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What are Elite Raids in Pokémon GO?

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What are Elite Raids in Pokémon GO? Mystery Eggs started appearing around the map Oct. 15 and, when they hatch, the raids will begin. This means that the time the raid starts will vary depending on when the trainer’s Mystery Egg spawned. When it hatches, trainers then have the chance to take on Hoopa in this new style of raids.

These Elite Raids will be taking place just before the Pokémon GO Halloween Event. During this time, trainers have the opportunity to challenge spooky-themed, Dark and Ghost-type Pokémon as well as get their hands on some limited-time cosmetic items. 

What are Elite Raids in Pokémon GO?

Elite Raids are centered around in-person gameplay. Mystery Eggs will appear at various EX Gyms and will hatch in 24 hours. Corresponding to when the eggs entered the game, the only times the eggs will hatch are 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. local time. Trainers are encouraged to gather a team in between the time a trainer spots the egg and when it hatches. 

When the egg hatches, the team of trainers will have only 30 minutes to defeat the raid Pokémon. Prepare for the difficulty of the raid to be slightly more challenging than Tier 5 raids. 

There is no better face to bring Elite Raids into the game than Hoopa. First introduced in Generation Six, Hoopa is known for its two different forms. In its Confined form, Hoopa possesses a Psychic and Ghost typing, whereas in its Unbound form, Hoopa takes on a Psychic and Dark typing. In this Elite Raid special event, Hoopa will be catchable in its Unbound form, but trainers have the opportunity to revert Hoopa to its alternative form by using Candy and Stardust.