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A Raid Battle (Japanese: レイドバトル Raid Battle) is a type of battle in Pokémon GO that takes place at a Gym. In a Raid Battle, players challenge a wild Pokémon called a Raid Boss, which is typically much stronger than those that can be found in the wild. Each Raid Boss is stationed at a particular Gym for a limited period of time, and players must use a Raid Pass to challenge it. As with other battles at Gyms, up to twenty trainers can join together to fight the Raid Boss. After defeating the Raid Boss, players receive a variety of rewards and are given the opportunity to catch the Raid Boss.

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Description

A raid is a battle where you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss—an extremely powerful Pokémon. Win to receive fantastic rewards and a chance to catch a stronger-than-normal Pokémon of your own!

Raid Battle mechanics

Nearby Raid Battles

The goal of a Raid Battle is for players to defeat the Raid Boss within the time limit. There are five levels of raids with Pokémon that increase in difficulty, starting at level 1 for basic Pokémon that can usually be defeated by a single player, up to level 5 for Legendary Pokémon, which may require several players to work together to defeat. The following table lists the properties of a Raid Battle determined by the level.

Raid Level Boss HP Timer (s) Suggested group size*
GO Raid Boss icon.png 600 180 5
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 1,800 180 9
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 3,600* 180 13
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 9,000* 180 17
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 15,000*
22,500*
300 20

During the daytime (exact hours vary by location), a Raid Egg may randomly spawn at any Gym which does not already have a Raid Egg or Raid Boss. When a Raid Egg appears, its associated timer appears and begins counting down until the Raid Egg hatches and reveal the Raid Boss; Raid Eggs normally have a timer of 1 hour. The Raid Boss that can hatch from the Raid Egg depend on its level.

When the Raid Egg hatches, the Raid Boss appears, and a new timer appears and begins counting down until the Raid Boss will disappear; currently, Raid Bosses normally have a timer of 45 minutes. While a Raid Boss is present at a Gym, the Gym defenders cannot be challenged or fed Berry treats, their motivation cannot be changed, and players who have defenders in the Gym cannot view the Gym remotely via the defenders; however, players can still spin the Photo Disc as normal. While a Raid Boss is present, players within range of the Gym can spend a Raid Pass to join a Raid Battle; if a player spends a Raid Pass at a Gym, they can continue to challenge that Raid Boss any number of times, until either they win the Raid Battle or the Raid Boss leaves the Gym, but their Raid Pass cannot be refunded.

When a player initiates a Raid Battle challenge, they enter a lobby with a two-minute countdown (from when the first player in that challenge entered the lobby), after which the Raid Battle immediately begins. While in the lobby, players choose their team of six Pokémon to battle the Raid Boss and use items from their Bag to heal their Pokémon; the game automatically populates the player's party with six Pokémon it recommends to use, depending on the Raid Boss's move set and the player's Pokémon stats and current HP. In the lobby, the player can see the other players currently waiting in that same lobby and the teams they belong on, with each lobby being able to hold up to 20 players; once a lobby has 20 players, newly joining players will instead be placed in a separate lobby for a separate challenge of that Raid Boss. If a player specifically chooses to quit a Raid Battle, either from the lobby or after the start of the Raid Battle, they cannot rejoin that same challenge. Players can also opt to join a private group using a specific group code.

During the Raid Battle, all normal battle techniques are available to the player. The group of players in that Raid Battle challenge must defeat that Raid Boss within the time limit, otherwise the Raid Battle is lost. If all six of a player's Pokémon faint, the player is returned to the lobby, where they can heal their Pokémon using items from their Bag and choose six Pokémon to use to reenter the battle with, while the players who still have conscious Pokémon in their party continue to battle the Raid Boss.

Raid Boss

Raid Bosses are giant Pokémon with much higher CPs than standard Pokémon. At each raid level, there is a fixed HP value for all Raid Bosses, regardless of species. The Attack and Defense stats will always be set to have the maximum 15 IVs, and the CP multiplier will be set to 1. Hence, a Raid Boss's CP is calculated as:

CP calc GO.png

where

  • HP is the fixed HP value for the raid level
  • Attack = base Attack + 15
  • Defense = base Defense + 15

During the Raid Battle, the Raid Boss will attack similarly to a Gym defender. After being defeated, a Raid Boss will shrink down to normal size and can be captured during the bonus challenge. Its stats will be reduced to that of Power Up level 20 (or level 25 if it has a weather-boosted type), and like Pokémon hatched from Eggs, it will have random IVs of at least 10 per stat. The moves are also randomly re-rolled, so a captured Raid Boss may not necessarily know the same moves it used during the raid.

