Pokemon GO Update [31 Aug 2017] - Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune and an EX Raid Battle Field Test Coming Soon


Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard so many incredible stories of Trainers teaming up together around the world to catch Pokémon GO’s first Legendary Pokémon. We’re excited to keep the legendary adventures going!

Starting August 31, the Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will begin appearing in Pokémon GO. Trainers worldwide can look forward to battling these Pokémon together with friends in Raid Battles for the chance to catch the trio of Legendary Pokémon originally from the Johto region. Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be traveling the world throughout the coming months. From August 31 to September 30, you can find these Legendary Pokémon in the following areas of the world:
  • Raikou, an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Americas.
  • Entei, a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout Europe and Africa.
  • Suicune, a Water-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
On September 30, all three of these Legendary Pokémon will move to a different location and will be available for Trainers to battle with friends until October 31. They will make their final stop in the last remaining location on October 31. Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be available for this limited time period, so make sure to battle against them when they arrive at Gyms near you!

While these Legendary Pokémon are traveling the world, we’ll also begin an EX Raid Battle (formerly Exclusive Raid Battle) field-testing phase at select Gyms before the feature is made available globally. We have collected some valuable early feedback on the new EX Raid Battle feature and will look to further test and hone the experience through the feedback of the dedicated global Trainer community. During the field test, we’ll be making periodic adjustments to EX Raid eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations with the goal of making the EX Raid Battle feature engaging, rewarding, and most importantly, fun for Trainers who regularly participate in Raid Battles.

The first EX Raid Passes will be sent out soon, and those invited will have an opportunity to try out the new system as early as September 6. Stay tuned for more updates as we launch the EX Raid Battle field test to more Gyms in the weeks ahead. We look forward to reading all your constructive feedback on our social media channels and encourage you to continue share your thoughts throughout the EX Raid Battle field test!

—The Pokémon GO team

TL;DR Version:
  • Johto legendary beasts are coming. 
  • They will be rotated around each month with the first schedule being 31 Aug to 30 Sep:
    • Americas - Raikou
    • Europe / Africa - Entei
    • Asia - Pacific - Suicune
  • "Exclusive Raid Battle" renamed to "EX Raid Battle"
  • EX Raid Passes will be sent out soon and the EX Raid Battles will start on 6th September

What it means:
  • 3 more months of raiding legendary beasts, with some EX raids added to the mix. Try not to burn out yourself.
  • Raikou is the strongest electric type and the trainers in the Americas will have Raikou ready for Suicune. Zapdos is still a really good counter for Suicune nonetheless.
  • Renaming of the EX Raid battle to make it more inclusive? The word exclusive made many people worry about being able to get in. This is a positive change in my opinion.
  • They will be testing out EX Raid Battles presumably with Mewtwo or even Ho-oh starting from 6th September. They specifically asked for feedback which means that they will be tweaking them accordingly. This is a good move to appease the masses since the main complaint with Niantic was that they were unresponsive.

More information: Raikou | Entei | Suicune

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