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The Special Raid Challenge is a special event that is hosted during a three-hour window and features a Pokémon as Raid Boss. This Pokémon may know one or more limited or legacy attacks and also have a chance to be shiny. All Trainers will also receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost.

List of Special Raid Challenges

  • Articuno was available as a tier 5 Raid Boss on July 7th, 2018, as a part of Global Challenge 2018.[1]
    • Only Articuno obtained in Japan rescheduled event knew the charged attack Hurricane.
  • Zapdos was available as a tier 5 Raid Boss on July 21st, 2018, as a part of Global Challenge.[2]
    • All Zapdos obtained during the three-hour window knew the fast attack Thunder Shock.
  • Moltres was available as a tier 5 Raid Boss on September 8th, 2018, as a part of Global Challenge.[3]
    • All Moltres obtained during the three-hour window knew the charged attack Sky Attack.
  • Gengar was available as a tier 4 Raid Boss on November 3rd, 2018.[4]
    • All Gengar obtained during the three-hour window knew the fast attack Lick[5] and the charged attack Psychic.[6]
  • Lapras was available as a tier 4 Raid Boss on May 25th, 2019.[7]
    • All Lapras obtained during the three-hour window knew the fast attack Ice Shard and the charged attack Ice Beam.[8]
  • Raikou was available as a tier 5 Raid Boss on June 29th, 2019, as a part of a reward for Spark's Global Challenge.[9][10]
  • Entei was available as a tier 5 Raid Boss on July 14th, 2019, as a part of a reward for Candela's Global Challenge.[11]
  • Suicune was available as a tier 5 Raid Boss on August 17th, 2019, as a part of a reward for Blanche's Global Challenge.[12][13]

Event dates

Pokémon Location Date Duration
Articuno Asia-Pacific Sat, Jul 7, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India Sat, Jul 7, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland Sat, Jul 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Zapdos Asia-Pacific Sat, Jul 21, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India Sat, Jul 21, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland Sat, Jul 21, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Moltres Asia-Pacific Sat, Sep 8, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India Sat, Sep 8, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland Sat, Sep 8, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Gengar Asia-Pacific Sat, Nov 3, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India Sat, Nov 3, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland Sat, Nov 3, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Lapras The Americas, Greenland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India Sat, May 25, 2019 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time)
Asia-Pacific Sun, May 26, 2019 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time)
Raikou World-wide Sat, June 29, 2019 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
Entei World-wide Sun, July 14, 2019 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
Suicune World-wide Sat, August 17, 2019 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)

See also

References

  1. Unlock Articuno Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-07-02.
  2. Unlock Zapdos Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-07-27.
  3. Unlock Moltres Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-08-30.
  4. Gengar steals the spotlight in a Special Raid Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-10-25.
  5. ReversalOnYouTube. (2018, October 26). Gengar's SECOND Exclusive Move for Gengar Day will be LICK!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-10-26.
  6. Take on Gengar in a Special Raid Challenge!. Pokémon.com. Retrieved on 2018-10-25.
  7. Jump-start your summer with Extraordinary Raid Week!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-05-16.
  8. Trainer Tips. (2019, May 16). Additional info from Niantic on Lapras raid day: Legacy moves Ice Shard and Ice Beam will be available!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-05-16.
  9. Congrats on unlocking all Spark’s Global Challenge bonuses, Trainers!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-06-19.
  10. Summer Adventures Begin at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-06-19.
  11. Summer Adventures Continue at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-07-09.
  12. Are you ready for Professor Willow’s Global Challenge?. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-06-19.
  13. An eventful summer wraps up at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Yokohama. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-08-17.
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