Last week, in a surprise move, Niantic added three new legendary Pokémon to Pokémon Go. The trio of new legendary creatures, Mesprit, Uxie and Azelf, act as lake guardians in the core RPG entries in the series, and were announced as each being exclusive to a different region of the world.
According to users online, Azelf is exclusive to American territories, Mesprit in Europe, and Uxie in Asia. All three have been spotted spawning exclusively near bodies of water, suggesting that they are set to appear in areas similar to those where they're found in the core RPG, and all three are incredibly rare spawns. How rare? Well, right now not a single person in my local Pokémon Go raids groups has so much as seen one spawn in the wild, let alone caught one. As such I can't even tell you for certain if there's a location in my town where they even can spawn.
Until 25th May, each of these legendary Pokémon will be available in raids in their respective region, but the question asked by many Go players has been what will happen for those of us trying to catch those Regionals away from where we live, after the raids end.
The odds of most players travelling to Europe, Asia, and America in the next couple of weeks are unlikely, and as such most players looking to legitimately earn the other two shinies will likely have to hang out near a lake in a foreign country, hoping for an incredibly rare spawn, which seems like a tall ask. At least previous region-exclusive Pokémon, like Tauros and Khangaskhan, have spawned so frequently that an hour of Pokémon Go near your hotel would probably get you one.
Previously, when legendary dogs Rakou, Entei, and Suicune were region-exclusive, they rotated regions on a monthly basis until all three creatures had appeared in raids worldwide. While many had hoped the same would be true for Mesprit, Uxie and Azelf, we can now confirm that will not be the case.
Below is a statement from Niantic on the matter:
We can confirm that the Pokémon Mesprit, Uxie and Azelf will not be rotating in Pokémon GO.
This will be disappointing news for many Pokémon Go players. These Pokémon are likely to be rare enough spawns that players are unlikely to catch them in the wild when travelling abroad after the end of May. The prohibitively high stardust costs to trade with people you're not already close friends with, and the inability to trade a Pokémon which was traded to you, means that this trio of Pokémon will likely elude most player's collections for a very long time.