Pokemon Go Raids: May 2023 schedule for Mega Raids, Shadow & more

Pokemon Go players facing Regidrago and Regieleki Elite RaidsNiantic

Dominating Raid Battles is essential for all Pokemon Go players, so knowing what to expect from them can be very useful. Here’s the full schedule of Mega, 5-Star, 3-Star, 1-Star, Shadow, and Elite Raids in May 2023, so you don’t miss your chance of getting powerful and rare Pokemon.

Pokemon Go Raids are one of the most important mechanics of the game whether you’re focused on battles, catching Pokemon, or both. The schedule for May 2023 Raids is full of interesting Pokemon you can defeat and catch alone or with other trainers.

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Here is the full May schedule of Pokemon Go Raids so you don’t miss your chance to fight and catch powerful Pokemon during this month.

Pokemon Go Mega Raids in May 2023

Mega Slowbro in Pokemon GoMega SlowbroApril 17 – May 2
Mega Scizor in Pokemon GoMega ScizorMay 2 – May 11
Mega Pinsir in Pokemon GoMega PinsirMay 11 – May 24
Mega Altaria in Pokemon GoMega AltariaMay 24 – Jun 1

To easily beat these Mega Raids, the game recommends parties of five level 38-40 players. Of course, having strong Pokemon with effective attacks is the key to beating the timer and can let you win the battle with even fewer trainers.

Pokemon Go Elite Raids in May 2023

Pokemon Go brought Elite Raids back with its Rising Heroes season. Players had the chance to participate in these in-person Raids for the only chance at catching Legendary Pokemon Regieleki and Regidrago.

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The first Elite Raid took place on Saturday, March 11, 2023, and featured Regidrago. The second one, featuring Regieleki, was held on April 9, 2023. Players had a second chance at catching Regidrago after experiencing many different issues the first time. The event took place on Saturday, May 13, 2023. You can find all the details of these Elite Raids alongside useful tips in our complete guide.

Pokemon Go Shadow Raids in May 2023

Pokemon Go finally introduced the long-rumored Shadow Raids to the game in May 2023. Players will be able to battle powerful Shadow Pokemon with new game mechanics and items. These new Raids will be available during the Rising Shadows event, from May 22 to May 28. It’s not yet known if there will be Shadow Raids outside of Team Go Rocket-related events.

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Poliwag sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Poliwag1-Star
Machop sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Machop1-Star
Bellsprout sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Bellsprout1-Star
Beldum sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Beldum1-Star
Bayleef sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Bayleef3-Star
Quilava sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Quilava3-Star
Croconaw sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Croconaw3-Star
Sneasel sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Sneasel3-Star
Mewtwo sprite in Pokemon GoShadow Mewtwo5-Star

Players can expect these Raids to be tougher than usual, so it’s recommended to tackle them with a group of five or more trainers to be sure.

5-Star Pokemon Go Raids in May 2023

Pokemon Go 5-Star Raids feature Legendary Pokemon and are sometimes very tough to beat. The recommended number of trainers varies from four to up to ten players between levels 30 and 40.

Tapu Bulu in Pokemon GoTapu BuluApril 17 – May 2
Genesect in Pokemon GoGenesect (Shock Drive)May 2 – May 9
Tapu Fini in Pokemon GoTapu FiniMay 9 – May 24
Regigigas in Pokemon GoRegigigasMay 24 – June 1

Pokemon Go 3-Star Raids in May 2023

All 1 and 3-Star Raid Pokemon will show up all month at random, so make sure to check the game often and get in touch with other trainers so you don’t lose the opportunity to beat and catch them.

Some of these Pokemon are subject to special events, so make sure you check this schedule regularly in case there are any changes during this month.

Skarmory sprite in Pokemon GoGigalith sprite in Pokemon GoDruddigon sprite in Pokemon GoLuxray sprite in Pokemon GoAvalugg sprite in Pokemon Go

1-Star Pokemon Go Raids in May 2023

Bagon sprite in Pokemon GoElectrike sprite in Pokemon GoKlink sprite in Pokemon GoRockruff sprite in Pokemon GoAlolan Vulpix sprite in Pokemon Go
BagonElectrikeKlinkRockruffAlolan Vulpix

It’s much easier to beat 3 and 1-Star Raids as they can be done by one player alone. The key to these battles relies on effective attacks and Pokemon with large durability since the timer tends to be harder to beat than some of the bosses themselves.

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What are Pokemon Go Raid Hours?

Pokemon Go Raid Hours are hosted once a week and allow players to battle and catch the current 5-Star Raid Pokemon. That means all Gyms with active Raids will feature that Legendary Pokemon, in this week’s case it’s Regigigas. Raid Hours take place every Wednesday from 6 PM to 7 PM local time in Pokemon Go.

Make sure you have enough Raid Passes and Remote Raid Passes so you can take full advantage of Raid Hours every week.

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For more Pokemon, check out our other guides:

How to connect Pokemon Go to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule | How to heal Pokemon in Pokemon Go | How many Pokemon are there? | Best Pokemon for PvP battles in Pokemon Go | How to get revives in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go best attackers ranked | How to get Master Ball in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | Are Pokemon Scarlet & Violet getting DLC? | How many Pokemon types are in Scarlet & Violet?

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