Articuno is one of few monsters you can’t currently catch. It has remained unobtainable. Until now. Well, Maybe.
Niantic had kept the three legendary birds under lockdown, and apparently one (or two?) of them flew out. Many players in Pokemon GO found their beloved gyms captured by a majestic creature, an ice cold Articuno.
It has spawned in Ohio, of all places. Good god. There’s video proof, which was shared last night to a Dayton Area Pokémon Go! Facebook group:
Posted by Matt Covey on Monday, August 1, 2016
Probably the first time they were happy to see someone else capture their gym. They reported the sighting all over the internet, and the internet asked the owner “How do you have that Pokemon?” along with people screaming “HAX!”, “U SUCK”, “FAKE!”
But to our disbelief, it indeed is true.
According to the owner of the Articuno, she received Articuno as some sort of “apology” from Niantic:
“Yes, it is as crazy as it sounds! I was simply gifted a Articuno by Niantic – everything about it is legit! I really hope Niantic sees all the hype around this and confirms its legitimacy! All I can say is that it is obviously a promo Poke to stir up hype, and that happened in no time! I had Articuno in a gym tonight, but it just got beat! It is not unbeatable, thats for sure! Just super awesome….! It is what it is! Go Team Mystic!”
“I have no idea why Niantic decided to give me an Articuno, but I surely do have one! Pretty amazing and I can’t wait for Niantic to confirm its legitimacy, but it doesn’t really matter…it can’t be fake when people are battling it in a gym! It is what it is!…and it was obviously a promo to stir up hype, and it obviously has done that in no time at all!…and it wasn’t b/c of a ‘late response’… i had emailed them with a question on day 1 of release and they just emailed me back tonight stating they were gifting me with it!..and i’ll be darned – it was right there in my pokedex!”
Someone else also claims to have received a Moltres in a similar fashion, but no one has seen nearly as much evidence on that so far. In any case, we should take this with a grain of salt for the time being until we hear official word from Niantic. Another thing worth keeping in mind is that the latest update to Pokémon GO contains a glitch where you could catch a Pokémon, but it turns out being another one instead. For example, you catch a Caterpie, but end up with a Charizard. Some people may have just gotten too lucky to get a Moltres or Articuno that way, I guess.
So the only way to get a legendary bird is to apparently just ask Niantic via email, and hope to god they’ll gift you back.
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