Alongside Pokemon GO‘s new field research tasks for March 2019, developer Niantic has changed up the available legendary pool for completing a Field Research Breakthrough. Per usual, a breakthrough is obtained when players complete Field Research tasks seven days in a row. Claiming this breakthrough rewards a player with a special encounter, usually a legendary Pokemon.
For January and February, players were rewarded from a pool of Pokemon that included the three legendary birds (Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno) and the three legendary dogs (Raikou, Entei, and Suicune). Pokemon GO developer Niantic is keeping this pool open but has removed the legendary birds from the March 2019 pool, replacing these legendary birds with the legendary titan trio. Ho-oh and Lugia will also remain as part of this pool.
For those not in the know, the legendary titan trio was introduced in generation 3 and is composed of Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. They’ve previously been featured on the Raid Boss rotation, but now those rural players and those who couldn’t capture these legendaries have another chance. Of course, there is still only a 1/6 chance of getting these Pokemon, yet it seems likely that these will feature in this Pokemon GO pool through April – if the removal of the legendary birds is establishing a pattern.
Reports seem to indicate that this is the case, but there has not been any clear indication from Niantic itself. Because of this, it should be taken with a minor grain of salt that it will extend through April, but if so, that gives players roughly 8 weeks to gather the legendaries that they are missing before a new Pokemon (or another pool) takes its place in Pokemon GO.
The Field Research Breakthrough rewards are popular among those players who cannot frequently take place in raids. These pools may add some variety to the mix, but they also give players the chance to get multiple legendaries in one month. If they remain popular, this could be the new established breakthrough pattern, somewhat like the pattern of the Community Day events which predicted Treecko as the March Community Day Pokemon.
Pokemon GO is available now for Android and iOS.