Raid Battles occur when a Boss Pokémon takes over a Gym. Your goal is to defeat this powerful Pokémon. If you and your fellow Trainers are successful, you’ll be rewarded with special items and a chance at catching that Pokémon. You cannot do it alone; you’ll need help from fellow Trainers to raid the Gym and (hopefully) prevail.
Raid Battles aren’t your typical Gym Battle; your opponent is more difficult to defeat than most other Pokémon. Raids have five tiers of difficulty, ranging from one to five. The higher the difficulty, the stronger the Raid Boss and the more players you’ll need in order to succeed.
The most exclusive raids are EX Raid Battles, where you’ll have an opportunity to catch the most sought after Pokémon. Unlike other raids, you need to be invited to attend an EX Raid at a specific Gym at a specific time. If you are selected to participate in an EX Raid, you will receive an invitation in advance so that you can coordinate and strategize for the chance at defeating the powerful EX Raid Boss.
Finding a Raid Battle
You’ll receive a notification of Raid Battles happening nearby. You can also use the Nearby feature to locate raids happening around you.
Before the raid begins, a Raid Egg will appear on top of the Gym. A countdown will display the time until the Egg hatches and the battle begins. Don't worry if you miss a chance to join a Raid Battle as they happen frequently.
To participate in EX Raid Battles, you need an EX Raid Pass. An EX Raid Pass serves as an invitation to join an EX Raid at a specified time and place. You will receive a notification when you receive an EX Raid Pass stating where and when your EX Raid will occur. You can review the details of your upcoming EX Raid by viewing the EX Raid Pass in your inventory.
Get a Raid Pass
Before you can join a raid, you’ll need a Raid Pass. There are three types of passes: Raid Passes, Premium Raid Passes, and EX Raid Passes.
You gain a Raid Pass by spinning the Photo Disc at a Gym. You can only hold one Raid Pass at a time, and you can only receive one per day. This pass grants access to Tier 1-5 Raid Battles.
|Premium Raid Pass
If you have already used your Raid Pass, you can participate in another Raid Battle by purchasing a Premium Raid Pass from the Shop. Unlike the Raid Pass, you can hold more than one Premium Raid Pass in your inventory at a time. Like the Raid Pass, the Premium Raid Pass also grants access to Tier 1-5 Raid Battles.
|EX Raid Pass
This pass grants you access to an EX Raid. This pass can only be used at a specific Gym at a specific time. To receive an EX Raid Pass, you must have successfully completed a raid recently by defeating a Raid Boss at the Gym where the EX Raid Battle will be taking place. To increase your chances of receiving an EX Raid Pass:
Joining a Raid Battle
Once the Egg hatches, the raid begins and you have 45 minutes to defeat the Boss. Any number of Trainers can join a raid, but only in groups of up to 20 Trainers. If you would like to be in the same group as your friends, you can join the raid privately. Otherwise, you will be automatically matched with other players nearby.
Join the Battle
Use Raid Pass
Pick your Pokémon
Battling in a raid
Once in the battle, you can perform one of three different actions:
Tap the screen to perform a Fast Attack. Fast Attacks recharge your Charged Attack meter.
Once your Charged Attack meter is full, press and hold to perform a Charged Attack. Charged Attack causes large amounts of damage.
Swipe to the left or to the right to dodge incoming attacks from the Raid Boss.
At any time during the battle, you can flee to heal your Pokémon using Potions or Revives and then rejoin the battle.
If you are not able to defeat the Boss in the battle, you may rejoin the raid and battle again. You won’t need to use another Raid Pass to rejoin; your pass will grant you access to the battle for the duration of the raid. You can join as many times as you’d like before the raid ends.
Defeating the Raid Boss
If you and your fellow Trainers are successful in defeating the Raid Boss, you’ll earn special items and a chance at catching the Pokémon. Special items may include Golden Razz Berries, Fast and Charged TM, and Rare Candy.
You’ll also receive a number of Premier Balls used for catching the Raid Boss. If Trainers on your Team made substantial progress in defeating the Boss, members of your Team will be rewarded with additional Premier Balls. You cannot use Great Balls or Ultra Balls here, you’ll only be able to use these Premier Balls to catch the Boss Pokémon. However, you can use Berries to help capture this Pokémon. Aim carefully - once all of your Premier Balls run out, the Boss will flee.
Once you have defeated the Boss, you won’t be able to interact with the Gym until the raid has completed. After the Raid Battle has completed, the Gym is restored to its state before the raid. Any Pokémon previously assigned to the Gym return to defend the location.