Raid Hour is an hour-long global event during which one particular Pokémon or a group of Pokémon appears more frequently in Raids. Raid Hours may feature new, rare, Legendary, or Mythical Pokémon as Raid Bosses, sometimes with exclusive moves.

Read this article to learn more about Raid Battles and how they work.


When preparing for a Raid Hour, keep these tips in mind:

  • Ensure your device is set to automatically detect your time zone.

  • Set your GPS settings to the highest accuracy possible to ensure Pokémon GO can precisely locate where you are.

  • Ensure your internet connection is as strong as possible. We recommend disconnecting from Wi-Fi so your connection stays stable as you walk around.

  • Collect your daily free Raid Pass by spinning the Photo Disk at any Gym.

  • Raid Hours usually feature difficult Bosses, so it’s best to take them on with a group of friends.

  • Check the featured Pokémon’s Types and prepare a Battle Party in advance to ensure your Attacks are super effective and your Pokémon resist the Bosses’ attacks.


To learn about upcoming Raid Hours, keep an eye on our in-game news and follow our official social media channels. You can also turn on push notifications for “Events, Offers, and Updates” in your Pokémon GO’s Settings menu.

To turn on push notifications:

  1. From the Map View, tap Main Menu  button

  2. At the top right, tap Settings  

  3. Tap Notifications

  4. Scroll to Push Notifications and enable Events, Offers, and Updates