With the recent inclusion of 3rd generation Pokemon to Pokemon GO, the developers are keeping the rarity of Relicanth true to its origin.
Relicanth, the water Pokemon based on the Coelacanth, is a very rare and hard to find Pokemon in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. To continue this trend, Relicanth can only be found in certain countries amongst the Pacific Islands. New Zealand has been the most common sighting place of Relicanth, with Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu having also sighted the scarce sea creature.
This makes Relicanth the newest region-exclusive Pokemon to join Pokemon GO. Though they aren’t the only problem Pokemon for landlocked trainers. Plusle and Minun, as well as Zangoose and Seviper, are 2 pairings that you won’t see in the same place. In the Nintendo games, they are separated by version. In Pokemon GO, they appear to be separated by hemisphere. Plusle and Zangoose have been seen populating the Western Hemisphere, while Minun and Seviper have been seen in the Eastern Hemisphere.
With trading still not a feature in the mobile game, then you’ll need a plane ticket or two to complete your Pokedex now.