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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.


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.


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
Day Air persistent
Latios Deep 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 All Forests Day Water
Mesprit All Forests Dawn/Dusk Water
Azelf All Forests Night Water
Dialga Ice Mountains
Extreme Hills Edge
Extreme Hills+
Extreme Hills+ M
Extreme Hills
Any Grid Timespace Altar.pngTimespace Altar
Palkia Ice Mountains
Extreme Hills Edge
Extreme Hills+
Extreme Hills+ M
Extreme Hills
Any Grid Timespace Altar.pngTimespace Altar
Heatran Mesa Plateau M Dawn/Dusk Land
Regigigas Cold Taiga M Dawn/Dusk Land
Giratina Ice Mountains
Extreme Hills Edge
Extreme Hills+
Extreme Hills+ M
Extreme Hills
Any Grid Timespace Altar.pngTimespace Altar
Phione Ocean
Deep Ocean
Any Water
Manaphy Ocean
Deep Ocean
Any Water
Darkrai Swampland M Night Land
Shaymin Flower Forest
Roofed Forest M
Day Land
Cresselia Mesa Plateau F
Redwood Taiga Hills M
Any Land
Victini Savanna Plateau
Desert M
Dawn/Dusk/Day Land
Cobalion Extreme Hills+ M
Night Land
Terrakion Mesa Plateau F
Day Land
Virizion Sunflower Plains Day Land
Tornadus Savanna
Jungle Edge M
Day Land
Thundurus Savanna M
Extreme Hills M
Day Land
Reshiram Birch Forest Hills
Day Air persistent
Zekrom Roofed Forest M
Night Air persistent
Landorus ForestHills
Mesa Plateau
Day Land
Kyurem Frozen Ocean
Dawn/Dusk Land
Keldeo River
Cold Beach
Day Land
Meloetta Extreme Hills
Sunflower Plains
Night Land
Genesect Extreme Hills+
Birch Forest
Day Land
Yveltal Roofed Forest Night Land
Zygarde None None None
Xerneas Forest Day Land
Hoopa Desert M Day Land
Diancie Swampland Night Land
Volcanion Desert Hills Night Land
Arceus None None None

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.