Mega Rayquaza Elite Raid Event

Rayquaza (Mega)

Mega Rayquaza soars back into Pokémon GO, via a special Elite Raid Day event on Saturday June 29th, 2024, along with a free timed research that will reward Meteorites!

Take this unique opportunity to join forces with your local community, defeat Mega Rayquaza, and get one of the most powerful Pokémon in Pokémon GO. This is also a great chance to earn Meteorites.

Mega Rayquaza: Elite Raids Event icon

Date and Time 📅

There will be four Elite Raids on Saturday, June 29, at the following dates and times:

  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. local time
  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. local time
  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. local time
  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. local time

Pay attention to Gyms in your area on Saturday morning from 6:00am local time, as some will feature a red Raid egg, indicating that an Elite Raid will be hosted there.

Bonuses ⭐

  • Raid icon Mega Rayquaza will appear at Elite Raid Gyms during the four different time periods
  • Research icon Free timed research will be available that rewards Meteorites, which are needed to mega evolve Rayquaza

Free Timed Research rewards Meteorites Research icon

Free Timed Research will be available to Trainers during the event! Complete the research tasks to earn a Meteorite.

Mega Rayquaza

Tasks and Rewards

Task Reward
Use a super effective Charged Attack XP icon 1000× XP
Complete 5 Field Research tasks Poke Ball icon 20× Poke Ball
Win a Raid Nanab Berry icon 5× Nanab Berry
Win an Elite Raid
Shop icon 5x Mega Rayquaza Stickers


  • Revive icon 3× Revive
  • Stardust icon 1000× Stardust
  • Meteorite icon 1× Meteorite

Unlike other Mega-Evolving Pokémon, Rayquaza can’t Mega Evolve with Mega Energy alone. Trainers hoping to Mega Evolve their Rayquaza will need to teach it the Charged Attack Dragon Ascent Flying first!

Dragon Ascent can only be learned by using Meteorites, so they are an absolute must have!

Mega Rayquaza ✨ Raid icon

Mega Rayquaza will feature in Elite Raids during the stated time periods! Check out our Elite raid guide to prepare your best team to take down this tricky boss.

You cannot catch Rayquaza in its mega evolved state from the raid. The mega raid boss is always catchable in its base form and as such, the CP ranges are for a regular Rayquaza.

Rayquaza can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2102 – 2191 CP no weather boost
  • 2627 – 2739 CP boosted by Windy weather boost

Anniversary Box available Pokémon GO Web Store Shop icon

Prepare for the Elite Raids with Mega Rayquaza by stocking up on the essentials from the Pokémon GO Web Store!

The Anniversary Box will be available during the event, which features three Remote Raid Passes, one Incubator, and three Premium Battle Passes for US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency).

  • Remote Raid Pass icon 3× Remote Raid Pass
  • Premium Raid Pass icon 3× Premium Raid Pass
  • Incubator icon 1× Incubator

Make sure to check out this offer and other deals available on the web store. Now even more Trainers can enjoy the web store! Trainers with Pokémon Trainer Club (PTC) accounts will now be able to log in to the Pokémon GO Web Store with the same credentials used to log in to Pokémon GO.

How to evolve Mega Rayquaza General icon

  • Meteorite icon 1× Meteorite

Rayquaza is one of the most unique Mega Evolution to come to Pokémon GO based on it’s requirements. In order to get Mega Rayquaza you will not only need 400 Mega Energy, but also their signature move Dragon Ascent which will only be obtained through use of a Meteorite item.

After that, as long as you don’t remove Dragon Ascent, it will cost 80 Mega energy to Mega evolve the same Rayquaza again, or wait the required ‘cooldown’ period after which the Mega Evolution will be free.

This cooldown period becomes shorter the higher mega level your Mega Pokémon is. Mega Energy can be obtained via Mega Rayquaza Raids, and once you have evolved Mega Rayquaza, you can earn 100 Mega Energy per candy while walking it as your buddy.

You can walk any Rayquaza to earn Mega Energy, as long as you have previously evolved one to register it to your Mega Pokédex. For a full analysis on Mega Rayquaza as a raid attacker, go here!

What are Elite Raids? General icon

Elite Raids are a challenging variety of Raid Battle that appear from special Raid Eggs. Once the Raid Egg hatches, a Raid Boss will appear for 45 minutes—but take note that Elite Raid Bosses can only be battled in-person. Gyms marked with ‘Ex Raid Gym’ can host Elite Raids.

Defeat Mega Rayquaza in an Elite Raid and you’ll earn an opportunity to catch it. Remember, Trainers will not be able to participate in Elite Raids using Remote Raid Passes.

The red egg will appear from 6:00am local time on the day of the event to alert you as to which gym will have a raid on it during the time period.

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