Trainers,

Niantic has shared the dates during which various Legendary Birds will be available:

  • Articuno (Team Mystic) released on Saturday, July 22 and available through Monday, July 31.
  • Moltres (Team Valor) to be released on Monday, July 31 and available through Monday, August 7.
  • Zapdos (Team Instinct) to be released on Monday, August 7 and available through Monday, August 14.

The release was shared in an official blog post titled “An Update regarding Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago”, published on the official Niantic Labs blog. We suggest that anyone interested reads it thoroughly as it shows the level of compassion and dedication we all expect and want from Niantic.

The same blog post shared a number of interesting metrics in regards to the event:

  • 4.6M Raids were completed during the challenge windows
  • 500M Pokémon caught
  • 1.9M Legendaries caught

Trainers from around the world joined in as well. During that same time period they participated in more than 4.6 million Raid Battles and caught more than 500 million Pokémon, including more than 1.9 million Legendary Pokémon.

The Chester Pokémon GO Event got a special mention, our interview with Big Heritage is coming soon:

At the same time we were struggling in Chicago, an amazing event was unfolding in Chester, UK, organized by our partner Big Heritage. More than 17,000 people visited that event over two days in one of England’s oldest and most historic settings. The combination of history and family-oriented Pokémon GO play was a hit.

Interestingly, this post was written and published by no other than John Hanke, Niantic CEO.