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

Giratina appearing in the Pokemon Go October Raid Boss scheduleNiantic

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 October 2022.

October is shaping up to be an exciting month for Pokemon Go players. The new Season of Light is well underway, there’s another Community Day featuring Litwick, and of course, there’s a new set of Spotlight Hour stars to enjoy.

As for Raids, Trainers will be able to battle (and catch) Yveltal and Xerneas when they appear in 5-Star Raids, before both Altered Forme Giratina and Origin Forme Giratina make their grand returns in the second half of the month.

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.


Giratina Altered Forme in Pokemon Go RaidsNiantic
Both Giratina forms are making their return to Raids this month.

Pokemon Go Raid Boss schedule October 2022

Niantic have revealed the October schedule for Raids, and there are some exciting battles to be had! Most notable is the return of both Giratina forms as well as a mystery Mega Evolution.

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

Mega Raids

Pokemon Dates
Mega Lopunny in Pokemon Go Mega Lopunny September 27 – October 8
Mega Manectric Mega Manectric October 8 – October 20
Unknown Raid Boss in Pokemon Go ??? October 20 – November 8

5-Star Raids

Pokemon Dates
Yveltal Yveltal September 27 – October 8
Xerneas Xerneas October 8 – October 20
Pokemon Go Giratina Altered Forme Master League Giratina (Altered Forme) October 20 – October 27
Pokemon Go Giratina Origin Forme Master League Giratina (Origin Forme) October 27 – November 8 

3-Star Raids

Magneton in Pokemon Go Piloswine Pokemon Go Rhydon Pokemon Go Togetic
Magneton Piloswine Rhydon Togetic

1-Star Raids

Onix in Pokemon Go Porygon Scyther Slowpoke
Onix Porygon Scyther Slowpoke Sunkern

With the start of the Evolving Stars event, the Raid Boss lineup has changed once again, with loads of great Pokemon available to battle and catch including Magneton, Rhydon, Togetic, and Scyther.

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 October 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 Yveltal 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@PokemonGoApp
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 BallsNiantic
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