Exciting times Trainers! Niantic has announced Extraordinary Raid Week, which consists of not one, not two, but THREE events coming to Pokémon GO from May 21st through May 28th. Don’t worry, though, this announcement and guide will cover all three events in detail. Let’s get on to the good stuff, shall we?

Extraordinary Raid Week Event Guide
Extraordinary Raid Week Event Details
Extraordinary Raid Boss List
Raid Hour Event Details
Lapras Raid Day Event Details
Research Quests
Tips and Tricks

Extraordinary Raid Week Event Details

Pokemon GO Extraordinary Raid Week
Event Extraordinary Raid Week
Date + Time Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, at 1 p.m. to Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)
Raids Tier 1: Machop, Slakoth, Shinx, and Bronzor*
Tier 2: Misdreavus, Kirlia, Mawile, Feebas, Clamperl, and Bibarel
Tier 3: Alolan Raichu, Chansey, Scyther, Aerodactyl, and Floatzel
Tier 4: Alolan Marowak, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Absol, and Metagross
Tier 5: Uxie, Mesprite, and Azelf (in their respective regions)
Features
  • If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Bronzor!
Bonuses
  • 2× Raid Stardust (2000 Stardust per Raid, 3000 with a Star Piece)
  • 2× Raid XP (4x with a Lucky Egg)


Shiny Bronzor is the crown jewel of this event. While not the most useful Pokémon you will ever obtain, it has its niche in certain situations, and another shiny being available to obtain is never a bad thing! 2x Raid Stardust combined with a Star Piece is also a very nice Bonus, especially for those of us who are dust poor and have Raid Passes to burn.

Extraordinary Raid Week Raid Boss List

The following raid bosses will be available during the Extraordinary Raid week event in Pokémon GO:

Raid Boss List: Extraordinary Raid Week
Tier Boss Raid
Guide
EX Pokemon GO Deoxys (Defense)Deoxys (Defense) Link
5 Pokemon GO UxieUxie Link
5 Pokemon GO MespritMesprit Link
5 Pokemon GO AzelfAzelf Link
4 Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Link
4 Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Link
4 Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Link
4 Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Link
4 Pokemon GO Marowak (Alola)Marowak (Alola) Link
3 Pokemon GO Raichu (Alola)Raichu (Alola) Link
3 Pokemon GO ChanseyChansey Link
3 Pokemon GO ScytherScyther Link
3 Pokemon GO AerodactylAerodactyl Link
3 Pokemon GO FloatzelFloatzel Link
2 Pokemon GO MisdreavusMisdreavus
2 Pokemon GO KirliaKirlia
2 Pokemon GO MawileMawile Link
2 Pokemon GO FeebasFeebas
2 Pokemon GO ClamperlClamperl
2 Pokemon GO BibarelBibarel
1 Pokemon GO MachopMachop
1 Pokemon GO SlakothSlakoth
1 Pokemon GO ShinxShinx
1 Pokemon GO BronzorBronzor

The Tier 4 raid bracket is absolutely insane during the Extraordinary raid week. Metagross, Dragonite and Tyranitar are some of the strongest Pokémon in the game, which means this week is an ideal opportunity to fill the gaps in your team and to catch some perfect IV bosses. Absol and Alolan Marowak are also still there for Shiny Hunters.

  • Floatzel is a new entry into the Tier 3 Raid Boss Pool, but alas, its usefulness is quite limited, and the only real reason to do this Raid is to get it in your Dex if you have not already. Alolan Raichu, Scyther, and Aerodactyl are the Shiny Hunter Raids of choice among the Tier 3 Bosses.
  • The Tier 2 Raid Bosses provide chances to Shiny hunt Misdreavus, Mawile, Feebas, and Clamperl. Kirlia could be a worthwhile raid should you need a decent Gardevoir or Gallade. Bibarel, while a new Raid Boss, is skippable unless you require it for your Dex.
  • As far as the Tier 1 Bosses go, Machop, Shinx, and Bronzor provide you with chances at getting a Shiny, while Slakoth will likely be a hard NO for most trainers.

