Pokemon Go current Raid bosses: August 2022 schedule for Mega Raids, 5-Stars & more

Daniel Megarry

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 August 2022.

August is shaping up to be an exciting month for Pokemon Go players. The new Season of Go rumbles on, there’s another Community Day featuring Galarian Zigzagoon as a headliner, and of course, a new set of Spotlight Hour stars to enjoy.

As for Raids, Trainers will once again be able to battle (and catch) Palkia and Genesect when they appear in 5-Star Raids. Later in the month, the iconic Sword & Shield duo Zacian and Zamazenta will also be making a big return.

It also appears that there will only be one Mega-Evolved Pokemon appearing in Mega Raids at a time from now on, so you won’t have quite as much choice as before.


Pokemon Go Zacian Zamazenta
Zacian and Zamazenta are making their big return in August’s 5-Star Raids.

Pokemon Go Raid Boss schedule August 2022

Niantic have revealed the August schedule for Raids, and there are some exciting battles to be had! Most notable is the return of the Legendary hero duo, as well as a new Genesect drive form.

Here are the Pokemon you’ll be able to find in Raids this month:

Mega Raids

Pokemon Dates
Mega Abomasnow in Pokemon GO
Mega Abomasnow July 31 – August 10
Unknown Raid Boss in Pokemon Go
Mega Scizor August 10 – August 18
Mega Slowbro
Mega Slowbro August 18 – August 25
Mega Ampharos
Mega Ampharos August 25 – September 31

5-Star Raids

Pokemon Dates
Palkia July 31 – August 10
Genesect Pokemon Go
Genesect (Chill Drive) August 10 – August 18
Zacian August 18 – August 31
Zamazenta August 18 – August 31

3-Star Raids

Forretress in Pokemon Go
Shuckle in Pokemon Go
Forretress Pinsir Shuckle Venomoth

1-Star Raids

Unown T
Joltik Pansage Paras Pineco Unown T

With the start of the Bug Out! event, the current Raid Boss lineup has changed once again, with loads of great Pokemon available to catch including Pinsir, Shuckle, Venomoth, and Joltik.

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!

All Pokemon Go Raid Guides August 2022

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:

When do Raid Hours take place?

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 Genesect 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.

What are Raid Battles in Pokemon Go?

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Raid Boss logo.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Taking part in Raid Battles gives you the chance to catch some rare Pokemon.

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.

How to get Raid Passes in Pokemon Go

Raid Passes
Raid Passes are required to take part in Raids.

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.

How to catch Pokemon in Raid Battles

Pokemon Go Premier Balls
Premier Balls let you catch Legendary Pokemon.

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 Pokemon in Pokemon Go | 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