Update: Ho-Oh is now appearing in Raid Battles at Gyms around the world until December 12, 2017.
Previous Story: As Chrales reveals, Ho-Oh is now fully in the game, and it looks like Ho-Oh is not scheduled for EX Raid, but he might start to spawn right after the Legendary Beasts.
Ho-Oh description has been added to the game, including it’s normal and shiny form.
The Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh has been spotted in Pokémon GO! Gather your friends and find a Legendary Raid Battle near you!
There are some theories on why Ho-Oh might pay us a visit right after the Legendary Beasts:
- 3D assets for Ho-Oh have been added to the game data.
- Ho-Oh’s CP values and stats are nerfed, which happens only before a Pokemon is ready to be released in the game. This same thing happened with Mewtwo and we saw him the next day.
- Ho-Oh is the last Legendary Pokemon we haven’t seen in the game.
- We were all witnesses to Niantic saying that more Gen 3 will be released in December, so it is clever to release the full Gen 2 line before we all turn out attention to the new Pokemon. This was not done with Gen 1 though, but that was before raids came to the game.
It looks like now it’s the best time to learn more about Ho-Oh and its counters.