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How To Catch Galarian Zapdos, Articuno, And Moltres In Pokémon GO

For the first time in Pokémon GO, Trainers can catch Galarian Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres with the new Incense Lure.
How To Catch Galarian Zapdos, Articuno, And Moltres In Pokémon GO

In a surprise update to Pokémon GO, Niantic added a new Daily Incense Lure that has brought Galarian Zapdos into the game. Along with Zapdos, Trainers have the chance to catch Galarian Articuno and Moltres as well. 

Niantic has specifically mentioned the addition of the Galarian Legendary Birds in Pokémon GO, but multiple Trainers have already spotted them as they explore the wild. Now that we know they exist in the game, and can be caught despite a low catch rate, it's time to go searching for some new Legendary Pokémon.

Galarian Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres - Catch in Pokémon GO

Galarian Zapdos
The Legendary Birds have a reported flee rate of 90%. (Picture: Niantic)

Galarian, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltes are not just roaming around the wild at will. You'll first need to activate the brand new Daily Incense lure in Pokémon GO to catch them. Not only are these given out to all Trainers every day going forward, but they are also entirely free, so everyone is involved.

These new lures don't act the same way as traditional lures. They will only last for 15 minutes, so they have a fourth of the activation time of a normal Incense Lure. Similarly to other lures, you will need to walk with the daily lure activated to keep Pokémon spawning.

Trainers have reported all over Twitter that these Legendary Birds have a low rate of spawning directly from the Daily Incense. Considering they are new Legendaries, the odds are still super low. Even lower is the chance of catching one, which some have gauged at under a 1% chance. 

If you do manage to catch Galarian Moltres or any of the others, you'll likely end up with a much lower IV number than you are used to from Legendary Pokémon. Raids always give Pokémon an IV floor that makes them no less than a high 2-star. In the wild, there is no IV floor and the stats can be anywhere across the board.

Galarian Moltres
Use your Daily Incense for a chance at the new Moltres. (Picture: Niantic)

Anyone who manages to catch the Galarian trio with high IV stats will undoubtedly be among the rare few in the game. To maximize your odds per usual, you can attempt to use Golden Razzberries and Ultra Balls to increase odds. Nanab Berries can also be helpful to ensure excellent throws are guaranteed.

Along with your new incense, there are two steps in a Special Research called A Mysterious Incense. Complete these with your Daily Lures to earn additional rewards along your adventure.

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic.