Raids are an essential part of the Pokemon Go experience, and each month there’s a new set of Pokemon ranging from common 1-Stars to rare 5-Star Legendaries to battle and potentially catch. Here’s the current line-up of Raid bosses for May 2022.
May is shaping up to be an exciting month for Pokemon Go players. There’s a Community Day starring Alolan Geodude, loads of changes to Mega Evolution, and of course, a new set of Spotlight Hour stars to enjoy.
As for Raids, Trainers will be able to battle (and catch) another new guardian deity from the Alola region, the Legendary Tapu Fini, in 5-Star Raids! Later in the month, all four guardian deities will return once again.
It also appears that there will only be one Mega-Evolved Pokemon appearing in Mega Raids at a time from now on – except for Latios and Latias – so you won’t have quite as much choice as before.
- Raid schedule
- Raid Boss guides
- When do Raid Hours take place?
- What are Raid Battles?
- How to get Raid Passes
- How to catch Pokemon in Raid Battles
Niantic have revealed the May schedule for Raids, and there are some exciting battles to be had! Most notable are the debuts of Mega Latios and Mega Latias, as well as Tapu Fini.
Here are the Pokemon you’ll be able to find in Raids this month:
|Mega Kangaskhan||April 29 – May 3|
|Mega Latios||May 3 – May 10|
|Mega Latias||May 3 – May 10|
|Mega Blastoise||May 10 – May 25|
|Mega Altaria||May 25 – June 1|
|Therian Forme Landorus||April 26 – May 3|
|Tapu Fini||May 10 – May 25|
|Tapu Koko||May 25 – June 1|
|Tapu Lele||May 25 – June 1|
|Tapu Bulu||May 25 – June 1|
|Tapu Fini||May 25 – June 1|
Now that the Water Festival event has begun, the Raid Boss lineup has switched around once again, with loads of Water-type Pokemon including Azumarill, Lapras, and Wailmer available to catch.
- Read More: Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule
Mega Raids and 5-Star Raids will follow the schedule above, but 1-Star and 3-Star Raids often change at random, especially during special events. Check back regularly for the latest Raid opportunities!
If you’re new to Raids or just need a bit of a helping hand, then look no further! We’ll be compiling guides on how best to get the Mega and 5-Star Raid Pokemon below:
- How to defeat Tapu Koko
- How to defeat Tapu Lele
- How to defeat Tapu Bulu
- How to defeat Mega Latios and Mega Latias
- How to defeat Therian Forme Landorus
Each week, Niantic hosts a special Raid Hour takes place to allow players a better chance at catching the current 5-Star Raid Pokemon. All of the gyms that have Raids in them will be 5-Star, so that’s Tapu Fini right now.
Raid Hours take place every Wednesday from 6PM to 7PM, and you won’t have to worry about time zones as it will always be your local time. This is the perfect chance to get out there and catch yourself a Legendary.
Raid Battles occur when a Boss Pokemon takes over a Gym. You can find them by walking around local Gyms and keeping an eye out for eggs that are about to hatch, or Boss Pokemon that are part of a currently ongoing Raid.
These Pokemon are very powerful, so it’s recommended that you team up with a few other trainers in order to secure a victory. There are four tiers: 1-Star, 3-Star, 5-Star, and Mega Raids. The higher the tier, the harder the battle.
Raid Battles are worth the time and effort to complete, though. As well as earning special items, you’ll also get a chance to catch the Pokemon you beat. In the case of 5-Star Raids, these will be Legendaries you can’t get anywhere else.
In order to take part in a Raid Battle, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can earn one Raid Pass each day by spinning the Photo Disc at any Gym. If you run out, you can purchase a Premium Raid Pass from the Shop.
There are now also Remote Raid Passes available in Go. These are ideal for trainers who can’t leave the house, as they let you join any Raid Battle that’s on the Nearby screen or tappable from the Map View.
Remote Raid Passes can be bought from the Shop, or received as free gifts every now and then.
When you successfully defeat a Raid Boss, you’ll get the chance to catch it. You’ll be given a set number of Premier Balls to use, but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll be able to catch it, especially if it’s a Legendary.
Here are some ways to increase the number of Premier Balls you’ll get:
- Deal a high amount of damage to the Raid boss.
- Your team deals a high amount of damage to the Raid boss.
- Controlling the gym that the Raid takes place in.
- Participating in Raids with friends.
Remember, you can also use Razz Berries, or even better Golden Razz Berries, to help catch Raid bosses. Getting excellent throws or spinning curveballs will increase your chances, too.
Now you’re all clued up on Raids and the creatures you can battle at Gyms this month, it’s time to get out there and catch yourself some Pokemon – and maybe even a Legendary. Good luck, trainers!
For more tips and tricks covering all things Pokemon Go, make sure to check out our guides:
Spotlight Hour guide | Current Raid Bosses | Best ‘mon in Go: Attackers and defenders | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour | Arlo counters guide | Cliff counters guide | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | Sierra counters guide | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes