Legendary Pokémon are among the Pokémon fans most want to be added to Pokémon Go, and so far they aren’t available officially. Reports surface from time to time of players who claim to have Legendary Pokémon in the game, but these are faked, hacked, or obtained through glitches and mistakes. There is no legitimate way to currently catch a Legendary Pokémon.
However, some fans believe the new Buddy Pokémon system could be a precursor to Legendary Pokémon. According to the official announcement, you’ll be able to select a Pokémon to walk with you. You then get special bonuses, including Candy. Candy is a Pokémon Go item that lets you power up Pokémon, but you normally can only get it by catching multiple copies of that same Pokémon. Its lets you increase both the Combat Points (CP) and Health Points (HP) of the Pokémon, and eventually evolve it if an evolution is available.
In the main-series Pokémon games, Legendary Pokémon are unique. You can only capture one of each in an individual game. If Pokémon Go handled them the same way, each player would only ever encounter one of each Legendary Pokémon.
That would make it quite difficult to ever strengthen your Legendary Pokémon, since your supply of Candy for it would be severely limited. Yet if the game made multiple versions available, it would take away some of what makes Legendary Pokémon so special.
While it’s possible that they’ll be strong enough to render Candy unnecessary (particularly since Legendary Pokémon do not evolve, the other major use of Candy), it’s also possible that this new way to obtain Candy is being added with Legendary Pokémon in mind.
Regardless of how soon new Pokémon are coming to the game, Buddy Pokémon will be able to earn Candy in more ways than before. And since it’s a method that only relies on you having one copy of the Pokémon, it removes one of the biggest obstacles for adding Legendary Pokémon.
Do you think Legendary Pokémon will be added to Pokémon Go soon, following the implementation of the new Buddy system?