Bonus challenge

After defeating the Raid Boss, players receive a certain amount of Premier Balls exclusively for use in that Raid Battle's bonus challenge, where they have a chance of capturing the defeated Raid Boss. These Premier Balls are the only Poké Balls that can be used, but players may still use Berries from their Bag. If the player runs out of Premier Balls, the Raid Boss will flee, but will not flee otherwise. Even if the player fails to catch the Raid Boss, once they have successfully completed a Raid Battle they cannot participate in it again.

The number of Premier Balls awarded depends on the player's individual contribution to damage dealt, the player's team's contribution to damage dealt, highest Friendship level with another participant, and whether the Gym is currently under the player's team's control. Each player may receive 6 to 18 Premier Balls for their bonus challenge. Any leftover Premier Balls will be discarded and cannot be used for future raid challenges.

Raid Bosses have a chance of becoming Shiny during the bonus challenge if its Shiny form is obtainable without evolution. For Legendary raids only, Shiny Pokémon are guaranteed to be captured by the first Premier Ball that successfully hits it.

Quantifier Premier Balls
Defeat Boss GO Premier Ball.png +6
Damage
(Individual contribution)
0% 5% 15% 20%
GO Premier Ball.png +0 GO Premier Ball.png +1 GO Premier Ball.png +2 GO Premier Ball.png +3
Contribution by Team 0% 20% 33% 50%
GO Premier Ball.png +0 GO Premier Ball.png +1 GO Premier Ball.png +2 GO Premier Ball.png +3
Gym Control GO Premier Ball.png +2
Friendship level Good Friend Great Friend Ultra Friend Best Friend
GO Premier Ball.png +0 GO Premier Ball.png +1 GO Premier Ball.png +2 GO Premier Ball.png +4

EX Raids

An EX Raid invitation

Exclusive Raids (abbreviated as EX Raids) are level 5 raids that require an EX Raid Pass to join. EX Raid Passes are given out to players that have completed a raid at a chosen EX Raid Gym in the previous week. These EX Raid Gyms are generally situated at sponsored venues or in parks, and they can be identified by an "EX Raid Gym" label on the top right-hand corner of the Gym screen and by a darker green shade on the map. The EX Raid Pass is a one-time offer, and should a player not be present, the pass will expire and disappear from their inventory. During an EX Raid, players without passes can only see the Gym's color and the first defending Pokémon atop, and if they attempt to interact with the Gym they will be informed that the Gym is closed and the time that it will reopen.

With few exceptions, EX Raids typically occur once every calendar week, on no particular day of the week, with the respective EX Raid Passes automatically distributed more than one week in advance. Each player can only receive one EX Raid pass per distribution, even if they have raided at multiple Gyms selected for an EX Raid that week.

If a player receives an EX Raid Pass from an EX Raid Gym, they may invite one Ultra Friend to the EX Raid; however, even if the friend declines, they will not be able to issue another invitation. Although a player may hold multiple EX Raid Passes at once, they may only have one EX Raid Pass via invitation at a time. If a player wishes to invite a friend who already has an EX Raid Pass via invitation, the game will not allow it until that invitation is first used, expired, or declined. Players also cannot send invitations to EX Raids that have already started.

Very rarely, EX Raids may be cancelled for various reasons (such as a Gym being removed or major real-world incidents). Players with the respective EX Raid Passes usually have been compensated with GO Stardust icon.png50,000 and five Premium Raid Passes.

The following lists all the EX Raid Bosses by availability dates.

Pokémon Availability
Mewtwo Mewtwo Aug 14, 2017 - Aug 28, 2018
Deoxys (Normal Forme) Deoxys
(Normal Forme)
Oct 1 - Dec 17, 2018
Deoxys (Attack Forme) Deoxys
(Attack Forme)
Dec 28, 2018 - Mar 19, 2019
Deoxys (Defense Forme) Deoxys
(Defense Forme)
Mar 27 - Jun 24, 2019
Deoxys (Speed Forme) Deoxys
(Speed Forme)
Jul 1 - Sep 28, 2019
Mewtwo MewtwoShiny possible
Event move: Shadow Ball
Oct 5 - Nov 12, 2019


Rewards

Upon completing a first attempt of a raid, participants are awarded GO Stardust icon.png1,000 regardless of victory. Winning a raid awards all participants:

  • Trainer level XP (amount depends on raid level)
  • 1,000 Gym Badge XP
  • Various item rewards

The following table was last updated October 2018.[1] It shows the quantity per bundle and an estimated probability based on empirical data.[2]

