Pokémon Go Battle League winners surprised with a Legendary encounter

Pokemon Go Battle League Announcement
Pokemon Go Battle League Announcement (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Players on the Silph Road Reddit are reporting encountering Thundurus upon completing Go Battle League Sets.
  • Both Premium and Free Set winners have reported with screenshots of Thundurus.
  • Niantic Support has confirmed this is not a bug.

Pokémon Go Players on the Silph Road Reddit are reporting encountering the current Legendary Raid Boss, Thundurus upon completing Sets in the Pokémon Go Battle League. These reports include players using the Free Battle League Set option, as well as the Premium Battle League Sets. Niantic Support has responded, confirming that this is an intentional encounter - not a bug. Thundurus only first became available in Legendary Raids today, but, as was announced last week, March will be featuring the return of four other Legendary Pokémon to Raids, one each weekend, not to mention another Legendary Pokémon, Entei, being made available through completing Special Research to challenge Team Go Rocket's Boss, Giovanni. Perhaps Niantic is simply offering up another way to encounter Thundurus, given that it will be sharing Legendary Raid time with so many others, or perhaps Niantic has heard the pleas of players in more rural areas who struggle to get together groups large enough to take on Legendary Raid Battles. The comment from Niantic Support promised more details to be shared soon, so we can only wait until the official announcement. Until then, each Go Battle League set requires walking five KM and you must win at least two battles to get a Pokémon encounter. So get to walking and battling, Trainers!

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Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.