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Legendary Pokemon Review (Generation 1)

Updated on May 31, 2017
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In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos
Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos

Legendary Pokemon

Legendary Pokemon - the rarest of the rare, and strongest of the strong. When playing a Pokemon video game, Trainers usually only has one chance to capture each beast. Finding and taming them isn't easy, but their powers prove an invaluable asset in each Pokemon adventure. Today, we'll examine the strengths, weaknesses, and mythos of the original legendary Pokemon from the Kanto region!



Type: Ice/Flying
Ability: Pressure (When a Pokémon with Pressure is targeted by a foe's move, one additional PP is deducted upon execution)

Summary: Uno, Spanish for "one", signifying the first of the legendary birds. The graceful Articuno is one of precious few legendary Ice Pokemon.

Legend: Articuno is said to appear before doomed travelers in icy regions, guiding them to safety.

Strengths: Excellent Special Defense, making it hard to take down with elemental techniques. Articuno's Ice attacks trump many elements, including Dragon, Flying, Grass, and Ground Pokemon.

Weaknesses: Keep this legendary away from Rock-type attacks, as they will do quadruple damage against it! Also, lower offensive stats than its counterparts.



Type: Electric/Flying
Ability: Pressure

Summary: The second legendary bird, Zapdos (see the trend in naming yet?). The smallest and lightest of the three (no worries, height and weight essentially don't factor into Pokemon battles).

Legend: A rare Pokemon, said to only be seen during thunderstorms.

Strengths: The fastest of the three legendary birds, and tied with Moltres for best Special Attack. Also, Zapdos possesses good typing; Electric-types are normally weak to Ground attacks, but since Zapdos is part Flying, Ground moves won't affect it.

Weaknesses: Lowest Defense stat of the trio. Special Defense is only slightly higher than Moltres.



Type: Fire/Flying
Ability: Pressure

Summary: Moltres, the last legendary bird. The largest and heaviest of its brethren.

Legend: Said to bring early springtime to cold lands. Rumored to be able to heal itself by resting in magma.

Strengths: Tied with Zapdos for highest Special Attack. Better physical Attack and Defense than Zapdos. Also, another good type combination; Fire Pokemon are usually weak to Ground, but this is negated by being part Flying.

Weaknesses: Like Articuno, Rock-type attacks will do quadruple damage to this beast. Also, lowest Special Defense of the three.



Type: Psychic
Ability: Pressure

Summary: The original ultimate Pokemon. Created by scientists through genetic experiments, and serves as the antagonist of the first Pokemon movie.

Legend: Said to have the most savage heart of all Pokemon. Distrustful of others, it's rumored to reside in a dark cave somewhere..

Strengths: Good stats all around, especially its amazingly high Special Attack. Can heal itself with the Recover technique. Is one of few Pokemon to have two possible Mega Evolutions.

Weaknesses: Though still high, Mewtwo's Defense and Special Defense are lacking compared to its other stats. Also, keep in mind that Psychic attacks don't affect Dark Pokemon.



Type: Psychic
Pokedex Number: 151
Ability: Synchronize (When Mew is afflicted with a status condition, the Pokemon it's battling receives the condition as well).

Summary: The most elusive of all Generation 1 Pokemon. A playful creature capable of learning any attack.

Legend: Many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor to all Pokemon. Supposedly appears only to those with pure hearts.

Strengths: Incredibly balanced stats. Because it has such a wide set of moves to choose from, it can be hard to predict this Pokemon's attacks.

Weaknesses: While Mew's stats are balanced, this means it doesn't excel in any one area. Like all Psychic-types, it'll take double damage from Dark, Ghost, and Bug strikes.

Which is your favorite Gen 1 legendary?

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Hopefully you've enjoyed reviewing the original, one-of-a-kind legendary Pokemon! Let me know which of them you favor, and I'll see you at our next Pokemon exploration!

If you'd like to quickly glance at the locations of these monsters in the Pokemon video games, consult the table below. Remember that (besides trading), only one is available to catch in each playthrough, so save your game before battling them in case you accidentally knock them out!

Gen 1 Legendary Pokemon Locations

Seafoam Islands
Power Plant
Victory Road (Red, Blue, Yellow)
Mount Ember (FireRed and LeafGreen)
Cerulean Cave
Not found in the wild. Only available through trading, special events, or hacking the game.


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