Raid Battle

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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 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.

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) 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.

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 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

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 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.

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

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.

Current Raid Bosses

This list was last updated on July 10, 2019. [4]

GO Raid Egg Normal.png
GO Raid Boss icon.png
Image Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
GO032.png Nidoran♂ 2803 450 - 491
562 - 614
GO116.png Horsea 3831 558 - 603
697 - 754
GO353.png Shuppet 3352 535 - 581
669 - 727
GO355.png Duskull 2770 364 - 403
456 - 504
GO403.png Shinx 2873 458 - 500
572 - 625
GO425.png Drifloon 3151 633 - 684
791 - 855
GO Raid Egg Normal.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Image Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
GO103A.png Exeggutor
(Alola Form)
13472 1643 - 1722
2055 - 2153
GO200.png Misdreavus 10038 1039 - 1100
1298 - 1376
GO204.png Pineco 6108 586 - 633
733 - 791
GO215.png Sneasel 10981 1107 - 1172
1384 - 1465
GO303.png Mawile 9008 877 - 934
1096 - 1167

GO Raid Egg Rare.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Image Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
GO026A.png Raichu
(Alola Form)
16848 1238 - 1306
1548 - 1633
GO068.png Machamp 19707 1667 - 1746
2084 - 2183
GO094.png Gengar 21207 1566 - 1644
1958 - 2055
GO123.png Scyther 19014 1472 - 1546
1841 - 1933
GO319.png Sharpedo 15324 1174 - 1246
1468 - 1558
GO Raid Egg Rare.png
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Image Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
GO105A.png Marowak
(Alola Form)
21385 988 - 1048
1235 - 1311
GO229.png Houndoom 28590 1432 - 1505
1790 - 1882
GO248.png Tyranitar 37599 2103 - 2191
2629 - 2739
GO275.png Shiftry 23786 1263 - 1333
1579 - 1666
GO359.png Absol 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
Image Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
GO150A.png Mewtwo
(Armored)
41299 1740 - 1821
2175 - 2276
GO Legendary Raid Egg.png
EX Raid
Image Pokémon Boss CP Capture CP
Weather Boost
GO386S.png Deoxys
(Speed Forme)
45802 1568 - 1645
1960 - 2056


All Raid Bosses

The following lists all Raid Bosses from past rotations and their respective Raid Boss CP. CP values in italics are calculated using outdated variables.


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
Image Pokémon Boss CP
GO025.png Pikachu 11845
GO052.png Meowth 9079
GO149.png Dragonite 35383
GO202.png Wobbuffet 7144
GO217.png Ursaring 27409
GO221.png Piloswine 21604
GO229.png Houndoom 27302
GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Image Pokémon Boss CP
GO150.png Mewtwo 49430


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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Gengar was the first non-legendary Pokémon to be featured in a Special Raid Challenge.[8] Lapras was featured as part of Extraordinary Raid Week 2019.[9]

GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png
Image Pokémon Boss CP Moves Date
GO094.png Gengar 31256 Lick
Psychic
November 3, 2018
GO131.png Lapras 23476 Ice Shard
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
Image Pokémon Boss CP Moves Date
GO144.png Articuno 37603 Hurricane* July 7, 2018 (except Japan)
August 4, 2018 (Japan)
GO145.png Zapdos 42691 Thunder Shock July 21, 2018
GO146.png Moltres 41953 Sky Attack September 8, 2018
GO243.png Raikou 45435 June 29, 2019
GO244.png Entei 41758 July 14, 2019
GO245.png Suicune 37761 August 17, 2019


Legendary Raid Hour

Legendary Raid Hours were introduced as an experiment to increase opportunities for players to participate in Legendary Raids. At 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM local time (depending on event), level 5 Raid Bosses 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 a raid for Legendary Raid Hour.

  • Dialga - Mar. 13, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. [10]
  • Giratina (Origin Forme) - Apr. 10, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. [11]
  • 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)
  • Cresselia - June 5 and 12, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. [12]
  • Kyogre - June 19 and 26, 2019, from 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


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