August 31, 2017

Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International have revealed a trio of Legendary Pokémon originally from the Johto region—Raikou, Entei, and Suicune—will soon appear around the world in Pokémon GO. Trainers will be able to discover, battle, and have the chance to catch the three Legendary Pokémon in Raid Battles located at Gyms around the world. In addition to the arrival of Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in Pokémon GO, the newly revealed EX Raid Battle feature will begin a field-test program in select areas before becoming available to Trainers worldwide.

Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be traveling across the world over the next several months, each spending up to a month in a region. From August 31 to September 30:

  • Raikou, an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Americas.
  • Entei, a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout Europe and Africa.
  • Suicune, a Water-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

On September 30, all three Pokémon will move to a different location and be available for Trainers to battle with other Trainers until October 31. Finally, all three of these Legendary Pokémon will make their final stop in the last remaining location on October 31. Like the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, and Lugia before them, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be available for a limited time.

In addition, the EX Raid Battle field-test will soon be available in select regions around the world in an effort to fine-tune the new system with Pokémon GO’s dedicated community of global Trainers. Similar to existing Raid Battles, EX Raid Battles will periodically appear at Gyms around the world. Trainers who have successfully completed a Raid Battle at the Gym where the EX Raid Battle is taking place will be invited to battle a powerful Raid Boss. Beginning soon, Trainers in select areas will begin to receive an EX Raid Pass for an opportunity to experience the new feature and provide feedback. To stay up-to-date on the EX Raid Battle field-test, make sure to follow Pokémon GO on Twitter or to like it on Facebook.

To learn more about Pokémon GO’s upcoming Legendary Pokémon and EX Raid Battles field-test, visit the official Pokémon GO blog at PokémonGOLive.com.

About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.Pokemon.com.

About Niantic, Inc.

Niantic, Inc., builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun, exploration, discovery and social interaction. Originally incubated within Google, Niantic, Inc., spun out in 2015, with investments from Google, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo. The company’s immersive real-world mobile game Ingress has been downloaded more than 20 million times and is played in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Niantic, Inc. also developed and published Pokémon GO, the real-world Pokémon game for iOS and Android mobile devices that was downloaded more than 750 million times in its first year. For more information on Niantic, visit www.nianticlabs.com.

Press Contacts:

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Chris Kramer

TriplePoint PR, for The Pokémon Company International
Andrew Karl