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Darkrai, Giratina - Altered, and Virizion Returning to Raids

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In order to celebrate the coming of the Remote Raid system, Niantic has announced that the next 3 weeks will feature the return of three previously-run Legendary/Mythical Pokemon! And to make this even more interesting, they can all be shiny!

Darkrai Raids
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April 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT

The Mythical Pokemon Darkrai will be the first to return to the raid scene. This Dark Type Pokemon hits extremely hard and is best countered with Fighting Type Pokemon in general.

Giratina - Altered Forme Raids
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May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT May 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT

Our second returning Pokemon is Giratina - Altered Forme. This defensively titanic Ghost/Dragon Type Pokemon is one of the strongest Pokemon in the Master League, and one of the defining Pokemon of the Ultra League. It has a small number of weaknesses, but Dragon, Ghost, and Dark tend to stand out, making the previously mentioned Darkrai an outstanding counter. If you don't have it ready to go, then this is your chance!

Virizion Raids
Raids Start Raids End
May 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m PDT May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT

One of the Swords of Justice, Virizion is a Grass/Fighting Type legendary Pokemon. It has a 2x weakness to Flying Types, so that should generally be prioritized when it comes to countering this Pokemon!

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Trainers,

In celebration of the release of Remote Raid Passes and the ability to take part in nearby Raid Battles remotely, some familiar faces are coming to five-star raids! If you missed out on getting Darkrai, Altered Forme Giratina, or Virizion, now’s your chance. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one of any of these Pokémon!

  • From Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Darkrai will be available in five-star raids.
  • From Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Altered Forme Giratina will be available in five-star raids.
  • From Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Virizion will be available in five-star raids.

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