Niantic has announced when Moltres and Zapdos will become available in Pokémon GO, revealing that the Legendary Birds will take it in turns to appear in Raid Battles.
After Lugia and Articuno were unlocked at Pokémon GO Fest, that will soon see Moltres be released into the world next week, and Zapdos the week after.
It is unclear how long Lugia will be made available, but the appearance schedule for the Legendary birds has been confirmed as below:
- 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.
Niantic has also apologised for the issues that had surrounded Pokémon GO Fest last weekend, with CEO John Hanke sharing:
“Real-world events are core to the Niantic mission of exploration, exercise and social interaction. We’ve been doing events since the early days of Ingress in 2012. Those events grew progressively larger over time, starting with a few dozen attendees and growing to over 10,000 in Tokyo last summer.
“At each stage of growth, we encountered challenges and each time we overcame them, we gained new skills and pioneered new techniques for building real-world experiences that support our mission. Last Saturday was not a happy day for us but we are committed to listening to that feedback, however harsh, to improve what we do so that we can continue to build experiences that bring together people, technology, and the real world in innovative ways.”