Pokemon Go Remote Raiding: How To Get Remote Raid Passes And Join Raids From Home

Remote Raid Passes are now live in Pokemon Go, letting you join Raid Battles without leaving home; here's how it works.

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Remote Raid Passes have arrived in Pokemon Go. Like regular Raid Passes, these let you join Raid Battles except from the comfort of home, so you don't need to travel to a Gym to battle the Raid boss. If you're not exactly sure how the new items work, here's an explainer on how to get and use Remote Raid Passes.

How To Get Remote Raid Passes

For a limited time, you can get three Remote Raid Passes from Pokemon Go's in-game shop as part of a one-PokeCoin bundle. You can only claim this bundle once, however; if you want additional Remote Raid Passes, you'll need to purchase them separately. One Remote Raid Pass costs 100 PokeCoins, while a bundle of three costs a slightly discounted 250 PokeCoins.

How To Join Raids Remotely

Once you have a Remote Raid Pass in your inventory, you can use it to join any Raid that appears on the Nearby screen. Simply tap the Raid you wish to join and you'll see the option to battle via your Remote Raid Pass.

Raid Battles largely work the same whether you join them physically or remotely, but there are a few caveats to keep in mind while using Remote Raid Passes. First, while up to 20 players can join the same raid, only a maximum of five can join it via a Remote Raid Pass. If you try to participate in a Raid that already has five remote players, you'll be added to a new lobby.

Another thing to be aware of: Remote players' Pokemon will have lower attack power than those of players who are physically at the Gym, so they won't deal as much damage as they normally would. Niantic says this reduction "may be temporarily adjusted during specified time periods," but it will presumably be in effect most of the time.

Shiny Legendaries

To celebrate the launch of Remote Raid Passes, Niantic is bringing three Legendary Pokemon back to the game for a limited time: Darkrai, Altered Forme Giratina, and Virizion. Each will appear as a five-star Raid boss for a week, and you'll have a chance to catch their Shiny forms. You can see the Legendary Pokemon Raid schedule below:

Darkrai

  • April 28 - May 5

Altered Forme Giratina

  • May 5 - May 12

Virizion

  • May 12 - May 19

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