Raid Emblem

Raid emblem

A Raid Boss or Boss Pokémon is an extremely powerful Pokémon that has very high CP. It hatches from a egg which appears atop a Gym upon the beginning of the Raid Battle. A countdown will display the time until the egg hatches and the battle begins.


Upon using a Raid Pass to join the battle, the Trainer and up to 19 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If a Raid Boss is successfully defeated within the three-minute time limit, or five-minute for Legendary Raids, those Trainers have the chance to catch a decently powerful Pokémon of their own.[1][2]

A Raid Boss can battled as many times before it is either defeated or the 45-minute time limit expires.

List of Raid Bosses

Main article: List of current Raid Bosses

There are a limited number of Pokémon that can be possible Raid Bosses. The pool of available Raid Boss Pokémon have been changing since the feature release.

Main article: List of former Raid Bosses

Additionally, in past events, there have been exclusive Raid Bosses that cannot normally be encountered at Gyms.

Raid Boss CP formula

The formula is identical to the traditional CP Formula; except the stamina and CP scalar portion in the divisor are replaced with a tier scalar which represents the Raid Boss's HP and the IVs for attack and defense are fixed to 15 (maximum IV value).

$ {BCP = \frac{(Base Atk + 15) ~ \times ~ \sqrt{Base Def + 15} ~ \times ~ \sqrt{TierScalar}}{10}} $

Where TierScalar is:

  • Tier 1: 600
  • Tier 2: 1,800
  • Tier 3: 3,000
  • Tier 4: 7,500
  • Tier 5: 12,500


  • The Raid Boss icon is based off of Rhydon's face — who was the first Pokémon designed and programmed into the original game.[3] There are also various Rhydon statutes that can be found throughout the game as well.
  • On November 4th, 2017, the raid bosses were rotated for the first time.[4]
  • During Pokémon GO Park and Pokémon GO Stadium event in Yokohama, for the first time in game, there were several event-exclusive Raid Boss Pokémon available.


  1. Raid Battles and New Gym Features are Coming!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-06-19.
  2. Raid Battles. Niantic Support. Retrieved on 2017-06-19.
  3. Bulbasaur Isn't Neccesarily The First Pokémon. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2017-06-20.
  4. New Raid Bosses Collection Thread. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2017-11-04.