It looks like Niantic has yet again switched up the Pokemon that will be found in Pokemon GO raid battles. With the return of legendary Pokemon Lugia to raids, players can expect to see some other returning Pokemon, as well as the raid debut of third generation electric-type Manectric.
Pokemon GO raid battles are categorized into five tiers of difficulty. Some of the Pokemon listed below have been in raid battles for awhile now, whereas others are making their return. At any rate, many of the Pokemon listed below should actually be handy for anyone hoping to defeat Lugia and add the elusive legendary Pokemon to their collection.
Here are all the Pokemon currently appearing in raids in Pokemon GO:
Tier 1 – Magikarp, Swablu, Snorunt, and Wailmer
Tier 2 – Electabuzz, Exeggutor, Manectric, Mawile, Sableye
Tier 3 – Gengar, Jolteon, Jynx, Machamp, and Piloswine
Tier 4 – Absol, Aggron, Golem, and Tyranitar
Tier 5 – Lugia
Anyone that has yet to add any of these Pokemon to their collection may want to consider getting a group together to tackle some of these raids. After all, winning raid battles and catching the Pokemon in them could save someone a lot of trouble. For example, unless one catches a Tyranitar in a raid battle, they will have to collect a total of 150 Larvitar candy just to get their hands on one.
In the meantime, it’s unclear how long this particular batch of raid Pokemon will stay in the game, but it’s possible more changes could come on April 2, as that’s when Lugia will be rotated out. It’s also unclear which legendary Pokemon will replace Lugia, but it’s possible it will be Rayquaza or maybe even Deoxys, which a datamine has revealed is already being prepped for the game.
Of course, it’s possible that when Lugia is replaced on April 2 that the other Pokemon in raids will stay the same. We have no way of knowing until the day itself comes, so Pokemon GO players should prepare accordingly.
Pokemon GO is available now for iOS and Android mobile devices.