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Pokémon Go’s next Raid Battle introduces Palkia

A Sinnoh-region legendary enters the mix

Palkia in the Pokémon anime The Pokémon Company

Palkia will be Pokémon Go’s next legendary to catch, Niantic announced. An in-game notification reveals that the fourth-generation monster will appear in Raid Battles starting tomorrow, Jan. 29, and throughout the month of February.

Palkia will be around as of 1 p.m. PST tomorrow. The water/dragon-type Pokémon will continue to be available in Raid Battles until 1 p.m. PST on Feb. 28.

The exclusive legendary Pokémon from Pokémon Pearl, which makes up half of the fourth-generation pair of games, is the latest legendary to make its Pokémon Go debut. Dialga, the legendary star of counterpart Pokémon Diamond, has yet to appear.

Both Diamond and Pearl are set in the Sinnoh region, where Palkia drops in from the alternate dimension it lives in. Where Palkia can manipulate spatial dimensions, Dialga can control time. (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl get real weird, y’all.)

I’m not sure how those abilities will play out in Pokémon Go, but we have the whole next month to find out. Most recently, a Hoenn region-themed in-game event wrapped, putting the spotlight on the generation of games just prior to Pearl and Diamond.

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