Pokémon Go currently only contains first generation Pokémon, which means there are only 150 (151 if you count Mew) different creatures to collect. That being said, there are still a few Pokémon that remain off limits to players, as they haven’t yet been released into the wild.
The list of unavailable Pokémon includes the three legendary birds, but now there appears to be proof that players have been able to catch an Articuno in Ohio. Multiple players have posted video proof on Reddit, including the video below that shows a level 21 player holding a gym with the legendary ice bird. That user posted the video to her local Pokémon Facebook group, claiming that the game’s developer, Niantic, gifted her the Articuno in response to an email complaint she sent them about a problem in the game. However, she did not provide proof of the email and Niantic has not confirmed whether or not her claim is true.
Naturally, many people believe this to be some kind of hack, claiming that these players posting proof of their Articunos may have found a way to manipulate the game in order to access Aricuno’s assets and didn’t come into possession of the bird by legitimate means. Adding further fuel to the fire is the photo below posted by a player belonging to Team Instinct, which would seem to throw into question the idea that the game’s legendary birds are locked down based on which team a player belongs to.
Niantic has yet to issue a comment addressing this discovery. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed whether these players were able to come by their Articunos by legitimate means or if they spoofed the game.
(Source: Game Rant)