A Pokémon GO Raid Pass is required to join a Raid. Raid Passes come in two forms: Free and Premium. A Free Raid Pass is obtainable by spinning the Photo Disc at a Gym, while the Premium Raid Pass is purchasable in the Shop.
Both Passes work the same, however, the Free Raid Pass comes with several limitations discussed below.
How Pokémon GO Raid Passes work?
In order to join any public or private Raid Room. Your Raid Pass is consumed upon queuing for a Raid. You select a gym, click Battle and, after confirmation, your Raid Ticket is consumed.
Once the Raid Pass is used, you are eligible to participate in that specific Pokémon raid. You can’t join any other raids using a Free Raid Pass, as you get only one per day.
You can however use your Premium Raid Card to join other raids.
Raid Pass FAQ
How many times can I raid per day?
Players can raid multiple times per day, however, you get only 1 Free Raid Pass every day. You can buy multiple Premium Raid Passes per day. This limitation hurts free-to-players, however, Niantic hasn’t disclosed if it will change in the future.
Can I have a Free and a Premium Raid Pass in my inventory at the same time?
Yes, you can.
Can I use a Raid Pass on multiple raids?
No, you can not. Once used, a Raid Pass disappears and the Raid for which it was used becomes available. If you don’t manage to defeat the Raid Boss inside the 1 hour period after the raid has started, you have essentially wasted your Raid Pass.
Do I get my Raid Pass back if we don’t defeat the Raid Boss?
No, you don’t. Once used, the Raid Pass is gone. The outcome of the raid is not important: whether you defeat or you don’t defeat the raid boss, your Raid Pass is gone.