Still recovering from catching Farfetch’d & Kangaskhan over the last 48 hours? Niantic is not about to let you rest easy. To further reward the Pokemon GO community which has worked hard to achieve the seemingly impossible 3 billion catches in its recent Pokemon Go Global Catch Challenge, Pokemon GO Ho-Oh has just been released for a limited period of two weeks only. One of the Johto region’s two legendary Pokemon, Trainers can now fight and capture it through legendary raid battles from now to 12 December 2017.
Pokemon GO Ho-Oh – Niantic Official Announcement
Congratulations! We issued a challenge—and you answered the call. Collectively, you caught over 3 billion Pokémon during the Global Catch Challenge, unlocking some amazing rewards along the way. But that’s not all… As a result of all your hard work, Ho-Oh is now appearing in Raid Battles at Gyms around the world until December 12, 2017. So, gather your friends and find a Legendary Raid near you!
Pokemon GO Ho-Oh – Additional Rewards For Trainers
The legendary bird, Ho-Oh essentially serves as an additional prize for Trainers who contributed to last week’s Global Catch Challenge, which offered up a region-exclusive Pokémon if trainers managed to catch 3 billion monsters within a week’s time.Ho-Oh will be found in Raid Battles worldwide. That should make it a little bit easier to find than previous legendary monsters like Entei, Luiga and Mewtwo, all of which were first made available on a much more limited basis.
Pokemon GO Ho-Oh – Probably The Hardest Pokemon To Capture
Ho-Oh officially started to appear in gyms after the announcement. Trainers are beginning to discover how hard it would be to catch this powerful Fire/Flying dual-type Pokemon.
Ho-Oh has a base capture rate of 2% which is comparable with that of Lugia and the Legendary Beasts Entei, Suicune, and Raikou as the hardest to catch Pokemon in the game. The base capture rate is the success rate of a trainer catching a Pokemon using a Pokeball with no bonuses or berries. It’s a bit surprising that Ho-Oh has such a low capture rate as the legendary bird will only be available for a two week period. The Legendary Beasts were all available for a month and Lugia was available for two months before they disappeared from the game.
Due to Ho-Oh’s low base capture rate and the short amount of time it’ll appear in Pokemon Go, trainers should be prepared to hit a lot of raids over the next two weeks.
Pokemon GO Ho-Oh – How To Better The Odds
Trainers can increase the likelihood of capturing Ho-Oh by using Golden Razz Berries or hitting it with an accurate throw. You will also get catch bonuses for earning medals by catching other Fire and Flying-Type Pokemon.
If you managed to hit Ho-Oh with a curved Excellent Throw, fed it a Golden Razz Berries, and has the Gold Medals for Fire-Type and Flying-Type Pokemon, you will have about a 17% chance of catching Ho-Oh per throw.
Good luck on capturing this powerful new Pokemon before it disappears. Do share your experience and tips below too!