in spite of all the technical problems that plague the GO Fest event today, we have somehow managed to get the Legendary Pokémon to appear in the wild!

Trainers worldwide managed to unlock the following bonuses until Monday, July 24, 05:00 PDT:

  • Double Stardust
  • Double Candy
  • Double XP
  • Increased Pokémon encounters
  • Reduced hatching distance
  • Reduced buddy distance

In addition, Lugia is the first revealed Pokémon GO Legendary, with Articuno being the second, as Team Mystic has contributed the most during the GO Fest event. These raids are now available worldwide.

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These Trainers also played an integral role in revealing that Lugia would be the first Legendary Pokémon to enter the real world. In addition to Lugia, the number of Pokémon caught during Pokémon GO Fest by members of Team Instinct, Team Mystic, and Team Valor were tallied up, and, the winner was… Team Mystic! To celebrate this victory, Articuno will join Lugia in Raid Battles everywhere starting immediately. Don’t worry, Team Instinct and Team Valor, the Legendary Pokémon Zapdos and Moltres will also make their way into the real world soon, so stay tuned for more information.

It’s time to adventure together! Gather your friends and family and keep an eye out for Legendary Pokémon Eggs appearing at Gyms near you.


  • Heydavid17

    Happy about Articuno!
    #TeamMystic! 😉
    Of course, I’m looking forward to them all as well, but Articuno has been on this wishlist for a looooooong time 😀

    • Joel Jensen


  • caco89

    How do you get a Legendary Raid Pass?

    • Kalpu Thaker

      You don’t need to have legendary raid pass bro I already have 2 lugia and the articuno!!

      • CheeseBurgerandRamen

        Is lugia and articuno really in the wild? 😮 or are they only gym raids?

        • ElectroBlade

          Raids only.

  • The Stegman

    Well, I have alot of walking to do tomorrow

  • Marcus Elmore

    It’s almost comical how poorly executed Pokémon Go Fest was. Niantic showed their true colors when the lights were shining brightest.

    • Antonio Mercurio

      look on the bright side, it was the first large event for a while and its what many people would have expected

      edit: and i actually think it was planed somehow, well some of it, I thought that the serevr issues were not meant to happen, with the rewards we were always gonna get them to gold and there was always going to be legendaires, no matter what happened. Now what i was not impressed about is the fact they only release Articuno from the 3 birds, i would have loved to see the other birds, But at the end of the day, Niantic are making money, the event is doing better than i thought

  • hkmaly

    Wait … weren’t the bonuses supposed to be unlocked for 48 hours? When it STARTED? Is it 5:00am or pm?

    • AverageGamers

      Already? 5pm CDT.

  • ShiningHaxorus

    So to clarify, are the legendaries here to stay after the 48 hours or are they also exclusive with all the other bonuses?

    • Charter

      Thats the Mist important question. I hope they stay longer…

    • AverageGamers

      Please read the official statement carefully. The ones limited for 48 hours are separated. Meaning the birds don’t have a limit.

  • hilmanefef

    There are so many stupid trainers here. How can they fight Lugia using blissey, chansey and snorlax?
    Come on shity people! I know you want keep them, but don’t forget help defeat it using your best DPS pokemon!

    • William Kelly

      I guess someone didn’t get the list ha. Golem is your best friend. TheN tyranitar

      • hilmanefef

        I use Gyarados Bite Crunch! I love him beating lugia 3 times!

    • Armelo Apelete

      We are not stupid, i am a lvl 40 player andi was doing a Lugia raid, we are only 10 and all our mons fainted but the game let us use other pokemons and we choose blissey and successfully ended our raid! So dont jugde trainers before know the story.

  • driftw00d

    Articuno raid on-going near me, CP is 37600…

    • driftw00d

      Update: 13 players and we beat it. I only have my free raid pass and I was able to join, I’m only level 32. I caught it also after almost running out of balls, CP is 1600. Raid battle is 300secs and last for 2hrs. I’m in Japan btw.

      • the2000guy

        13 people with high DPS Pokemon?

        • driftw00d

          Not sure about others, but the 300secs battle time is enough to rejoin the battle and use other mons after your first six fainted

      • driftw00d

        I’m done for the day. Fought 5 Articuno and caught only one. The 13k XP and rare candies are a consolation. No sign of Lugia yet.

  • Saulius Plevokas

    I don’t see in my game reduced hatching distance

    • the2000guy

      Your current eggs in the incubator won’t reflect that. The next ones you put in will be reflected.

      • Higher_Ground

        Yikes that’s kinda lame given how short the bonus duration lasts.

  • AverageGamers

    Lugia hasn’t stop by, but Articuno has! So glad this isn’t a limited event that requires legendary pass

  • Baelfire Nakrab

    We’ve never found the egg of the Legendary Pokemon … just the Pokemon … O_o .. I’m in Bangkok, Thailand … Fought 6 got only 1 … and 1 Error without getting any item nor pokemon … so buggy

  • driftw00d

    The nearby notification doesn’t show the Raids that are about to start like the usual 2hrs before start. They only show when the raids actually start so I keep guessing where the next raid would be and the Raid boss is revealed. Is this a glitch?

  • Peg Pegasus

    Well, pitty for people like me living in a rural area :/ waited 2 hours at a gym with a Lugia raid and nobody popped up :/

  • DevilxDan

    just about to do legendary raids and my phone runs out of data 😢

  • Robdebobrob

    eggs seem to be non-existent at the moment. They all just pop up. not just legendarys but also lvl 1-4. So far ive done 5 raids. 1 out 3 articuno caught, 1 out of 2 lugia so im pretty happy. Someone else from my group had 0/5. Never seen so many people at 1 raid at once. 2nd Lugia must have been 80 people.

  • Vinayak

    today I experienced weird problem. After defeating level 5 raid boss app directly took me to the catch bonus round but after third ball I got network error message and app crashed, I reopened app and tried to enter catch round but app kept taking me too the waiting timer with other players and as raid starts It was kicking me out with network error. so disappointed with issue. I tried everything but no luck. btw anyone interested in my pogo account level 35 with so many high iv pokes. I want to sell it to support my studies.

  • Michal Hušák

    Arcticuno can be done in 1 level 32 (soloable). This is legendary ???

    I appolgy for misinformation above – I have got wrong informatios from a player laying to me. I have tested myself and 10 players is a good quess of required number of people ….

    • Luke Davies

      NO. It’s at least 35000 cp, you need 10+ players it is not solable.