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Pokémon Go’s third-gen legendaries are back for one week

It’s a legendary week in the year of legendary Pokémon

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Pokémon Go’s most recently released legendary Pokémon — Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza — are returning to the game this week for a limited time. Niantic announced that, in honor of the so-called “year of legendary Pokémon,” all three Pokémon will be once again found at Raid Battles nationwide.

The third-generation monsters are only posting up at Gyms from today, Feb. 23, until March 5. Beyond filling out that Pokédex, Niantic has thrown in an added incentive to take on each Pokémon as much as possible: If players defeat Rayquaza, which made its Raid Battle debut earlier this month, more than they do Groudon and Kyogre combined, it will be easier to hatch Pokémon commonly found in windier weather. Defeating more Groudon and Kyogre will conversely cause more sunshine- and rain-loving Pokémon to hatch.

Maybe that doesn’t do it for most hardcore Pokémon Go trainers, who likely have many of the Pokémon that hatch under these weather conditions (especially considering the weird winter weather we’ve been having of late). But you can’t really complain about having more Pokémon to grind down into infinitesimal grains of stardust.

Anyway. These especially hard legendary Raids should be live later today.