'Pokémon Go' Update Reworks Trainer and Raid Battles

Pokémon Go' s latest update not only introduced new Pokémon and evolutions but it reworked some aspects of Trainer and Raid Battles.

According to an official Pokémon Go community blog post, trainers may have a more difficult time fighting Raid Bosses on their own. Also, as some players may have already noticed, a Pokémon's attacks are separated by Raid and PVP.

Here are all the changes made to Raids and PVP in Pokémon Go.

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Raid Battles in Pokémon Go are largely unchanged, but Niantic has made Raid Bosses harder to take down.

Bosses in Tier 3, Tier 4, and Tier 5 Raid Battles will have increased health. This is to avoid trainers being able to defeat these powerful Raid Bosses alone, which was never the intent of this feature, according to Niantic.

Pokémon Go players will need to team up more than ever to defeat these powerful Raid Bosses.


In Trainer Battles, certain Pokémon moves have different attack power than when they are fighting in Raids. Here are the changes made to some fast and charged attacks:

  • Fast Attacks:
    • Waterfall
    • Smackdown
    • Shadow Claw (Energy increase)
    • Razor Leaf
    • Confusion
    • Frost Breath
    • Ice Shard
  • Charged Attacks:
    • Body Slam
    • Iron Head
    • Dazzling Gleam
    • Psyshock
  • For standardization, the damage from Ice Beam will serve as the new baseline for Thunderbolt and Flamethrower.
  • For standardization, the damage from Ice Punch, Fire Punch, and Thunder Punch will be set to the same level.


Niantic announced that some Pokémon have some Fast and Charged attacks added to their move pools. This is to give Pokémon some coverage against Pokémon they are weak against. For example, Togekiss learns Flamethrower to counter Steel-type Pokémon, which the Fairy-type would be weak to.

Pokémon Go released all the new moves and what Pokémon can learn them, which you can read below:

  • Arbok: Dragon Tail
  • Clefable: Meteor Mash
  • Ninetales: Psyshock
  • Alolan Ninetales: Psyshock
  • Wigglytuff: Ice Beam
  • Alakazam: Fire Punch
  • Machamp: Rock Slide
  • Muk: Thunder Punch
  • Alolan Muk: Snarl
  • Weezing: Thunderbolt
  • Starmie: Thunder, Ice Beam
  • Jynx: Focus Blast
  • Kabutops: Waterfall
  • Aerodactyl: Rock Slide
  • Snorlax: Outrage
  • Ampharos: Power Gem
  • Ursaring: Shadow Claw
  • Mantine: Bullet Seed
  • Houndoom: Flamethrower
  • Donphan: Mud-Slap
  • Miltank: Thunderbolt, Ice Beam
  • Raikou: Shadow Ball
  • Entei: Iron Head
  • Suicune: Ice Beam
  • Ho-Oh: Hidden Power
  • Ludicolo: Ice Beam
  • Chimecho: Psyshock
  • Salamence: Bite
  • Luxray: Hidden Power
  • Roserade: Grass Knot
  • Honchkrow: Sky Attack
  • Drapion: Bite
  • Magmortar: Psychic
  • Togekiss: Flamethrower
  • Porygon-Z: Blizzard

What do you think of the Pokémon Go changes to Trainer and Raid Battles? What moves are you looking forward to teaching your Pokémon? Let us know in the comments section below.