Wed 17th Oct, 2018 13:00 BST: Updated with the recent gen 4 raid bosses and the best counters. We've also streamlined the counters by only including the best three. That way there's a bit less clutter.


Raids in Pokémon GO require teamwork from all nearby players to bring down powerful Pokémon known as Raid Bosses.

Not only do these battles provide exclusive rewards, but they're also a reliable method of grabbing Pokémon that you don't see very often, like Legendary Pokémon.

In this guide, we'll go through exactly how Raids work and list all of the current Raid Bosses. The Pokémon that appear as Raid Bosses change regularly, and we'll keep this guide updated so you know what to expect.

Raid Bosses In Pokémon GO

Tier One Raid Bosses

Appearance Raid Boss Boss CP Min Captured CP Max Captured CP Capture Rate Best Counters
Buneary 3,890 669 719 50%
  1. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
  2. Toxicroak (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  3. Gallade (Low Kick / Close Combat)
Shinx 2,873 458 500 50%
  1. Garchomp (Mud Shot / Earthquake)
  2. Rhyperior (Mud-Slap / Earthquake)
  3. Mamoswine (Mud-Slap / Bulldoze)
Kricketot 1,386 200 229 50%
  1. Rampardos (Smack Down / Rock Slide)
  2. Magmortar (Fire Spin / Fire Blast)
  3. Mewtwo (Confusion / Flamethrower)
Bidoof 2,182 373 412 50%
  1. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
  2. Toxicroak (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  3. Gallade (Low Kick / Close Combat)

Tier Two Raid Bosses

Appearance Raid Boss Boss CP Min Captured CP Max Captured CP Capture Rate Best Counters
Alolan Exeggutor 13,671 1,570 1,646 20%
  1. Yanmega (Bug Bite / Bug Buzz)
  2. Weavile (Feint Attack / Avalanche)
  3. Roserade (Poison Jab / Sludge Bomb)
Mawile 9,403 793 848 50%
  1. Magmortar (Fire Spin / Fire Blast)
  2. Infernape (Fire Spin / Flamethrower)
  3. Garchomp (Mud Shot / Earthquake)
Kirlia 6,005 440 481 10%
  1. Roserade (Poison Jab / Sludge Bomb)
  2. Mismagius (Hex / Shadow Ball)
  3. Lucario (Bullet Punch / Shadow Ball)
Sneasel 11,350 1,005 1,067 20%
  1. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
  2. Toxicroak (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  3. Gallade (Low Kick / Close Combat)
Lickitung 6,433 703 755 20%
  1. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
  2. Toxicroak (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  3. Gallade (Low Kick / Close Combat)

Tier Three Raid Bosses

Appearance Raid Boss Boss CP Min Captured CP Max Captured CP Capture Rate Best Counters
Alolan Raichu 16,178 1,158 1,224 10%
  1. Groudon (Mud Shot / Earthquake)
  2. Rayquaza (Dragon Tail / Outrage)
  3. Salamence (Dragon Tail / Draco Meteor)
Piloswine 13,663 1,237 1,305 12.5%
  1. Roserade (Razor Leaf / Solar Beam)
  2. Magmortar (Fire Spin / Fire Blast)
  3. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
Porygon 11,419 840 895 40%
  1. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
  2. Toxicroak (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  3. Gallade (Low Kick / Close Combat)
Tangela 16,085 1,195 1,262 40%
  1. Roserade (Poison Jab / Sludge Bomb)
  2. Magmortar (Fire Spin / Fire Blast)
  3. Mamoswine (Powder Snow / Avalanche)
Machamp 18,144 1,574 1,650 10%
  1. Mewtwo (Confusion / Thunderbolt)
  2. Gallade (Confusion / Psychic)
  3. Togekiss (Air Slash / Dazzling Gleam)

Tier Four Raid Bosses

Appearance Raid Boss Boss CP Min Captured CP Max Captured CP Capture Rate Best Counters
Alolan Marowak 20,190 908 966 15%
  1. Kyogre (Waterfall / Hydro Pump)
  2. Sharpedo (Waterfall / Hydro Pump)
  3. Gyarados (Waterfall / Hydro Pump)
Absol 26,262 1,232 1,303 50%
  1. Breloom (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  2. Blaziken (Counter / Focus Blast)
  3. Machamp (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
Tyranitar 34,707 2,011 2,097 5%
  1. Breloom (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  2. Blaziken (Counter / Focus Blast)
  3. Machamp (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
Aggron 33,458 1,636 1,716 12.5%
  1. Lucario (Counter / Close Combat)
  2. Toxicroak (Counter / Dynamic Punch)
  3. Garchomp (Mud Shot / Earthquake)

Tier Five Raid Bosses

Appearance Raid Boss Boss CP Min Captured CP Max Captured CP Capture Rate Best Counters
Mewtwo 49,430 2,184 2,275 6%
  1. Gengar (Shadow Claw / Shadow Ball)
  2. Haunter (Lick / Shadow Ball)
  3. Mewtwo (Psycho Cut / Shadow Ball)
Deoxys (Normal Forme) 45,891 1,485 1,570 6%
  1. Mewtwo (Psycho Cut / Shadow Ball)
  2. Tyranitar (Bite / Crunch)
  3. Gengar (Shadow Claw / Shadow Ball)

How Raids Work In Pokémon GO

How To Start A Raid

You must be at least trainer level five and own a Raid Pass to join a Raid. You can grab one of these daily by visiting a gym, or by purchasing one from within the game for 100 PokéCoins.

When a raid is about to begin, a large egg will appear over a nearby Gym, along with a counter. Once that counter reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed and it's time to make your way to the Gym.

Once there, redeem your Raid Pass and you'll enter a lobby where you can join a team made up of nearby players. This is also the time to pick your party of Pokémon, and ideally you pick those that will counter that particular Raid Boss.

Once you're all happy, the Raid will begin and you'll have five minutes to defeat the Raid Boss and reap the rewards. Raids play very similarly to Gym Battles, with you tapping to pull off your Pokémon's variety of moves.

Don't worry if you fail on your first attempt though. Once a Raid Pass is redeemed, you have an hour to try and defeat the Raid Boss. Fail and you can tweak your Pokémon and start all over again as many times as you want until that hour is up.

Raid Rewards

Beat a Raid Boss and you get a chance to catch it. This chance varies depending on the Boss, and can be as high as 70% or as low as 2%.

You can't use your regular Poké Balls though. Instead, you'll receive a bunch of Premier Balls based on different variables:

Action Number of Poké Balls Received
Defeat Raid Boss 5
Deal Damage 1 - 3
Team Damage 1 - 3
Gym Control 0 - 2
Friendship Level 0 - 4

You also get a bunch of other goodies, like Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and TMs.

Raid Boss Tiers

There are five different tiers of Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, and each tier denotes the difficulty. Here's a handy chart to help break it all down.

Tier Egg Number of Players
1 Pink Can complete solo.
2 Pink Can complete solo.
3 Yellow Can complete with a small group of around five players.
4 Yellow Can complete with a small group of around five players.
5 Legendary Requires a large group of around 10-15 players.
EX Ex Raid Boss Requires a large group of around 10-15 players.

EX Raids

EX Raids are the most difficult type of Raid Battle in Pokémon GO – so tough, in fact, that they're invite only. You have to grab an EX Raid Pass that details when and where the EX raid will take place.

To earn an EX Raid Pass, you have to Raid often and level up your Gym Badges to max level. Right now, there's only one EX Raid Boss in Pokémon GO - MewTwo.