Terrakion Returning to Five-Star Raids

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Article by Brian Tien

As Virizion leaves next week, Niantic has confirmed that it's set to be replaced by its fellow trio member, the Rock/Fighting Type Pokemon, Terrakion!

Raids Start Raids End
May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT May 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT

This will also mark the release of Terrakion's particularly striking shiny forme, for those of us who will be lucky enough to encounter it. 

And to cap it all off, we have a Raid Hour scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.

Terrakion's Return

As of right now we have no word on Terrakion learning the signature move of the Swords of Justice, Sacred SwordThis means that Terrakion's standing shouldn't see any sort of shift with this release; it's still a top Rock Type attacker for raids, and still of extremely low use in PvP. For now, Terrakion primarily remains a collector's piece with raid utility.

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Terrakion is coming back to five-star raids! This time, you might encounter a Shiny Terrakion if you’re lucky. Before Terrakion returns, there’ll be a Raid Hour featuring Virizion this Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Virizion!

The ability to raid remotely is available to Trainers level 5 and above! With a Remote Raid Pass, you’ll be able to join a Raid Battle that you can see on the Nearby screen or tap on the map. You can pick up a Remote Raid Pass in the shop.

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From Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)


  • Terrakion will be in five-star raids.
  • If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Terrakion!

In addition, there will be a Raid Hour featuring Terrakion. On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, raids featuring Terrakion will be happening more frequently.

How to get a Remote Raid Pass

  1. Open the Pokémon GO app.
  2. Tap the Poké Ball icon, and then tap Shop.
  3. Scroll down to the Items section.
  4. From there, you can get one Remote Raid Pass for 100 PokéCoins. Please note that if you have three or more Remote Raid Passes in your Item Bag, you won’t be able to acquire more.

To learn more about how to join nearby raids remotely, check out this article: Joining Raids Remotely.

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