How to Get a Legendary Raid Pass in Pokémon GO

Learn how you can attempt to catch a Legendary Pokémon, such as Raikou. 

3 months ago by Nate Hohl in Guides

With the recent addition of Legendary Raids in Pokémon GO, many players will find themselves wondering what steps are needed to get a Legendary Raid Pass. Knowing how to get a Legendary Raid Pass is important, as Legendary raids are one of the only ways in which players can capture Legendary Pokémon such as Raikou.

To help point you in the right direction, we’ve broken down everything you need to do in order to get a Legendary Raid Pass in Pokémon GO.

How to Get a Legendary Raid Pass in Pokémon GO

In order to capture a Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO, you'll need to gain access to a Legendary Raid.

The first thing you should know is that there’s no separate Legendary Raid Pass item in Pokémon GO as some have claimed. If you have a standard Raid Pass or a Premium Raid Pass (the former of which can be found at local gyms and the latter of which can be purchased from the premium shop), you can use them to access a Legendary Raid.

However, since these are Legendary Pokémon you’re going after, you should avoid attempting to take one down unless you’re suitably prepared. At the very least, you should be heading into a Legendary Raid with a team of high-powered Pokémon and at least 20 or so friends who are similarly equipped.

Remember to bring friends along while partaking in a Legendary Raid, as Legendary Pokémon are notoriously tough to beat.

While having more people available would seem like an advantage at first, Pokémon GO’s infamously spotty servers mean that having too many people around could actually be more of a hindrance than a help, so be sure to take the state of your nearby cell service into consideration before you round up a huge mob of friends for a Legendary Raid.

If you do manage to triumph in a Legendary Raid, the rewards certainly sound like it’s worth the effort. In addition to earning a chance at catching a Legendary Pokémon, the raids themselves reportedly grant large XP rewards for all participating Pokémon (up to 13k by some accounts) along with rare items.

Of course, this is assuming you and your friends can actually beat the raid, a task which is far easier said than done. Still, if you want your shot at adding a Legendary to your Pokémon GO collection, Legendary Raids are your best bet.

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to get a Legendary Raid Pass in Pokémon GO.