Legendary Pokémon

Legendary Pokémon are Pokémon that are characterized by their rarity and their high base stat totals. They are very difficult to obtain because of their difficulty to locate, high levels, and low catch rates.

Spawning

A Legendary Pokémon has a chance of spawning after a random time interval between 90 seconds and 210 seconds has elapsed. This chance of spawning depends on multiple factors, including whether Legendary Pokémon can spawn in the different biomes and spawn locations, whether the spawn positions are close enough to players, the amount of terrain that is compatible for a Legendary Pokémon's spawn location, and a base percentage of the Legendary Pokémon spawn attempt failing (30% by default).

A message will be broadcast when one of them spawns. It is possible for more than one of each Legendary Pokémon to spawn in a world, although each individual Legendary Pokémon species has an 80 minute delay after spawning before the same species of Legendary Pokémon has a chance to spawn again.

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres spawn when a fully-charged orb that matches their type (orb of frozen souls, orb of static souls, orb of fiery souls) is placed in the centerpiece of their respective shrines. Each type of shrine spawns very rarely in certain biomes. An orb can be charged by having it in the player's inventory while defeating 375 Pokémon; these Pokémon do not have to match the orb's type.

Mewtwo can be obtained by successfully cloning a Mew in a cloning machine.

Locations

Pokémon Biomes Spawn times Spawn location
Articuno Cold Taiga
Ice Mountains
Ice Plains
Ice Plains Spikes
Any Grid Frozen Shrine.pngFrozen Shrine
Zapdos Savanna
Savanna M
Savanna Plateau
Any Grid Static Shrine.pngStatic Shrine
Moltres Mesa Plateau
Mesa Plateau F
Mesa Plateau F M
Mesa Plateau M
Any Grid Fiery Shrine.pngFiery Shrine
Mewtwo Any Any Grid Cloning Machine.pngCloning Machine
Mew Jungle Hills
Jungle M
Day Land
Raikou Savanna Dawn/Dusk Land
Entei Extreme Hills M Day Land
Suicune Beach Night Land
Lugia Deep Ocean Night Air persistent
Ho-Oh Mesa (Bryce) Day Air persistent
Celebi Flower Forest Any Land
Regirock Mesa Plateau M Day Land
Regice Ice Mountains Night Land
Registeel Mesa (Bryce) Dawn/Dusk Land
Latias Deep Ocean
Ocean
Day Air persistent
Latios Deep Ocean
Ocean
Dawn/Dusk Air persistent
Kyogre Deep Ocean Night Water
Groudon Desert Hills Day Land
Rayquaza Sunflower Plains Dawn/Dusk Air persistent
Jirachi Extreme Hills+ M Dawn/Dusk Land
Deoxys Cold Taiga M Night Land
Uxie River Day Land
Mesprit River Dawn/Dusk Land
Azelf River Night Land
Heatran Mesa Plateau M Dawn/Dusk Land
Regigigas Cold Taiga M Dawn/Dusk Land

Config settings

The following settings related to Legendary Pokémon can be changed in the Pixelmon config file:

  • "allowLegendarySpawn": Whether Legendary Pokémon spawn naturally.
  • "displayLegendaryGlobalMessage": Whether or not a message appears when a Legendary spawns.
  • "legendaryRepeatSpawnTicks": The average delay after a Legendary spawns before the same Legendary can spawn again.
  • "legendarySpawnChance": The base chance of a Legendary spawning attempt succeeding if it would otherwise succeed.
  • "legendarySpawnTicks": The amount of ticks that will pass before a Legendary attempts to spawn. This delay is randomly between 60% and 140% of the base tick amount that is specified.
  • "reusableBirdShrines": Whether or not shrines are reusable after being used.
  • "spawnStructures": If disabled, shrines (and Pokémon Centers) will not spawn naturally.
    • "spawnBirdShrines": If the above setting is true and this setting is disabled, shrines will not spawn naturally but Pokémon Centers will.
  • "cloningMachineEnabled": If disabled, cloning machines cannot be made, making Mewtwo impossible to obtain legitimately.