Pokemon Go current Raid bosses: November 2021 schedule for Mega Raids, 5-Stars & more

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Raids are an essential part of the Pokemon Go experience, and each month there’s a new set of Pokemon ranging from common 1-Stars to rare 5-Star Legendaries to battle and potentially catch. Here’s the current line-up of Raid bosses for November 2021.

November is shaping up to be an exciting month for Pokemon Go players. The Season of Mischief rumbles on, the Festival of Lights will bring an end to the Halloween celebrations, and there will be a special Community Day featuring Shinx.

As for Raids, Trainers will get a chance to add the Swords of Justice trio Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion to their Pokedex, while the Legendary Psychic-type Cresselia will be appearing in 5-Star Raids for the final half of the month.

It also appears that there will only be one Mega-evolved Pokemon appearing in Mega Raids at a time from now on, so it may have just become more difficult to get the Mega Energy you need.


Cresselia as a Raid Boss in Pokemon Go
Cresselia will return to 5-Star Raids in Pokemon Go this month.

Pokemon Go Raid Boss schedule November 2021

Niantic have revealed the November schedule for Raids, and there are some exciting battles to be had! Most notable is the return of Cresselia, as well as the Legendary Swords of Justice trio in 5-Star Raids.

Here are the Pokemon you’ll be able to find in Raids this month:

Mega Raids

Pokemon Dates
Mega Absol In Pokemon Go
Mega Absol October 22 – November 5
Mega Manectric
Mega Manectric November 5 – November 16
Mega Lopunny in Pokemon Go
Mega Lopunny November 16 – December 1

5-Star Raids

Pokemon Dates
Pokemon Go Darkrai
Darkrai (with Sludge Bomb) October 22 – November 5
Cobalion November 5 – November 16
Terrakion November 5 – November 16
Virizion November 5 – November 16
Cresselia November 16 – December 1

3-Star Raids

Alolan Marowak Pokemon Go
Alolan Marowak Cacturne Machamp Mawile

1-Star Raids

pokemon go scraggy
Joltik Litwick Scraggy Snubbull Stunky

The arrival of the Dia de Muertos event has shaken up the Raid schedule once again, featuring some pretty solid options for PvP battles in the Great League including Machamp, Mawile, and Alolan Marowak.

Mega Raids and 5-Star Raids will follow the schedule above, but 1-Star and 3-Star Raids often change at random, especially during special events. Check back regularly for the latest Raid opportunities!

All Pokemon Go Raid Guides November 2021

If you’re new to Raids or, alternatively, just need a bit of a helping hand, then look no further! We’ve compiled extensive guides on how best to snag the Mega and 5-Star Raid Pokemon:

When do Raid Hours take place?

Each week, Niantic hosts a special Raid Hour takes place to allow players a better chance at catching the current 5-Star Raid Pokemon. All of the gyms that have Raids in them will be 5-Star, so that’s Darkrai at the start of November.

Raid Hours take place every Wednesday from 6PM to 7PM, and you won’t have to worry about time zones as it will always be your local time. This is the perfect chance to get out there and catch yourself a Legendary.

What are Raid Battles in Pokemon Go?

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Raid Boss logo.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Taking part in Raid Battles gives you the chance to catch some rare Pokemon.

Raid Battles occur when a Boss Pokemon takes over a Gym. You can find them by walking around local Gyms and keeping an eye out for eggs that are about to hatch, or Boss Pokemon that are part of a currently ongoing Raid.

These Pokemon are very powerful, so it’s recommended that you team up with a few other trainers in order to secure a victory. There are four tiers: 1-Star, 3-Star, 5-Star, and Mega Raids. The higher the tier, the harder the battle.

Raid Battles are worth the time and effort to complete, though. As well as earning special items, you’ll also get a chance to catch the Pokemon you beat. In the case of 5-Star Raids, these will be Legendaries you can’t get anywhere else.

How to get Raid Passes in Pokemon Go

Raid Passes
Raid Passes are required to take part in Raids.

In order to take part in a Raid Battle, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can earn one Raid Pass each day by spinning the Photo Disc at any Gym. If you run out, you can purchase a Premium Raid Pass from the Shop.

There are now also Remote Raid Passes available in Go. These are ideal for trainers who can’t leave the house, as they let you join any Raid Battle that’s on the Nearby screen or tappable from the Map View.

Remote Raid Passes can be bought from the Shop, or received as free gifts every now and then.

How to catch Pokemon in Raid Battles

Pokemon Go Premier Balls
Premier Balls let you catch Legendary Pokemon.

When you successfully defeat a Raid Boss, you’ll get the chance to catch it. You’ll be given a set number of Premier Balls to use, but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll be able to catch it, especially if it’s a Legendary.

Here are some ways to increase the number of Premier Balls you’ll get:

  • Deal a high amount of damage to the Raid boss.
  • Your team deals a high amount of damage to the Raid boss.
  • Controlling the gym that the Raid takes place in.
  • Participating in Raids with friends.

Remember, you can also use Razz Berries, or even better Golden Razz Berries, to help catch Raid bosses. Getting excellent throws or spinning curveballs will increase your chances, too.

Now you’re all clued up on Raids and the creatures you can battle at Gyms this month, it’s time to get out there and catch yourself some Pokemon – and maybe even a Legendary. Good luck, trainers!

For more tips and tricks covering all things Pokemon Go, make sure to check out our guides:

Spotlight Hour guide | Current Raid Bosses | Best ‘mon in Go: Attackers and defenders | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour | Arlo counters guide | Cliff counters guide | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | Sierra counters guide | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes

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