Raid Battle

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Promotional artwork featuring Raid Battles

Raid Battles (Japanese: レイドバトル Raid Battle) are a type of battle that take place at Gyms in Pokémon GO which involve players battling 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 the wild Pokémon. As with Gyms, up to twenty trainers can join together to fight the Boss. After defeating the Boss, players are given the opportunity to catch the Raid Boss.

Raid Battle mechanics

Nearby Raid Battles

When the Raid Battle is initiated, players enter into a lobby and a two minute countdown period will begin. During this time, players can view other raid participant stats and can pick a team of six Pokémon to battle the Raid Boss. By default, the game will pick six Pokémon to fight, depending on the opponent's type, moves, as well as the player's Pokémon HP and stats. Players can also use certain bag items at this screen for bonuses or healing Pokémon.

During the raid, all normal battle techniques are available to the player. Should their team be defeated, the player will return to the lobby, where they can heal, return to the battle with another team, or wait it out for the other participants to defeat the opponent.

Upon defeating the Raid Boss, the players who participated in the Raid Battle will receive experience (personal and for their Gym Badge), Premier Balls and other various items. The number of Premier Balls received is influenced by the team's performance in defeating the Raid Bosses, as well as any Friendship bonuses available. Only Premier Balls can be used to catch the Raid Boss, and the Raid Boss will flee when all Premier Balls have run out.

There are five levels of raids with Pokémon that increase in strength, starting at one star for basic Pokémon that can usually be defeated by a single player, up to five stars for Legendary Pokémon that require players to work together to defeat.

Raid rewards

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After defeating the Raid Boss, players will receive a bundle of items, which can include Super / Hyper Potions, Rare Candies, Revives, Golden Razz Berries, and Fast or Charged TMs. The chance of receiving rarer items increases with higher leveled Raid Battles. The number of item bundles received also increases with the difficulty of the Raid Battle, as well as the number of Premier Balls that the player had received for defeating the Raid Boss.

List of Raid Bosses

Currently, raids are the only way for players to encounter Mawile, Alolan Raichu, and Alolan Marowak. The remaining Pokémon tend to cycle and change depending on the latest updates and any currently running events.

Raid Boss Pokémon that are currently available are highlighted with a gray background.

Tier 1 GO Raid Boss icon.png

Tier 1 and 2 Raid Egg
Pokémon Boss CP Status
Bulbasaur GO001.png 3757* Unavailable
Ivysaur GO002.png 5238* Unavailable
Charmander GO004.png 3380* Unavailable
Charmeleon GO005.png 5085* Unavailable
Squirtle GO007.png 3125* Unavailable
Wartortle GO008.png 4503 Unavailable
Metapod GO011.png 1534* Unavailable
Magnemite GO081.png 5141 Unavailable
Shellder GO090.png 3916* Unavailable
Drowzee GO096.png 3350* Unavailable
Magikarp GO129.png 1077* Unavailable
Omanyte GO138.png 5724* Unavailable
Kabuto GO140.png 5311* Unavailable
Dratini GO147.png 3426* Unavailable
Chikorita GO152.png 3067 Unavailable
Bayleef GO153.png 4375 Unavailable
Cyndaquil GO155.png 3380* Unavailable
Quilava GO156.png 5085* Unavailable
Totodile GO158.png 3700* Unavailable
Croconaw GO159.png 8771* Unavailable
Mareep GO179.png 3063 Unavailable
Sunkern GO191.png 1434* Unavailable
Yanma GO193.png 4321* Unavailable
Wingull GO278.png 2583 Current
Makuhita GO296.png 2319 Unavailable
Meditite GO307.png 2516 Unavailable
Plusle GO311.png 5349 Current
Minun GO312.png 5097 Current
Wailmer GO320.png 3369 Unavailable
Swablu GO333.png 2766* Unavailable
Lileep GO345.png 3821* Unavailable
Anorith GO347.png 5017* Unavailable
Shuppet GO353.png 3352* Current
Duskull GO355.png 2770 Current
Snorunt GO361.png 2825 Unavailable
Bidoof GO399.png 2182 Unavailable
Kricketot GO401.png 1386 Unavailable
Shinx GO403.png 2873 Unavailable
Buneary GO427.png 3890 Unavailable
Buizel GO418.png 3260 Unavailable
Drifloon GO425.png 3151 Unavailable

Tier 2 GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Pokémon Boss CP Status
Sandslash GO028.png 11520* Unavailable
Venomoth GO049.png 10572* Unavailable
Primeape GO057.png 11876* Unavailable
Tentacruel GO073.png 12190* Unavailable
Slowbro GO080.png 11776* Unavailable
Magneton GO082.png 14172* Unavailable
Dewgong GO087.png 9053* Unavailable
Muk GO089.png 12269* Unavailable
Cloyster GO091.png 15678* Unavailable
Exeggutor GO103.png 13839* Unavailable
Alolan Exeggutor GO103A.png 13472* Unavailable
Marowak GO105.png 9891* Unavailable
Lickitung GO108.png 6433 Unavailable
Weezing GO110.png 12318* Unavailable
Electabuzz GO125.png 11886* Unavailable
Magmar GO126.png 12718* Unavailable
Lanturn GO171.png 8421 Unavailable
Sudowoodo GO185.png 11269* Unavailable
Misdreavus GO200.png 10038* Unavailable
Pineco GO204.png 6621* Unavailable
Sneasel GO215.png 10981* Unavailable
Magcargo GO219.png 9778* Unavailable
Grovyle GO253.png 9218 Current
Combusken GO256.png 8610 Current
Marshtomp GO259.png 8825 Current
Kirlia GO281.png 5738* Current
Nosepass GO299.png 6519* Unavailable
Sableye GO302.png 8132* Current
Mawile GO303.png 9008* Current
Manectric GO310.png 11628 Unavailable
Roselia GO315.png 10887* Unavailable

Tier 3 GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Tier 3 and 4 Raid Egg
Pokémon Boss CP Status
Alolan Raichu GO026A.png 15380* Unavailable
Ninetales GO038.png 14914* Unavailable
Arcanine GO059.png 17832 Unavailable
Alakazam GO065.png 22646* Unavailable
Machamp GO068.png 17990* Unavailable
Gengar GO094.png 19359* Unavailable
Onix GO095.png 9534* Unavailable
Hitmonlee GO106.png 19679* Unavailable
Hitmonchan GO107.png 17164* Unavailable
Tangela GO114.png 16085* Unavailable
Starmie GO121.png 17384 Unavailable
Scyther GO123.png 17358 Unavailable
Jynx GO124.png 16795* Unavailable
Pinsir GO127.png 19449* Unavailable
Vaporeon GO134.png 15985* Unavailable
Jolteon GO135.png 18988* Unavailable
Flareon GO136.png 19911* Unavailable
Porygon GO137.png 11419* Unavailable
Omastar GO139.png 18915* Unavailable
Kabutops GO141.png 19004* Unavailable
Aerodactyl GO142.png 17294* Unavailable
Azumarill GO184.png 8989* Unavailable
Espeon GO196.png 20837 Unavailable
Umbreon GO197.png 12332 Unavailable
Granbull GO210.png 15328* Unavailable
Shuckle GO213.png 3553 Unavailable
Piloswine GO221.png 13278* Unavailable
Skarmory GO227.png 13944 Unavailable
Donphan GO232.png 17738* Unavailable
Breloom GO286.png 13695* Unavailable
Sharpedo GO319.png 13989 Unavailable
Lunatone GO337.png 13701* Current
Solrock GO338.png 13701* Current
Crawdaunt GO342.png 16402 Current
Claydol GO344.png 13261* Current

Tier 4 GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Pokémon Boss CP Status
Venusaur GO003.png 26921* Unavailable
Charizard GO006.png 28485* Unavailable
Blastoise GO009.png 24162* Unavailable
Nidoqueen GO031.png 23216* Unavailable
Nidoking GO034.png 24873* Unavailable
Poliwrath GO062.png 24247* Unavailable
Victreebel GO071.png 23780* Unavailable
Golem GO076.png 28564* Unavailable
Alolan Exeggutor GO103A.png 27501 Unavailable
Alolan Marowak GO105A.png 19522* Unavailable
Rhydon GO112.png 27992* Unavailable
Lapras GO131.png 21430* Unavailable
Snorlax GO143.png 25419* Unavailable
Feraligatr GO160.png 27740* Unavailable
Togetic GO176.png 19266* Unavailable
Ursaring GO217.png 27409 Unavailable
Houndoom GO229.png 26099* Unavailable
Tyranitar GO248.png 34323* Unavailable
Shiftry GO275.png 21713 Current
Aggron GO306.png 310422* Current
Absol GO359.png 26262 Current
Walrein GO365.png 23578 Unavailable
Metagross GO376.png 36720 Current

Tier 5 GO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.pngGO Raid Boss icon.png

Legendary Raid Egg
Pokémon Boss CP Status
Articuno GO144.png 37603* Unavailable
Zapdos GO145.png 42691* Unavailable
Moltres GO146.png 41953* Unavailable
Mewtwo* GO150.png 60510* Unavailable
Raikou GO243.png 42932* Unavailable
Entei GO244.png 38628* Unavailable
Suicune GO245.png 34471 Unavailable
Lugia GO249.png 42753* Unavailable
Ho-Oh GO250.png 48276* Unavailable
Regirock GO377.png 41777* Unavailable
Regice GO378.png 41777* Unavailable
Registeel GO379.png 30596 Unavailable
Latias GO380.png 45704* Unavailable
Latios GO381.png 49322* Unavailable
Kyogre GO382.png 49671* Current
Groudon GO383.png 49671* Current
Rayquaza GO384.png 45468 Unavailable
Giratina GO487.png 34987 Unavailable
Cresselia GO488.png 30849 Unavailable
Heatran GO485.png 44905 Unavailable

Location specific 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 tier 4 Bosses.

Pokémon Boss CP
Pikachu GO025.png 11845
Meowth GO052.png 9079
Dragonite GO149.png 35383
Wobbuffet GO202.png 7144

Mewtwo was also available during the event on August 14, 2017 at Yokohama Stadium, and marked the first time that it had become available to players. It was classified as a tier 5 Raid Boss.

Pokémon Boss CP
Mewtwo GO150.png 49430

EX Raids

An EX Raid Pass

These are exclusive raids given out by invitation only to players that have raided at an EX Raid Gym at some point in the previous week. These EX Raid Gyms are generally situated at sponsored Gyms or a Gym in a park-related area, and can be identified by a label on the top left 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.

EX Raid Boss Boss CP Availability
Mewtwo* GO150.png 49430 September 2017 - September 2018
(Normal Forme)
GO386.png 45891 October 1 - January 4, 2019
(Attack Forme)
GO386A.png 37460 January 4, 2019 onward

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.

Pokémon Boss CP Special move Availability
Articuno GO144.png 37603 None July 7, 2018
Zapdos GO145.png 42691 Thunder Shock July 21, 2018
Moltres GO146.png 41953 Sky Attack September 8, 2018
Gengar GO094.png 31256* Lick, Psychic November 3, 2018

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

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