October 14, 2022

Introducing: Elite Raids

Introducing: Elite Raids

Introducing: Elite Raids


Mysterious Raid Eggs with 24-hour timers have begun appearing around the world!

What could this mean?!

Gather your friends to take on Hoopa Unbound!

Hoopa Unbound will appear in a new type of Raid Battle—Elite Raids!

Hoopa Unbound

What are Elite Raids?

  • Elite Raids are a new, challenging variety of Raid Battles. They appear from special Raid Eggs that take 24 hours to hatch. Once the Raid Egg has hatched, a Raid Boss appears for 30 minutes—but take note that Elite Raid Bosses can only be battled in-person. Gather up your friends and prepare for an epic confrontation!
  • Defeat Hoopa Unbound, and you’ll earn an opportunity to catch it.
  • Remember, Trainers will not be able to participate in Elite Raids using Remote Raid Passes.
Please note that the first of these raids will begin at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., or 5:00 p.m. local time on October 16th, 2022, depending on when their Raid Eggs appear.

Elite Raids will appear again!

Look forward to another Elite Raid appearing during the Season of Light!

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