‘Pokémon Go’ Raid Week: Start Time, Raid Update and More

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It's Raid Week in Pokémon Go, giving players the chance to catch some of the more rare and powerful Pokémon in the game through the Raid Battle system.

Niantic announced the latest Pokémon Go event last week. Trainers have seven days to take advantage of all sorts of in-game bonuses including the opportunity to catch not one, but two, different Shiny Pokémon.

There's quite a bit to get through but here's all the pertinent information for the Pokémon Go Raid Week event including the start time.

POKEMON GO RAID WEEK START TIME

Pokémon Go Raid Week begins Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. EDT and will end Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. EDT.

There will also be a special “Raid Hour” that gives Pokémon Go trainers more chances to battle in Raids. The number of Raids, of all levels, will increase during this special hour. This special event begins Wednesday, May 22 from 6-7 p.m. local time.

SHINY BRONZOR

Niantic confirmed that the Shiny form of Bronzor, the Steel and Psychic-type Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, will be available for the first time in Pokémon Go this week.

Like other Shiny Pokémon in the mobile game, trainers must encounter them before they can discover if they are Shiny. As in past events, the rate at which Shiny Bronzor will appear will also likely be higher during Raid Week.

Bronzor can be found in the wild, but if you want an easy way to search for a Shiny Bronzor battling one in a Raid may be your best bet - more on that below.

Shiny Bronzor sees its color change from blue to green. If you want to evolve it into a Shiny Bronzong you'll need to feed it 50 Candy.

RAID BATTLES

It wouldn't be Raid Week without updates to existing Raid Battles, and Niantic confirmed last week how they will change during this event.

Pokémon Go players can expect to find more Pokémon that hatch from 10km Eggs - and their evolutions - in these Raids. Pokémon like Slakoth, Feebas, Clamperl, Metagross and more can be battled and captured in Raids this week.

Here's the list of Raids according to the official Pokémon Go blog.

Tier 1: Machop, Slakoth, Shinx, Bronzor

Tier 2: Misdreavus, Kirlia, Mawile, Feebas, Clamperl, Bibarel

Tier 3: Alolan Raichu, Chansey, Scyther, Aerodactyl, Floatzel

Tier 4: Alolan Marowak, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Absol, Metagross

IN-GAME BONUSES

As for what Pokémon Go trainer can earn during this event, battling in Raids will earn players double the experience and Stardust.

What do you think of this year's Raid Week? What Pokémon are you hoping to catch? Let us know in the comments section below.