Shiny Rayquaza coming in March
A leak has confirmed the popular dual dragon flying-type Pokemon, will be made available in raid battles on March 15.
Rayquaza will be available through to March 18. Typically, Pokemon Go special events such as these, start and finish at 1pm PST.
Previous special raid events have seen Pokemon Go trainers get five free raid passes.
Rayquaza a popular Pokemon
The tier 5 legendary raid boss is a highly sought after Pokemon due to its high attack stats and the ability to counter other raid bosses.
First appearing in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, Rayquaza as a raid boss has CP of 49,808, 2,191 CP at level 20 and 2,739 CP at level 25. Furthermore, it is boosted by windy weather.
This is the first time the shiny variant of Rayquaza has appeared in Pokemon Go.
Rayquaza is best fought against with powerful ice-type Pokemon. The best Rayquaza counter is Articuno. Other ice-types such as Lapras, Cloyster and the recently added Mamoswine are also effective.
Special raid announcement incoming
Niantic usually announce special events at 1pm PST (9pm GMT). They are expected to confirm it shortly although it is unknown whether that will be today (February 27) or within the next couple of days.
Of course today is Pokemon Day and it has been marked by the announcement of Pokemon Sword and Shield. These side by side Pokemon games are scheduled to release in late 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.