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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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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