Niantic Dismisses Ho-Oh EX Raid Claims in Pokémon GO

Developer Niantic has rejected reports that Ho-Oh will be coming to Pokémon GO as a new EX Raid.

A screenshot of a Niantic Support email, which was posted on the Pokémon GO subreddit in Japanese, allegedly said that Mewtwo EX field tests had been completed and that Ho-Oh will be the next Legendary Pokémon exclusive to EX Raids.

It was suggested that the Legendary Johto Pokémon would arrive as an EX Raid boss in December.

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The reported email that was posted on the Pokémon GO subreddit. Credit: Imgur

Representing Niantic on the Pokémon GO subreddit, Reddit user NianticGeorge shot down the claims made in the email and said it was a fake.

“I reviewed our support ticketing system and I can confirm that our support team did not send this erroneous message,” NianticGeorge wrote.

Legendary Pokémon were first introduced at Pokémon GO Fest, which was held at Grant Park, Chicago, earlier this year.

Since then, Niantic has slowly been releasing more Legendary Pokémon, from both Kanto and Johto, into Pokémon GO.

Currently, Johto’s Legendary Beast trio — Raikou, Entei and Suicune — are in Pokémon GO’s circulation.

Meanwhile, Mewtwo is only available as part of the EX Raid system, which requires Pokémon GO players to receive an invite-only EX Raid Pass to be eligible for selection.

The only Legendary Pokémon from the Kanto and Johto regions that have not appeared in Pokémon GO are Mew, Ho-Oh and Celebi.

Pokémon GO is available for download on both iOS and Android devices.

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