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How to Find and Catch All 3 Legendary Birds in “Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu!” and “Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!”

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.

The Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! games have provided a great deal of fun and nostalgia for Pokémon fans across the globe. Being able to collect, catch, train, and compete with others is easier than ever in glorious high-definition on Nintendo's latest console, the Switch.

Of course, Pokémon come in a variety of rarities. While some are so common you may encounter thousands of them in your playthrough, others need a great deal of time and effort to track down. In addition, some Pokémon can only be found in one place, and there is only one of them in the whole game. The three legendary birds of the original 151 Pokémon are Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, mighty beings of ice, lightning, and fire, respectively.

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres

General Tips

Before facing any of these foes, be sure to follow these tips.

  • Take as many Ultra Balls as you can carry. More than 50 is ideal, though it likely won't take that many. You can buy Ultra Balls at a Poké Mart or win them from strong trainers.
  • Use a strong Pokémon that is strong against the Flying type. Rock or Electric types work well, though you'll need to take the birds' elemental type into account. This is because you have to battle the Pokémon before you're able to catch them.
  • Make sure your Pokémon are above level 50 so they can easily win the battle.
  • Keep in mind that berries don't work on legendary Pokémon.

How to Catch Zapdos

Chronologically, it's likely you'll encounter Zapdos first. You need the Secret Technique Sea Skim to reach its location. You can get Sea Skim in the Pokémon GO Park in Fuschia City.

The electric bird Pokémon is found at the Power Plant, south of Route 10 where you find the Rock Tunnel. Instead of heading down to the tunnel, use Sea Skim and head south until you find land.

Other Pokémon in the Power Plant include:

  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Voltorb
  • Electrode
  • Electabuzz
  • Grimer (Let's Go Pikachu only)
  • Muk (Let's Go Pikachu only)
  • Koffing (Let's Go Eevee only)
  • Weezing (Lets Go Eevee only)
This next section will help you catch Zapdos.

This next section will help you catch Zapdos.

Battling and Catching

Venture through the Power Plant to find Zapdos in the north corner. Save before you battle. Use powerful Rock-based moves to take him down. Ice moves also work well, though an Ice type Pokémon may faint when facing one of Zapdos' electricity moves.

After you've defeated it, it's time to catch it! Catching a legendary Pokémon is much the same as catching a regular Pokémon. Don't bother using berries; they won't work. Instead, focus on getting Nice, Great, and Excellent throws. It's possible to catch Zapdos with weaker balls, but Ultra Balls will do the best job.

If Zapdos runs away, simply load your saved game and try again. With enough throws, Zapdos will be yours!

How to Catch Articuno

It's likely you'll find Articuno next.

Articuno can be found in the Seafoam Islands, south of Fuschia City. Again, you'll need Sea Skim to reach this Pokémon, as well as the Secret Technique Strong Push, which you get by handing the Warden the Gold Teeth. Simply head south of Fuschia to get the teeth and enter the house on the east of Fuschia's Pokémon Center to do this.

Sail south from Fuschia City to the Seafoam Islands. Other Pokémon here include:

  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Seel
  • Dewgong
  • Jynx
  • Slowpoke
  • Slowbro
  • Shellder
  • Squirtle

Push the blocks you see to stop the river's flow. Sail north on the water to find Articuno.

Just like Zapdos, you'll need Sea Skim to reach Articuno.

Just like Zapdos, you'll need Sea Skim to reach Articuno.

As with Zapdos, Articuno is level 50 and requires defeating before you can catch it. Save beforehand. Use Rock and Fire type moves to take it down with a strong Pokémon of your own, preferably above level 50.

Keep throwing Ultra Balls until you catch it. A Nice, Great, or Excellent throw will get you more experience points.

How to Catch Moltres

Moltres is the last bird Pokémon you're likely to encounter. To catch it, you'll have had to have obtained all eight of the League badges and headed towards Victory Road west of Viridian City.

Also inside Victory Road are:

  • Poliwag
  • Ditto
  • Chansey
  • Magikarp
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Geodude
  • Graveler
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Rhyhorn
  • Rhydon

Inside the cave, you'll see a ladder leading downwards. It's located several paces west of where Officer Jenny is standing (she will heal your Pokémon, so be sure to top up before you go).

Rock and Water will bring Moltres down.

Rock and Water will bring Moltres down.

Use a Rock or Water type Pokémon to take down Moltres. Then, just like the others, throw balls at it until it's yours! Be sure to save as Moltres can also run away.

They'll Be Yours in No Time!

Tracking down legendary Pokémon is an exciting endeavor! Be sure to take plenty of Ultra Balls and to bring your best Pokémon along, and they'll be yours in no time, Champ in the Making!

© 2019 Poppy