'Pokémon Let's Go' Legendaries: How to Catch Mewtwo, Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno

Legendary Pokémon are some of the most powerful in the series, and Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee are no exception. And in the Kanto Region, there are four Legendaries that trainers will want to try and catch to bolster their team to fight NPCs and friends online.

The four Legendary Pokémon of Kanto are Moltres, Articuno, Zapdos and the mysterious Mewtwo.

In Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee, catching Legendary Pokémon is different from your run-of-the-mill Pidgey, you'll actually have to battle them. Each encounter gives trainers five minutes to take down the Legendary Pokémon before you get to the catching stage. The Legendary Pokémon will also have all their stats raised to make it even harder.

This part is similar to the rest of your capture attempts, albeit much more difficult with the catch rate lower than most other Pokémon. It's unclear whether they can run away from you, but we suggest saving your progress before encountering them.

We also recommend talking to the Fortune Teller in Celadon City before trying to capture the Legendary Pokémon to get the Nature you desire.

Here's where to find them and the best ways to catch them.

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Mewtwo is one of four Legendary Pokemon in 'Let's Go' Screenshot/NewsGeek


Zapdos is a rather easy Pokémon to find. Simply head to the Power Plant by surfing along the water on Route 10, before the entrance to Rock Tunnel. You'll need to navigate your way around the Power Plant, but there aren't any puzzles or other obstacles along your way.

Before heading into battle, we recommend bringing a Rock and Ground-type Pokémon like the Onix, the Geodude or Rhyhorn line. Zapdos' Thunderbolt won't affect it and Drill Peck will be not very effective against them.

Zapdos is weak to only Rock and Ice-type attacks.

Here's the attacks for Zapdos who appears at Level 50:

  • Drill Peck
  • Thunderbolt
  • Agility
  • Light Screen


To find Articuno you'll need to do a few Strength puzzles in the Seafoam Islands, east of Cinnabar Island.

Trainers will quickly notice that they'll reach a point where they need to Surf and they can't because it's too rough and you'll be pushed to one part of the cave. There are four blocks that can be pushed into a hole that will clog up the river, but you only need to do two of them to get to Articuno.

The two blocks are located on the same floor as the Dragonair Master Trainer and they are relatively easy to solve.

articuno route

Once you've solved both, drop down into one of them and you'll be able to Surf to where Articuno resides. Before going into battle, we recommend a Water-type Pokémon with Physical attacks that will resist the Ice-type attacks from Articuno. Kabutops is a great choice as it will resist Articuno's Ice Beam and has a physical Rock-type attack, which the Legendary is weak against.

Articuno is weak to these types of attacks: Electric, Rock, Fire, Steel.

Here's the attacks for Articuno who appears at Level 50:

  • Ice Beam
  • Agility
  • Mirror Coat
  • Reflect


Moltres is found in Victory Road and there are Strength puzzles in this cave as well. However, most of them are necessary to make it out of Victory Road so you won't be going out of your way to find Moltres.

The Fire-type Legendary is found on the floor where the Officer Jenny is (the one who heals you) and to her right is a Strength block. Move it and go down the stairs to enter the floor where you'll find Moltres.

moltres route

Moltres is weak to Rock, Water and Electric type attacks. Again, Kabutops or Omastar are great choices to battle it as they resist both Moltres' Fire and Flying-type attacks, and can deal super-effective hits.

Here's Moltres' attacks when you encounter it at Level 50:

  • Flamethrower
  • Air Slash
  • Agility
  • Heat Wave


Arguably the strongest Pokémon in Let's Go , Mewtwo is a Psychic-type with high base stats and an array of strong moves.

Mewtwo can be found in Cerulean Cave after defeating the Pokémon League. There's no puzzles to solve to get to it but we suggest surfing to the left when you first enter the cave and making your way up the ladders.

Before you battle, we recommend grabbing a Dark-type Alola Pokémon like Rattata or Grimer to combat Mewtwo because those are the only Pokémon that cannot be hit by its Psychic attack.

Mewtwo does have access to Recover so it may take a bit longer to defeat, but if you use Toxic the poison will eventually take its HP to zero.

Here's Mewtwo's attacks when you encounter it at Level 70:

  • Psychic
  • Swift
  • Recover
  • Amnesia
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