Pokemon GO: Pocket guide to raids0
Every gamer out there is familiar with the term “raid”, but for people who aren't that much into gaming, let us explain – it's an event in which a number of players come together to face a boss battle which would be too hard for solo players.
But what exactly do these raids mean for Pokemon GO, and how do you make the most of them? Here's the quick version of all you need to know.
Where to find raids in Pokemon GO?
How do raid battles work?
When someone initiates a raid battle, they can either choose to enter a private group, or they can enter a public one. Private groups are protected by a password that consists of three Pokemon. For example, a friend that wants to join your private group, might have to enter three Bulbasaurs as a password.
Then, players will be given two minutes to prepare for the battle, choose their Pokemon, heal them if necessary, and so on. Once the battle itself starts, it works exactly as a gym battle – players can use their Normal and Charged attacks, as well as dodge sideways.
The only difference between gym battles and raids is that players from different teams can work together to bring the boss down.
Are all raid battles equal?
The easiest tiers are Tier 1 and Tier 2, which start from a pink egg. Some high-level players can even beat these bosses on their own. The tougher battles come from a yellow egg, and are Tier 3 and Tier 4. The hardest battles will be against Legendary Pokemon (once they're rolled out). These are hatched from a Dark Egg and are Tier 5.
How to win raid battles?
Once you're in the battle, don't bother dodging. If you're in a big enough group, you all have plenty of monsters to battle the boss, so just spam it with attacks and go for the highest damage per second possible.
What rewards do raids offer?
Additional rewards include Fast and Charged Technical Machines. These are used to change the attacks of a single Pokemon once, for a random one from the pool of possible moves for the specific monster.
Raid battles could also award you Rare Candy (which can be exchanged for any Pokemon candy you want) and Golden Razz Berry (a more powerful version of the regular Razz Berry).