Legendaries are typically the most powerful monsters in the compendium, so getting one this weekend is likely going to be tough. Fortunately, players are already figuring out the most efficient counters to all the possibilities.
During the legendaries trailer, we can spot a handful of familiar faces: Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno, Ho-oh, Lugia, and even Mewtwo. Technically, the second generation of legendaries should also include the likes of creatures like Suicune and Celebi, but they weren’t actually pictured in the footage at all. Judging by how heavily Pokémon Go has emphasized the birds already—they are, after all, the emblems for the different teams—and judging by the trailer itself, it seems like a pretty good bet that the first legendary is going to be a bird. Hell, we know that the birds are already in the game, they’re just not widely available yet.
It would follow, then, that you want a monster that can take down a legendary bird. For months now, players have theorized that one of the best possible match-ups is Golem. It’s a funny choice—Golem isn’t the first critter that comes to mind when you think of strong Pokémon, and he’s not exactly tearing up competitive Pokémon in the main games. Still, some of the most hardcore players out there are powering up Golems right now, or at least recommending that everyone do so.
Golem, you see, is a rock / ground-type monster that has a max CP of 2916 and an attack of 211. This means he’ll be effective against Articuno, Moltres, and Lugia, all of which are weak to rock, and he’ll be effective against Zapdos, because ground-type is strong against electricity. No surprise, then, that players specifically want Golem with with Rock Throw, Stone Edge, or Rock Blast, all of which A) can actually hit their flying targets B) are powerful moves. If you have a Golem, and the Stardust/Candy to spare, it might not be a bad idea to start beefing that rock up to prepare for the upcoming legendary raids.
In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you see posts like these on social media, ramping up even more as Saturday draws near:
Granted, not everyone will be able to capture a Golem—I’ve never even seen one during my many hours of playtime. For those of you in the same boat, other top attackers include Tyranitar and Omastar, though even more common creatures like Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon can be useful, depending on what legendary you’re facing up against. Heck, even Dragonite isn’t too bad.
Pokémon Go Fest starts at 10 AM on July 22nd in Chicago, and if players manage to complete specific challenges, the first legendary will appear. If defeated, that legendary will start appearing for everyone on July 23rd in special raid battles.
A quick primer, if you haven’t seen it yet: