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Promotional artwork featuring Raid Battles

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 which players battle against a wild Pokémon called a Raid Boss, typically one much stronger than can be found in the wild. The Raid Boss is stationed at the Gym for a limited period of time, and players must use a Raid Pass to challenge it. As with Gyms, up to twenty trainers can join together to fight the Boss. After defeating the Boss, players receive a variety of rewards and are given the opportunity to catch the Raid Boss.

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) Recommended players*
GO Raid Boss icon.png 600 180 1
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 1,800 180 1 - 2
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 3,600* 180 2 - 4
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 9,000* 180 3 - 5
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png 15,000* 300 5 - 10

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; currently, 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.

Some Raid Bosses, depending on species, have a chance of becoming Shiny during the bonus challenge. For Legendary Raids and Special Raid Challenges only, Shiny Pokémon are guaranteed to be captured by the first Premier Ball that successfully hits.

Quantifier Premier Balls
Defeat Boss GO Premier Ball.png +6
Damage 0% 5% 15% 20%
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
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

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* ×1 (0.50%) ×1 (0.99%) ×1 (3.77%) ×1 (4.59%) ×1 (5.36%)
GO Charged TM.png Charged TM* ×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
6 GO Premier Ball.png ×1 ×2 ×3 ×4
7 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×3 ×4 ×5
8 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×3 ×4 ×5
9 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×3 ×5 ×6
10 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×3 ×5 ×6
11 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×4 ×5 ×7
12 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×4 ×6 ×7
13 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×4 ×6 ×8
14 GO Premier Ball.png ×2 ×4 ×6 ×8

EX Raids

An EX Raid invitation

An Exclusive Raid, abbreviated as EX Raid, is a level 5 raid that requires an EX Raid Pass to join. EX Raid Passes are given out to players that have completed a raid an EX Raid Gym in the previous week. These EX Raid Gyms are generally situated at sponsored venues or in park-related areas, and 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. Players who receive an EX Raid Pass may also invite one Ultra Friend to the raid, but cannot send out another invitation even if the previous is declined. 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.

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. Pokémon tend to cycle and change depending on the latest updates and any running events.

Current Raid Bosses

This list was last updated on June 4, 2019. [4]

GO Raid Egg Normal.png
GO Raid Boss icon.png

Geodude Geodude Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Ground.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudySunny/Clear
688 - 739
860 - 923
CP 4365 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Omanyte Omanyte Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Water.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyRainy
826 - 882
1033 - 1103
CP 5397 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kabuto Kabuto Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Water.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyRainy
730 - 783
913 - 979
CP 4970 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Lileep Lileep  GO Rock.png GO Grass.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudySunny/Clear
686 - 738
858 - 922
CP 3775 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Anorith Anorith Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Bug.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyRainy
817 - 874
1022 - 1092
CP 5017 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

GO Raid Egg Normal.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Sudowoodo Sudowoodo  GO Rock.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudy
1162 - 1227
1452 - 1534
CP 10671 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Magcargo Magcargo  GO Fire.png GO Rock.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Sunny/ClearPartly cloudy
914 - 972
1142 - 1215
CP 9377 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Nosepass Nosepass  GO Rock.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudy
521 - 567
651 - 709
CP 6241 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Mawile Mawile Shiny possible GO Steel.png GO Fairy.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

SnowCloudy
877 - 934
1096 - 1167
CP 9008 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

GO Raid Egg Rare.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Onix Onix Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Ground.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudySunny/Clear
580 - 629
725 - 787
CP 9429 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Flying.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyWindy
1515 - 1590
1894 - 1988
CP 18678 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Shuckle Shuckle Shiny possible GO Bug.png GO Rock.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

RainyPartly cloudy
189 - 231
236 - 289
CP 3892 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Lunatone Lunatone Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Psychic.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyWindy
1261 - 1330
1577 - 1662
CP 15009 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Solrock Solrock Shiny possible GO Rock.png GO Psychic.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyWindy
1261 - 1330
1577 - 1662
CP 15009 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

GO Raid Egg Rare.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Marowak Marowak Shiny possible
Alola Form
GO Fire.png GO Ghost.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Sunny/ClearFog
988 - 1048
1235 - 1311
CP 21385 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Rhydon Rhydon  GO Ground.png GO Rock.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Sunny/ClearPartly cloudy
1736 - 1816
2170 - 2270
CP 30663 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Tyranitar Tyranitar  GO Rock.png GO Dark.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Partly cloudyFog
2103 - 2191
2629 - 2739
CP 37599 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Aggron Aggron  GO Steel.png GO Rock.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

SnowPartly cloudy
1636 - 1714
2045 - 2143
CP 33326 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Absol Absol Shiny possible GO Dark.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Fog
1370 - 1443
1712 - 1805
CP 28769 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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

Cresselia Cresselia Shiny possible GO Psychic.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Windy
1555 - 1633
1944 - 2041
CP 33794 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


EX Raid

Deoxys Deoxys 
Defense Forme
GO Psychic.png
Capture CP
Weather Boost

Windy
1228 - 1299
1535 - 1624
CP 36170 Difficulty
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Level 1

