An EX Raid Battle, formerly Exclusive Raid Battle, is the same as a regular Raid Battle, but it is invite-only. These raid battles only occur in EX Raid Gyms. Trainers must obtain an EX Raid Pass, prior to entering battle.
EX Raid Battles are similar to existing Raid Battles, with a few notable differences. EX raids periodically appear at EX Raid Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers are invited to join an EX Raid Battle. To receive an invitation to participate in an EX Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the EX Raid Battle will be taking place. The invitations include advance warning of when the EX Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.
Mewtwo was the first Pokémon to be featured in EX Raid Battle since September 2017 until September 2018. Then Deoxys became the new EX Raid Boss starting in October 2018. Starting from Deoxys Raid, trainers can invite their Ultra or Best Friends to join the battle.
The eligibility requirements for an EX Raid Battle are the following: frequency, times, locations, and duration of a Raid Battle. These factors will increase a Trainer's chance of being invited to an EX Raid Battle.
A scheduled EX Raid can be cancelled at any time. Trainers who receive a cancellation notice will receive five Premium Battle Passes and 50,000 Stardust as consolation. When cancellation originally occurred, Trainers received two Raid Passes and 1,000 Stardust as consolation. It should be noted that players who cannot participate in their scheduled EX Raid will not receive any items.
List of Pokémon that have been in EX Raids
- November 18th, 2019 - March 15th 2020: Regigigas
- Since October 5th, 2019: Mewtwo with Shadow Ball
- Since July 1st, 2019: Deoxys Speed Forme
- Since March 27th, 2019: Deoxys Defense Forme
- Since December 28th, 2018: Deoxys Attack Forme
- Since October 1st, 2018: Deoxys Normal Forme
- Since September 6th, 2017: Mewtwo
Max capture CP 2,387 CP 2,984 CP
Max capture CP 1,806 CP 2,257 CP
Max capture CP 1,474 CP 1,842 CP
Max capture CP 1,299 CP 1,624 CP
Max capture CP 1,645 CP 2,056 CP
Max capture CP 2,483 CP 3,104 CP
- The first EX Raid Battles were expected to take place as early as September 6th, 2017.
- Despite similar naming, EX Raid Battles have nothing to do with Pokémon-EX in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Although the EX Raid Battle banner and medal feature Lugia's head, this Pokémon has never been featured in an EX Raid Battle.
- EX Raid Bosses have a base capture rate of 6%.
- The number of EX Raid-eligible Gyms greatly increased on October 10th, 2019.
- NianticHelp. Trainers, for community safety, we will be temporarily halting invites for EX Raids. Those who currently have invites will be able to complete their EX Raids, but for the time being, new invites will not be issued.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2020-03-14.
- Mewtwo Coming to Exclusive Raid Battles Soon!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-08-14.
- The Mythical Pokémon Deoxys Transforms EX Raids!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-09-19.
- Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune and an EX Raid Battle Field Test Coming Soon. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-08-31.
- Rewards from a cancelled EX Raid have been buffed!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-11-29.
- EX Gym Cancelled after portal associated with it in Ingress was reported and remove from Ingress. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-06-07.
- EX Map Updated!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-10-10.