Pokemon GO Raid schedule October 2023: Current bosses, 5-Star, Mega Raids & more

Pokemon GO Raid schedule October 2023: Current bosses, 5-Star, Mega Raids & more
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Ben Williams & Daniel Megarry


2nd Oct 2023 15:44


With this Pokemon GO Raid schedule for October 2023, you'll be able to find out the current and upcoming lineup including 5-Star Raid Bosses, Mega Raid Bosses, and Shadow Raid Bosses.

Raid Battles are an important part of the Pokemon GO experience. They can be difficult to win, especially at higher tiers, but taking part in them is the main way to add rare Legendary Pokemon like Zapdos or Ultra Beasts like Guzzlord to your collection.

They also give Trainers a reason to get to know the local Pokemon GO community, as you'll need to team up with several other players to take down the incredibly powerful 5-Star Raid Bosses and Mega Raid Bosses.

Not only does the Raid Boss lineup change each month, but the more common 1-Star and 3-Star Raid Bosses are constantly shifting based on the current events that are taking place in the game, which can make it hard to keep track of what's in rotation.

This makes it even more important to keep up to date with the current Raid schedule in Pokemon GO, which you can find right here.

Pokemon GO Raid Boss schedule for October 2023

Guzzlord appearing as a Raid Boss in Pokemon GO
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Here are all of the Raid Bosses you'll be able to take on throughout October in Pokemon GO, as well as the dates that they'll be appearing in Raids:

Mega Raid Bosses in October 2023

Pokemon Dates
Mega Gardevoir September 16 - October 6
Mega Gengar October 6 - October 20
Mega Banette October 20 - November 3

5-Star Raid Bosses in October 2023

Pokemon Dates
Raikou, Entei & Suicune September 23 - October 6
Guzzlord (Ultra Beast) October 6 - October 20
Darkrai October 20 - November 3

Current 3-Star Raid Bosses

  • Cloyster
  • Golem
  • Hisuian Braviary
  • Lanturn

Depending on the specific Raid Boss and its CP, a 3-Star Raid is normally the highest-level Raid that a player can beat by themselves in Pokemon GO. Be aware that you'll need a strong team of counters to do this.

Current 1-Star Raid Bosses

  • Doduo
  • Espurr
  • Girafarig
  • Gulpin
  • Yungoos

The best thing about 1-Star Raids is that they're usually pretty easy to defeat solo, as long as you have a decent team of Pokemon that can target their weaknesses.

3-Star Raid Bosses and 1-Star Raid Bosses change regularly to coincide with special events in the game, so check back often for the latest lineup!

Shadow Raid Bosses in October 2023

A Shadow Raid appearing in Pokemon Go
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Every weekend during October, Shadow Moltres will be appearing in Shadow Raids. These are 'local only' Raid Battles, which means you can't use Remote Raid Passes to take them on.

There will also be several 3-Star and 1-Star Pokemon appearing in Shadow Raids throughout the month, so keep an eye out for those.

Pokemon GO Raid Hour schedule for October 2023

A Pokemon GO promo shot featuring Raid and gym leader Pokemon including Tyranitar, Charizard, and Gyarados
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Raid Hours usually take place every Wednesday between 6PM and 7PM local time. During that hour, the current 5-Star Raid Boss will appear more frequently at Gyms in your area.

Here's the Raid Hour schedule for the current month:

  • October 4 - Raikou, Entei, and Suicune
  • October 11 - Guzzlord
  • October 18 - Guzzlord
  • October 25 - Darkrai

Raid Hours are great if you normally struggle to find enough Trainers to team up with to win 5-Star Raids, as there are often more people out and about playing Pokemon GO during these hours.

You can also use the Campfire app to organise meetups if you're still struggling to find enough Trainers to Raid with in your area.

How to catch a Raid Boss in Pokemon GO

Once you've defeated a Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, you'll be given a limited amount of Premier Balls to attempt to catch it. It's not guaranteed that you'll be successful, so it's important to have some patience.

In my experience, the best way to catch a Raid Boss is to use a Golden Razz Berry or Silver Pinap Berry, wait for the Pokemon to shake around, and then throw an Excellent Curveball as soon as it stops moving.

While 1-Star and 3-Star Raid Bosses are relatively easy to catch, 5-Star Legendaries have an incredibly low catch rate, so take it slow and don't be too disheartened if you don't manage to catch it.

Side note: If you're battling a Mega Raid Boss, you'll be given the opportunity to catch that Pokemon in its regular form, not its Mega-Evolved form. You'll need to stock up on Mega Energy to initiate that process.

So there you have it, that's everything you need to know about the current Pokemon GO Raid boss schedule in October 2023 - covering all bosses from 1-Stars to 5-Stars, Mega Raids, and Shadow Raids.

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