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Typically, there is more than one Legendary Pokemon per game that you will want to catch. The easiest method is a Master Ball, but you only get one. So what do you do? Well, if you're good at math, there's an equation that lets you figure out whether or not using a Pokeball of some sort will catch the Pokemon.

a = {[(3Hm-2Hc)RBb]/3Hm}Bs This looks really complicated, but all it is is this: Take it's max HP, Hm [you'll have to estimate this, most likely], and multiply it by three. Multiply its current HP, Hc, by two, and subtract that from the first number. Multiply this new number by its catch rate and the ball bonus [look this up on serebii.net or bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net]. Divide everything by the max HP, multiplied by 3. Then, multiply this last number by the status bonus. The status bonuses are 2 for frozen and sleep, and 1.5 for paralyze, poison, and burn. If the number you get is 255 or greater, then the Pokemon will be caught.

For those who don't like math, go catch a Gastly at the lowest level you can. Go and fight Pikachus, Weedles, Pidgeys, Rattatas, Spearows, Golbats, or Zubats with it until it hits a decent level, and feed it Carboses. What you're doing here is called EV training. Basically, it will max out your Speed stat. This is essential for most Legendaries; they're not classified as Ubers for nothing. They will almost certainly have higher speed than you and run away before you can throw a ball. What you do with this superfast Gastly/Haunter/Gengar [because you can, of course, evolve it] is teach it Mean Look, Hypnosis, and two attacks. Make sure one is something very weak [so you can chip away at low HP] and one is moderate [so you don't accidentally wipe out the HP with one Super Effective hit]. You'll want to go into the fight with this Pokemon and instantly use Mean Look or Hypnosis, depending on what Pokemon you're going after. If you know it knows Whirlwind or Roar, you're better off using Hypnosis. There's a chance it won't work, but Mean Look doesn't affect either move at all. Then you'll want to start whacking away at HP. You want to get it down to a sliver of HP or, at the very least, in the red zone. Keep using Hypnosis to keep it asleep, as this will help you catch the Pokemon. Once it's down in the red, start chucking Ultra Balls at it. You'll want to take at least 30, just in case. Make sure you keep it asleep, and keep flinging Ultra Balls, and soon you'll have your very own Legendary Pokemon.

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