‘Pokemon GO’ latest news: Legendary birds return to game for a limited time

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A promotional image featuring the four Legendary Pokemon for "Pokemon GO." (Pokemongolive.com)

“Pokemon GO” players who missed the four Legendary birds will get another crack at getting them.

In a post on the game’s official website, Niantic Labs confirmed that Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos will return for the remainder of August. The move to re-release the legendaries was a result of the worldwide Raid Battles involving the Legendary Pokemon.

Niantic explained that, over the past three weeks, trainers managed to complete thousands of raids around the world. “In celebration of this achievement and to give Trainers another chance to catch Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia, all four of these Legendary Pokémon can be battled in Raid Battles from August 14 through August 31,” the company’s statement added

Before the announcement of the four Legendaries, Niantic confirmed that Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo will become available in the coming weeks. Players “will have the opportunity to battle and catch Mewtwo with the new Exclusive Raid Battle feature.”

Exclusive Battle Raids and existing Battle Raids have many similarities. However, Trainers need invitations to join the former. Trainers must first join and a raid and beat the Raid Boss in a Gym where an Exclusive Battle Raid will happen. If they are successful, they will get an invite that comes with a heads-up on when the Exclusive raid will take place.

Earlier this week, Gamespot reported that “Pokemon GO” received a new creature in shiny Pikachu. The rare Pokemon, however, is only available Japan. Also, the developers have not revealed details regarding its global availability.

Trainers grassroots network The Silph Road also tweeted that some Trainers saw it spawn during a Japanese event. “Wild shiny Pikachu has been found spawning at The Pokemon Company’s ‘Pikachu Outbreak’ event in Yokohama! No word yet on worldwide release!,” posted The Silph Road.

The shiny Pikachu sports a similar look as the original one, though it now carries a darker shade of orange. Pikachu was the latest Pokemon to receive the shiny treatment behind Magikarp and Gyarados.