Quantity (Probability) per reward bundle
Reward GO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Guaranteed
XP Experience 3,000 XP 3,500 XP 4,000 XP 5,000 XP 10,000 XP
GO Golden Razz Berry.png Golden Razz Berry ×1 ×1 ×2 ×2 ×3
Random
GO Super Potion.png Super Potion ×1 (39.70%) ×1 (39.41%) ×1 (37.74%)
GO Hyper Potion.png Hyper Potion ×2 (36.70%) ×3 (35.71%)
GO Revive.png Revive ×2 (19.85%) ×2 (19.70%) ×2 (18.87%) ×3 (18.35%) ×3 (17.86%)
GO Golden Razz Berry.png Golden Razz Berry ×1 (19.85%) ×1 (19.70%) ×1 (18.87%) ×1 (18.35%) ×2 (17.86%)
GO Rare Candy.png Rare Candy ×1 (19.85%) ×1 (19.70%) ×2 (18.87%) ×2 (18.35%) ×3 (17.86%)
GO Fast TM.png Fast TM
(Lv. 15+)
×1 (0.50%) ×1 (0.99%) ×1 (3.77%) ×1 (4.59%) ×1 (5.36%)
GO Charged TM.png Charged TM
(Lv. 25+)
×1 (0.25%) ×1 (0.49%) ×1 (1.89%) ×1 (3.67%) ×1 (5.36%)

The number of random bundles awarded depends on the raid level and number of Premier Balls earned. Premier Balls earned from raiding with a Friend do not count towards reward bundles. The amounts are as follows: [3]

Number of random bundles
Premier Balls GO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
GO Premier Ball.png 6 ×1 ×2 ×3 ×4
GO Premier Ball.png 7 ×2 ×3 ×4 ×5
GO Premier Ball.png 8 ×2 ×3 ×4 ×5
GO Premier Ball.png 9 ×2 ×3 ×5 ×6
GO Premier Ball.png 10 ×2 ×3 ×5 ×6
GO Premier Ball.png 11 ×2 ×4 ×5 ×7
GO Premier Ball.png 12 ×2 ×4 ×6 ×7
GO Premier Ball.png 13 ×2 ×4 ×6 ×8
GO Premier Ball.png 14 ×2 ×4 ×6 ×8

List of Raid Bosses

Currently, raids are the only way for players to encounter Alolan Raichu, Alolan Marowak, and most Legendary Pokémon. Mawile, Absol, and Shinx, which used to be raid exclusive, can also be obtained via hatching Eggs.

The following lists all the Raid Bosses in rotation as of September 23, 2019. For a list of all past Raid Boss rotations, see list of Raid Boss changes.

GO Raid Egg Normal.png
GO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
403 Shinx Shinx Shiny possible 2873 458 - 500

572 - 625

425 Drifloon Drifloon Shiny possible 3151 633 - 684

791 - 855

504 Patrat Patrat Shiny possible 2596 412 - 452

515 - 565

599 Klink Klink Shiny possible 3227 502 - 546

628 - 683

GO Raid Egg Normal.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
103A Exeggutor (Alola Form) Exeggutor Shiny possible
(Alola Form)
13472 1643 - 1722

2055 - 2153

200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Shiny possible 10038 1039 - 1100

1298 - 1376

215 Sneasel Sneasel Shiny possible 10981 1107 - 1172

1384 - 1465

302 Sableye Sableye Shiny possible 8132 789 - 843

986 - 1054

303 Mawile Mawile Shiny possible 9008 877 - 934

1096 - 1167


GO Raid Egg Rare.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
026A Raichu (Alola Form) Raichu Shiny possible
(Alola Form)
16848 1238 - 1306

1548 - 1633

068 Machamp Machamp 19707 1667 - 1746

2084 - 2183

094 Gengar Gengar 21207 1566 - 1644

1958 - 2055

210 Granbull Granbull 16457 1385 - 1458

1732 - 1823

221 Piloswine Piloswine 14546 1271 - 1340

1589 - 1675

GO Raid Egg Rare.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
105A Marowak (Alola Form) Marowak Shiny possible
(Alola Form)
21385 988 - 1048

1235 - 1311

149 Dragonite Dragonite 38490 2079 - 2167

2599 - 2709

176 Togetic Togetic 20453 917 - 976

1147 - 1220

229 Houndoom Houndoom 28590 1432 - 1505

1790 - 1882

359 Absol Absol Shiny possible 28769 1370 - 1443

1712 - 1805


GO Legendary Raid Egg.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
487 Giratina (Altered Form) Giratina Shiny possible
(Altered Form)
38326 1848 - 1931

2310 - 2414

EX Raid
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Shiny possible 54148 2294 - 2387

2868 - 2984


Special events

Pokémon GO at Pikachu Outbreak

During the Pikachu Outbreak event on August 9-15, 2017, special Raid Bosses were available at Pokémon GO Park events in Japan. These Raid Bosses have not been made available since the event. These were all classified as level 4 Bosses.

