Azelf was added to Pokemon Go back in April, 2019, but like the other members of the Sinnoh region’s legendary lake trio, it’s less straightforward to get than many other raid bosses.
For one thing, Azelf is actually available to catch in the wild, with many reports suggesting that it’s more likely to spawn near bodies of water. Before you put on your shoes and run to the nearest lake or river, however, please note that Azelf is legitimately one of the rarest wild Pokemon in the entire game.
In fact, many players haven’t seen a single one in the wild since it was introduced and that includes people who play on a daily basis. Another huge caveat is that Azelf is a regional Pokemon. The Americas and Greenland are the only places where you have any chance to encounter it at all.
Fortunately, in addition to its exceedingly rare wild spawns, Azelf also appears as a five-star raid boss. These raids are still regionally exclusive, however, with Azelf raids only appearing in the Americas and Greenland.
The upside for players elsewhere is that you can use remote raid passes to raid internationally and catch an Azelf even from the comfort of your couch.
Azelf’s shiny form has been available since September 14th, 2021, when it was introduced in a five-star raid rotation lasting until October 1st.
What are the Big Takeaways Here?
Azelf is a regional raid boss in the Americas and Greenland with its shiny form already released. If you’re exceedingly lucky, you can even find an Azelf in the wild!