The Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo is returning to Pokemon Go soon, and this time it’ll have a different look. To coincide with the Japanese release of Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution, a CG remake of the first Pokemon movie, Armored Mewtwo is making its debut in Raid Battles next week, but it’ll only be available for a limited time.
Armored Mewtwo will begin appearing in five-star Raids at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST on July 10 (the same day the current Legendary, Groudon, is scheduled to leave the game), and it’ll be available until July 31. It’s unclear whether or not this version of Mewtwo will boast different stats, but this will mark the first time it has appeared in this armored form in any Pokemon game.
You’ll be able to transfer Pokemon you’ve captured in Go to the upcoming Pokemon Home cloud service when it launches next year, allowing you to store all your Pokemon in one place. That will presumably apply to Armored Mewtwo as well, so you don’t want to miss your chance to add it to your collection. Niantic will also be adding some new Mewtwo items to Pokemon Go’s in-game Style Shop next week. You can take a look at Armored Mewtwo in the trailer below.
As previously mentioned, Groudon is currently appearing in five-star Raid Battles, as is its Shiny form. Groudon and its Pokemon Sapphire counterpart, Kyogre, are also two of the Legendaries you can possibly encounter through July’s new Field Research tasks. Meanwhile, a lot of new Shiny Pokemon are currently available in the game. Shiny male Nidoran has debuted to coincide the Pokemon Go Fest event in Dortmund, Germany, and Shiny Alolan forms are available to celebrate Pokemon Go’s third anniversary.
The next Pokemon Go Community Day event is scheduled for July 21. The featured Pokemon this month will be Mudkip, the Water-type starter from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. If you manage to evolve a Mudkip into its final form, Swampert, up to an hour after the Community Day ends, it’ll learn a special event-exclusive move. You’ll also earn triple the usual amount of XP for capturing Pokemon during this month’s Community Day.
Meanwhile, the next mainline Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Shield, are coming to Nintendo Switch on November 15. The pair take place in the Galar region, a brand-new setting that’s home to a variety of returning and new Gen 8 Pokemon. However, unlike most past titles, Sword and Shield won’t support every Pokemon–a controversial decision that has prompted the series’ producer to issue a statement about the drama. For more on the titles, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield release date and pre-order guide.