Raid Hour Event Details

The “Dinner Raid Hour” micro event is also making a return, this time featuring all level raids during Extraordinary Raid week. We’ve never had a similar event, but we’re guessing that all Gyms in your area will hatch a random raid egg at the same time.

Raid Hour During the Extraordinary Raid Week
Event Raid Hour
Date + Time Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time)
Raids Tier 1: Machop, Slakoth, Shinx, and Bronzor
Tier 2: Misdreavus, Kirlia, Mawile, Feebas, Clamperl, and Bibarel
Tier 3: Alolan Raichu, Chansey, Scyther, Aerodactyl, and Floatzel
Tier 4: Alolan Marowak, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Absol, and Metagross
Tier 5: Uxie, Mesprite, and Azelf (in their respective regions)
Features
  • The number of raids of all levels will increase during the event hour.

 


Lapras Raid Day Event Details

shiny lapras pokemon go

Lapras Raid Day
Event Lapras Raid Day
Date + Time The Americas, Greenland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India:
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time)
Asia-Pacific: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time)
Features
  • The Transport Pokémon, Lapras, will be joining Raid Battles for this event.
  • Receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost.
  • If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Lapras!

The beautiful Ice Water type, Lapras, will get its very own Raid Day! As you may or may not know, Shiny Lapras was made available in the wild, exclusively, at Safari Zone Sentosa and the surrounding area, then to the rest of the world shortly after through Research Tasks and wild encounters.

Now will be everyone’s chance to challenge this beast in raids, and possibly encounter it’s shiny version!

Niantic has also informed us of some exciting news regarding the moves that Lapras will have during this 3-hour event. Ice Shard/Ice Beam! Both are legacy moves and will only be obtainable during Lapras Day.

The event will take place in The Americas, Greenland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India on Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time) and in Asia-Pacific on Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time) and will feature Lapras in Raid Battles, give all trainers up to five Raid passes at no cost, and will allow for the shiny form of Lapras to be potentially found and caught.

We strongly suggest you read our Lapras Raid Counters Guide.

Shiny Lapras

If you are still wondering what a shiny Lapras looks like, it’s a beautiful, cooler, lavender/purple, which will be easy to spot:

Normal Lapras Shiny Lapras
Lapras Raid Day - Lapras Lapras Raid Day - Shiny Lapras

Lapras Day Guide

  • Lapras will be everywhere. Plan your route and raiding group in advance.
  • All gyms that are not reserved for EX Raids in the following week will have a Lapras Raid.
  • You can only hold one free pass at a time.
  • Always drop your Lucky Eggs! XP will be plentiful, especially with 2x Raid XP!
  • Run a Star Piece as 2x Raid Stardust will be in effect!
  • Shiny Rates are not increased (roughly 1/19 on average.)
  • Pinap your shiny as they are guaranteed catches!
  • WAFU Raiding will help you maximize your XP gain during the event.
  • Have fun!

Research Quests

Research Tasks and Rewards
Quest Reward
Win a Raid Pokemon GO BronzorBronzor
Win 3 Raids Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol
Fast TM
Win 5 Raids Charged TM

 

Tips and Tricks

  • This event is all about raiding, hopefully, you have been stockpiling raid passes and not deleting them with the new feature, you can use them up in record time!
  • Always run a Star Piece and Lucky Egg while raiding during this event, which will feature 2x Raid Stardust and 2x Raid XP
  • Shiny Hunt! Alolan Marowak, Absol, Alolan Raichu, Scyther, Aerodactyl, Misdreavus, Mawile, Feebas, Clamperl, Machop, Shinx, Bronzor, and Lapras will all have the chance to be Shiny.
  • Spin PokéStops and Gyms, Revives and Potions, especially if you plan on short-manning/(wo)manning raids, they will be needed to keep your teams ready for battle.