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.
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. Don’t worry if you miss a chance to join a Raid Battle as they happen frequently.
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.
Joining a Raid Battle
Once the Egg hatches, the raid begins and you have one hour 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.
To join a raid, you’ll first need a Raid Pass. There are two types of Passes: Raid Passes and Premium 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. If you have already used your Raid Pass, you can purchase a Premium Raid Pass from the Shop.
Join the Battle
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.