What are Red Raid Eggs in Pokémon GO?

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Red raid eggs began appearing throughout the map in Pokémon GO on Oct. 15. Primarily concentrated near RX Gyms, trainers have been confused as to what these new raid eggs entail. However, after 24 hours, trainers quickly find out that the red eggs are a part of Pokémon GO’s launch of Elite Raids. Here is a breakdown of the eggs' role in Elite Raids in Pokémon GO. 

What are Red Raid Eggs in Pokémon GO?

Just before Pokémon GO’s Halloween Event, trainers were surprised by this new gameplay mechanic. Fortunately, Elite Raids are pretty straightforward, but they do require some planning. In order to participate, trainers first must spot the red raid eggs. Within 24 hours of finding it, they must gather a team to take on the raid Pokémon. Depending on when the egg spawned, it could hatch at any of the following hours, in local time:

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. 

Hoopa Unbound is the face for Pokémon GO’s first Elite Raid. This Dark and Fairy-type is expected to be more difficult than typical five-star raids. Centered around in person gameplay, teams only have 30 minutes to complete the raid. Here is a guide on how to optimize your chances in battle with the best Pokémon to counter this generation six Mischief Pokémon.