Sometimes you have to be the very best, like no-one ever was. With some legendary Pokémon on your side that suddenly becomes a lot easier.
To celebrate the 25th year since Pokémon Red and Blue (Pocket Monsters: Red and Green in Japan) were released, let’s turn the clock back and look at the pinnacle Pokémon you could get your trainer’s hands on all those years ago.
Maybe it’s your first time playing Red and Blue, maybe you’re just taking a trot down memory lane. Either way, let’s go meet the legendary Pokémon from Pokémon Red and Blue.
Note: If you’re planning on catching any of these legendaries, make sure you save before you try as you’ll only get one shot to get them. If you accidentally defeat these legendary creatures they will disappear, leaving you with an empty Pokédex slot and a hole in your heart. Try to whittle down their health and inflict status effects like paralysis or sleep in order to make catching them a little easier. Avoid anything that might take their health off when you’re not looking, like poison or burn. Other than that – just make sure you have some beefy Pokémon with you, as you’ll be in for a fight.
You’ll encounter Articuno in the Seafoam Islands, after solving a puzzle to reach its hiding spot. One of the most elegant and stunning creatures in all Pokémon history, this legendary Ice/Flying pocket monster can make a quick meal of your team, so prepare accordingly with some fire-type moves.
If electricity is what you seek then this Electric/Flying type Legendary Bird will be your ultimate goal. Found at the end of the Power Plant, near the exit, it’s quite the grind to reach it as you’ll be wandering a long time through the Power Plant’s labyrinthine halls. If you caught Articuno before you might find its Ice Beam a strong help here, though Zapdos’ Electric-type moves may cause some problems for you.
Fire and brimstone ahoy, Moltres is a Fire/Flying type Legendary Bird and is the easiest of the three to find in Pokémon Blue and Red. You’ll find it on Victory Road and all you’ll need is HM04 – Strength. You’ll need some tough Pokémon to counter its fiery moves, consider a rock-type Pokémon or six.
The final legendary Pokémon available in Pokémon Red and Blue (sorry, Mew is a mythical Pokémon, not a legendary), Mewtwo is probably also the most famous thanks to starring roles in two Pokémon films. Found in Cerulean Cave in Cerulean City, this is the final challenge in Pokémon Red and Blue and will take all your skill, power and abilities in order to catch. This Psychic Pokémon will unleash devastating moves, so it might be time to use that Master Ball you’ve been hanging on to.
Which legendary Pokémon is your favourite from the original Red and Blue? Head on over to our community forum and have your say with some fellow trainers.