Niantic introduces Apex Shadow Lugia, Ho-Oh for Pokémon Go Tour: Johto

A new threat has arrived, just in time for Go Fest.

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Niantic isn’t just sitting on the concept of Shadow Pokémon being a key feature of Pokémon Go. Team Go Rocket is now introducing the powerful Apex Shadow Lugia and Apex Shadow Ho-Oh as a new threat for players to tackle. 

During the Pokémon Go Tour: Johto event, specifically the Johto portion on Feb. 26 from 9am to 9pm local time, players who have purchased the event’s ticket will have the chance to encounter these corrupted legends. 

Ticket holders will need to complete the event-exclusive Special Research and unlock the Masterwork Research line to even have this chance. Progressing through the long research line within the Masterwork Research will eventually lead to encounters with both Apex Shadow Lugia and Apex Shadow Ho-Oh.

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In battle, Apex Shadow Lugia will know the Charged Attack Aeroblast+, a naturally stronger version of the Legendary Pokémon’s signature move. Additionally, when Apex Shadow Lugia is purified, Aeroblast+ will change into Aeroblast++. 

The same concept is being applied to Apex Shadow Ho-Oh. It will know Sacred Fire+ and gain Sacred Fire++ once it is purified, making the two arguably the most powerful variants of Lugia and Ho-Oh available in Pokémon Go

Players who purchase the Go Tour: Johto ticket will also be able to encounter any Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region as a Shiny while they appear in the wild, raids, hatching from Eggs, and as research task encounters. Non-ticketed players do have a lot of content to enjoy, but they won’t have access to Apex Shadow Lugia and Apex Shadow Ho-Oh at this time.