Pokémon GO developer Niantic has announced that Zacian and Zamazenta along with other Sword & Shield Pokémon will be debuting in the game.
The latest Pokémon GO in-game event is finally debuting the game’s first Legendaries from Pokémon Sword & Shield. Developer Niantic has been regularly adding Pokémon from the Galar region since June of last year. Most recently, the studio debuted Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Slowbro, and Mega Slowbro during the game’s A Very Slow Discovery event that also showcased other lazy or slow-moving Pokémon such as the aforementioned Galarian Pokémon’s Kanto counterparts, Snorlax, Psyduck, Shelder, and more.
Last week, Niantic announced all of the events that will be hosted in Pokémon GO throughout the month of August and one of the most interesting events is the three-part Ultra Unlock event, the first part of which is set to finish in just a few days and will be followed by part two from August 6 to 20, 2021. Part 1 of the Ultra Unlock event was themed around time and saw the return of Dialga, one of three Legendary Pokémon that also represent the members of the creation trio of the Sinnoh region. Expectedly, Ultra Unlock Part 2 will be space-themed and will feature the return of Palkia.
As for Part 3 of the event, Niantic announced in a new blog post on the Pokémon GO website that instead of continuing the ongoing theme of the Ultra Unlock event and featuring the antimatter-themed Legendary, Giratina, it will instead switch gears. Part 3 of the Ultra Unlock event will now focus on Pokémon Sword & Shield and will debut several Pokémon from the Galar region, most importantly the game’s Hero duo of Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta, both of which will be available in their Hero of Many Battles form through the game’s raids. Zacian will show up in five-star raids from August 20 to 26 while Zamazenta will appear in five-star raids from August 26 to September 1, 2021.
The other Galar region Pokémon that will also be making their debut in Pokémon GO when Ultra Unlock Part 3 begins include Skwovet, Greedent, Wooloo, Dubwool, and Falinks. Shiny Galarian Meowth, Shiny Galarian Farfetch’d, Shiny Galarian Weezing, and Shiny Galarian Stunfisk will also appear in raids during the event.
It’s possible that some players may feel disappointed that Niantic cut off the ongoing theme of the Ultra Unlock event by switching themes from the trio of Legendaries of the Sinnoh region to the duo from Sword and Shield. But since all three of the Sinnoh Legendaries have been released in the game before, it’s arguably more exciting for Niantic to debut new Legendaries in Pokémon GO and Zacian and Zamazenta are good choices given the recency of the release of their origin titles.
Pokémon GO is available on iOS and Android.
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