Over the past few months, Niantic Labs has been slowly bringing legendary Pokémon into Pokémon GO. After adding Lugia to the game back in July, it seemed inevitable that Ho-Oh, Lugia's counterpart, would be coming eventually. Well, yesterday, Niantic officially released Ho-Oh in Pokémon GO. Not only is it available worldwide and not locked to a regional event, it's far easier to catch than the last few legendary Pokémon, as Ho-Oh can be found through regular Raid Battles. The only problem is that it'll only be available for two weeks: after December 12th, 2017, Ho-Oh will be removed indefinitely.
This unexpected release is essentially a reward for Pokémon GO players worldwide after their success at several Global Catch Challenges throughout the year. This includes the Challenge from this past week, in which players were able to catch over 3 billion Pokémon worldwide with over a day to spare.
Even though Ho-Oh will be available through regular raids, it will still be difficult to find and catch, so if you're interested, you might want to start working towards catching it right now, as there likely won't be another opportunity for a long time if you miss the December 12th deadline.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to find Ho-Oh? Do you like how Niantic's handling this release, or should they simply add Ho-Oh, along with other legendary Pokémon, as a permanent feature? Let us know in the comments below!