reports are coming in left and right: EX Raids (Mewtwo) are now being field tested in Europe and Asia! This comes as addition to the existing EX Raid tests in Japan and USA and it seems to be by far the biggest EX Raid field test so far.

Raids are appearing at several sponsored Gyms in EU and Asia: Starbucks, Jio and Unibail. The only area where EX Raid invitations were reported in non-sponsored Gyms is in Chester, UK where the great Heritage Event took place. If you haven’t raided at one of the sponsored Gyms inside Unibail malls, it’s not possible to receive an invitation.

We have solid reasons to believe that EX Raid testing will intensify and soon expand outside sponsored locations in Europe and Asia, as the current test includes almost exclusively sponsored Poké Stops. This is a pattern that’s emerged from previous Niantic’s releases in EU and Asia: sponsors get it first, then the rest of the Gyms / Stops.

Australia is not included in this Raid Test, but we’ve got reports of new cities in the US and Japan getting EX raids in this wave. Shouldn’t be too long before they come to Australia either.

Big shout out to GO Hub ES team for waking us up at the Hub HQ with this beautiful image of an EX Raid Pass in Madrid:

At this moment we don’t have a confirmed list of locations where the EX Raids are taking place. If you want to help us build one, share your EX invitations in the comments below.

We recommend reading up on the following articles in order to prepare for the raid:

  • Zappy-N

    got an EX Pass for the sprint store at Mission Valley.

    • Existing or new location?

      • Zappy-N

        did a raikou raid there yesterday

        • Zappy-N

          the sprint store was at the Mission Valley mall in San Diego, California. so yeah, this area was included in the past ex test. still pretty excited though. raid’s scheduled for thursday at 6pm local time

  • JeanPiaget1896 In South Korea, EX tickets were distributed in this morning. I will be involved in a raid at the SKT building in Korea 🙂

    • Higher_Ground

      congrats, good luck !

  • Kasumi Nami

    In Viet Nam, EX tickets were distributed in this morning. I will be involved in a raid at Lotteria

    • Higher_Ground

      Chúc mừng!
      Good Luck!

  • Austin Michael
  • Peter Maibaum

    Ex raids in gera (Germany) At “gera arcarden” (unibail) available.

  • Dave Deluria

    Just received one in the Philippines. In our group chats, there’s a lot of us who got them spread across our country

    • KongTay Khoucaq

      Can you give the gym name?

  • CatB

    I received a Raid invite for this Thursday at a Starbucks in Columbia SC.

    • Higher_Ground

      sweet, was it the one on garner’s ferry?

      • CatB

        Yes, the one on Garners Ferry. It is near my house and I did a Karp raid there about a month ago by myself trying to catch a shiny 😊

        • Higher_Ground

          Good luck! I’ll have to try and hit that one up for a raid & hopefully an EX pass 🙂

  • Kevin Cunningham

    Got one down in Jacksonville, FL. Bunch of people in discord reporting the same around here.

  • Nguyen Ngoc Tu

    Got 1, Vietnam

    • poke trader

      Do you have screen shot of lotteria gym in Vietnam? In Indonesia, there’s also a lotteria gym but no ex raids invite. I was wondering if its the same lotteria.

  • Bridgette Mabry-Whorton
  • Kathryn Anne Frey

    EX raid pass today for Starbucks in Loveland, Colorado

  • KongTay Khoucaq

    Ex Raid Pass in Indonesia at AEONMallBSDCity

  • K4M0N361

    Got one at Softbank in Japan (also reported at MacDonald, AEON Group, ITO EN and Sponsored gyms).

  • Amy Luckenbill
  • Amy Luckenbill

    EX raid invite from Virginia beach, Virginia USA. At a starbucks gym.

  • Isaias Heredia III

    I got an EX Raid Pass today while was at work about to take down the local Starbucks gym. Opened my items and had the pass waiting for me for that exact gym!
    Did a Gengar raid there about 5 days ago while on break with a group of locals from our Discord chat!
    Starbucks gym was located in Hayward, CA.
    Also lots of talk of people getting other passes at other local sponsored gyms.

  • Adam McLain
  • Adam McLain

    Got it from the only sponsored gym in Barstow

  • Torsten Fugmann Kristensen

    Fisketorvet, Copenhagen Denmark

    • Olivier Rht

      Did you got one there?!

