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A Raid Battle is a special event that takes place within a Gym in Pokémon GO.[1]


A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages Trainers to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, all Pokémon assigned to the Gym will return to their owners, and a large egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.[1]

There is also a special Raid called an EX Raid Battle is an invitation-only. A trainer will receive a notification along with with time, date and location; along with an EX Raid Pass to gain entry into the Raid.

They seem to only run between 6:00AM (starting time) and 9:00PM local time.

Raid PassesEdit

Main article: Raid Passes
Raid Passes

Raid Passes

Before a Trainer can battle the Raid Boss, they'll need a Raid Pass. Trainers can receive one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but can only hold one at a time. A Premium Raid Pass may also be purchased from the in-game Shop.[1]

Raid BossesEdit

Main article: Raid Boss

Upon using a Raid Pass to join the battle, the Trainer and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If a Raid Boss is successfully defeated within the five-minute time limit, those Trainers have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of their own.[1]

Raid EggsEdit

Raid Eggs are a special type of Pokémon Eggs which hatch a Raid Bosses. Upon the beginning of the Raid Battle, a Raid Egg will be placed atop the Gym. A countdown will display the time until the Egg hatches and the battle begins.[1][2]

A Raid Egg will usually appear one to two hours before it will hatch. The Raid tab on the Sightings view will denote the hatch time in 24-hour clock or military time. Once the egg hatches, the Raid Boss will become available for battling for the next hour.


There are three tiers of Raid Eggs – Normal, Rare, and Legendary.

Egg Type Description
Egg Raid Normal
Normal Hatches a level 1 or 2 Raid Boss.
Egg Raid Rare
Rare Hatches a level 3 or 4 Raid Boss.
Egg Raid Legendary
Legendary Hatches a level 5 Raid Boss.


After defeating a Raid Boss, Trainers receive a collection of rewards, including some new items obtained only by defeating a Raid Boss: Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and Technical Machines.

Potions Rare Candy Berries Technical Machines
Super Potion Hyper Potion Rare Candy Golden Razz Berry Charged TM Fast TM

Bonus ChallengeEdit

After successfully defeating the Raid Boss and being rewarded with Items, there are Raid Battle statistics shown to Trainer with amount of Premier Balls given to them. The player can then go to the Bonus Challange, which is an opportunity to catch the Raid Boss as if it were a Pokémon in the wild, but with a significant difference. The player does not have their currently owned Poké Balls for use but only the Premier Balls that they have been rewarded for performance in won Raid Battle.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Raid Battles and New Gym Features are Coming!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-06-19.
  2. Raid Battles. Niantic Support. Retrieved on 2017-06-19.