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How to Catch Galarian Birds in Pokemon GO

How to Catch Galarian Birds in Pokemon GO

Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres were introduced to Pokemon GO in 2022.

If you’re unfamiliar with them, they are the Galarian variant of Kanto’s Legendary Birds.

As with all regional forms, they have a different appearance, and more importantly type, than their normal counterparts:

  • Galarian Articuno: Psychic and Flying
  • Galarian Zapdos: Fighting and Flying
  • Galarian Moltres: Dark and Flying
Galarian Articuno Zapdos and Moltres
Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres look very different from the Kanto versions

One thing they do have in common though, is they’re challenging to catch.

Fortunately, we are here to show you how to find and catch all three Galarian Birds.

How to Get Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres

Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres can only be encountered via the Daily Adventure Incense.

It is similar to an Incense but you can only use it once per day for 15 minutes.

In addition, it only works if you are walking and makes Pokemon appear every 30 seconds.

The Daily Adventure Incense spawns event-Pokemon more and has a minuscule chance of spawning one of the Galarian Birds.

How to Use Daily Adventure Incense

Follow these steps to activate your Daily Adventure Incense:

  1. When Pokemon GO is loaded, tap the PokeBall in the bottom center
  2. Tap Items
  3. Scroll down and tap your Daily Adventure Incense
  4. Swipe up to activate it for 15 minutes

Galarian Birds High Flee Rate

If you get lucky and spawn one of the Galarian Birds, you will have to cross your fingers when you attempt to catch them as they have a massively high flee rate of 90%.

That means if you fail to catch it, 9 out of 10 times it will flee.

On top of that, all three of Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres have a base catch rate of 0.3%. This makes them the hardest Pokemon to catch in Pokemon GO.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to increase your chances of catching them.

These are using a berry and making a great or excellent curveball throw. Bonuses from medals also increase your chances.

So if you encounter a Galarian Bird, a Golden Razz Berry is a must then try to make an excellent curveball throw.

At a minimum, you need to be using a Golden Razz Berry and make a great curveball throw.


Using your Daily Adventure Incense daily is a must because it’s a free chance at catching these rare Pokemon. Make sure you’re walking when using it!

It might take days or months but eventually, you will encounter them.