      • Torsten Fugmann Kristensen

        No, not me, but one of the trainers from my raid-clan. He’s been assign to raid at 19:00 PM, local time.

        • Olivier Rht

          Oh cool! A bit jealous cause I raid there almost everyday but it’s good to know that it’s around the corner 😉

          • Torsten Fugmann Kristensen

            Same same, I am jealous as well, but we must be patient then. Hopefully we’ll join up soon😕

  • Julian

    Anyone in the Netherlands with an EX-raid pass?


    Players here in the Philippines received EX raid passes from sponsored Globe gyms this morning.

  • Rd Ocampo

    When Niantic will open again pokemon go in bluestacks?

  • Charley Charles

    got my EX Raid Pass from Starbucks raid in Coeur d Alene, Idaho

  • Armelo Apelete

    I got mine in the same Sprint gym as the previous, and the last raid i did there was the Mewtwo’s one the 15th Friday.

  • Lars Einar Tvedt Honstad

    Sponsored gyms are Just a crappy Way to give the big City all the fun. Might as well Quit playing lik all the other in my town

    • Joel Jensen


  • Hardscore83TNR

    Europe – Germany – Leipzig

    21.9. 7-8 pm Paunsdorfcenter Mall sponsored
    21.9. 7-8 pm Höfe am Brühl Mall sponsored

  • Joe1407

    Got my first pass. Braintree, MA 7:00 – 8:00 pm 9/21 @ a Sprint store in the landing. I have to work and it will go unused. This sucks!!!!

    • Julian

      You could ask someone to do log in and do it for you. Heck I’d even do that

  • ⭐Kim Dzong Cook⭐

    In Warsaw, Poland: 3 shopping centers (unibail-rodamco): Galeria Mokotow, Galeria Wilenska, Arkadia

  • pikachu 2016

    i live in the eu/uk so does that mean i can go to my local starbux and do a raid battle their so i can get my ex raid pass

  • Ruslan K

    schedule 19-21 is pretty good choice! good job, Nia 🙂

  • Aryx

    Several people in our Amsterdam raid group/discord have received an invite for an ex-raid at Stadshart, Amstelveen (sponsored, UNIBAIL mall). The exact name of the Pokestop is “Welkom bij Stadshart Amstelveen!”, ex-raid takes place Sep 21th from 7 to 8 PM.

    • Julian

      Kut net te laat

      • Aryx

        Jep.. Beetje buiten de route.

        From what I gathered, not everybody who has done raids there in recent times have received an invite. So it’s still very much anyone’s guess how often or frequent you have to raid a place to get the invite.

  • Master Monkey

    I also got from Jio sponsored gym in India

  • Wayne Dannan

    Not really happy about these sponsored gyms considering there’s none in Plymouth 🇬🇧 I’ve been playing the game since it came out last July the 15th and and I’ve been all over plymouth raiding for legendary and normal boss Pokémon in all different gyms across plymouth spending loads of money real money on the game buying raid passes to be in shot of getting a invite to mewto and now your telling me I more then likely not because of sponsored gym witch I’ve never even heard of tell now is shocking wants the point in even playing this game I’ve loved so much anymore oh and this last update has been shocking I can’t see half my Pokémon due to the ether being blanked out with white boxes and some time yellow weird stars and squares and my advertar goes black some times and even the colours of the raid badge after the boss has been defeated please sort this out and please give us who don’t have spornsored gyms a chance of catching mewto who have spent a lot of money on the game!!!!!!!😕😕😕😕

    • Joel Jensen

      I’m not happy either, and the game come out on July 6th, lol. I’ve been playing since beta

  • Dwight Betita Delleva

    Got my exraid pass in the Philippines from Globe Telecom sponsored gyms.

  • Joel Jensen

    The following cities in Iowa have EX Raids: Des Moines, Iowa City, Davenport, Ceder Rapids, Omaha City, Sioux City, Waterloo, and Ames

  • Rayansh Agnihotri

    Girl I will get ex raid pass at India Nagpur

  • Smashly

    Has anyone in yokohama recieved a pass yet ??

  • Anna Vettese

    Seems EX raids got expanded quite a bit! Just got my invitation for one in Trier,Germany for October 1st!!! Not a sponsored gym!!!