Lugia may be leaving Pokemon Go very soon, but two more Legendary Pokemon are set to take its place. Beginning today, April 2, players around the world will be able to encounter Latios and Latias, the twin Eon Pokemon from Ruby and Sapphire.
Both Legendaries arrive in the game simultaneously, but each one can only be found in a different part of the world for a limited time. From now until May 8, Latios can be encountered in North America, South America, and Africa, while Latias will appear across Europe and Asia. On that date, the two Pokemon will swap regions, where they will remain until June 5.
As with most other Legendaries, Latios and Latias can only be found in Raid Battles as Gyms. Players will first need to team up with other trainers to battle the Pokemon, and only once the Legendaries have been defeated will you earn a chance to capture them.
Both Latios and Latias are dual Psychic/Dragon-types, meaning they're particularly susceptible to Dark and Fairy Pokemon. If you don't happen to have any in your collection, Niantic says Pokemon such as Tyranitar and Mawile will also begin appearing in Raid Battles, giving you a chance to amass a powerful team before you take on the new Legendaries.
Niantic has introduced a string of new Legendary Pokemon to Pokemon Go in recent months. Earlier this year, players were able to battle three other Gen 3 Legendaries, Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza. The Gold and Silver Legendary Lugia also returned to Raid Battles for a limited time. Most recently, Niantic introduced a new research quest system that gives players the chance to encounter the game's first Mythical Pokemon, Mew.
Niantic is hosting the fourth Pokemon Go Community Day later this month. The event takes place on Sunday, April 15, and will feature the Electric-type sheep Mareep, though the developer hasn't yet revealed what event-exclusive move it will be able to learn.