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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 (evolved forms included). All Trainers will also receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost.

List of Special Raid Challenges

Pokémon Date Time Notes
Nidorino party hat Nidorino
Gengar party hat Gengar
March 1st, 2020[1] Local time 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tier 2 (Nidorino)
Tier 4 (Gengar)
Part of Pokémon Day 2020
Gengar knew Lick and Psychic
Lickitung Lickitung February 15th, 2020[2] Local time 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tier 4
Part of Valentine's Day 2020
Knew Body Slam (includes Lickilicky)
All forms of the Kanto Starters December 7th, 2019[3] Local time 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tier 1, 2, 4 of each evolution
Part of Evolution Event
Suicune Suicune August 17th, 2019[4][5] Local time 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tier 5
Part of Global Challenge
Entei Entei July 14th, 2019[6] Local time 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tier 5
Part of Global Challenge
Raikou Raikou June 29th, 2019[7][8] Local time 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tier 5
Part of Global Challenge
Lapras Lapras The Americas, Greenland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: May 25th, 2019
Asia-Pacific: May 26th, 2019[9]
Local time 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tier 4
Knew Ice Shard and Ice Beam
Gengar Gengar November 3rd, 2018[10] Asia-Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Tier 4
Knew Lick and Psychic
Moltres Moltres September 8th, 2018[11] Asia-Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Tier 5
Part of Global Challenge
Knew Sky Attack
Zapdos Zapdos July 21st, 2018[12] Asia-Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Tier 5
Part of Global Challenge
Knew Thunder Shock
Articuno Articuno July 7th, 2018[13] Asia-Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Tier 5
Part of Global Challenge
Only Articuno obtained in Japan rescheduled event knew Hurricane

Trivia

See also

References

  1. Celebrate Pokémon Day 2020 with Pokémon GO!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-02-24.
  2. Pokémon GO Valentine’s Day Celebration 2020. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-02-14.
  3. Celebrate the power of change with the Evolution Event!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-12-04.
  4. Are you ready for Professor Willow’s Global Challenge?. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-06-19.
  5. An eventful summer wraps up at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Yokohama. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-08-17.
  6. Summer Adventures Continue at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-07-09.
  7. Congrats on unlocking all Spark’s Global Challenge bonuses, Trainers!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-06-19.
  8. Summer Adventures Begin at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-06-19.
  9. Jump-start your summer with Extraordinary Raid Week!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-05-16.
  10. Gengar steals the spotlight in a Special Raid Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-10-25.
  11. Unlock Moltres Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-08-30.
  12. Unlock Zapdos Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-07-27.
  13. Unlock Articuno Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-07-02.
  14. NianticHelp. Nidorino and Gengar Raid Day has been canceled in Japan, South Korea, and Italy. Please stay tuned to our channels for updates.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2020-02-29.
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