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Pokemon GO: Every Legendary Pokemon In the Game Ranked from Best to Worst

By Sam Woods

June 25, 2021

Pokemon GO‘s legendary yearly celebration, GO Fest, is fast approaching, with the two-day extravaganza kicking off on Saturday, July 17.

Day one of the festival looks set to be action-packed with the focus on catching. Niantic has confirmed that there will be four different habitats, each with a bunch of exciting Pokemon to hunt and day two looks just as exciting.

It’s now been confirmed that EVERY single Legendary Pokemon (not Mythical though sadly) will be returning to raids over the course of the Sunday.

So, to get you prepared, we’ve tried to rank every Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon GO so far to tell you which ones you should be aiming for. Wish us luck.

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The Lake Trio – Uxie, Azelf and Mespirit

Now, it goes without saying that the Lake Trio are historically some of the most interesting Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

They are region locked but are also the only Legendaries that can appear in the wild (although incredibly rare). Sadly, that doesn’t make them good.

As a trio, they’re not particularly exciting and they fare even worse in battle. Dex fillers and nothing more.

Regigigas

Regigigas only returned to raids recently, however, apart from the release of its shiny form, there’s no great reason to raid it.

It’s not a particularly exciting Pokemon and its Normal typing and mediocre moveset means you’re probably best skipping.

Xerneas

This is a case of wasted potential.

Xerneas had the opportunity to be one of the best Pokemon in the game, with good stats and a better max CP, however, an awful moveset lets this Pokemon down.

The only hope it has is if Niantic blesses it with better moves further down the line, but for now, it’s not good.

The Forces of Nature Trio – Landorus, Thundurus and Tornadus

It’s probably not fair grouping Landorus in with the other two chumps, but here we are.

Tornadus is effectively useless and Thundurus isn’t much better (however, can be semi-useful in PVE). If you’re looking for a strong Pokemon to raid during GO Fest, Landorus is a very good pick. Just skip the other two.

Had it have been their Therian Formes as pictured below, they would have almost certainly ranked higher.

The Swords of Justice – Cobalion, Virizion and Terrakion

Wait, how can a group of Pokemon with a name as cool as “The Swords of Justice” be so far down the list? The answer: because they’re average.

While their name certainly is cool and they don’t look to bad either, they’re not going to do too much, if anything, in PVP. If you’re gonna go for any, Cobalion is probably your best choice.

Latios and Latias

Not half as cool as the Swords of Justice, but marginally better in other areas.

Latios, unlike Latias, has a place in the PVP meta, ranking 44th on PVPoke’s best Pokemon list for the Master League. Still not great, but not awful.

Kyurem

Now, Kyruem isn’t a bad Pokemon. In fact, being part Ice-type negates its weakness to it. However, it also opens it up to another batch of weaknesses Dragon-type Pokemon wouldn’t usually be weak to.

Kyruem’s Ice moves can help combat other Dragons, but they’ll just hit back with Super Effective Dragon-type moves. In a sea of powerful Pokemon, Kyurem just gets a bit lost.

Legendary Beasts – Raikou, Suicune and Entei

These next two hurt a little.

Firstly, Raikou, Suicune and Entei are some of my personal favourite Legendary Pokemon, hailing from my favourite Pokemon game, however, in Pokemon GO, they don’t offer a lot of practical use.

Suicune has a place in the Ultra League meta and Raikou can be handy in the Master League, but they’re still ousted by a lot of other Pokemon.

Rayquaza

Rayquaza being this low is a bit of a travesty, I know, but like Kyurem, it’s just outclassed.

There is plenty of strong Dragon-type Pokemon in Pokemon GO and unfortunately, Rayquaza doesn’t come close to topping the list.

It does, without doubt, have one of the best Shiny forms though.

Heatran

Heatran is another decent Pokemon. It’s not going to set the world alight but it can certainly hold its own.

