in canon legendary encounters, usually you just trip and fall into legendaries after they've randomly decided to roost somewhere vaguely out of the way.
if you're lucky there might be a whole dungeon before them.
or if you're playing XY, maybe they'll just be sitting there in a cave that clearly always existed for no other purpose than except to specifically serve as their roost until the region's favorite ten year old traipses along and use said legendary for baseball pitching practice.
anyway, this isn't canon. this is reborn,
and some people would argue that i hate you all and want to see you suffer. *
* this is not true. i love all of you in varying degrees and the less you think it applies to you the more it's true. but don't be weird about it, ok?
so today i'd like to introduce a new device of suffering in post-game: Anomaly Battles.
the legendaries in post-game have an unfortunate tendency to appear with a strange aura around them called an Anomaly!
in universe, this aura is otherworldly, producing many strange like making the pokemon behave aggressively, or creating apparitions of other types of pokemon who fight alongside them!
out of universe, it is our tool to be a gigantic bitch to you.
you've gotten to postgame, so you're clearly a skilled trainer with a diverse roster ready to handle anything we throw at you,
so here goes-- we're going to throw everything at you.
in post-game, you'll face off against a special battle with many of the legends before being allowed the privilege of going for the catch! fight hard and come through strong because you may yet need that strength to secure the victory. not every legendary has an attached anomaly, but so far the strong majority of them do!
huge shout out to @andracass for making the lion's share of these teams so far; like with the other parts of postgame, she's really just put in a crazy amount of work for it
i hope you'll look forward to eating shit
( please do not actually consume shit. please make sure all matter you consume is both edible and nutritious. it is important to eat regularly and take care of your body. do that for all of us, okay? you can't help others if you don't take care of yourself first. all right... then, you stay safe out there now. get plenty of rest. bye-bye until next time ! )