GO Raid Boss icon.png
Caterpie
CP 1434
Sandshrew
CP 4012
Psyduck
CP 3519
Growlithe
CP 3843
Machop
CP 3666
Geodude
CP 4365
Ponyta
CP 5399
Magnemite
CP 5141
Grimer
CP 3764
Shellder
CP 3916
Krabby
CP 5660
Cubone
CP 3243
Magikarp
CP 1077
Omanyte
CP 5397
Kabuto
CP 4970
Dratini
CP 3379
Chikorita
CP 3067
Mareep
CP 3063
Sunkern
CP 1434
Snubbull
CP 3723
Swinub
CP 2357
Lotad
CP 2020
Wingull
CP 2583
Slakoth
CP 3015
Makuhita
CP 2319
Meditite
CP 2516
Plusle
CP 5349
Minun
CP 5097
Wailmer
CP 3369
Cacnea
CP 3951
Swablu
CP 2702
Feebas
CP 1077
Shuppet
CP 3352
Duskull
CP 2770
Snorunt
CP 2825
Luvdisc
CP 2811
Bagon
CP 3792
Bidoof
CP 2182
Kricketot
CP 1386
Shinx
CP 2873
Buizel
CP 3260
Drifloon
CP 3151
Burmy
CP 1648
Burmy
CP 1648
Burmy
CP 1648
Buneary
CP 3890
Bronzor
CP 1846
Skorupi
CP 3408

Prior to October 16, 2018

Level 2

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Sandslash
CP 11520
Slowbro
CP 11375
Dewgong
CP 9053
Electrode
CP 10936
Exeggutor
CP 13474
Exeggutor
CP 13472
Lickitung
CP 6433
Electabuzz
CP 11886
Magmar
CP 12189
Croconaw
CP 8771
Lanturn
CP 8421
Sudowoodo
CP 10671
Aipom
CP 7219
Misdreavus
CP 10038
Pineco
CP 6108
Gligar
CP 9456
Sneasel
CP 10981
Octillery
CP 11233
Grovyle
CP 9218
Combusken
CP 8610
Marshtomp
CP 8825
Kirlia
CP 5738
Masquerain
CP 11281
Breloom
CP 13695
Sableye
CP 8132
Mawile
CP 9008
Manectric
CP 11628
Roselia
CP 10304
Feebas
CP 1866
Clamperl
CP 7690
Monferno
CP 8040
Bibarel
CP 8692
Combee
CP 3108

Prior to October 16, 2018

Level 3

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Raichu
CP 16848
Ninetales
CP 15806
Arcanine
CP 19534
Alakazam
CP 23150
Machamp
CP 19707
Gengar
CP 21207
Onix
CP 9429
Hitmonlee
CP 20076
Hitmonchan
CP 18171
Chansey
CP 5381
Tangela
CP 16114
Scyther
CP 19014
Pinsir
CP 21306
Flareon
CP 21811
Porygon
CP 12386
Aerodactyl
CP 18678
Flaaffy
CP 10690
Azumarill
CP 9847
Granbull
CP 16457
Shuckle
CP 3892
Piloswine
CP 14546
Donphan
CP 19431
Miltank
CP 14883
Breloom
CP 19368
Lunatone
CP 15009
Solrock
CP 15009
Crawdaunt
CP 17967
Claydol
CP 14527
Floatzel
CP 16082

October 16, 2018 to February 9, 2019

Prior to October 16, 2018

Level 4

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Charizard
CP 30958
Poliwrath
CP 26364
Victreebel
CP 25794
Marowak
CP 21385
Rhydon
CP 30663
Lapras
CP 23476
Snorlax
CP 26380
Dragonite
CP 38490
Typhlosion
CP 30958
Togetic
CP 20453
Ursaring
CP 30025
Houndoom
CP 28590
Tyranitar
CP 37599
Shiftry
CP 23786
Ninjask
CP 22878
Absol
CP 28769
Metagross
CP 40224

October 16, 2018 to February 9, 2019

Prior to October 16, 2018

Level 5

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Latias
CP 48080
Latios
CP 52220
Groudon
CP 54411
Rayquaza
CP 49808
Uxie
CP 35356
Mesprit
CP 41887
Azelf
CP 44972
Dialga
CP 53394
Palkia
CP 54793
Giratina
CP 38326
Giratina
CP 41776
Cresselia
CP 33794

October 16, 2018 to February 9, 2019

Prior to October 16, 2018

EX Raids

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. Some of these Raid Bosses have not been made available since the event. Mewtwo was also made available for the first time on August 14, 2017 at Yokohama Stadium.

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Pikachu
CP 11845
Meowth
CP 9079
Dragonite
CP 35383
Wobbuffet
CP 7144
Ursaring
CP 27409
Piloswine
CP 21604
Houndoom
CP 27302
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Special Raid Challenge

Special Raid Challenges are time-limited events which allow players to defeat a Raid Boss within a three hour window. All 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 chance to be Shiny. Excluding Articuno, these Bosses know a special move which may be otherwise difficult to obtain. Five free Raid Passes are available to players during the three hour window.

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)

The first three Raid Challenges, the legendary birds, were unlocked as part of Professor Willow's Global Challenge 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.

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Gengar
CP 31256
Nov 3, 2018
Lick, Psychic
Lapras
CP 23476
May 25, 2019
Ice Shard, Ice Beam
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Raid Hour

Raid Hours were introduced as an experiment to increase opportunities for players to participate in raids. At the start of the event hour, raids will spawn in many Gyms all at once and remain for an entire hour. 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 an Egg for the Raid Hour.

  • Dialga - Mar. 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. [5]
  • Giratina (Origin Forme) - Apr. 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. [6]
  • Latios - Apr. 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (unannounced)
  • Groudon - May 1, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (unannounced)
  • All raid levels - May 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. [7]
  • Cresselia - June 5 and 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. [8]
  • Kyogre - June 19 and 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In other languages

Language Title
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