Pokemon Go Legendary Moltres Returning This Saturday For A Limited Time

Pokemon Go players will soon have another chance to capture the Legendary Pokemon Moltres. As a reward for completing the Global Challenge during last week’s Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan, the Legendary bird will return to Raid Battles this Saturday, September 8, but it’ll only be around for a very limited time.

Like Pokemon Go’s Community Day events, the upcoming Moltres Day will only last for three hours, during which time you’ll be able to encounter the Legendary Fire-type Pokemon as a Raid Battle at Gyms. The event will occur around the world, but the hours will vary region by region. You can see exactly when it takes place in your region below.

North America

  • 11 AM – 2 PM PT
  • 2 PM – 5 PM ET

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

  • 10 AM – 1 PM BST
  • 9 AM – 12 PM UTC


  • 12 PM – 3 PM JST

To participate in a Moltres Raid, you’ll first need to have a Raid Pass. During the event hours, you’ll be able to receive up to five free passes by spinning the photo disc at a Gym. This time around, every Moltres you capture will know the Flying-type move Sky Attack. Players will also have a chance to encounter a Shiny version of the Legendary Pokemon.

Like Ho-Oh, which also recently returned to Raid Battles, Moltres is a dual Fire/Flying-type, which makes it particularly vulnerable to Rock-type attacks. The most effective way to defeat it is to use powerful Rock Pokemon like Golem, Tyranitar, and the game’s newest Legendary, Regirock.

Speaking of Regirock, the Legendary Pokemon will only appear in Raid Battles until September 20, so you only have a little more time to add one to your collection if you haven’t already. Shortly after it leaves the game, Niantic will host this month’s Community Day, which takes place on Saturday, September 22 and features the Gen 2 starting Pokemon Chikorita.

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