Pokemon Go Introduces Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo

Mewtwo was released at the Pokemon Go Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan

Niantic released the latest legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go: Mewtwo.

Mewtwo was released at the Pokemon Go Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan, where thousands of players were able to capture it. While Mewtwo isn’t available for other players just yet, in a blog post, Niantic did reveal how players will be able to capture Mewtwo in “the coming weeks.”

Mewtwo will be available as part of a new Exclusive Raid Battles feature. Similar to regular Raids, these Exclusive Raid Battles will appear at Pokemon Gyms around the world. However, unlike regular Raids, players must be invited to join Exclusive Raid Battles. To be eligible for an invitation, players must have recently completed a Raid by successfully defeating the Raid Boss at the same Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will take place.

Niantic said players will receive their invitations with “advance warning,” so they can coordinate with other players before participating in the Exclusive Raid Battle.

While Mewtwo will be the first Pokemon available via an Exclusive Raid Battle, Niantic said other Pokemon may begin appearing in these battles over the “next several weeks.”

Finally, players who have yet to capture (or who missed out on) the game’s other Legendary Pokemon, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia, will have another chance to capture them in regular Raid Battles taking place from August 14 through 31.

Pokemon Go is available to download for free in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The game has been downloaded more than 750 million times, and it has driven more than 500 million visits to sponsored locations, such as Starbucks restaurants, since its launch in July 2016.

Earlier this year, Niantic partnered with Wieden + Kennedy London to launch an advertising campaign for Pokemon Go, celebrating the game in major worldwide locations. The campaign saw billboards containing gameplay stats appear in New York, London and Tokyo.