Players may find that it’s a bit easier to catch Articuno in Pokemon Go. Last night, game developers increased the base capture rate for Articuno and the unreleased Legendary Birds Zapdos and Moltres, likely to help players catch them during their limited appearances in the game.
Each Pokemon has a “base capture rate,” which is the base odds that a player has of catching a Pokemon without any modifiers. Basically, a base capture rate is the odds that a player has of catching a Pokemon with a Poke Ball without any catch bonuses, accuracy bonuses, or spin bonuses.
Last week, we reported that Pokemon Go had set the base capture rate for Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, and the other Legendary Pokemon at 2%, making them the hardest Pokemon to catch in the game. A 2% rate was less than half the capture rate of a Pokemon like Charizard, Tyranitar, or Dragonite, which previously were the most difficult Pokemon to catch in the game.
However, last night, Pokemon Go updated its GAME_MASTER file to modify the capture rates for Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. The base capture rate for those three Pokemon is now 3%. That might not seem like a big change, but it is a 50% increase compared to Pokemon Go‘s old stats.
Lugia’s base capture rate was not changed, likely because Lugia is sticking around in Pokemon Go a lot longer than the other Legendary birds.