'Pokémon Go' Raikou Raid Day: Start Time, Counters and Everything You Need to Know

Thanks to the combined efforts of Pokémon Go players around the world, many Global Challenges have been completed and in-game rewards unlocked. But the final leg of the first celebration happens on Saturday with Raikou Raid Day.

Like past Raid Days, Pokémon Go will have Raikou occupy every Gym. Trainers will have the chance to catch as many as they can during the event window.

This Raid Day will also mark the first time Shiny Raikou can be captured in Pokémon Go.

Below, you'll find a brief rundown of the essential information on Raikou Raid Day, including the start and end time, along with the best counters to take on this Pokémon.

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Raikou Raid Day in Pokémon Go will begin Saturday, June 29 at 4 p.m. local time. Niantic has yet to announce when Raikou Raid Day will end, but past events have typically run for three hours.

We'll update when we learn more.


Pokémon Go trainers will have a certain amount of time to battle as many Raikou as possible.

Past events gave trainers five Raid Passes during Raid Day, so it's safe to assume the Raikou event will feature a similar setup. Simply visit a Raid Boss and use one of your Raid Passes to enter the battle. Once the lobby time has ended and you've selected your Pokémon, you'll be able to fight Raikou alone or with others.

If you defeat the Raikou you'll earn rewards and shift to the catching phase of the Raid Battle. This is where you'll find out if you encountered a Shiny Raikou. There is no way to guarantee a Shiny Raikou encounter; you just have to cross your fingers and hope to get lucky.

You'll know when you find one, as Shiny Raikou has more orange fur than its regular counterpart.


Raikou is a pure Electric-type Pokémon, giving it only one weakness: Ground-type attacks. It can resist Electric, Flying and Steel-type moves, so we recommend Pokémon that use those types of offense.

If you want to take our Raikou as easily as possible, you'll want to go in with as many Ground-type Pokémon as you can. Here's a list of Pokémon with their moves you should consider.

  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
  • Rhyperior with Mud-Slap and Earthquake
  • Nidoking with Fury Cutter and Earth Power
  • Donphan with any two Ground-type attacks
  • Golem with any two Ground-type attacks

Are you excited to participate in Raikou Raid Day? Which Pokémon are you bringing into battle? Let us know in the comments section below.