Mewtwo was also available as a level 5 Raid Boss during the event on August 14, 2017 at Yokohama Stadium, marking the first time that it had become available to players. Players who win the raid will also receive a minimum of 50 Premier Balls (instead of 6) for their bonus challenge.

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
025 Pikachu Pikachu 11845 410 - 450

512 - 562

052 Meowth Meowth 9079 329 - 364

411 - 455

149 Dragonite Dragonite 35383 1961 - 2046

2451 - 2558

202 Wobbuffet Wobbuffet 7144 531 - 585

664 - 731

217 Ursaring Ursaring 27409 1501 - 1577

1877 - 1971

221 Piloswine Piloswine 21604 1237 - 1305

1547 - 1631

229 Houndoom Houndoom 27302 1373 - 1445

1716 - 1806

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
# Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo 49430 2184 - 2275

2730 - 2844


Special Raid Challenge

Special Raid Challenges (also known as Raid Days) are time-limited events which allow players to defeat a Raid Boss within a three hour window. Most Gyms during this period of time will have the Boss active for the three hours, and if the Boss is defeated, the Pokémon encounter afterwards will have a 10% chance of becoming Shiny.[4] Players may receive up to five free Raid Passes from Gyms during the three hour window. Raid Days often include event-exclusive moves, which may be known by the featured Pokémon if obtained during the raid hours (including via evolution or capture outside of raids).

The times for these raid challenges have so far been held at the same time:

  • Asia-Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
  • The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
  • Raid Challenges unlocked as part of Professor Willow's Global Challenge 2019 take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.[5]

The first three Raid Challenges, the Legendary birds, were unlocked as part of Professor Willow's Global Challenge 2018, which ran over six days over the period from June 30 to September 2, 2018. As all three parts were successfully completed, all three legendary birds were available to players again from September 13 - 20, 2018 as part of the Ultra Bonus Event.[6] For the 2019 Global challenge, which ran in conjunction with GO Fest, the Legendary beasts were featured, but without any event-exclusive moves.

Gengar was the first non-legendary Pokémon to be featured in a Special Raid Challenge.[7] Lapras was featured as part of Extraordinary Raid Week 2019.[8]

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Pokémon Boss CP Moves Date
Gengar GengarShiny possible 31256 GO Ghost.png Lick
GO Psychic.png Psychic
November 3, 2018
Lapras LaprasShiny possible 23476 GO Ice.png Ice Shard
GO Ice.png Ice Beam
May 25, 2019
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Pokémon Boss CP Moves Date
Articuno ArticunoShiny possible 37603 GO Flying.png Hurricane* July 7, 2018 (except Japan)
August 4, 2018 (Japan)
Zapdos ZapdosShiny possible 42691 GO Electric.png Thunder Shock July 21, 2018
Moltres MoltresShiny possible 41953 GO Flying.png Sky Attack September 8, 2018
Raikou RaikouShiny possible 45435 June 29, 2019
Entei EnteiShiny possible 41758 July 14, 2019
Suicune SuicuneShiny possible 37761 August 17, 2019


Legendary Raid Hour

Legendary Raid Hours were introduced to increase opportunities for more players to participate in Legendary Raids. Initially as an experiment, the event was known as Legendary Lunch Hour, in which level 5 Raid Bosses spawned in many Gyms all at once from 12 p.m. and remained for an entire hour until 1 p.m. After receiving player feedback, the hour was changed to start at 6 p.m. and remain until 7 p.m. Raid Eggs will also spawn with a 20 minute timer before the start of the raids. Only Gyms that do not currently have Raid Bosses or Eggs may spawn a raid for Legendary Raid Hour.

  • Dialga - Mar. 13, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. [9]
  • Giratina (Origin Forme) - Apr. 10, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. [10]
  • Latios - Apr. 19, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (unannounced)
  • Groudon - May 1, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (unannounced)

Since June 5, 2019, there has been a Legendary Raid Hour every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.[11] Exception were on July 10 and July 31, 2019 when the Raid Hour was skipped due to the Legendary Raid Boss rotating the same day, which would have resulted in different Raid Bosses depending on the time zone. The Raid Hour for Mewtwo, on September 18, 2019, was also cancelled for most nations following reports of raids not appearing in New Zealand and appearing 30 minutes ahead of scheduled in South Australia and Northern Territory; a makeup date was rescheduled for October 8, 2019, with players being able to obtain two additional free Raid Passes during the hour.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 團體戰 Tyùhntái Jin
Mandarin 團體戰 Tuántǐ Zhàn
France Flag.png French Combat de Raid
Germany Flag.png German Raid-Kämpfe
Italy Flag.png Italian Battaglie Raid
South Korea Flag.png Korean 레이드배틀 Raid Battle
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Batalha de Reide
Spain Flag.png Spanish Combates de incursión

References