I know you cannot place a Legendary Pokemon in a Gym to defend is, and I do know that you can use a Legendary to fight a Raid Boss. But I hear some people saying that you also cannot use a Legendary to attack a Gym. Does anyone know if that is true?

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    Is this not something incredibly easy to test?
    – Frank
    Jul 26, 2017 at 13:57
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    @Frank U couldn't test it. I only have 3 Gyms in my neighbourhood (rural) and all of them are from my team at the moment. Blue is on vacation I guess. But somebody said you couldn't and somebody else said you could use them. So it was confusing.
    – Tenzin
    Jul 26, 2017 at 14:00
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    Why is my question getting minned, for me it is avalid question. I did reseach and Legendary are not like normal pokemon.:- S
    – Tenzin
    Jul 26, 2017 at 14:03

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Yes, it is perfectly possible to do this. I just used an Articuno to attack a gym, myself.

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You can also use multiples of the same legendary in a gym battle. The most extreme case is shown in this video:

The trainer uses a team of 6 Articuno to attack a gym.

  • Did you win though?
    – n_plum
    Jul 28, 2017 at 16:51
  • @n_palum yeah, Articuno did work (the defending Pokémon had pretty low CP, though, to be fair)
    – Vemonus
    Jul 28, 2017 at 17:09
  • I now also have an Articuno. Now i also tried it out on an Gym, and the attacking idd worked. :-)
    – Tenzin
    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:37

Yes, you can use Legendary Pokémon in raid and gym battles

Niantic Updates

While Legendary Pokémon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they’re not willing to leave their Trainer’s side, so they can’t be left to defend Gyms.


Yes, you can use legendary Pokémon to attack Gyms.

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