It ranks as one of the top 40 Pokemon in the Master League and has the added bonus of having its Shiny form available.

The Legendary Birds – Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres

The Legendary Birds have been in raids more than almost any other Pokemon, so they’re hardly the most exciting picks, however, with the right moves, they’re still very, very usable.

Zapdos is the pick of the three, closely followed by Articuno and then, trailing just behind them, Moltres.

Cresselia

Now, Cresselia isn’t as hard-hitting as a lot of the Pokemon coming up, but it doesn’t need to be.

Rather than tackling the Master League, Cresselia is an asset in both the Great and Ultra Leagues (as long as you teach it Grass Knot). It ranks 9th and 2nd respectively in both leagues.

Kyogre

This is where things start to get a little more difficult, especially with how regularly the meta changes.

I’ve gone for Kyogre here because ultimately, Palkia is a slightly better Water-type all around. However, if you’re looking for a decent Water pick, you can’t go far wrong with Kyogre.

Palkia

While I’ve just said Palkia is a better pick than Kyogre, it still doesn’t quite reach the heights of some of the other Legendary Pokemon.

It’s still the best Water-type you can currently get, it’s just that there’s not really a huge demand for that in the meta.

Groudon

Groudon is a cool-ass Legendary and a damn powerful one.

In the current PVP meta, PVPoke places a Fire Punch Groudon as the 17th best Pokemon in the master league. Decent moves, a cool Shiny Form and good typing helps it to rank this high.

The Legendary Titans – Regirock, Regice and Registeel

Arguably the most underwhelming pick of this top section is the trio of Regirock, Regice and Registeel.

The Legendary Titans have racked up almost as many appearances at the Legendary Birds so are hardly the most glamorous Pokemon. However, it’s their versatility that makes them so valuable.

All three of the above Pokemon can hold their own across every single PVP league in the game and they’re the only Legendary Pokemon that can accomplish this feat.

Giratina

While you have to commend the Regis for putting up a fight across all three leagues, Giratina can throw hands across two.

The dual Ghost/Dragon-type Pokemon is a menace in the Ultra and Master Leagues and you can’t go far wrong with it.

Reshiram

We’re at splitting hairs time now as there’s almost nothing to separate the remaining seven Pokemon.

Reshiram is the lowest-ranked by PVPoke of the remainder, coming in at a lowly 9th place. It’s likely just below the others due to Dialga and Zekrom being better Dragon picks.

Ho-Oh

Ho-Oh is the best Fire-type Pokemon in the game, however, its 4x weakness to Rock-type moves lets it down a little.

That being said, Ho-Oh is a total monster and nobody would blame you for raiding a few, chasing that illustrious shiny.

Lugia

Believe it or now, Lugia is currently ranked as the top Legendary Pokemon in the whole of the Master League, sitting in second place overall, just behind Melmetal.

It doesn’t rank any higher than this, simply because it’s been in raids multiple times but you can do no wrong if you raid a few Lugia.

Mewtwo

Ah Mewtwo, easily the most recognisable Pokemon and one of the most powerful.

A great movepool, high stats and a storied history makes Mewtwo a must raid every single time it pops up.

Yveltal

Yveltal is the newest Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon GO, joining the game at the back half of May.

Despite this, it’s still by far one of the most powerful Pokemon available and it’ll be worth your time, and raid passes, to grab some more.

Dialga

Behind Melmetal, Dialga is the best Steel-type Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

Coupled with its Dragon typing and Dialga is a brute. Like most of the Pokemon this high on the list, now is your chance to get a ton of candies.

Zekrom

Zekrom is by far the best Electric-type Pokemon in the game and the second-best Dragon in the current PVP meta, just behind Dialga.

It tops the list, however, as Zekrom joined the game at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (like Reshiram and Kyurem) so GO Fest presents the perfect opportunity to stock up on Candies and catch yourself a brute.

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Sam Woods
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Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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