Niantic has recently released a large expansion for Pokémon Go. The update has totally changed the dynamics of gym battles and introduced new Raids system. Raids are cooperative battles in which you work with other trainers to defeat a powerful Pokémon and earn rare rewards.

Requirements to Participate in a Raid Battles

Before you can play in a Raid, your trainer needs to reach level 5. The process is very simple and quick: just visit Pokéstops and capture monsters to add the experience you need.

From this, the Raids can happen arbitrarily in any gym, and are marked by the symbol of an egg and a clock at the top of the building. When this happens, the little monsters that inhabited the place will be returned to their original trainers.


Use the Raid Passes

Along with the Raids came a new item called Raid Passes, which is mandatory to play and should be used at the beginning of all cooperative battles. Luckily, it's pretty easy to get it, since you just have to visit a gym at any time.

The new gyms work like Pokéstops, so click the icon at the bottom right of the screen and rotate the center symbol to win items. Once a day, the gyms give away the Raid Passes for free.


Gym Shields

In Raids, you must defeat bosses, the most powerful Pokémon in the game, which add up to tens of thousands of PCs (Combat Points). Bosses are divided into four levels of challenge, with level one being the weakest, and level four the most challenging. They Are:

Level 1: Bayleef, Croconaw, Magikarp and Quilava
Level 2: Electabuzz, Exeggutor, Magmar and Muk and Weezing
Level 3: Alakazam, Arcanine, Flareon, Gengar, Jolteon, Machamp and Vaporeon
Level 4: Blastoise, Charizard, Lapras, Rhydon, Snorlax, Tyranitar and Venusaur.

How to defeat them and the Best Pokémon for Raid battles

Although any little monster can participate in Raids, it is advisable to climb their Pokémon with bigger PC. In addition, certain types and scams operate more effectively against bosses, as shown in the following table:

Boss - Best Pokémon to defeat him
Magikarp - Use a Jolteon or Venusaur
Bayleef - Charizard or Flareon
Quilava - Rhydon or Golem
Croconaw - Jolteon or Venusaur
Muk - Rhydydon or Golem
Exeggutor - Pinsir or Flareon
Weezing - Rhydon or Golem
Electabuzz - Rhydon or Golem
Magmar - Rhydon or Golem
Machamp - Alakazam or Espeon
Alakazam - Tyranitar or Gengar
Arcanine - Rhydon or Golem
Gengar - Tyranitar or Alakazam
Vaporeon - Exeggutor or Venusaur
Flareon - Rhydon or Golem
Jolteon - Rhydon or Golem
Tyranitar - Machamp or Vaporeon
Snorlax - Machamp or Dragonair
Rhydon - Vaporeon or Exeggutor
Lapras - Machamp or Jolteon
Charizard - Golem or Tyranitar
Venusaur - Dragonair or Charizard
Blastoise - Jolteon or Exeggutor

Rewards for Victory

Raid's battles work with a time limit, so you and your fellow combatants must defeat the boss in as much as 176 seconds. Don’t waste the opportunity and plan your team well.

If you can beat Raid, the trainer will earn 3,000 experience points and Premier balls according to your participation in the fight. The more damage you cause, the more Premier balls you gain. As a bonus, these balls are the only ones capable of capturing the boss who has just been defeated.

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