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How to get free Remote Raid Passes in Pokemon Go (August 2021)

Published: 30/Jul/2021 9:33 Updated: 30/Jul/2021 13:36

by Brent Koepp


Each month, Pokemon Go players can score free Remote Raid Passes to take on Legendary Pokemon in online battles. Here is how to get your hands on the highly sought-after items in August 2021.

First added to Go in 2020, Remote Raid Passes blew up open the game’s popular Raid feature by allowing players from around the world to connect remotely to 5-star battles. Even locally, Trainers could take on battles while staying at home.

Unfortunately, they aren’t given out easily like most items. For instance, you can’t get the Pass in Gifts or from PokeStops. However, in 2021, this has changed as Niantic implemented some slight changes. Below, we will detail the two current methods to getting Remote Raid Passes in Pokemon Go.


Additional reporting by Ava Thompson-Powell.


Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Rayquaza in Pokemon Go Weather Week.
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Legendary Pokemon like Rayquaza can be battled using Remote Raid Passes.

How to get Remote Raid Passes in Pokemon Go (August 2021)

Every Monday in August, players can redeem a bundle in the shop for 1 Poke Coin which will contain one free Remote Raid Pass, alongside other useful items.

As well as this method, the new way to obtain them through Research Breakthrough tasks also continues throughout August.

Research Breakthrough rewards

Between August 1, 2021, and September 1, 2021 (ending at 1 PM PDT / 9 PM BST) you will be able to get your hands on a free Remote Raid pass each time you complete a Research Breakthrough.

The Research Breakthrough encounter for this month is Chimecho, and there’s also a Double XP bonus too.


What are Remote Raid Passes?

Remote Raid Pass Pokemon Go
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These nifty items will help you partake in raids nearby, no matter where you are!

Remote Raid Passes in Pokemon Go allow you to join raids on the Nearby screen, so you don’t have to travel to take part. So, by collecting your passes, you’re able to dive right into raids and potentially encounter a Legendary Pokemon!

How to use a Remote Raid Pass?

Using the passes is relatively easy. First, you’ll need to access the Nearby screen. Follow these steps:

  1. From the main game screen, look to the bottom right-hand side.
  2. You’ll see a pair of binoculars. Under that is a bar with silhouetted ‘mon – select that.
  3. From there, a tab will open. At the top, you’ll see ‘Raid‘.
  4. Select an ongoing raid that you’d like to join.
  5. If you have any passes, click the big pink ‘Battle‘ button – a number next to it will display how many passes you have.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to partake in the remote raid and work towards catching that next cool ‘mon!

How much are Remote Raid Passes in Pokemon Go Shop?

Pokemon Go Shop Remote Raid Passes
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The popular item can be bought in the Pokemon Go Shop.

As of June 2021, the only other method for collecting Remote Raid Passes is by purchasing them.


The item is sold in Pokemon Go’s in-game shop. Currently, players can buy 1 pass for 100 Poke Coins, and a bundle of three for 250 Poke Coins. You will need to redeem real-world money for the fictional currency or save the coins up by earning them in-game.

How to get more Remote Raid Passes

There is actually one other method for hardcore Trainers with a lot of Gyms in their area. Simply drive around and take control of all of them in your location, and leave your Pokemon behind to defend it. This will earn you Poke Coins, but the rate is pretty low.

If you do this a lot for a whole month, you can then exchange those coins for Remote Raid Passes in the shop to top you up.


At the time of writing, it’s unclear how long Niantic will continue to give out free Remote Raid Passes for each month moving forward. However, at least for August 2021, players can expect to get free passes with the Research Breakthroughs.

The item has had a profound impact on the mobile title as it has allowed players to take on and catch Legendary Pokemon such as Rayquaza from the comfort of their homes.

So, there you have it. All you need to know about obtaining free Remote Raid Passes in August 2021.

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