On Nov. 19 Niantic challenged the trainers of the world. Catch 3 billion Pokémon in a week. The rewards included short-time access to the previously region-locked Farfetch'd (worldwide) and Kangaskhan (in East Asia) as well as other in-game buffs.
Players succeeded in the lofty goal on Sunday, catching 3.36 billion. As an added bonus, Niantic announced a surprise perk today, legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh can now be found at Raid Battles at Gyms. Ho-Oh will only be catchable for a limited time until Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The Global Catch Challenge, as it was formally called ran alongside a campaign called Pokémon GO Travel. In the video series, enlisted community stars explored various locations in Japan hunting for Pokémon while giving the global community daily updates on the challenge process.
This challenge was the first of its kind, but it's not the first time that legendary Pokémon have been in the game. Like Ho-Oh, these Pokémon are only attainable through raid battles and can be caught during a limited time. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia were available earlier this year. Raikou, Entei and Suicune are currently available until Nov. 30 in rotating regions. Mewtwo is available through exclusive invite-only raids.
Have you caught any legendary Pokémon? Did you participate in the Global Catch Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.
Edited by Naomi N. Lugo