Raid Hour (also referred to as Legendary Raid Hour) started as an experiment in March 2019. Initially called Legendary Lunch Hour, Niantic set aside an hour on Wednesdays for Pokémon GO Trainers to find 5-Star (Legendary) Raids easier by increasing the appearance rates. After further testing, Raid Hour was renamed and rescheduled to evenings (typically, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time).
Since then, Raid Hour has been a near-weekly event in Pokémon GO. There have been instances of Raid Hour being canceled due to technical issues (September 18th, 2019) and being rescheduled later, as well as canceled completely due to other issues. The most notable cancelation was back in March 2020, when select regions’ Raid Hours were canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, followed by no Raid Hour sessions in April worldwide. In May 2020, Raid Hour returned and Trainers could participate with a new Raid Pass – the Remote Raid Pass (introduced in April 2020). This new item allows Trainers to battle in raids remotely from home instead of being within battle-distance of a Gym.
However, as of April 6th, 2023, Remote Raid Passes have been issued a daily limit of 5 per day and have increased in price. Niantic cited the change as “necessary for the long-term health of the game”, despite not acknowledging that this feature helped their profits soar during the COVID-19 pandemic (save for last year’s profits as they took a sharp nosedive). Instead of issuing this limit in the beginning (as the entire idea goes against Niantic’s core idea of “go out and play”), they are doing so nearly three years after this feature was released. Remote Raid Pass info sections have been updated with the new rules going forward, and will be updated in the future with any additional changes (including if the limit and price increase are removed).
While Raid Hour events are usually held every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time, Niantic has held additional Raid Hours due to special events. Generally, Raid Hour will feature at least one Legendary or Mythical Pokémon (what is currently active in-game) or more.
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 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.
- For the Kleavor Raid Day event, the limit was increased to 10 Remote Raid Passes for that day only.
- 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. A Remote Raid Pass can be used if you see the Gym on your screen (regardless of location) or be used to Raid remotely if invited by an in-game friend anywhere in the world who is hosting a Raid.
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.
What time is today’s Raid Hour?
Wednesday, September 20th, 2023’s Raid Hour is being held at the standard time of 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time.
What Pokémon is featured in today’s Raid Hour?
The Pokémon for Wednesday, September 20th, 2023’s Raid Hour is Genesect (Burn Drive).
Can Genesect (Burn Drive) be shiny?
Yes, Genesect (Burn Drive) can be shiny. In fact, Genesect (Burn Drive)’s shiny version debuted this month.
Who will be next week’s featured Pokémon in Pokémon GO’s Raid Hour?
Next week’s Pokémon for Raid Hour are Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.
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