a green and blue background

Xerneas (#716)

  • Type: Fairy
  • Counters: Dialga, Excadrill, Genesect, Metagross, Roserade
  • Release date: 4th May 2021

Yveltal (#717)

  • Type: Dark, Flying
  • Counters: Electivire, Mamoswine, Raikou, Rampardos, Rhyperior
  • Release date: 18th May 2021

How do I catch a Pokémon Go legendary Pokémon?

While all the legendary Pokémon listed above have been available to catch within the game, it has only been for set periods of time when Legendary Raids are happening. Once you defeat the legendary in a raid, you have to try and catch it as you would any other Pokémon, but unfortunately, your chances are slim.

It takes patience, some Golden Razz Berries, and, as always, some precise throws.