Pokemon GO Raid Hour December 2020: What to Expect

Pokemon GO Raid Hour feature in December 2020 has brought about the debut of Mega Abomasnow and the return of the legendary Kyurem.
Pokemon GO Raid Hour feature in December 2020 has brought about the debut of Mega Abomasnow and the return of the legendary Kyurem. / Niantic Labs

Pokemon GO Raid Hour feature in December 2020 has brought about the debut of Mega Abomasnow and the return of the legendary Kyurem.

Niantic Labs outlined what players could expect from Pokemon GO raids in December 2020 on their official news blog just before the month began. In a post published on Nov. 25, the company notified players of each future feature, including Spotlight Hour choices, Research, and—of course—raids.

Here's what you can expect out of December 2020 Raid Hour.

Pokemon GO Raid Hour December 2020

Trainers can expect to see Kyurem in five-star raids from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. alongside Mega Abomasnow in mega raids. The latter comes at the cost of Mega Blastoise, Houndoom, Charizard Y, and Pidgeot, replacing them with Charizard X, Gengar, and the aforementioned Abomasnow.

Abomasnow, a grass and ice-type, has a particular weakness to fire. The best counter choices for it include Reshiram, Chandelure, Blaziken, Moltres, and standard Darmanitan. Primary movesets should include the quick moves Fire Spin, Fire Fang, and Incinerate alongside the charged moves, Blast Burn and Overheat.

Kyurem, a dragon and ice-type, has a weakness to steel and other dragon-types—negating the usual ice weakness with its own ice-typing. Its best counters are Black Kyurem, Salamence, Palkia, Rayquaza, Dialga, and Metagross. The most effective movesets have the quick moves Dragon Tail, Bullet Punch, or Metal Claw alongside the charged moves Outrage, Draco Meteor, and Meteor Mash.

Three-star raid bosses include Dewgong, Alolan Raichu, Jynx, Walrein, and Cyrogonal. One-star bosses are Espurr, Alolan Sandshrew, Swinub, Sneasel, Klink, Cubchoo, and Vanillite.

Raid Hour occurs every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. local time.