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Pokemon Go current Raid bosses: September 2021 schedule for Mega Raids, 5-Stars & more

Published: 21/Sep/2021 9:55

by 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 September 2021.

September is shaping up to be an exciting month for Pokemon Go players. The Season of Mischief has begun, Hoopa has made its debut, and there’s a Fashion Week event featuring the adorable Furfrou and its many forms!

As for Raids, Trainers will once again have the chance to add the powerful Lugia with the move Aeroblast to their Pokedex, while later in the month the regional exclusives Mesprit, Uxie, and Azelf will all be appearing in 5-Star Raids.


It also appears that there will only be one Mega-evolved Pokemon appearing in Mega Raids at a time from now on, so it may have just become more difficult to get the Mega Energy you need.


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Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Lugia will return to 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go this month.

Pokemon Go Raid Boss schedule September 2021

Niantic have revealed the September schedule for Raids, and there are some exciting battles to be had! Most notable are the regional exclusives Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf in 5-Star Raids, as well as Mega Houndoom.

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

Mega Raids

Pokemon Dates
Mega Slowbro Mega Slowbro September 1 – September 14
Mega Houndoom Mega Houndoom September 14 – October 1

5-Star Raids

Pokemon Dates
Pokemon Go Lugia Master League Lugia September 1 – September 14
Uxie Uxie (Asia-Pacific) September 14 – October 1
Mesprit Mesprit (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India) September 14 – October 1
Azelf Azelf (the Americas and Greenland) September 14 – October 1

3-Star Raids

butterfree Delcatty Gothorita pokemon go kirlia
Butterfree (Fashionable) Delcatty Gothorita Kirlia (Fashionable)

1-Star Raids

Croagunk Furfrou pokemon go scraggy pokemon go shinx sneasel
Croagunk (Fashionable) Furfrou Scraggy Shinx (Fashionable) Sneasel (Fashionable)

The arrival of the Fashion Week event has switched up the Raid schedule, most notably adding loads of costumed Pokemon including Butterfree, Kirlia, Croagunk, Shinx, and Sneasel to 1-Star and 3-Star Raids.


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 September 2021

If you’re new to Raids or, alternatively, just need a bit of a helping hand, then look no further! We’ve compiled extensive guides on how best to snag the Mega and 5-Star Raid Pokemon:

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 Lugia in the first half of September.


Raid Hour takes 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 ‘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