Legendary Pokémon Catch Rates

Pokemon GO Legendary Birds

Legendary Pokémon can be caught after being defeated in Legendary Raids, but their Capture Chance is very slim. With a Base Capture Chance of 3%, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are a bit easier than Lugia (2% BCR).

This page goes into details on how each ball/berry/throw type influences your chances. Big thanks to Epimetheos, the original author of the capture chart.

Legendary Pokémon Catch Rate Chart

Pokémon GO Legendary Catch Rates
Pokémon GO Legendary Catch Rates

Table overview

For convenience, we’ve dissected the chart into numerical values. Of course, there are a lot more of possible combinations than we included. If you want to dive really, really deep into this, take a look at GamePress Catch Rate Calculator.

In short, always use a Golden Razz Berry and try to curve.

Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos Catch Chances

On July 25 2017, BCR was updated for the three Kanto Birds, up to 3% from the old 2% rate. Therefore, we have two separate tables for Kanto Birds and Lugia/Ho-Oh.

Berry Curve Throw type
Normal Nice Great Excellent
No Berry
3.00% 3.45% 4.50% 5.55%
Curve 5.10% 5.87% 7.65% 9.44%
Razz Berry
4.50% 5.18% 6.75% 8.33%
Curve 7.65% 8.80% 11.48% 9.44%
Golden Razz Berry
7.50% 8.63% 11.25% 13.88%
Curve 12.75% 14.66% 19.13% 23.59%

Lugia and Ho-Oh catch rate

The GAME_MASTER still shows 2% BCR for Lugia and Ho-Oh, resulting in a different table for these two Pokémon.

Berry Curve Throw type
Normal Nice Great Excellent
No Berry
2.00% 2.30% 3.00% 3.70%
Curve 3.40% 3.91% 5.10% 6.29%
Razz Berry
3.00% 3.45% 4.50% 5.55%
Curve 5.10% 5.87% 6.29% 7.65%
Golden Razz Berry
5.00% 5.75% 7.50% 9.25%
Curve 8.50% 9.78% 12.75% 15.73%