Legendary event

A legendary event[note 1] (Japanese: 伝説ポケモンイベント Legendary Pokémon Event) was a type of limited-time event in Pokémon Masters EX. Each event focused on a specific sync pair already formed with a Legendary Pokémon, or a character who would form a sync pair with a Legendary Pokémon over the course of the story. Completing the event story would allow players to team up with the sync pair, and completing other areas in the event would allow players to obtain items to power up the sync pair.

Each legendary event featured a Legendary Pokémon from a different core series region, which normally formed a sync pair with a Trainer from that region. There was one legendary event corresponding to each core series region from Kanto to Galar.

On November 24, 2021, this event type was formally retired. Stories that previously appeared as legendary events would become permanently accessible under the Legendary Adventures section of the main story, with one story added every ten days until all had been added.


Originally, legendary events were structured similarly to most story events, consisting of several story areas and several battle areas that were unlocked in an alternating fashion, as well as an exchange shop where players could exchange event items for rewards. The earliest legendary events also featured co-op battles, which allowed players to earn rewards in greater quantities than single-player battles. However, in these events, the final story area of the event – which, when completed, would allow players to team up with the featured sync pair – was only unlocked after obtaining a certain number of event vouchers. After completing this story area, players could exchange event vouchers for Custom ★ Power-Ups and additional copies of the featured sync pair, allowing them to maximize the pair's potential and move level.

These items cost hundreds or thousands of event vouchers, forcing players to spend a significant amount of time grinding event stages to obtain all items in the event. However, unlike other events, these legendary events were planned to rerun periodically. So, event items were not automatically exchanged for coins at the end of the event period, and instead remained in players' inventories to be used when the event next returned. When these events reran, the status of area info was not reset, meaning that areas unlocked in the initial run did not have to be unlocked again, but first-time rewards could not be obtained again.

In addition to the vouchers that could be exchanged in the shop, players could also earn custom items from battles which were required to unlock level caps, moves, and passive skills for the featured sync pair. This format was maintained for the first three legendary events.

The next legendary event changed this format significantly. Rather than obtaining vouchers from battles, Prize Coins were obtained, which could be used to make pulls from a prize box pool. All battles were available from the start, and event area info was available as grand prizes from the prize box. The event pair's custom items could be obtained in prize pools. Custom ★ Power-Ups and additional copies of the sync pair could no longer be obtained, but a 5★ Strike Move Candy was available as one of the grand prizes from the prize box, allowing players to increase the move level of any 5★ Strike sync pair. This format was used for the fourth and fifth legendary events.

After the prize box was introduced to legendary events, no events received reruns until November 2020, at which point the format was once again overhauled. Legendary event sync pairs were changed to no longer use custom items, and the generic Prize Coins were upgraded to Legendary Prize Coins that were colored based on the type of the featured sync pair. Event story and battle areas were once again unlocked in an alternating fashion, but now there was no prerequisite for unlocking the final story area besides completing the preceding battle. In addition, Legendary Prize Coins could be exchanged in the shop for Custom ★ Power-Ups and additional copies of the sync pair. This remained the general structure for legendary event reruns for the rest of the event type's lifespan.

New legendary events created after this also had the same structure, but new area info and Custom ★ Power-Ups were obtained as grand prizes in the prize box, and additional copies of the featured sync pair were obtained by completing event missions. This change in acquisition of Custom ★ Power-Ups and additional copies of the sync pair carried over to other legendary event reruns as well.

List of legendary events

Event Name Start Date End Date Featured Sync Pair Banner
Lurking Shadow December 5, 2019
March 6, 2020
February 8, 2021
July 26, 2021
September 16, 2021
December 19, 2019
March 16, 2020
March 11, 2021
August 19, 2021
October 16, 2021
Giovanni & Mewtwo  
The Beast That Devours the Sun January 1, 2020
April 6, 2020
December 7, 2020
June 7, 2021
January 22, 2020
April 24, 2020
January 4, 2021
July 26, 2021
Scottie & Solgaleo/Bettie & Solgaleo  
The Dragon That Rules the Sky January 30, 2020
November 1, 2020
April 8, 2021
February 14, 2020
December 7, 2020
May 18, 2021
Zinnia & Rayquaza  
Pure Hearts and Rainbow Wings April 30, 2020
January 4, 2021
May 18, 2021
October 16, 2021
May 14, 2020
February 8, 2021
June 7, 2021
November 22, 2021
Silver & Ho-Oh  
New World Dilemma August 17, 2020
March 15, 2021
August 19, 2021
September 3, 2020
April 8, 2021
September 16, 2021
Cyrus & Palkia  
Give and Take February 11, 2021
August 19, 2021
March 4, 2021
September 16, 2021
Professor Sycamore & Xerneas  
Father or Foe May 4, 2021
August 19, 2021
May 20, 2021
September 16, 2021
Ghetsis & Kyurem  
Howling Shield of Eternity August 12, 2021 September 16, 2021 Hop & Zamazenta  

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese 伝説ポケモンイベント
Mandarin Chinese 傳說的寶可夢活動
  French Évènement légendaire
  German Legenden-Event
  Italian Evento leggendario
  Korean 전설 포켓몬 이벤트
  Spanish Evento legendario


  1. Capitalized as "legendary event" in official newsletters used in-game, "...you can exchange the rewards you get for 5★ Power-Ups and other items, just like with legendary events that have returned up to now." "...you’ll be able to strengthen Sync Pairs from legendary events that come from the same titles as the villainous Sync Pair featured in the event." "The reason why sync pairs on Pasio can Dynamax will be revealed in the Howling Shield of Eternity legendary event, which we discuss below." "The Give and Take legendary event begins today." "Similar to legendary events, we’d like to add more chances for you to team up with sync pairs just by playing the game."

See also

Kanto: Lurking Shadow
Johto: Pure Hearts and Rainbow Wings
Hoenn: The Dragon That Rules the Sky
Sinnoh: New World Dilemma
Unova: Father or Foe
Kalos: Give and Take
Alola: The Beast That Devours the Sun
Galar: Howling Shield of Eternity

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