'Pokémon Go' Raid Boss Update: Ghost Types Dominate List

Niantic has swapped the Pokémon found in Pokémon Go Raid Battles, just days after the last update.

While the last Raid Boss update focused on Fossil Pokémon, this time around Ghost types are getting a lot of love. It's unclear why Niantic made this change, but the latest batch of bosses give Pokémon Go trainers a lot more chances to catch some of the rare Pokémon, as well as their shiny forms.

Not all Pokémon from the last Raid Boss update disappeared with this latest swap, however. Pokémon like Machamp and Tyranitar are sticking around, but the lower tiers received a drastic overhaul.

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Ghost-type Pokémon are given the spotlight in this latest Raid Boss update, and Dark types like Sharpedo and Sneasel have also returned. Of the 20 Raid Bosses, 12 are either Dark or Ghost-type.

It's possible that Niantic is giving Pokémon Go players a variety of Pokémon to catch counters for Cresselia, the current Tier 5 Raid Boss. Its Psychic typing is susceptible to attacks from Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon.

If you're the shiny hunting type, this selection of Raid Bosses is right up your alley. Again, of the 20 Raid Pokémon.11 have a chance to be shiny. These Pokémon are: Alolan Marowak, Absol, Pinsir, Gengar, Mawile, Sableye, Drifloon, Shuppet, Snorunt, Shinx and Duskull.

Newbies to Raid Battles won't know if they have encountered a Shiny Pokémon until after they've defeated it in battle and move on to the capture portion.

Here's the latest list of Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go.

Tier 1

  • Drifloon
  • Shuppet
  • Snorunt
  • Shinx
  • Duskull
  • Buizel

Tier 2

  • Sableye
  • Mawile
  • Sneasel
  • Misdreavus

Tier 3

  • Gengar
  • Machamp
  • Pinsir
  • Sharpedo
  • Scyther
  • Alolan Raichu

Tier 4

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Houndoom
  • Tyranitar
  • Absol

Tier 5

  • Cresselia
  • Deoxys (EX)

What do you think of this latest batch of Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go? Which of the bosses are you going to go after first? Let us know in the comments section below.