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NOTE: Please keep in mind that Elite Raids do not have the greatest track record in functioning properly. This particular event in Pokemon GO has had a variety of errors and issues. It is unclear if this particular Elite Raid Day event will work as intended for Trainers across the globe.

A new Raid has appeared in Pokémon GO! Announced on Friday, October 14th, 2022 via the official Pokémon GO blog and official Pokémon GO social media channels, Trainers can now participate in Elite Raids. One big question though – what are Elite Raids?

Elite Raids are a new type of Raid Battle and as the name implies they’ll pack an extra challenge. Plus, instead of appearing with a countdown time of one hour or less, Elite Raid Eggs take 24 hours to hatch. When the Raid Egg does hatch, Trainers will only have 30 minutes to battle the Pokémon that hatched out of the Egg in hopes of defeating it for a catch encounter. Not only that, but these Raids can only accept in-person Raid Passes (which means no Remote Raid Passes).

Note: While Elite Raid Eggs take 24 hours to hatch, there have been instances where this isn’t the case. Due to Elite Raids taking place the day after Community Day, the appearance of some Elite Raids has been staggered so there are enough locations where the Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day event can take place.

Check out our guide below for 2023’s first Elite Raid as well as where you can get the necessary Raid Passes to participate in these Raids:


How to get a Raid Pass in Pokémon GO


Trainers who wish to partake in the event will have to use a Raid Pass at a Gym with an active Elite Raid. There are currently three Raid Pass types:


  • Raid Pass (orange) – The daily free Raid Pass. You can get one free in-game daily by spinning a Gym’s PokeStop.
  • Premium Battle Pass (green) – A Raid Pass that can be purchased with PokéCoins (Pokémon GO’s premium in-game currency). One costs 100 PokéCoins and can also be found in special bundles or included as bonus items for paid ticket events and more. This pass can also be used in Pokémon GO’s GO Battle League for premium rewards.
  • Remote Raid Pass (blue) – A special Raid Pass that can be purchased with PokéCoins.
    • As of May 23rd, 2022, they will not be included in the weekly box bundles for 1 PokéCoin.
    • As of April 6th, 2023, prices have increased. An individual Remote Raid Pass is 195 PokéCoins (previously 100 PokéCoins) and the 3-pack is 525 PokéCoins (previously 300 PokéCoins).
    • As of April 6th, 2023, Trainers can only use up to 5 Remote Raid Passes per day. The limit may be increased during special events. A number has yet to be announced.
    • Remote Raid Passes are available as Research Breakthrough rewards and more.


Note: Raid Pass and Premium Battle Pass items can only be used within 80 meters (262 feet) of a Gym.


How many Raid Passes can you get in a day?


Technically, there is no limit to how many Raid Passes you can acquire each day, but there is a limit depending on which Raid Pass type:


  • Raid Pass (orange) – You can only get one per day for free by spinning a Gym’s PokeStop.
  • Premium Battle Pass (green) – You can have as many Premium passes as you can purchase and hold in your inventory.
  • Remote Raid Pass (blue) – As of April 6th, 2023, you can only hold up to five at a time, but can buy more after using one. Yet, you are limited to participating in 5 Remote Raids per day.
    • Reminder: Remote Raid Passes cannot be used for Elite Raids.


What time is today’s Elite Raid?


Sunday, April 9th, 2023’s Elite Raids can take place at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and/or 5 p.m. your local time. It depends on the Elite Raid Egg – where it has appeared and its hatching countdown timer.


What Pokémon is featured in today’s Elite Raid?


The Pokémon for Sunday, April 9th, 2023’s Elite Raids is Regieleki. This is Regieleki’s debut in Pokémon GO.


Can Regieleki be shiny?


No, Regieleki’s shiny version is currently unavailable in Pokémon GO.


Are there any bonuses happening during today’s Elite Raid?


No. Initially, there were plans for an exclusive Timed Research (similar to Regidrago’s Elite Raid Day Timed Research), but Niantic Support announced on April 6th that the Timed Research would be removed. The full statement is as follows:


Trainers, we’d like to inform you that we will be removing the Timed Research for the upcoming Regieleki Elite Raid while we work to improve its intended distribution method. This Timed Research will be offered at a later date which will be announced in the near future.


Will there be future Elite Raids?


As of now, no. There are no plans for additional Elite Raid Days during Pokémon GO’s Season of Heroes. Yet, it is possible that if Niantic didn’t properly test the event (like the Elite Raids for Regidrago) that a makeup event for select time zone(s) may be scheduled.



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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)